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Police 'extremely concerned' for missing Essex schoolgirls

Sammy Clarke, 14, and Siobhan Clarke, 15, have been missing since Friday Credit: Essex Police

An "extensive search" has been launched for two Essex schoolgirls who have been missing since Friday.

Sammy Clarke, 14, and Siobhan Clarke, 15, have been missing since leaving school early on Friday to meet up with 20-year-old friend Kieran Hartley-Anderson and police said they were "extremely concerned" for the pair's welfare.

Officers believe the girls, from the Maldon area, met Mr Hartley-Anderson at a house in Shoeburyness, around 15 miles away on the coast near Southend two days ago.

Chief Inspector Jonathan Baldwin said: "We are extremely concerned for the welfare of Sammy, Siobhan and Kieran as none of them has been seen for nearly two days or have been in touch with relatives or friends.

"We would like to hear from anyone who has been in touch with the girls either by social media or by text or telephone calls."


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Two arrested after 'unexplained' death at The Dorchester

The Dorchester Hotel in London's Mayfair. Credit: PA

Two men have been arrested after the "unexplained" death of a man at The Dorchester hotel.

Police were called to the five-star venue in Mayfair on Friday evening following reports that a man was unresponsive in one of the rooms.

Ambulance crews arrived, but the man in his 40s - reportedly an Arab tourist - was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men who were arrested in connection with the death have been bailed to a date in June, Scotland Yard said.

The Dorchester describes itself as "one of the world's most iconic hotels" and is a favourite choice of celebrities, world leaders and royalty.

A spokeswoman for the Dorchester Hotel confirmed the death of a guest and added: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased."

David Cameron denies not engaging with public enough

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed suggestions that he has not engaged with the public enough during his current election campaign.

Prime Minister David Cameron joined the public to watch the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race as it passed through Addingham in West Yorkshire Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Answering questions after making a speech on the campaign trail today Cameron said: "I think we have taken our message to the country in all sorts of different ways."

He said: "In Wetherby last week I did a sort of open air speech to members of the public as well as supporters. My opponent has not done that.

"I have done walkabouts, in places like Alnwick, met people randomly in the streets - my opponent has not done that.

"I have been in factories with audiences, sometimes Conservative voters, sometimes undecided voters, sometimes people who would not dream of voting Conservative. I have done it rolled up shirt sleeves, out there in front of people."

Clegg raises glass to royal baby on campaign trail

Nick Clegg raised a glass to the royal baby while out on the last few days of his campaign trail.

The deputy prime minister made the toast while visiting the Hush Heath Winery in Kent.

He said: "I think before we should sip we should raise a glass to the royal baby with some proper English sparkling. To the royal baby."


Britain adds extra £5.3m to Nepal quake relief funds

Britain has donated an extra £5.3m to Nepal's quake relief funds to help supply food, clean water and shelter to the millions of people who have been affected by the country's worst earthquake in 80 years.

The number of confirmed deaths since last Saturday's earthquake has risen to more than 7,000, an official from Nepal's home ministry said Credit: Jessica Lea/DFID

The money will be split between five different UN aid agencies and according to the government brings the UK contribution to the relief effort up to £22.8m.

International Development minister Justine Greening said: "The UK is standing by Nepal and its people in their hour of need by ensuring lifesaving supplies continue moving around the country and by providing charities on the ground with fast-tracked funding.

"But even more has to be done to make sure these vital supplies keep reaching those who need them. With this latest British boost we will help the UN co-ordinate the relief effort on the ground and ensure everyone affected by this disaster continues to get the support they need."

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Family tribute to teenager who died in Devon

Emily Gardner died in a fatal speedboat incident in Devon Credit: Family photo

Emily Gardner's family have paid this tribute to her:

“Our beautiful Emily was a caring loving, gentle daughter and sister. She was full of life and had the world ahead of her. She was our diamond, now shining bright in the sky.

"She will be missed and forever in our hearts."

Prince Harry 'can't wait to meet beautiful niece'

Prince Harry has spoken of his excitement at the arrival of his new niece in a statement issued by Kensington Palace.

Harry, who is currently on secondment with the army in Australia, said: "She is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to meet her."

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