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Elderly man rescued from the sea

An elderly man was rescued from the sea at Clacton in Essex after getting into difficulty in the water.

The 77-year-old from Ipswich was spotted face down off the town’s beach yesterday afternoon by members of the public and one of Tendring District Council’s Beach Patrol team.

Beth Higgins was making her wayback to the boathouse from a regular patrol when she saw the man and went to help three people get him out of the water.

An off-duty nurse checked the man over and stayed with him along with members of the team until paramedics and an ambulance arrived and took him to hospital.

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Geo the hero dog

The Riley family and hero dog Geo Credit: ITV Anglia

An Essex dog which risked its life to protect its young owner is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords.

When German Shepherd-collie cross Geo was just seven months old, he suffered horrific injuries when he put himself in the path of a runaway lorry which was heading straight for 10-year-old Charlie Riley.

Charlie's mother Carly, of Clacton-on-Sea, was walking Geo, Charlie and her other two children home from school in November last year when the out-of-control lorry careered onto the pavement, heading straight for Charlie.

Despite vet bills totalling £8,000, the family never considered having Geo put to sleep.

Investigation work completed for sea defence scheme

Ground investigation work at Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ground investigation works have been completed in Clacton as part of the first stages of a coastal defence plan.

Construction should start next year at Clacton and Holland-on-sea with 25 fishtail groynes being installed and the beach being recharged.

It'll cost £30m but it won't be known until September if the Environment Agency will contribute £19m to the project.

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Fishermen recover after boat sinks

The RNLI Clacton crew approach the fishing boat that sank on Saturday afternoon Credit: Clacton RNLI

Three fishermen are recovering after being rescued when their boat started sinking off the Essex coast on Saturday afternoon.

The alarm was raised at about one o'clock when the boat got into trouble at Dengie Flats.

The RNLI Clacton inshore boat went to the scene, along with a yacht sailing from nearby Burnham, which picked the three crew up and took them back to Burnham.

The lifeboat was back on station by two o'clock

The yacht that helped rescue three crew of a sinking fishing boat off the Essex coast Credit: Clacton RNLI

Fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Essex

Three fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off the Essex coast this afternoon.The 25ft vessel got into trouble at Dengie Flats.

The RNLI's Clacton inshore lifeboat went to the scene. Helmsman Danny Thtacher said

“When we got there the boat had already sunk and you could see it on the bottom.“A passing yacht coming out of Burnham picked up the three crew members, who were safe and well.“The yacht was happy to take them back to Burnham. “We are grateful to the yacht’s crew for its assistance.”

– Danny Thatcher RNLI Clacton

Pair jailed after bank raid

George Commons Credit: Essex Police

Two men are beginning prison sentences having been jailed for committing an armed robbery on a bank at Clacton in Essex last December.George Commons, 48, of Linden Drive, Clacton, and David Worth, 41, of Beach Road, St Osyth, appeared for sentencing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 5.

David Worth Credit: Essex Police

Commons was jailed for eight years and Worth for seven.In March this year Commons pleaded guilty in March to robbery and a firearms offence while Worth was found guilty of the same offences following a six-day trial in June.

The robbery took place on December 7, 2012, when two men entered the NatWest bank in North Road, Clacton, armed with a firearm and threatened staff.They stole just over £6,000.

Commons was arrested on December 9, in his own vehicle, which had been used as the getaway car. Worth was arrested on December 10, after handing himself in.

Four knifepoint robberies in Clacton

Essex Police are appealing for help to track down a man who committed four knife-point robberies in Clacton over the weekend. They happened between 5.30 on Friday evening and 8 o'clock Saturday night.

The robber's victims ranged from a 12-year-old girl to an 18-year-old woman. Each had their mobile phone taken.

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