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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.


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.


Vulcan set for Clacton airshow

The last flying Vulcan bomber will be at this year's Clacton Airshow Credit: ITV Anglia

A flypast by the world's last airworthy Vulcan bomber will be the highlight of this summer's Clacton Airshow.

There had been fears the aircraft would be unable to fly because it needed vital structural modifications.

Now engineers at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire have come up with a solution to keep it flying for a few more years.

The Vulcan is due to perform at the Clacton Airshow on 23rd August.

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