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Man rescued from River Colne near Colchester

A man who fell from a boat on the River Colne near Colchester has been rescued by volunteer lifeboat crews.

Man being rescued from the river Colne. Credit: RNLI

The 45-year-old, from Rowhedge, near Colchester, fell into the water close to the village’s Anchor pub in the early hours on Saturday 23 May. He got stuck in the mud as the tide was coming in.

Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was called to the scene at about 12.35am after Thames Coastguard received reports that the man was in the river.

As the crew made its way to the scene, Mersea Coastguard reported it had spotted the 10ft boat, but that no-one was on board.

Essex Police, Mersea Coastguard and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service searched for the man, who was spotted in the mud on the opposite side of the river.

Click below to watch a video of the rescue by Clacton RNLI:

“With the tide on the flood and the water already up to the man’s legs, time was of the essence...

“We arrived minutes later and were guided by torchlight to the man.

“Fortunately we managed to pluck him from the mud and into the boat.

“While en route to the pontoons at Rowhedge, the crew started to warm the casualty up as he was showing signs of being hypothermic.

“Once alongside the pontoon, he was walked up to the ambulance crew who took him to hospital for further treatment.

“This was a fantastic team effort by everyone involved, including the coastguard, police and fire service.

“Thanks to everyone's hard work, a life has been saved.”

– Clacton RNLI crewman Joff Strutt.

Disappointing night for Hertfordshire singer in Eurovision contest

Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas Credit: PA

Hertfordshire's Alex Larke took to the stage in Vienna last night as one half of the UK's entry in the 60th Eurovision Song contest.

Alex from Welwyn Garden City performed alongside Bianca Nicholas as part of Electro Velvet but sadly their track 'Still in Love With You" didn't go down well with the judges, only picking up five points. The duo finished 24th out of 27.

Sweden were crowned the eventual winners fighting off strong competition from Russia and Italy.


Man threatened with knife during aggravated burglary

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in Colchester, Essex.

Location of aggravated burglary in Colchester Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man knocked on a door in Almond Way sometime between 3.30pm and 3.45pm on Saturday 16 May and threatened the 51-year-old occupant with a knife.

He forced his way into the property and stole a mobile phone and £60 cash before leaving.

Police have described the suspect as a white man, about 6ft 4ins tall and of strong build. He had short black hair, a moustache, and wore a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone who saw the man in the area at the time is asked to call Dc Danielle Markoutsis at Colchester CID on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or

Teenager in serious condition after attack in town centre

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was attacked in Stevenage town centre.

An 18 year old man was attacked following an argument with two other men outside Primark in the town centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. During the incident he sustained a wound to the stomach.

Officers say the injured man had earlier been involved in an argument with two men in Flava night club and they'd like to speak to these two men. They have been described as a black man about 6ft 1in tall with dread locks, and a mixed race man with afro style hair.

The injured man was taken to the Lister Hospital, where he remains in a serious, but stable condition.

We are urgently seeking anyone who witnessed this incident or was in Flava or the town centre at this time. If you saw the incident, and/or the events prior to it, please contact me as soon as possible.

– Detective Sergeant Mark Clawson


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