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Police urge parents in Clacton: don't let kids go out alone

Detectives investigating a series of accostings in Clacton are urging parents not to let their children go out alone after a sixth incident in the town.

It apparently took place at around 9pm on Sunday October 26th, the same day as the fifth offence, but has only recently been reported to officers.

A 24-year-old man was approached by a man in St Anns Road, close to the junction with Old Road, as he walked away from town. This man tried to persuade the victim to accompany him before he indecently exposed himself.

The victim then punched the man to the left side of his face before running off.

The suspect is described as white, of a large, stocky build with a mole on his face. He was wearing a waterproof with a zip pocket on the front, and had on a beanie hat which was pulled up quite high on his head. He was wearing generally dark clothing.

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they're looking to speak to Credit: Essex Police

"This offence means we now have a total of six incidents which we believe all involve the same suspect approaching boys and young men. He has then tried to engage them in conversation and acted inappropriately. The offender description is very similar in all these incidents and we believe it is the same man who we have already issued an e-fit of. If anyone recognises that picture or has any other information which could assist our enquiries I would urge them to contact us. We are still carrying out police patrols in the area of these attacks to provide reassurance to the community and if anyone has any information or concerns I would ask them to speak to these officers. I would also urge people to remain vigilant and make sure their children do not speak to strangers and that they understand the importance of telling a responsible person immediately if they are approached. I would also ask parents to make sure their children do not go out alone and they know where they are at all times."

– Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett
  • The other linked incidents are:
  • A 15-year-old boy was approached in Holland Road at 6.55pm on Saturday September 20.
  • Two 12-year-old boys were approached in Pathfields Road at 3pm on Saturday September 27.
  • A 14-year-old boy was approached at about 6.30pm near an alleyway off Dudley Road on Saturday October 18.
  • A 13-year-old boy was approached at 9pm in Coppins Road on Saturday October 18.
  • A 20-year-old man was approached at 8.30pm in Anchor Road on Sunday October 26.

Jobs boost for Clacton as new ASDA store is given the green light

How the new ASDA store could look. Credit: Tendring District Council

Around 300 new jobs are set to be created in Clacton after an application for a new ASDA store was given the green light by the local council.

The company plans to redevelop the existing Co-op store.

It's hoped that it will open in 2016.

“It will be a high quality supermarket on an existing site providing local jobs in the local community – within two to three miles of the site."

– Phil Bartram, ASDA spokesman

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CCTV released following criminal damage in Clacton

Detectives investigating an incident of criminal damage in Clacton have released CCTV footage of a man they want to identify.

Credit: Essex Police

Around £3000 damage was caused after the bonnet, doors and boot of a black Volvo parked on a driveway on Chilburn Road was scratched.

The incident took place just after 11.45pm on October 11, 2014.

Anyone who has more information is asked to contact Clacton Police.

Clacton pays its respects to the fallen on Armistice Day

More than 300 people gathered outside Clacton Town Hall earlier to mark Armistice Day.

People of all ages gathered outside the Town Hall in Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

Tendring District Councillors, staff, school children and residents stood alongside members of the Royal British Legion.

They joined together as an act of remembrance and for a short service as well as a two minutes silence which was introduced by the Last Post at 11am and ended with Reveille.

Veterans stood outside the Town Hall Credit: Tendring District Council

Like many people around the country at 11am on the 11th of November it was a chance for us to think of those who have sacrificed everything in various conflicts around the world.

A chance to think about what they did for us so that we can have the lives we enjoy today.

– Cllr Guglielmi
Young people gathered to pay their respects Credit: Tendring District council

As was the case on Sunday this was the largest attendance for many years. It was fantastic to see the youngsters here.

– Dan Casey, President, British Legion, Clacton

Three arrested after High Street attack and robbery

Police were called to Clacton High Street Credit: ITV Anglia

Police have arrested three men after reports of a disturbance in Clacton High Street at 3pm on Saturday November 8.

Officers found a 44-year-old man in Beach Road who reported that he had been assaulted and robbed.

Two members of the public, who are believed to have tried to intervene, also suffered minor injuries after being assaulted.

Police are questioning three men in their 20s on suspicion of assault and robbery.

I would like to publicly thank all those who gave us assistance and praise the actions of the two men who also tried to intervene. If there is anyone else who saw what happened and has not yet spoken to us I would ask them call me at Clacton police station on 101.

– Detective Sergeant Tim Coyles, Clacton CID

Battle to save two specialist maternity units in Essex

The units at Clacton and Harwich are part of the Colchester Hospital Trust. Both closed temporarily in March because of staff shortages at the main hospital.

Both are now open again - although a consultation to decide their permanent future is ongoing - and at Clacton they held an open day for prospective parents to have a look around.

Click below to watch Jim Rice's report:

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£36 million scheme to improve Clacton coastal defences makes significant progress

The new coastal defences will protect more than 3,000 homes and businesses for the next 100 years.

A £36 million scheme to improve coastal defences between Holland-on-Sea and Clacton has made significant progress.

Two new fish tail groynes have been built - with two others close to completion. 70,000 tons of granite has also been delivered to the site from Norway.

Concern grows in Clacton after fresh sexual assault allegation

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they're looking to speak to. Credit: Essex Police

Police in Clacton say they're concerned the behaviour of a man who's been approaching children in the town is escalating, after a 20-year-old reported he'd been sexually assaulted.

They've released this e-fit of a man they'd like to speak to after a number of incidents in the last month, in which boys as young as 12 have been approached.

"This latest incident represents an escalation in this man's behaviour.

Previously he has spoken to victims and tried to persuade them to accompany him.

In this latest case he has grabbed the victim and pulled him into an alleyway off Anchor Road before sexually assaulting him."

– Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett, Essex Police

Clacton MP re-takes his seat for Ukip

Clacton MP Douglas Carswell taking his seat Credit: HOC

Clacton's new Ukip MP has taken his seat in the House of Commons for the first time later following his historic by-election.

Nigel Farage hailed it an "emotional" moment for Ukip as he watched its first elected MP introduced to Parliament after victory in the Clacton by-election.

The party leader was in the Commons for the first time in more than 30 years to see Douglas Carswell re-take his seat.

Mr Carswell, who triggered the contest after defecting from the Tories, was shepherded into the chamber by former colleagues Zac Goldsmith and Sir Peter Tapsell.

Carswell taking his historic seat in the Commons Credit: HOC

Arriving at Westminster, Mr Farage said he had not been in the Commons since he was 17 - although he has been to the Lords.

Asked if it felt like an emotional moment for the party, he said: "It does. I think it is a moment.

"I am here to represent Ukip and the millions of people who we represent."

As an MEP, Mr Farage does not have automatic access to the parliamentary estate. The House authorities indicated Ukip would have needed to apply for tickets to sit in the public gallery.

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