Have you have any similar unexplained incidents or can you solve these
The photo of the Grays Co-op brought to mind an incident that happened to me that I have never been able to fully explain.
This does not relate to old Laindon, but to the in between years after the commencement of the new town. The development had arrived in the Laindon area and site clearance was being done to the east of the High Rd. As I went to work one-day bulldozers were clearing an area of hawthorn thicket opposite the Co-op and that night when I returned home after 11pm the High Rd. was deserted. It was a bright moonlight night and as I walked past the Co-op I became aware of movement opposite in the newly cleared space. When I turned, I saw a large cat with long pointed ears which I believe was a lynx or similar. The cat some 15 yards away was also aware of me but I considered it inadvisable to attempt to shoo it away and continued walking cautiously. The cat however continued to match my pace on the other side of the road and I had the problem of what to do when it became necessary to cross into St. Nicholas Lane, at that instant a car came up the High Road and passed between us, and when I looked back the cat had disappeared. I walked that route several times that week but never saw it again nor did I hear any reports of similar sightings.
Another incident in respect of a wild animal that has always left a question in my mind occurred some decade or so later my family. My daughter who was a Basildon WPC at the time was called on to attend a reported creature in Langdon Hills causing mayhem in a garden and she and a dog handler went to investigate. On entering the garden saw nothing at first and then observed something in the greenery, which did not appear to be that large. But it had been lying down and stood up to reveal a huge wild boar. The dog attempted to flee the other way and the boar crashed through the fence and ran away leaving smashed fencing and a torn up lawn. Insofar asI am aware the animal was never seen gain.