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Red Arrows 'wow' at Clacton Air Show

The Red Arrows have been in action at the Clacton Air Show today.

The RAF Aerobatic Team put on a dramatic show with their distinctive Hawk jets.

The Red Arrows are famous for their acrobatic displays
The Red Arrows are famous for their acrobatic displays Credit: Jack Tuck
2014 is the 50th display season for the Red Arrows
2014 is the 50th display season for the Red Arrows Credit: Jack Tuck
The Red Arrows are made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff
The Red Arrows are made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff Credit: Jack Tuck

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Last pair of Lancaster bombers to fly at the Clacton Air Show

The world's two only properly functioning Lancaster bombers take to the skies.
The world's two only properly functioning Lancaster bombers take to the skies. Credit: PA

The 23rd annual Clacton Air Show gets underway today with regulars the Red Arrows topping the bill tomorrow.

The highlight of today though will be the last pair of Lancaster bombers in the world flying together.

The RAF's latest war machine the Typhoon will also be putting on a display on both days.

The show starts at 11am and is free.

Service in Clacton commemorates First World War Centenary

First World War Centenary service.
First World War Centenary service.
The service was led by Major Elizabeth Burns of Clacton Salvation Army and Fred   Nicholls, Vice-Chairman of Tendring District Council gave the reading.
The service was led by Major Elizabeth Burns of Clacton Salvation Army and Fred Nicholls, Vice-Chairman of Tendring District Council gave the reading.

More than 250 people turned out to a service to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War in Clacton today.

The service was staged at the War Memorial on the town’s seafront at 11am and was attended by all ages.

A number of wreaths were laid from various organisations and there was a roll call of those named on the memorial that died in 1914, as well as those for whom a date of death is not recorded or who died after 1918.

Adrian Nation, a singer songwriter from Holland-on-Sea, performed “The Band  Played Waltzing Matilda” which is all about Gallipoli.
Adrian Nation, a singer songwriter from Holland-on-Sea, performed “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” which is all about Gallipoli.
First World War Centenary service.
First World War Centenary service.

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. "

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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
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