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Man jailed for life for Clacton murder

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 jailed for life today for the murder of a man in Clacton Credit: Essex Police

"Darren Gilbert is a dangerous man who will now have a long time behind bars to think about his actions.

– DCI Morgan Cronin, Essex Police


Three new beaches to open in Clacton-on-Sea

Three new beaches are opening in Clacton-on-Sea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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 multi-million pound defence scheme underway in Essex

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.

Click below to watch a report by Victoria Lampard:

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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Bravery award for Geo the dog

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.

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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