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Manhunt for 'armed and dangerous' convicted killer

Andrew McVicar Credit: Essex Police

Detectives in Essex are hunting a convicted killer described as "armed and dangerous" who is on the run after a robbery ended with a grandfather dying from brain injuries. .

Andrew McVicar was just 15 in 1999 when he slashed a stranger's throat with a broken bottle in a town centre Christmas Eve party and his victim bled to death.

Police are appealing for any sightings of McVicar, now 33, described as having a stocky build with tattoos and a Scottish accent but warned the public he should on no account be approached.

The nation-wide hunt follows a robbery in Hullbridge near Rayleigh last Sunday when victim Timothy Smith, 57, his wife and two friends arrived at the friends house just after 11.00pm.

The group, who had spent the evening in a local pub, were confronted by two men wearing balaclavas and gloves. There was a struggle and Mr Smith fell heavily and hit his head on a garden brick wall leaving him with serious brain injuries.

Mr Smith was rushed to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge but died from his injuries 48 hours later.

Mc Vicar, who currently lives in Basildon, is now wanted on suspicion of murder, robbery and possession of a firearm.

He's a dangerous individual and should not be approached. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact my team.

– Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten


Police investigate a rape

Suffolk are investigating reports of a rape in Newmarket.

It happened in the early hours of this morning. The victim is currently with specialist officers, and a scene remains in place at Fred Archer Way between Wellington Street and Exeter Road, known locally as Yellow Brick Road between Market Square and Exeter Road, while enquiries continue.

An 18-year-old man from Newmarket has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, where he will be interviewed by officers.

Man punched during burglary

Essex Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary at a house in Herongate, Shoebury, which happened at around 3.45am on Saturday, March 25.

Two men, one armed with a knife, broke in to the address and searched it for money. The occupants, a man and a woman, were present at the time. The man was punched in the face.

The first suspect is described white, 5ft 10ins tall, aged 20-30, of large build, wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and gloves. The second is also white and of a similar height. He wore a red hooded top, black trousers and black gloves and was well built.

Anyone who saw where these men went following the burglary or has any information is asked to contact Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after 15-year-old boy goes missing

Tyler Clarke Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 15-year-old boy from Melton, Woodbridge.

Tyler Clarke was last seen leaving Ipswich Crown Court, Russell Road, Ipswich at around 12:30pm on Saturday 25th March and has not been seen since.

Tyler is described as black, with short and curly, black hair. Tyler is of slim build and approx. 5 feet 11 inches tall. When he was last seen he was wearing a black Nike hooded top, black jeans and white trainers.

Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who has seen Tyler or who has any information on where he may be to contact Suffolk Police on 101.


East Anglian Air Ambulance regularly flown by Prince William in 'near miss'

Prince William and East Anglia Air Ambulance

An East Anglian Air Ambulance regularly piloted by the Duke of Cambridge "narrowly avoided" a collision with a remote-controlled drone, according to an official report.

The helicopter, which the royal was not in at the time, avoided a potentially deadly mid-air crash with the remote-controlled machine by "chance", 1,900ft above north London last August.

Investigators found there had been a "high" risk of the two aircraft coming into contact, "endangering the EC145 and its crew" over a busy area.

A report into the near-miss by the UK Airprox Board, which probes such incidents to improve air safety, suggested the drone was flying above its permitted altitude.

The Eurocopter 145, which is used by the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), has been flown repeatedly by William during his work for the service.

The drone pilot was never found, the review said.

In January, William said he would be leaving his role as a pilot to spend more time in London, where his children will be schooled.

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