Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

First published in Echo News by

A MILKMAN was hit over the head by a man armed with a gun.

The victim was in his milk van in Willow Close, Leigh, when he was approached by a man wearing a crash helmet.

The attacker, who had a silver handgun, demanded the milkman hand over any money he was carrying.

When the victim refused, he hit him on the head before running off empty-handed.

The delivery man was notinjured in the attack on Friday at 3.30am, but police say he is shaken.

Detectives say the attacker is described as 5ft 8ins, wearing a white jumper and a crash helmet with graffiti style writing on it.

A man who lives in Willow Close, who asked not to be named, said: “It is a really shocking incident and I can’t really believe it has happened here.

“It is normally very quiet as we are quite tucked away but I hope whoever did this is brought to justice.”

Anyone with any information about the incident can call Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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7:02am Tue 15 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

That's unusual a man allegedly approaches the milkman wearing a sinister crash helmet and holding a silver gun, demanding cash. The milkman risked his life by refusing to hand over cash, the gunman then smashed the milkman over the head with the gun BUT the milkman was not injured . Then the gunman, who was such a determined desperado, simply gave up an walked away.

IF this happened as described, and that is a big IF I suggest it had very little to do over the milkman's float.

I'm aware the usual trolls will be out in force but everyone else - ask yourself is there anything to support this odd event ? Perhaps a neighbour who heard all the commotion ? Why was the milkman unharmed despite being allegedly smashed over the head with a gun ? Why did the desperate gunman simply give up ?
That's unusual a man allegedly approaches the milkman wearing a sinister crash helmet and holding a silver gun, demanding cash. The milkman risked his life by refusing to hand over cash, the gunman then smashed the milkman over the head with the gun BUT the milkman was not injured . Then the gunman, who was such a determined desperado, simply gave up an walked away. IF this happened as described, and that is a big IF I suggest it had very little to do over the milkman's float. I'm aware the usual trolls will be out in force but everyone else - ask yourself is there anything to support this odd event ? Perhaps a neighbour who heard all the commotion ? Why was the milkman unharmed despite being allegedly smashed over the head with a gun ? Why did the desperate gunman simply give up ? supermadmax
  • Score: 1

7:57am Tue 15 Apr 14

ThurrockResident says...

Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers. ThurrockResident
  • Score: -14

8:21am Tue 15 Apr 14

Southend Badman says...

The gun obviously was not even real.
The gun obviously was not even real. Southend Badman
  • Score: -2

8:28am Tue 15 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

this is the 2nd in a week.
this is the 2nd in a week. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

9:11am Tue 15 Apr 14

stopmoaning1 says...

ThurrockResident wrote:
Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights.

What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.
[quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.[/p][/quote]OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights. What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 17

9:18am Tue 15 Apr 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Dear Echo reporter Luke Lambert, is it fair to say you are either fresh out of journalist school and missed your big scoop by three days, or does nobody at the Echo talk to each other or actually read the paper/web page.

The reason I ask, is that a colleague of yours (not named) reported this story on this very site three days ago.

Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker
. 9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News
Dear Echo reporter Luke Lambert, is it fair to say you are either fresh out of journalist school and missed your big scoop by three days, or does nobody at the Echo talk to each other or actually read the paper/web page. The reason I ask, is that a colleague of yours (not named) reported this story on this very site three days ago. Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker . 9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News stopmoaning1
  • Score: 14

10:11am Tue 15 Apr 14

ThurrockResident says...

stopmoaning1 wrote:
ThurrockResident wrote:
Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights.

What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.
OK sweetie no need to get aggressive. Turning the street lights out in most of Essex has led to a massive increase in crime and I am concerned.
[quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.[/p][/quote]OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights. What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.[/p][/quote]OK sweetie no need to get aggressive. Turning the street lights out in most of Essex has led to a massive increase in crime and I am concerned. ThurrockResident
  • Score: -15

11:19am Tue 15 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

stopmoaning1 wrote:
Dear Echo reporter Luke Lambert, is it fair to say you are either fresh out of journalist school and missed your big scoop by three days, or does nobody at the Echo talk to each other or actually read the paper/web page.

The reason I ask, is that a colleague of yours (not named) reported this story on this very site three days ago.

Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker
. 9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News
They probably hadn't found a photo of a street to put up on the previous story and more than likely had the stock Police Tape picture accompanying it. So once they found the photo attached to this version they decided to run the story again. Happens all the time with The Echo...
[quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: Dear Echo reporter Luke Lambert, is it fair to say you are either fresh out of journalist school and missed your big scoop by three days, or does nobody at the Echo talk to each other or actually read the paper/web page. The reason I ask, is that a colleague of yours (not named) reported this story on this very site three days ago. Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker . 9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News[/p][/quote]They probably hadn't found a photo of a street to put up on the previous story and more than likely had the stock Police Tape picture accompanying it. So once they found the photo attached to this version they decided to run the story again. Happens all the time with The Echo... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

11:41am Tue 15 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
stopmoaning1 wrote:
Dear Echo reporter Luke Lambert, is it fair to say you are either fresh out of journalist school and missed your big scoop by three days, or does nobody at the Echo talk to each other or actually read the paper/web page.

The reason I ask, is that a colleague of yours (not named) reported this story on this very site three days ago.

Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker
. 9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News
They probably hadn't found a photo of a street to put up on the previous story and more than likely had the stock Police Tape picture accompanying it. So once they found the photo attached to this version they decided to run the story again. Happens all the time with The Echo...
You would think a photo of a gunman beating a milkman up in the dark would be available somewhere though.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: Dear Echo reporter Luke Lambert, is it fair to say you are either fresh out of journalist school and missed your big scoop by three days, or does nobody at the Echo talk to each other or actually read the paper/web page. The reason I ask, is that a colleague of yours (not named) reported this story on this very site three days ago. Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker . 9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News[/p][/quote]They probably hadn't found a photo of a street to put up on the previous story and more than likely had the stock Police Tape picture accompanying it. So once they found the photo attached to this version they decided to run the story again. Happens all the time with The Echo...[/p][/quote]You would think a photo of a gunman beating a milkman up in the dark would be available somewhere though. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Chris Flunk says...

ThurrockResident wrote:
stopmoaning1 wrote:
ThurrockResident wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights. What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.
OK sweetie no need to get aggressive. Turning the street lights out in most of Essex has led to a massive increase in crime and I am concerned.
Can you provide some eveidence of this 'massive increase in crime'?

I don't seem to be able to find any data to back that up. Using Castle Point as an example, we can look at reported crime figures from 12 months before and after the street light switch-off. These figures are taken from UKCrimeStats, an open data platform of the Economic Policy Centre.

Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes.
Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off.

Feb 2013 - 395 reported crimes.
Feb 2014 - 351 reported crimes. 11% fall after the switch-off.

It seems terribly inconvenient to let facts get in the way of sensationalism but the perception being pushed by the media doesn't seem to match reality.
[quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.[/p][/quote]OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights. What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.[/p][/quote]OK sweetie no need to get aggressive. Turning the street lights out in most of Essex has led to a massive increase in crime and I am concerned.[/p][/quote]Can you provide some eveidence of this 'massive increase in crime'? I don't seem to be able to find any data to back that up. Using Castle Point as an example, we can look at reported crime figures from 12 months before and after the street light switch-off. These figures are taken from UKCrimeStats, an open data platform of the Economic Policy Centre. Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes. Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off. Feb 2013 - 395 reported crimes. Feb 2014 - 351 reported crimes. 11% fall after the switch-off. It seems terribly inconvenient to let facts get in the way of sensationalism but the perception being pushed by the media doesn't seem to match reality. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 12

2:41pm Tue 15 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes.
Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off.

____________________
_

something sounds odd....how can it be the exact same figure..? so i would disregard them, and the Feb lot too.
Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes. Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off. ____________________ _ something sounds odd....how can it be the exact same figure..? so i would disregard them, and the Feb lot too. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -4

3:03pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Chris Flunk says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes. Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off. ____________________ _ something sounds odd....how can it be the exact same figure..? so i would disregard them, and the Feb lot too.
Why? It's an independant and reputable source of official data provided by the 43 police forces of England and Wales.

Is it just because you are upset that the nasty objective figures don't match your subjective and unfounded level of hysteria? Aw.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes. Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off. ____________________ _ something sounds odd....how can it be the exact same figure..? so i would disregard them, and the Feb lot too.[/p][/quote]Why? It's an independant and reputable source of official data provided by the 43 police forces of England and Wales. Is it just because you are upset that the nasty objective figures don't match your subjective and unfounded level of hysteria? Aw. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 8

3:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThurrockResident wrote:
Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
I see the down arrow merchants have thumbed down your comments, as they often do mine.

They just won't have it.

Not until it happens to them.
[quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.[/p][/quote]I see the down arrow merchants have thumbed down your comments, as they often do mine. They just won't have it. Not until it happens to them. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -10

3:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
ThurrockResident wrote:
stopmoaning1 wrote:
ThurrockResident wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights. What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.
OK sweetie no need to get aggressive. Turning the street lights out in most of Essex has led to a massive increase in crime and I am concerned.
Can you provide some eveidence of this 'massive increase in crime'?

I don't seem to be able to find any data to back that up. Using Castle Point as an example, we can look at reported crime figures from 12 months before and after the street light switch-off. These figures are taken from UKCrimeStats, an open data platform of the Economic Policy Centre.

Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes.
Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off.

Feb 2013 - 395 reported crimes.
Feb 2014 - 351 reported crimes. 11% fall after the switch-off.

It seems terribly inconvenient to let facts get in the way of sensationalism but the perception being pushed by the media doesn't seem to match reality.
Funny since the Echo seems to be reporting after-lights-out offences on an almost daily basis.

Or perhaps you do not read most of the stories that appear on this site or in the paper?

And perhaps you do not talk to individuals of their own personal experiences and of course the FEAR of crime experienced by elderly and vulnerable people.

Or people who have given up jobs in the night time economy because they cannot afford taxis home and have to walk.

Would you want your mother/daughter/sist
er or even father/son/brother, walking home in the pitch black down quiet and deserted roads?
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.[/p][/quote]OK, we won't tell you there were no street lights. What we will tell you is that there WERE streetlights. They don't go out in Southend Borough.[/p][/quote]OK sweetie no need to get aggressive. Turning the street lights out in most of Essex has led to a massive increase in crime and I am concerned.[/p][/quote]Can you provide some eveidence of this 'massive increase in crime'? I don't seem to be able to find any data to back that up. Using Castle Point as an example, we can look at reported crime figures from 12 months before and after the street light switch-off. These figures are taken from UKCrimeStats, an open data platform of the Economic Policy Centre. Jan 2013 - 385 reported crimes. Jan 2014 - 385 reported crimes. 0% rise after the switch-off. Feb 2013 - 395 reported crimes. Feb 2014 - 351 reported crimes. 11% fall after the switch-off. It seems terribly inconvenient to let facts get in the way of sensationalism but the perception being pushed by the media doesn't seem to match reality.[/p][/quote]Funny since the Echo seems to be reporting after-lights-out offences on an almost daily basis. Or perhaps you do not read most of the stories that appear on this site or in the paper? And perhaps you do not talk to individuals of their own personal experiences and of course the FEAR of crime experienced by elderly and vulnerable people. Or people who have given up jobs in the night time economy because they cannot afford taxis home and have to walk. Would you want your mother/daughter/sist er or even father/son/brother, walking home in the pitch black down quiet and deserted roads? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -7

9:27am Wed 16 Apr 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThurrockResident wrote:
Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.
I see the down arrow merchants have thumbed down your comments, as they often do mine.

They just won't have it.

Not until it happens to them.
I would imagine the comments have been 'thumbed down' because the lights going out in the rest of Essex is NOT relevant to THIS story.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the lights going out, they stay on in Southend Borough.

So to clarify then, the lights were ON.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: Don't tell me there were no street lights? An attackers paradise now in Essex. Every single day in the papers.[/p][/quote]I see the down arrow merchants have thumbed down your comments, as they often do mine. They just won't have it. Not until it happens to them.[/p][/quote]I would imagine the comments have been 'thumbed down' because the lights going out in the rest of Essex is NOT relevant to THIS story. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the lights going out, they stay on in Southend Borough. So to clarify then, the lights were ON. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 8

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