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Friday 30th April - It's Pay Day and a Bank Holiday Weekend - What more could you ask for!!!!

LOCAL NEWS
Evening Echo
  • NEW nightclub aimed at a more “upmarket” clientele is set to open in Basildon town centre this weekend. The Edge, built on the site of the former Roof Garden pub, will host a grand launch evening on Friday. Owner Highbury Leisure, which also owns the snooker hall next door to the venue, in High Pavement, has been busy gutting and extending the former pub. The over-21s nightspot will have live music, DJs, karaoke, tribute acts and function hire facilities. It will also serve food all day, every day from noon until 7pm. It has a late licence and will open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Access will be from the tenth floor of the nearby multi-storey car park, or via the newly-installed lift.
  • A MAN was thrown to the ground and kicked in the head during a violent street robbery. Detectives are now hunting two thugs who confronted the 21-year-old victim as he walked through Tavistock Drive, Billericay. One of them grabbed him and hurled him to the ground. Together, the raiders then repeatedly kicked him in the head before stealing his valuable watch and a phone, worth nearly £4,000. Police did not reveal the make of the watch as they felt it would hamper their investigation. The victim was left shaken, with nasty cuts and bruises. Both of the robbers were male. One was aged about 17, wore tracksuit bottoms and is described as “tubby”. His accomplice was 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins tall and wore jeans. Witnesses to the assault, which happened at around 6.15pm on Friday, can contact Det Con Crane at Basildon CID on 0300 3334444 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Gazette
Pg 5 - In brief - Spate f Burglaries in adjacent Streets
Pg 6 - Teenage Boys robbed and punched in violent attack
          - Shed Burglaries Warning


SPORT
Evening Echo
Cricket
Billy Godleman hit his first century for Essex on an absorbing second day of their LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton. The former Middlesex batsman made 106, including 12 fours and three sixes, as Essex reached 262-5 by the close in reply to Somerset’s 387.


Total Essex
Snooker

ALI Carter says a mid-session interval talk with snooker legend and coach Terry Griffiths helped him to overcome a wobble against Joe Perry and in to the quarter-finals of the World Championships on Monday. But the 2008 finalist still insists he has no hope of winning the title, and that was said when he was locked in a battle with Shaun Murphy which he went on to beat. He is now in the Semi finals against Neil Robertson who took out our other Essex hopeful Steve Davis. At the end of Play on Thursday he was trailing 6-2 and will resume tomorrow morning at 10am

Australia's Neil Robertson made a blistering start to his World Championship semi-final against Ali Carter, racing into a 6-2 lead. Robertson, 28, took a scrappy opener before winning the next four frames, with breaks of 124, 91 and 76.

Englishman Carter, the 2008 runner-up, looked shell-shocked before hitting back with two of the last three frames, finishing with a break of 69.

1000 BST:
Neil Robertson (Aus) 6-2 Allister Carter (Eng)

Graeme Dott takes advantage of a sloppy Mark Selby display to lead 5-3 after the first session of their World Championship semi-final.

1430 BST: Graeme Dott (Sco) 5-3 Mark Selby (Eng)

1900 BST: Neil Robertson (Aus) v Allister Carter (Eng)

SILLY SPORTS STORY - SKY NEWS

The player argued a potential career as a tennis coach could be ruined Briton Robert Dee, now based in La Manga, took action against the Daily Telegraph over an article written in April 2008. The 23-year-old argued that the article was "offensive" and could blight his potential future career as a tennis coach. The newspaper argued that its article was not defamatory when read together with another piece in the same edition. The judge in the High Court agreed with the newspaper. 

"The claimant is a professional player who did indeed lose 54 consecutive matches in tournaments on the international professional circuit during which he did not win one set. His losses were in tournaments which are under the jurisdiction of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals); they are world ranking tournaments and attract world ranking points. His record of consecutive losses was the world record equalling worst-ever run of consecutive losses on the international professional circuit."

In reality, she concluded, Mr Dee could not be justified in his complaint and the facts justified the comment. The story had been widely covered, the judge said, adding that a number of organisations had apologised and settled with Mr Dee over coverage, including the BBC and Reuters.



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