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Quarter of teens in Clacton 'threatened with a knife'

A quarter of teenagers in Clacton 'threatened'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A survey by a weapons awareness charity has found a quarter of teenagers in Clacton have been threatened with a knife.

Only Cowards Carry spoke to nearly 500 youngsters and 31% said they knew someone who carried a blade.

More than two-fifths said they had been approached by a gang.

The charity was set up by Caroline Shearer after her son Jay Whiston was stabbed to death.

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Four more beaches to reopen at Clacton after repair work

The stretch is between Vista Road and Connaught Gardens Credit: Tendring District Council

Four more new beaches along Clacton seafront in Essex will be reopened to the public next week.

The stretch from Vista Road to Connaught Gardens East will be available to the public for the very first time as part of the second phase of a £36 million Coastal Protection Scheme.

It follows the opening of three beaches from Clacton Pier to Vista Road last month and seven beaches earlier this year from Holland Haven to Fernwood Avenue as part of phase one of the project.

The project is being financed by Tendring District Council (TDC), Essex County Council (ECC) and the Environment Agency.

"They have been opened up earlier than we originally anticipated and they are proving very popular indeed. These are beaches which would previously have been tidal but are now able to be enjoyed at all states of the tide."

– Nick Turner, Tendring District Council

The overall project will be completed in the autumn with the new coastal defences protecting more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties for the next 100 years.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

Fundraising to begin to support Clacton Airshow

The Clacton Airshow is held at the end of August. Credit: Tendring District Council

Fundraising has begun to reach the £100,000 needed to cover the cost of the Clacton Airshow.

Sales of programmes for the event and bucket collections play a huge part in keeping the airshow running each year.

Tendring District Council says a colour souvenir programme has been produced and will be sold to go towards the cost of the airshow.

This year's airshow is on August 27th and 28th Credit: Tendring District Council

"We are all only too well aware of what has happened elsewhere with airshows axed through lack of funding, the Clacton event costs around£100,000 to run and we need to raise as much of that as possible through programme sales, the collection and other income such as the trade stands. I think it is fair to say that no one wants to see the airshow grounded in the future but it does rely partly on our sponsors and the public giving generously and supporting the event and keeping the costs as low as possible.”

– Mick Skeels, Tendring District Concil

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Clacton's crowds enjoy the heat in new festival

Now last month it played host to the Women's Tour, next month it has the air show and today Clacton in Essex held its first ever Sea and Beach festival.

Organisers, Tendring District Council, said it was the perfect way to kick start the summer season with activities reminiscent of the town's heyday.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

Body found in search for Luke Harding

Luke Harding, who went missing in Colchester Credit: Essex Police

Police conducting searches for missing Luke Harding from Clacton have discovered a body.

The body of a man was located in the river at Castle Park this afternoon by an officer.

No formal identification has been conducted.

Officers have made Luke’s family aware of the discovery and will be providing support to them. Officers do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage.

£19,000 facelift for historic theatre in Essex seaside resort

The Princes Theatre in Clacton has been given a facelift costing £19,000. Credit: Tendring District Council

The Princes Theatre in Clacton has been given a facelift costing £19,000.

The venue, which is the Town Hall of the Essex resort, has had a new carpet, curtains, redecoration as well as improvements to the bar area in the Essex Hall.

The theatre, which is run by Tendring District Council, puts on a varied programme of shows and hosts a number of major events during the year. It is also hired out for weddings and conferences

“We want our audiences, our entertainers and all those who use the theatre to have the best possible experience and look forward to coming back.

“I think it is fair to say that parts of the theatre were looking a little tired and were in need of a modernisation programme.

“We have achieved a great deal on a relatively small budget – especially considering the size of the theatre - and I hope people will be impressed with what they find."

– Cllr Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council

In 2014 more than 36,000 customers came through the doors for shows.

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