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Police concerned for safety of missing Essex teenager

Asharna Neil was last seen in Clacton on Sunday. Credit: Essex Police

Police say they're increasingly concerned for the safety of a 14-year-old girl from Essex who's been missing since Sunday.

Asharna Neil, from Harwich, was last seen at a Costa Coffee shop in Clacton.

Officers say she may have travelled to London, as she has links to the Hackney area. She's not thought have her phone or any money with her.

Asharna was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans and black pumps.

Detectives are appealing for information to help find her.


Clacton Airshow a big hit as hot weather attracts thousands to the seafront

Clacton Seafront packed with people watching the airshow Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 100,000 people have packed out Clacton seafront for the start of the two day Clacton Airshow.

It's the resort's biggest money earner and generates tens of thousands of pounds for the economy.

And unlike last year, the weather didn't disappoint.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

Watch: A snapshot of Clacton Airshow displays

Parachute display Credit: ITV News Anglia

This year's Clacton Airshow is underway with a number of displays taking to the skies on day one.

Over the two days 200,000 people are expected to visit. Many arrived early to get a good spot on the seafront and beach.

Clear skies and warm weather has meant a packed out beach.


Work to replace house destroyed by gas explosion nears completion

The house was reduced to rubble in February 2014. Credit: ITV Anglia

Work to replace a house which was destroyed following a gas explosion in Clacton more than two years ago is set to be completed by Christmas.

The blast in February 2014 reduced it to rubble and wiped out a second home. Other properties were also damaged in the incident in Cloes Lane.

Nine people were injured, two of them seriously.

Summer show in Clacton still a success

Video report by ITV Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

From Southend to Cromer, there was once a time when many of our seaside resorts entertained thousands each year with their summer shows.

These days they are few and far between with Cromer being home to the country's last end of the pier show.

But Clacton too is keeping the British tradition alive.

They've got a new team behind this year's production at the West Cliff theatre and say they're seeing the best ticket sales in more than a decade.

"We've got eight professional dancers on this stage in almost 15 years. It's bringing back the production, the costumes. Just the spectacular of it all."

– Aaron Lissimore, Co-producer and Director

Woman rescued on Clacton beach

A woman was rescued on Clacton beach over the weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman was rescued in Clacton after she was found lying face down in the sea.

Members of the Clacton beach patrol team said that they were told that a woman was drowning under the Pier and they rushed over to the scene to help at around 6pm on Sunday (July 24). As they reached the spot two other people were dragging the woman out of the water.

They put her in the recovery position and an ambulance, police and coastguards were all called.

“The woman was conscious when we got to her and she was talking to me.... there was a lot of water coming out of her mouth.”

– Chris Simpson, Lifeguard
Lifeguards Chris Simpson and Sian Rowlen helped to save the woman who was found lying head first in the sea Credit: Tendring District Council

Since the incident, Tendring District Council have warned people about the dangers of swimming too close to structures.

“Currents can be very strong around the Pier and by the breakwaters and groynes and the advice is to keep well clear of them."

– Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing

Police thank public for helping them find little girl

The little girl went missing in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex have thanked the public for their help in finding a little girl who went missing in Clacton.

The nine-year-old was on holiday in the town but disappeared just before 7pm last night.

Members of the public helped officers search for her and she eventually found safe and well three hours later.

This incident demonstrates the community spirit that is very much alive and flourishing in Clacton.

Members of the public were only too happy to help us in our search for this little girl and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts.

It is very humbling to see the public so ready to give up their time both to help us and to help a little girl that was unknown to them.

We are so thankful that in this instance this particular story had a happy ending.

– Tendring District Commander Chief Insp Russ Cole
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