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Quarter of teens in Clacton 'threatened with a knife'

A quarter of teenagers in Clacton 'threatened'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A survey by a weapons awareness charity has found a quarter of teenagers in Clacton have been threatened with a knife.

Only Cowards Carry spoke to nearly 500 youngsters and 31% said they knew someone who carried a blade.

More than two-fifths said they had been approached by a gang.

The charity was set up by Caroline Shearer after her son Jay Whiston was stabbed to death.

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Extra patrols catch people not wearing seat belts

A new seatbelt campaign has been launched. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police campaign is being launched today targeting people travelling on our region's roads who do not wear seat belts.

In Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire last year nearly 4,700 people were fined for not wearing a seatbelt.

Those caught not using the life-saving device can be fined up to £500.

Inspector Mark Rogers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: "Throughout the next moth we will be carrying out regular patrols targeting those flouting the law in relation to wearing a seatbelt.

"You are much more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision if you're not wearing this life-saving piece of equipment. The consequences of not wearing a belt when involved in a collision are potentially horrific."

One in, one out as City get busy ahead of transfer deadline day

Dieumerci Mbokani Credit: PA Images

Norwich City have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani.

Mbokani joins on a season long loan with a view to a permanent move.

The Congolese forward has played for Anderlecht and Stanard Liege.

Norwich boss Alex Neil told the Canaries website that he was delighted with the deal.

"Dieumerci is going to give us competition at the top end of the pitch, and I think we've needed a bit of strengthening there. He's a big, strong number nine - he can take the ball in, he's mobile and he's a real threat in the box. We're hoping all of those things come together for him. He's got a good track record and he's played Champions League football, so I think it's an exciting signing for us."

– Alex Neil
Ricky van Wolfswinkel Credit: PA images

Meanwhile dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel - City's record signing - has moved out of Carrow Road. The forward, who scored against Rotherham in the Carling Cup last week, has joined Real Betis on a season long loan.

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Essex firefighters to strike again over cuts

Essex firefighter are set to walk out again. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters in Essex are due to strike again today in a long-running a dispute over working conditions and budget cuts.

Crews will walkout from 9am to 6pm.

The fire service says there will be working crews to provide cover.

Keith Handscomb, from the Fire Brigades Union, said: "The public consultation up until now has been an absolute sham. The fire authority aren't listening to firefighters or the public, neither of whom want these cuts."

New website to tackle domestic abuse in Bedfordshire

A new website to fight domestic abuse. Credit: Bedford Borough Council

A new website has been launched today to give advice to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

The Bedfordshire Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership says it will give clear guidance to survivors and professionals. It is hoped it will encourage more people to seek help.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, from Bedford Borough Council, said: "It is crucial that people can access clear guidance on what to do to help them in a situation of domestic or sexual abuse.

"Visitors to the website can quickly access information when it suits them and when they are able.

"It can act as a first point of call as, for whatever reason, individuals may find it hard to talk to their family and friends about what they are feeling and going through. This domain will allow them to consider their options and reach out for help."

Visit the website HERE.

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