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Man punched and robbed

Essex Police want to hear from anyone with information about a robbery which took place at Thoroughgood Road in Clacton between midnight and 12.20am on Thursday July 24. A 28-year-old man was walking along the road when he was approached from behind and had his rucksack pulled from his shoulder. He was also punched to the face and fell to the floor suffering cuts and bruises to his face. The suspects then ran off. DC Lee Winfield, from Clacton CID, said: "Unfortunately the victim was not able to get a good look at his attackers and we currently have no description. But I would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in this area or who has come across any of the distinctive stolen property. The bag was a black McKenzie backpack with the letter 'M' on the back. "

Police appeal after assault

Essex Police are appealing for information following an assault in Clacton.

A man in his 50s said he was attacked on the doorstep of his flat in Meredith Road.

Police think a passer by may have intervened and want that person to come forward. The victim didn't require hospital treatment.


Essex rogue builders jailed

A gang of rogue traders who left dozens of elderly people penniless by overcharging them for shoddy building work have been jailed.

The group, who operated around Clacton and Colchester in Essex, targeted their victims between 2009 and 2013.

Many lived alone, had dementia or were seriously ill.

Detectives and trading standards officers built their case around 42 victims aged 65 to 99 but believe the actual number of victims may total about 140.

Essex elderly conned out of £1m by rogue traders

A court's been hearing how a gang of rogue traders from Essex conned elderly people out of more than £1 million by overcharging them for shoddy building work.

The group, who operated around the Clacton area, targeted at least 18 victims, although police believe there may be more. The victims were aged between 65 and 99; many lived alone, had dementia or were seriously ill.

The men have admitted fraud or money-laundering offences. John John Dodds will sentence the men when all mitigation has been heard.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray at Chelmsford Crown Court

Burglars threaten couple with sword

A couple were threatened with a "sword-type weapon" when three men forced their way into their home in Clacton in Essex.

The gang broke into the property in Elm Grove, on June 20 at around 11pm. The men described as two black and one white threatened the couple before stealing several watches including two Rolex watches, designer belts, cash, a PS3 and a 32ins Samsung TV.

"I want to hear from anyone who knows who is responsible. I also want to hear from anyone who is offered the items above to buy.”

– DC Lee Winfield, Essex Police

Four people left stranded after jet ski breaks down

Lifeboat crews were called to the aid of four people who were left stranded after their jet ski broke down near Brightlingsea in Essex.

Clacton RNLI launched its D Class lifeboat and headed to the River Colne, close to Bateman’s Tower, at 6.15pm on Saturday.

Helmsman Danny Thatcher said they were found trying to make their way ashore through the mud with the jet ski.

The four were taken aboard the lifeboat and handed over to the awaiting coastguard at Brightlingsea Hard.

The jet ski had got a rope stuck in its impeller.


Essex: Urgent warning issued after dog is bitten by snake

The incident is believed to have involved an adder.
The incident is believed to have involved an adder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An urgent warning has been issued to dog owners in the Tendring area of Essex after a greyhound was bitten by a snake and needed treatment.

The incident, believed to involve an adder, happened at Brook Country Park on the outskirts of Clacton.

The local dog warden, Allen East, says there's been two similar incidents recently.

"It's all down to the hot weather which makes the snakes more active," Mr East said.

"In this case the owner said his dog was in a great deal of pain and his leg was badly swollen. He would not like to see any other dog suffer in the same way."

Read more about what to do if your dog is bitten by a snake

Clacton gets 'seagull proof' bin bags

Special measures are being taken to protect Clacton from the blight of seagulls.

New bin bags are being used which the birds can't rip open. There have been complaints about seagulls attacking rubbish sacks, leaving food and waste strewn across the street.

Tendring District Council is trialling the new bags which are reuseable.

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