The RSPCA is searching for the owners of a cat who was found with serious injuries in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
The black and white cat was found staggering along Alton Park Road with a broken leg by a concerned member of the public.
The cat - thought to be around six-years-old - has been receiving veterinary care since being taken in by the RSPCA.
Chief inspector Sam Garvey said: “She has a horrible break to her back leg and x-rays revealed three pellets lodged inside her leg and chest.
“It’s not clear whether her leg was broken at the same time as the airgun attack but she appears to have been shot some time ago as there are no fresh wounds.
“She is a lovely cat and, other than the injuries, was in good condition when she was found on 9 December. We think she is a family pet who has gone missing and it’s likely there is someone out there who is desperately missing her.
“Unfortunately, she is not microchipped and had no collar or identification tag when she was found so we’re appealing to the public to get in touch if they know where she may have come from.
“We’re also investigating the circumstances around how she came to suffer such awful injuries and would encourage anyone with any information to get in touch by calling our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
A five-year-old boy was found with two gun cartridges at a primary school in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
Teachers at the school made the discovery and called the police.
They seized the cartridges and spoke to the pupil and his family.
Police refused to disclose where the incident took place or how the pupil came to be in possession of the ammunition.
An Essex Police spokesman confirmed the gun cartridges were confiscated.
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of another man in Clacton town centre in April.
Darren Gilbert, 22, of Holland Road, Clacton, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today, and was told he will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail for murdering James Gregoire.
Mr Gregoire, 54, was stabbed following an altercation which spread across a number of streets in April.
Senior investigating officer, DCI Morgan Cronin, said
"Darren Gilbert is a dangerous man who will now have a long time behind bars to think about his actions.
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Another three beaches will open along Clacton seafront today in the latest section of a £36 million coastal protection scheme.
It follows the completion of three other beaches last week
It now means 17 of the 23 new beaches will be in use for the rest of the summer.
The overall length of the upgrade will be 5km of coastline.
Phase two of a multi-million pound defence scheme that is protecting thousands of homes and transforming part of our coastline in Essex is well underway.
Work on three miles of shoreline between Holland-on-Sea and Clacton Pier has already resulted in sand levels rising by around 15 feet (4.57 metres).
Phase Two of the £36 million improvements funded by Essex County Council and the Environment Agency is now in full swing.
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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.
A family dog who saved a boy from Clacton from serious injury is to get a bravery award.
Geo's owner Carly Riley said he pushed her 10-year-old son Charlie out of the way of a truck - but the German Shepherd suffered horrific injuries.
Thankfully this story does have a happy ending: Geo's now made a full recovery and is back at home.
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.