Gang of children rob woman with pit bull in Basildon

Woman robbed with pit bull (file picture)

Woman robbed with pit bull (file picture)

First published in Echo News by , Reporter

A GANG of children threatened to set their pit bull on a woman in a terrifying street robbery.

The victim, in her mid-thirties, was walking in Gun Hill Place, Basildon, in the dark when she was surrounded by the gang and their dog.

One child demanded she hand over her mobile phone. When she refused, the gang, one of whom was a boy as young as 11, told her to hand it over or they would let the pit bull off the lead and let it maul her.

The terrified victim gave up the phone – a Samsung Galaxy Note three – and the youngsters ran off.

Sgt Angie Torrance, from Basildon police station, is appealing for anyone with information about the robbery, at 6.50pm on Monday, to come forward.

She said: “A lone female has been intimidated by this group and must have felt very shaken as a result.

“We are treating this very seriously and are confident someone will recognise the distinctive descriptions. We urge members of the public to contact Basildon police, even if they wish to remain anonymous.”

The first gang member is a white girl, aged between 15 and 16. She was slim, with red hair pulled back off her face.

The victim described her as wearing a lot of make-up.

The second robber was a white boy aged between 11 and 15.

The third suspect was a skinny white boy, aged between 15 and 16 and about 5ft 7ins. He was walking a dirty, grey-coloured pit bull terrier on a red lead.

Anyone with information can call Basildon police station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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7:29am Fri 31 Jan 14

Billericaygirl says...

Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?
Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'? Billericaygirl
  • Score: 28

7:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

Leighdweller says...

Billericaygirl wrote:
Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?
Beat me to it...
[quote][p][bold]Billericaygirl[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?[/p][/quote]Beat me to it... Leighdweller
  • Score: 15

8:03am Fri 31 Jan 14

Rich,..Carol says...

If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence. Rich,..Carol
  • Score: 17

8:12am Fri 31 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Rich,..Carol wrote:
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......
[quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend...... pembury53
  • Score: 26

8:18am Fri 31 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Billericaygirl wrote:
Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?
Yes Billericaygirl; you are quite right to comment on this shameful and inexcusable aberration.

Unfortunately it is just one of countless examples of the depth to which the quality of written English has plunged across the whole of the Newsquest (UK) ‘Empire’.

Take for example the following snippet from yesterday’s Braintree and Witham Times.

‘More than 130 wannabe gardeners are on waiting lists for council allotments’.

R fink the editor ‘n his team wanna be enrolling on sum sort uv ‘ow to rite proper english cousre’ don’t you? Diabolickal innit?
[quote][p][bold]Billericaygirl[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?[/p][/quote]Yes Billericaygirl; you are quite right to comment on this shameful and inexcusable aberration. Unfortunately it is just one of countless examples of the depth to which the quality of written English has plunged across the whole of the Newsquest (UK) ‘Empire’. Take for example the following snippet from yesterday’s Braintree and Witham Times. ‘More than 130 wannabe gardeners are on waiting lists for council allotments’. R fink the editor ‘n his team wanna be enrolling on sum sort uv ‘ow to rite proper english cousre’ don’t you? Diabolickal innit? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 15

9:42am Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Gang of Echo commentators rob headline of pitbul...
Gang of Echo commentators rob headline of pitbul... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 6

9:44am Fri 31 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

pembury53 wrote:
Rich,..Carol wrote:
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......
yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy.

what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......[/p][/quote]yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy. what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 14

9:44am Fri 31 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

pembury53 wrote:
Rich,..Carol wrote:
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......
yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy.

what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......[/p][/quote]yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy. what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

9:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Rich,..Carol wrote:
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......
yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy.

what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.
Written wrongly...Doh,,come on Grammar...
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......[/p][/quote]yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy. what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.[/p][/quote]Written wrongly...Doh,,come on Grammar... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -9

11:56am Fri 31 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Rich,..Carol wrote:
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......
yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy.

what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.
Written wrongly...Doh,,come on Grammar...
I am not a Newspaper reporter therefore its not my job to make sure the articles read correctly, i just read and comment how i see fit...Doh.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......[/p][/quote]yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy. what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.[/p][/quote]Written wrongly...Doh,,come on Grammar...[/p][/quote]I am not a Newspaper reporter therefore its not my job to make sure the articles read correctly, i just read and comment how i see fit...Doh. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

12:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

robb789 says...

maybe the dog forced them into it, there are always two sides.....
maybe the dog forced them into it, there are always two sides..... robb789
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

When confronted by any group, shout as loud as you can BANSI and run at them, and see how they run..
When confronted by any group, shout as loud as you can BANSI and run at them, and see how they run.. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 4

2:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
When confronted by any group, shout as loud as you can BANSI and run at them, and see how they run..
and if they stand still..? and i think you mean 'Banzai'.....Bansi is a place in India.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: When confronted by any group, shout as loud as you can BANSI and run at them, and see how they run..[/p][/quote]and if they stand still..? and i think you mean 'Banzai'.....Bansi is a place in India. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

So ‘You'dfeelbetterfo
rknowingthat’ has a poke at ‘DogsMessInLeigh
for using the word ‘Doh’?

Maybe after a taking a look at the following website he might soften his stance a little. I reckon the word ‘Doh’ has arrived - and is ‘here for keeps’.


http://www.bing.com/
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docid=49365120678629
55&mid=9AD6E3984A74C
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FORM=VIRE2#view=deta
il&mid=9AD6E3984A74C
B4645339AD6E3984A74C
B464533
So ‘You'dfeelbetterfo rknowingthat’ has a poke at ‘DogsMessInLeigh for using the word ‘Doh’? Maybe after a taking a look at the following website he might soften his stance a little. I reckon the word ‘Doh’ has arrived - and is ‘here for keeps’. http://www.bing.com/ videos/search?q=doh& docid=49365120678629 55&mid=9AD6E3984A74C B4645339AD6E3984A74C B464533&view=detail& FORM=VIRE2#view=deta il&mid=9AD6E3984A74C B4645339AD6E3984A74C B464533 OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

6:53pm Fri 31 Jan 14

whataday says...

Billericaygirl wrote:
Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?
Agree. When I read the headline I wondered firstly why the woman didn't let the dog off the lead and then whether the kids were brain-dead attacking somebody who had a pitbull with her.
[quote][p][bold]Billericaygirl[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't the headline be 'Gang of children with pit bull rob woman in Basildon'?[/p][/quote]Agree. When I read the headline I wondered firstly why the woman didn't let the dog off the lead and then whether the kids were brain-dead attacking somebody who had a pitbull with her. whataday
  • Score: 4

7:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

the25man says...

What has nobody spotted that the dog can't be a Pit Bull as there are a banned breed. The dog will be a Staf which would probable have licked the woman
What has nobody spotted that the dog can't be a Pit Bull as there are a banned breed. The dog will be a Staf which would probable have licked the woman the25man
  • Score: 1

8:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

It's not the actual dog in question.

It's just a library picture of any old representative Pit Bull Terrier that the paper has used.

It could even be many years old - taken long before the current legislation banning them.
It's not the actual dog in question. It's just a library picture of any old representative Pit Bull Terrier that the paper has used. It could even be many years old - taken long before the current legislation banning them. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 4

12:27am Sat 1 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
You'dfeelbetterforkn

owingthat
wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Rich,..Carol wrote:
If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.
despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......
yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy.

what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.
Written wrongly...Doh,,come on Grammar...
I am not a Newspaper reporter therefore its not my job to make sure the articles read correctly, i just read and comment how i see fit...Doh.
And you mostly comment on dogs "poopy" was is it with you?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: If they are caught it will be social services, do gooders and human rights helping then .. NO chance of a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]despite this being a serious offence i would go down another route from custodial..... my guess is that if they were all made to clear up dog s**t every day after school for a year they would most likely not re-offend......[/p][/quote]yes bring them to Leigh on sea to do the duty once caught....theres a BIG campaign on right now to clear the streets that are deluged in dogs poopy. what wonderful children this group are, as young as 11 too....just think only a few years back his doting parents where reading him bedtime storys. ....on second thoughts maybe not., and agree on the headline its wrongly wrote...Doh.[/p][/quote]Written wrongly...Doh,,come on Grammar...[/p][/quote]I am not a Newspaper reporter therefore its not my job to make sure the articles read correctly, i just read and comment how i see fit...Doh.[/p][/quote]And you mostly comment on dogs "poopy" was is it with you? ThisYear
  • Score: -2

12:29am Sat 1 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

*what "is it with you"
*what "is it with you" ThisYear
  • Score: -1

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