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Police thank public for helping them find little girl

The little girl went missing in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex have thanked the public for their help in finding a little girl who went missing in Clacton.

The nine-year-old was on holiday in the town but disappeared just before 7pm last night.

Members of the public helped officers search for her and she eventually found safe and well three hours later.

This incident demonstrates the community spirit that is very much alive and flourishing in Clacton.

Members of the public were only too happy to help us in our search for this little girl and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts.

It is very humbling to see the public so ready to give up their time both to help us and to help a little girl that was unknown to them.

We are so thankful that in this instance this particular story had a happy ending.

– Tendring District Commander Chief Insp Russ Cole

Police urgently looking for missing 9-year-old girl in Clacton

Kiera Baurke-Wynne. Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex say they're urgently trying to trace a little girl who's gone missing in Clacton.

9-year-old Kiera Baurke-Wynne is on holiday with her mum in the town but disappeared just before 7pm.

She was last seen near the Tom Peppers pub on Marine Parade West.

She is wearing striped shorts and a lilac t-shirt, blue and pink trainers and a grey sports jacket. She has a rucksack which contains pink spades, a bucket and a teddy bear.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately on 999.

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Douglas Carswell questions 'nature and tone' of Ukip campaigns

Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell has questioned the 'nature and tone' of the party's campaigning following the resignation of its leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Carswell, the MP for Clacton, ruled out standing for the leadership himself.

Douglas Carswell MP said it was no secret there were fundamental differences between him and his leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Politics is an act of bringing of bringing people together, of drawing people together as one, not of dividing people.

If Ukip wants to be the agent for change, it needs to become New-kip. It needs to challenge itself and put a lot of distance between that angry nativist messaging that we saw of lot of during the referendum.

It's a very toxic, destructive counter-productive card to play and it's cynical.

– Douglas Carswell MP, Ukip

Mr Carswell said credit was due to Mr Farage and others for campaigning for twenty years to get the EU referendum in the first place but added that it was no secret that that had fundamental differences about how to win votes.

Click to watch the full interview with Douglas Carswell by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

UKIP's Carswell: "EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here."

Douglas Carswell speaking in the House of Commons during Prime Minster's Questions. Credit: PA Wire.

Clacton's UKIP MP has backed calls for parliament to make it clear EU citizens currently living in the UK are welcome here.

Douglas Carswell, an outspoken Vote Leave campaigner, is among more than 30 politicians, business leaders and academics who have signed a letter in the Sunday Telegraph today.

They say the reassurance "would also send a clear statement to the extreme minority – who appear to believe they have licence to attack and harass migrants – that the British public finds their views repugnant and unwelcome in our society".

"We would urge the government, opposition parties and every candidate standing to be the next Conservative Party leader – and hence Prime Minister – to make an unequivocal statement that EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that changes would apply only to new migrants."

– From letter to the Sunday Telegraph.

Reports of hate crimes across the country have increased since the decision to leave the EU in last month's referendum.

Work to rebuild 'flattened' Clacton house to begin next month

The house was flattened in the explosion. Credit: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

Work to repair a house destroyed in a massive gas explosion in Clacton will start next month.

It happened back in February 2014 on Cloes Lane.

Nine people were injured - two of them seriously. A report last year confirmed it was an "unfortunate accident".

The council says it will take around five months to rebuild the house.

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Teenage girl has been missing for more than three weeks

Saffron Sandford. Credit: Essex Police.

Police in Essex want help to find a teenage girl who went missing from Clacton more than three weeks ago.

Saffron Sandford, who is 15 and has distinctive blue hair, has links to east London and Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.

She is white, 5ft 4in tall, and was last seen wearing blue jeggings, a green parka-style jacket and white trainers.

Officers say they are "growing increasingly concerned for her welfare".

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