Clacton's first ever 'Sea and Beach Festival' has got underway this morning with a parade through the town.
The new event has been organised to help boost tourism in Clacton, with a variety of events going on all weekend.
Tendring District Council is aiming to bring the town back to its heyday, when the beaches were always packed with families.
The festival runs both today and tomorrow from 11am - 5pm.
A woman and two teenage boys have been jailed for the manslaughter of a man in Southend, Essex.
Anton Levin, 24, from Dagenham, died after he was stabbed at Danielle Russell’s home in St Ann's Road on November 19, 2014.
Russell and two boys, aged 16 and 17, were found guilty of manslaughter following a trial that concluded on June 1.
Russell was jailed for 11 years and six months for manslaughter.
The teenagers, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were sentenced to 10 years and four months for manslaughter, and will then be on a five year extended licence upon release.
Police are searching for a man who's gone missing from a hospital in Colchester.
Mark Twyman, 36, was last seen by a nurse at the Cambian Fairview Hospital in Mile End at around 5.15pm on Friday, July 3.
Police say he has a condition that requires him to take medication.
He's described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, has a bald head and few teeth. He was wearing a blue jumper, blue jeans and white trainers.
Officers are searching the local area including the rail station and are using the police helicopter to try and locate him.
So the early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.
It seemed some of you took a few shots of the storms.
With every good heatwave in the British summer there is nearly always a spectacular thunderstorm or two.
The early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.
At Hitchin in Hertfordshire there was 35 mm of rain, which is more than normally falls in two weeks in July.
Councils are calling for new powers to let them tackle the "huge and spiralling" problem of littering from cars.
Local authorities outside London want to have the power to fine vehicle owners if someone drops litter from their car to help tackle the thousands of sacks of waste that end up on roadsides every year.
They warn they are not able to tackle the problem effectively because they have to positively identify who has thrown the rubbish out of the car.
Councils are calling on the Government to bring in new regulations that bring the rest of the country in line with London, where vehicle owners can be fined, regardless of who dropped the litter.
Almost a quarter of motorists (23%) admit to having thrown litter out of the car, research suggests.
Clearing up the vast quantities of plastic bottles, cigarette butts, food wrappers and other rubbish that gets dumped from cars is difficult, dangerous and expensive to clear up, the Local Government Association (LGA) warns.
On just 18 miles of A-roads in north Hertfordshire, some 80 tonnes of litter from cars were cleared up in an annual clear-up, the equivalent of 3,200 wheelie bins or 10,000 sacks of waste.
LGA environment spokesman Peter Box said:
Police are urging everyone attending Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park this weekend to take 'crime reduction measures'.
More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the festival which will take place on Sunday 5 July from midday to 8pm.
To reduce the chance of being targeted by thieves police are asking everyone to consider the following:
- Keep valuables with you at all times
- Do not bring large sums of cash, or lots of credit/debit cards
- If you arrive by car don’t leave anything in your vehicle
- Be mindful of people around you when watching performances
- Keep mobile phones secure