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£500,000 boost as Tour of Britain rides into Essex

The Essex economy could be line for a £500,000 boost as crowds flocked to watch some of the world's best cyclists in Tendring on Thursday.

Clacton hosted the Time Trial stage of the Tour of Britain, with the pictures being beamed to viewers across the world.

The stage was won by Dutch rider Lars Boom who completed the 10-mile route in 19 minutes and two seconds - around six seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

Shocking hit and run video released by Essex Police

Dramatic footage of a hit and run in Essex has been released by police in a bid to catch the driver.

A 22-year-old man was using the zebra crossing on Old Road in Clacton on September 2 when a light green Ford Focus crashed into him.

The driver failed to stop, reversing back up the road and driving off along St Andrews Road. The victim, who was riding a scooter, had minor injuries.

Police would like to speak to the people who came to help him.

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Missing teenager last seen being put in back of car

Martel Lilly, 16, was last seen on a bicycle in The Grove Credit: Essex police

Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy who was seen being put into the back of a car in Clacton and taken away.

Martel Lilly was last seen on a bicycle in The Grove on Thursday afternoon. His bike was left at the scene and has been recovered.

A 29-year-old man from Canvey Island has been arrested on suspicion of abduction.

Police believe this was a targeted incident and Martel may have been taken against his will.

I believe Martel may have been taken against his will and it is really important we find him and make sure his ok.

Martel is known to be very active on social media and it maybe that his friends have been in contact with him or have messaged him, particularly on Facebook Messenger or Snapchat.

I need anyone who has been in contact with him or knows where he is to come forward.

I believe this was a targeted incident and there is no risk to the wider public.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Smith, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Police officer has face slashed in garden shears attack

A police officer has been seriously injured after being slashed across the face with garden shears

A police officer has been seriously injured after she was slashed across the face with garden shears in Clacton.

She was one of a number sent to break up a large disturbance in Jackson Road just after nine o'clock last night.

She's now being treated in hospital after suffering a serious facial injury, while another officer was also hurt.

A 23-year-old woman from the town has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of assaulting a police officer. A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The injured officer is still in hospital and detectives are appealing for witnesses as well as mobile phone and dash cam footage

Although we have made arrests, we are keen to hear from witnesses who can help us establish exactly what happened in the lead-up to our two officers being hurt.

This was an extremely serious incident which left one of our officers seriously hurt. She is currently at hospital but will need ongoing treatment for her injuries.

– DC Lee Winfield, Essex Police

Pensioner admits murder of 81-year-old wife

John Chapman admitted murdering his wife. Credit: Essex Police.

A pensioner from Essex has admitted murdering his 81-year-old wife.

John Chapman, of Vista Road in Clacton, pleaded guilty at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court today (Friday August 4).

His wife, Jean Chapman, was found dead in the bedroom of their home on Monday June 12.

A post-mortem examination found she had died from a severe head injury.

Mr Chapman will be sentenced on September 8.

Travellers on school playing field have 24 hours to move on

The caravans at London Road in Clacton. Credit: Tendring District Council.

Travellers who pitched up on a school playing field just as children left to begin their summer holidays have been told they have 24 hours to leave.

Seven caravans and vehicles arrived at the site at London Road in Clacton on Friday afternoon. The land backs on to Whitehall Academy and Clacton Coastal Academy and is owned by Tendring District Council.

Complaints from people living nearby have been passed on to the Essex County Traveller Unit (Ectu) which is to issue a "direction to leave".

The notice gives them 24 hours to vacate the land. If they do not, Ectu will look at taking legal action to have them evicted.

"It is not possible for us to simply move them from the land and any landowner would have to do the same. "However, going down the correct route can take seven to ten days to get the result we want and that procedure has already started."

– Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council.

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Thousands head to Clacton to make the most of the sun and seaside festival

Thousands of people descended on Clacton to make the most of the heatwave and a new Beside the Seaside festival.

After two successful years of holding a weekend event, this year it's being split to allow Harwich to also benefit from visitors later in the summer.

The festival coincided with a free day out for families of members of the armed forces and emergency services at the pier.

Man charged with murder in Clacton

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Vista Road Clacton

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Clacton have charged a man with her murder.

He is 71 year old John Chapman from Vista Road in the town. He's accused of killing 81 year old Jean Chapman who lived at the same address.

He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court later today,

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