St John's Church

Church service for murdered policeman

A special church service has been held in Clacton today- to help people in the community affected by the murder of PC Ian Dibell.

The street where the murder happened

Tributes to murdered PC

People living in Clacton-on-Sea have been paying tribute to PC Ian Dibell

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Man dies in house fire

A man in his twenties has died after a house fire at Clacton in Essex.

Crews were called to the scene on Stanley Road just after ten o'clock this morning.

A woman and toddler had already been rescued by neighbours,but despite searching the terraced building firefighters were unable to save the man. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.


Appeal: Police try to reconstruct last hours of killer

Killer Peter Reeve Credit: Essex Police

Detectives trying to reconstruct the last moments of a gunman who killed a police officer have issued an appeal for information.

Pc Dibell, 41, was shot dead near his home in Clacton, Essex, last week. His suspected killer, Peter Reeve, 64, was found dead the following day.

Today, Essex Police said people who were in the Chelmsford area on the evening of July 9 and the morning of July 10 may hold the key to piecing together Reeve's movements.

Officers now believe Reeve was in Chelmsford at 9pm on July 9 - just five hours after a major manhunt was launched to find him.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Parkes said: "We know Peter Reeve got a train from Colchester to Chelmsford at approximately 7.30pm on Monday, July 9, and tried to visit friends and family in the Melbourne area a couple of hours later.

We then have no further sightings until we found his body in the grounds of All Saints Church in Writtle at 8.30am the following morning. This was after a gunshot was heard.

"We need to find out how Peter Reeve got to Colchester and how he came to be in Writtle on Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Colchester's major investigation team on 101 or email

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