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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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Three men hurt after fight on Clacton seafront

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after three people were assaulted in Marine Parade, Clacton.

Police were called at 1.10am on Saturday April 1 to reports of a fight at Tom Peppers bar, which began inside the premises before moving outside.

A 26-year-old man from London suffered a fractured eye socket, a 25-year-old man from Colchester suffered cracked ribs and an eye injury and a 23-year-old man from Clacton suffered a minor hand injury.

Two men aged 22 and 27 from Clacton were arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail until May 19, pending further inquiries.

Family of five made homeless by Essex blaze

The fire was at Rochford Road in St Osyth, near Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A family of five has been left homeless after a fire destroyed their Essex house.

Firefighters were called to Rochford Road at St Osyth, near Clacton, at about 11.15pm on Friday March 11.

It took nearly two hours to put out the blaze which destroyed the first floor of the terraced house and left the ground floor smoke damaged.

Tories accused of breaking spending rules in Clacton by-election

The Clacton by-election, 2014 Credit: ITV Anglia

The Conservative party is facing questions over allegations it failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds spent on 2014 by-elections, including the election in Clacton.

According to electoral rules, each party is allowed to spend £100,000 on campaigning in a by-election.

But Channel 4 News says it found bills totalling £26,786 in Clacton which would have taken the Tories £10,835 over the limit.

It's claimed the party also broke electoral rules in two other campaigns - Newark and Rochester and Strood.

Channel 4 News says it uncovered £56,866 of undeclared hotel bills in Rochester, which would have taken the party £53,659 over the spending limit.

In Newark it found bills totalling £10,459 in Newark, which would have meant a £6,650 overspend.

The Tories defeated UKIP in Newark, but went on to lose the other two by-elections.

A party spokeswoman said: "All by-election spending has been correctly recorded in accordance with the law."

Ukip's Clacton MP Douglas Carswell told Channel 4 News: "It's shocking ... It's simply intolerable. You have to have a law to make sure you don't have unfair advantage.

"We need to look at whether the Electoral Commission should have the right powers. I will certainly be raising it (with the commission)."

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Latest phase of major Clacton revamp approved

The coastline at Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A major revamp of a landmark site on Clacton seafront has been given the thumbs up.

The £1m plans for a new children's water park on Marine Parade East, as well as extra covered areas for new attractions, will form the third phase of the redevelopment on Clacton Pavillion.

The proposals have been approved by Tendring District Council.

Efit released in connection with indecent exposure in Clacton

Efit image of a man officers want to trace. Credit: Essex Police

Police have released an efit image of a man they want to trace in connection with an incident of indecent exposure and sexual touching in Clacton.

The incident happened at 8.50pm on December 12 when a 19-year-old woman was at the junction of Coronation Road and St Osyth Road when she was stopped by a man who engaged her in conversation.

The man then exposed himself to the woman and grabbed her.

Anyone who can identify him is asked to contact police on 101.

Family pay tribute to 'loving mother, sister and grandma'

Kathleen Griffin with her son Dale. Credit: Essex Police

The family of a woman who was found dead at her home in Clacton last Friday have paid tribute to her.

Kathleen Griffin, aged 57, of Old Road, in Clacton, died after being stabbed a number of times.

Her son Dale McMullan said: "Kathy will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. We have lost a loving mother, sister and grandma. There is now a space in our family that can never be filled. We, the family, would respectfully ask for time for us to grieve."

Scott Hilling, aged 25, of no fixed abode has been charged with Kathleen's murder and is remanded in custody to appear before Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.

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