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Two boys and a man have been arrested following reports that they attempted to break into containers on farmland in Stock.
A 15-year-old boy from Grays was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, theft of a car and driving without insurance or a licence.
A 21-year-old man from Grays and a 17-year-old man from Basildon were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.
Police stopped a vehicle in Lodge Lane, Grays at around 9.50pm on Thursday July 9 in connection with an attempted burglary in Stock at around 6.30pm that day.
Officers seized bolt croppers and screwdrivers from the vehicle.
While in custody, an officer reported that the man made comments towards him and he was further arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.
They have all been released under investigation.