Police and fire service called in to Runnymede Chase, Thundersley, Benfleet

Southend Standard: Car fire at Seevic College Car fire at Seevic College

A BODY has been found in a car fire at Seevic College in Benfleet.

Police have confirmed this morning that the body is that of a man in his 40s who is believed to live locally.

No formal identification has yet taken place and the coroner will be informed.

A police spokesman said the death is being treated as non suspicious.

The college, in Kiln Road, Thundersley was placed on lockdown after firefighters discovered a body inside a car which was ablaze on the campus forecourt.

The car is thought to have arrived in the car park at around 4:55pm before bursting into flames moments later.

More than ten police cars rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area while emergency services conducted an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Pc Gavin Freeman said at the scene: “The fire brigade contacted us shortly after 5pm after a body was discovered in a car which was on fire. We have been unable to provide a positive identification at this time, neither can we say whether it is a man or a woman as the body is too badly damaged.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Southend CID on 101.”

Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley issued a statement last night

He said: "A car arrived at the College car park in Runnymede Chase at 4.55pm this evening, after all lessons at the college had finished for the day.

"The car caught fire shortly afterwards, and we are awaiting further details from the police at this time."

Southend Standard:

Shocked students and residents in the area have been reacting to the news on Twitter.

Danny Allott tweeted: "Shocking news about the car explosion at Seevic."

Kellly Cornwell said: "Actually in shock at what's happened at Seevic. RIP to the body found in the car."

Jodi O'Sullivan added: "RIP to whoever was in that car at Seevic, absolutely devastating."

Earlier, a number of police cars and ambulances were called to the scene and cordoned off the area.

Emma Hart on Twitter said: "Can't believe I saw someone's car explode at Seevic." 

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7:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

pendulum says...

RIP :(
RIP :( pendulum
  • Score: 26

8:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

julspoos says...

sad loss, RIP , thought's with the family
sad loss, RIP , thought's with the family julspoos
  • Score: 31

8:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other.......

Anybody else think that is rather strange?
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange? _Lotus_
  • Score: 8

8:32pm Thu 6 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

and I am sorry, I did not mean to be disrespectful.

RIP to the victim, this is very sad.
and I am sorry, I did not mean to be disrespectful. RIP to the victim, this is very sad. _Lotus_
  • Score: 26

9:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

m00kyst says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other.......

Anybody else think that is rather strange?
What other story is this about a car catching fire?
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]What other story is this about a car catching fire? m00kyst
  • Score: -18

9:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

m00kyst wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other.......

Anybody else think that is rather strange?
What other story is this about a car catching fire?
The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.
[quote][p][bold]m00kyst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]What other story is this about a car catching fire?[/p][/quote]The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

10:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

m00kyst says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
m00kyst wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other.......

Anybody else think that is rather strange?
What other story is this about a car catching fire?
The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.
Just read up on it. Really suspicious! RIP to the person who died at the college today. I go to Seevic so this is really shocking.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]m00kyst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]What other story is this about a car catching fire?[/p][/quote]The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.[/p][/quote]Just read up on it. Really suspicious! RIP to the person who died at the college today. I go to Seevic so this is really shocking. m00kyst
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Thu 6 Feb 14

southend_Dave says...

They arent connected. The other one was a woman who committed suicide.

Stop looking for conspiracy theories.
They arent connected. The other one was a woman who committed suicide. Stop looking for conspiracy theories. southend_Dave
  • Score: 20

10:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Dan_ says...

Am I the only person who thinks it's in pretty bad taste to go publishing a pretty close up picture of the actual car on fire? What is that telling us about this sad story that we can't get from words or unfortunately our imagination? I'm very very sorry for anyone involved. I hope no one sees said picture unexpectedly and is distressed by it. Terrible tradegy.
Am I the only person who thinks it's in pretty bad taste to go publishing a pretty close up picture of the actual car on fire? What is that telling us about this sad story that we can't get from words or unfortunately our imagination? I'm very very sorry for anyone involved. I hope no one sees said picture unexpectedly and is distressed by it. Terrible tradegy. Dan_
  • Score: 79

10:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

hayleyed says...

m00kyst wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
m00kyst wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other.......

Anybody else think that is rather strange?
What other story is this about a car catching fire?
The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.
Just read up on it. Really suspicious! RIP to the person who died at the college today. I go to Seevic so this is really shocking.
The incident in Thorpe Bay was a suicide. The poor woman was in torment. My son was a friend of the boy who also died in the car
[quote][p][bold]m00kyst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]m00kyst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]What other story is this about a car catching fire?[/p][/quote]The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.[/p][/quote]Just read up on it. Really suspicious! RIP to the person who died at the college today. I go to Seevic so this is really shocking.[/p][/quote]The incident in Thorpe Bay was a suicide. The poor woman was in torment. My son was a friend of the boy who also died in the car hayleyed
  • Score: 16

8:07am Fri 7 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?
goes without saying very tragic..... not unknown for people to copy other events
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]goes without saying very tragic..... not unknown for people to copy other events pembury53
  • Score: 8

8:55am Fri 7 Feb 14

southendcivilservant says...

RIP to the person who died, and my thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased. Any death that is avoidable is a tragedy.
RIP to the person who died, and my thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased. Any death that is avoidable is a tragedy. southendcivilservant
  • Score: 12

10:01am Fri 7 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Dan_ wrote:
Am I the only person who thinks it's in pretty bad taste to go publishing a pretty close up picture of the actual car on fire? What is that telling us about this sad story that we can't get from words or unfortunately our imagination? I'm very very sorry for anyone involved. I hope no one sees said picture unexpectedly and is distressed by it. Terrible tradegy.
If all news storys had a blackout on Photos from certain storys then what will it be like..? no pics from war zones, civil unrest, motor accidents, house fires, murder scenes, explosions, bomb blasts etc., any/every news site publishes photos.
[quote][p][bold]Dan_[/bold] wrote: Am I the only person who thinks it's in pretty bad taste to go publishing a pretty close up picture of the actual car on fire? What is that telling us about this sad story that we can't get from words or unfortunately our imagination? I'm very very sorry for anyone involved. I hope no one sees said picture unexpectedly and is distressed by it. Terrible tradegy.[/p][/quote]If all news storys had a blackout on Photos from certain storys then what will it be like..? no pics from war zones, civil unrest, motor accidents, house fires, murder scenes, explosions, bomb blasts etc., any/every news site publishes photos. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 3

10:52am Fri 7 Feb 14

Dan_ says...

I do understand your point and agree in part. We certainly can’t have a blanket ban on graphic images in the news, but ultimately I think (particularly on this website) the editor should use a lot more discretion when it comes to posting pictures of breaking news that involves accidents involving people. Social media and camera phones shape the way and speed at which information changes hands – pictures of these events do surface quickly, but a newspaper should use some judgement about whether or not it is appropriate for them to reproduce it. At the time that this happened there was a very strong chance that the family of the person involved didn’t even know about the sad demise of their loved one; imagine it is you that checks the news, sees that image, and sometime later finds out you’re directly involved. You can’t un-see that photo! Images in news reports from war torn countries have a role to play, we are geographically disconnected, and they convey the situation on the ground often better than words can – helping us to form a picture of what’s happening in somewhere like Syria is important because, as an example, we will judge our government on their response, or vote to take action etc. It has a national and political ramification. Dare I say the echo would not post the actual act of someone being hung, receiving a lethal injection, or being shot? So I can’t understand what makes this OK? I’m sorry to have to have this conversation when frankly it would be more respectful for me to just to keep quiet, but I honestly think it’s important the Echo at least give some thought to the above. At the time of writing, 34 other people agreed!
I do understand your point and agree in part. We certainly can’t have a blanket ban on graphic images in the news, but ultimately I think (particularly on this website) the editor should use a lot more discretion when it comes to posting pictures of breaking news that involves accidents involving people. Social media and camera phones shape the way and speed at which information changes hands – pictures of these events do surface quickly, but a newspaper should use some judgement about whether or not it is appropriate for them to reproduce it. At the time that this happened there was a very strong chance that the family of the person involved didn’t even know about the sad demise of their loved one; imagine it is you that checks the news, sees that image, and sometime later finds out you’re directly involved. You can’t un-see that photo! Images in news reports from war torn countries have a role to play, we are geographically disconnected, and they convey the situation on the ground often better than words can – helping us to form a picture of what’s happening in somewhere like Syria is important because, as an example, we will judge our government on their response, or vote to take action etc. It has a national and political ramification. Dare I say the echo would not post the actual act of someone being hung, receiving a lethal injection, or being shot? So I can’t understand what makes this OK? I’m sorry to have to have this conversation when frankly it would be more respectful for me to just to keep quiet, but I honestly think it’s important the Echo at least give some thought to the above. At the time of writing, 34 other people agreed! Dan_
  • Score: 36

11:56am Fri 7 Feb 14

DCLEIGH says...

Try this for how to write an article without the sill Americanisms and sloppy grammar.
----------------
A body of a man has been found in a burning car by firefighters at a college in Essex.

Crews were called to a car park at Seevic College on Runnymeade Chase, Benfleet at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday following reports of an explosion.

The body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The man, who police said was thought to be in his 40s, has not been identified.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire.

Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley said the car had driven into the car park "and shortly afterwards caught fire".

"Myself and several staff members were on the scene within 30 seconds, and the fire and ambulance services arrived within minutes.

"No college students or staff are believed to have been involved and, as far as I am aware, the individual had no connection with Seevic College."

"I would like to express my deep sympathy for the family and friends affected by this tragic incident."

A minute's silence will be held at the college as a mark of respect and Mr Spenceley said staff would be available to support students with any concerns.
---------------
THERE is no need for "Lockdown", "Police cars RUSHED" or any other hyperbole
Try this for how to write an article without the sill Americanisms and sloppy grammar. ---------------- A body of a man has been found in a burning car by firefighters at a college in Essex. Crews were called to a car park at Seevic College on Runnymeade Chase, Benfleet at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday following reports of an explosion. The body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The man, who police said was thought to be in his 40s, has not been identified. An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire. Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley said the car had driven into the car park "and shortly afterwards caught fire". "Myself and several staff members were on the scene within 30 seconds, and the fire and ambulance services arrived within minutes. "No college students or staff are believed to have been involved and, as far as I am aware, the individual had no connection with Seevic College." "I would like to express my deep sympathy for the family and friends affected by this tragic incident." A minute's silence will be held at the college as a mark of respect and Mr Spenceley said staff would be available to support students with any concerns. --------------- THERE is no need for "Lockdown", "Police cars RUSHED" or any other hyperbole DCLEIGH
  • Score: 27

12:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

southend_Dave wrote:
They arent connected. The other one was a woman who committed suicide.

Stop looking for conspiracy theories.
I am not looking for conspiracy stories.

Suicide by fire whilst in your car does not make for a painless death.

I am saying it is weird, it is not the normal way to go.

My heart goes out to the family of the victim.
[quote][p][bold]southend_Dave[/bold] wrote: They arent connected. The other one was a woman who committed suicide. Stop looking for conspiracy theories.[/p][/quote]I am not looking for conspiracy stories. Suicide by fire whilst in your car does not make for a painless death. I am saying it is weird, it is not the normal way to go. My heart goes out to the family of the victim. _Lotus_
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

pembury53 wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?
goes without saying very tragic..... not unknown for people to copy other events
No, it is not, but would you copy this method?

This is the question you have to ask youself.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]goes without saying very tragic..... not unknown for people to copy other events[/p][/quote]No, it is not, but would you copy this method? This is the question you have to ask youself. _Lotus_
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Dan_ wrote:
Am I the only person who thinks it's in pretty bad taste to go publishing a pretty close up picture of the actual car on fire? What is that telling us about this sad story that we can't get from words or unfortunately our imagination? I'm very very sorry for anyone involved. I hope no one sees said picture unexpectedly and is distressed by it. Terrible tradegy.
If all news storys had a blackout on Photos from certain storys then what will it be like..? no pics from war zones, civil unrest, motor accidents, house fires, murder scenes, explosions, bomb blasts etc., any/every news site publishes photos.
Suicide ? cars don't just blow up
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan_[/bold] wrote: Am I the only person who thinks it's in pretty bad taste to go publishing a pretty close up picture of the actual car on fire? What is that telling us about this sad story that we can't get from words or unfortunately our imagination? I'm very very sorry for anyone involved. I hope no one sees said picture unexpectedly and is distressed by it. Terrible tradegy.[/p][/quote]If all news storys had a blackout on Photos from certain storys then what will it be like..? no pics from war zones, civil unrest, motor accidents, house fires, murder scenes, explosions, bomb blasts etc., any/every news site publishes photos.[/p][/quote]Suicide ? cars don't just blow up You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -9

12:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Marionette says...

hayleyed wrote:
m00kyst wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
m00kyst wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other.......

Anybody else think that is rather strange?
What other story is this about a car catching fire?
The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.
Just read up on it. Really suspicious! RIP to the person who died at the college today. I go to Seevic so this is really shocking.
The incident in Thorpe Bay was a suicide. The poor woman was in torment. My son was a friend of the boy who also died in the car
He was a quite dear friend of mine, We're friend for 7-8 years and this hasn't got to do anything what happen. R.I.P to the person in the car but please don't bring up the story of the poor boy, It was hard enough to understand he was gone but please don't make it sound it someone else did it.
[quote][p][bold]hayleyed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]m00kyst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]m00kyst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]What other story is this about a car catching fire?[/p][/quote]The seafront at Thorpe Bay a month or so back.[/p][/quote]Just read up on it. Really suspicious! RIP to the person who died at the college today. I go to Seevic so this is really shocking.[/p][/quote]The incident in Thorpe Bay was a suicide. The poor woman was in torment. My son was a friend of the boy who also died in the car[/p][/quote]He was a quite dear friend of mine, We're friend for 7-8 years and this hasn't got to do anything what happen. R.I.P to the person in the car but please don't bring up the story of the poor boy, It was hard enough to understand he was gone but please don't make it sound it someone else did it. Marionette
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Fri 7 Feb 14

TheaWells says...

Hear Hear to Dan_.... I see people on facebook getting upset by this and yet the Echo Editor is strangely quiet... Lets hope that if his family member reaches an untimely death no one is there ready to post graphic images of said tragedy all over the internet and newspapers...

Why not wait and show the car AFTER it has been extinguished..

why publish a photograph of what is clearly a person being burned alive!!??

As someone on Facebook said "I bet the Editor wet his knickers when this story came in!"

macabre and tasteless it is indeed!

My condolences to the poor family having to live through this. I can't imagine how horrendous they must be feeling.
Hear Hear to Dan_.... I see people on facebook getting upset by this and yet the Echo Editor is strangely quiet... Lets hope that if his family member reaches an untimely death no one is there ready to post graphic images of said tragedy all over the internet and newspapers... Why not wait and show the car AFTER it has been extinguished.. why publish a photograph of what is clearly a person being burned alive!!?? As someone on Facebook said "I bet the Editor wet his knickers when this story came in!" macabre and tasteless it is indeed! My condolences to the poor family having to live through this. I can't imagine how horrendous they must be feeling. TheaWells
  • Score: 11

3:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sosad 1 says...

the echo has become the "daily sport" of local papers publishing pictures of local tradgedys without any thought of friends or relatives of the poor people involved like the poor victims of the recent Thorpe bay incindent and before anyone says victim she killed herself and her son they were " victims" of a world that that don't seem to care anymore and cuts in all care for people with any sort of problem and the person who said cars don't just blow up let me tell you they they F******G well do rest in peace to all the victims and if you are feeling depressed yourself, ask for help if it gets to much go to a and e ask for help RIP poor fella
the echo has become the "daily sport" of local papers publishing pictures of local tradgedys without any thought of friends or relatives of the poor people involved like the poor victims of the recent Thorpe bay incindent and before anyone says victim she killed herself and her son they were " victims" of a world that that don't seem to care anymore and cuts in all care for people with any sort of problem and the person who said cars don't just blow up let me tell you they they F******G well do rest in peace to all the victims and if you are feeling depressed yourself, ask for help if it gets to much go to a and e ask for help RIP poor fella sosad 1
  • Score: 9

8:48am Sat 8 Feb 14

BinDipper says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Try this for how to write an article without the sill Americanisms and sloppy grammar.
----------------
A body of a man has been found in a burning car by firefighters at a college in Essex.

Crews were called to a car park at Seevic College on Runnymeade Chase, Benfleet at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday following reports of an explosion.

The body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The man, who police said was thought to be in his 40s, has not been identified.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire.

Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley said the car had driven into the car park "and shortly afterwards caught fire".

"Myself and several staff members were on the scene within 30 seconds, and the fire and ambulance services arrived within minutes.

"No college students or staff are believed to have been involved and, as far as I am aware, the individual had no connection with Seevic College."

"I would like to express my deep sympathy for the family and friends affected by this tragic incident."

A minute's silence will be held at the college as a mark of respect and Mr Spenceley said staff would be available to support students with any concerns.
---------------
THERE is no need for "Lockdown", "Police cars RUSHED" or any other hyperbole
A lot of time on your hands then?
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Try this for how to write an article without the sill Americanisms and sloppy grammar. ---------------- A body of a man has been found in a burning car by firefighters at a college in Essex. Crews were called to a car park at Seevic College on Runnymeade Chase, Benfleet at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday following reports of an explosion. The body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The man, who police said was thought to be in his 40s, has not been identified. An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire. Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley said the car had driven into the car park "and shortly afterwards caught fire". "Myself and several staff members were on the scene within 30 seconds, and the fire and ambulance services arrived within minutes. "No college students or staff are believed to have been involved and, as far as I am aware, the individual had no connection with Seevic College." "I would like to express my deep sympathy for the family and friends affected by this tragic incident." A minute's silence will be held at the college as a mark of respect and Mr Spenceley said staff would be available to support students with any concerns. --------------- THERE is no need for "Lockdown", "Police cars RUSHED" or any other hyperbole[/p][/quote]A lot of time on your hands then? BinDipper
  • Score: 1

11:32am Sat 8 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?
goes without saying very tragic..... not unknown for people to copy other events
No, it is not, but would you copy this method?

This is the question you have to ask youself.
why ? no one can second guess anothers state of mind in extreme circumstances...... why would anyone choose a dramatic way to end their life yet sadly that's exactly what a significant number of people do...
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Okay this is where it now gets real weird, two cases of bodies in cars that are set on fire, or burst into flames, within a short space of time of each other....... Anybody else think that is rather strange?[/p][/quote]goes without saying very tragic..... not unknown for people to copy other events[/p][/quote]No, it is not, but would you copy this method? This is the question you have to ask youself.[/p][/quote]why ? no one can second guess anothers state of mind in extreme circumstances...... why would anyone choose a dramatic way to end their life yet sadly that's exactly what a significant number of people do... pembury53
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Sat 8 Feb 14

maddriver says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Try this for how to write an article without the sill Americanisms and sloppy grammar.
----------------
A body of a man has been found in a burning car by firefighters at a college in Essex.

Crews were called to a car park at Seevic College on Runnymeade Chase, Benfleet at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday following reports of an explosion.

The body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The man, who police said was thought to be in his 40s, has not been identified.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire.

Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley said the car had driven into the car park "and shortly afterwards caught fire".

"Myself and several staff members were on the scene within 30 seconds, and the fire and ambulance services arrived within minutes.

"No college students or staff are believed to have been involved and, as far as I am aware, the individual had no connection with Seevic College."

"I would like to express my deep sympathy for the family and friends affected by this tragic incident."

A minute's silence will be held at the college as a mark of respect and Mr Spenceley said staff would be available to support students with any concerns.
---------------
THERE is no need for "Lockdown", "Police cars RUSHED" or any other hyperbole
A marvellous example of how not to write a news story.
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Try this for how to write an article without the sill Americanisms and sloppy grammar. ---------------- A body of a man has been found in a burning car by firefighters at a college in Essex. Crews were called to a car park at Seevic College on Runnymeade Chase, Benfleet at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday following reports of an explosion. The body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The man, who police said was thought to be in his 40s, has not been identified. An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire. Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley said the car had driven into the car park "and shortly afterwards caught fire". "Myself and several staff members were on the scene within 30 seconds, and the fire and ambulance services arrived within minutes. "No college students or staff are believed to have been involved and, as far as I am aware, the individual had no connection with Seevic College." "I would like to express my deep sympathy for the family and friends affected by this tragic incident." A minute's silence will be held at the college as a mark of respect and Mr Spenceley said staff would be available to support students with any concerns. --------------- THERE is no need for "Lockdown", "Police cars RUSHED" or any other hyperbole[/p][/quote]A marvellous example of how not to write a news story. maddriver
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GONNERS says...

I knew this guy it was so sad when i heard it was him he has left a wonderful wife
I knew this guy it was so sad when i heard it was him he has left a wonderful wife GONNERS
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