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Search on for missing Clacton man

Ronald King Credit: Essex Police

A land and sea search is taking place for a missing man in Clacton.

Ronald King was last seen on Friday afternoon telling staff at the Travelodge on Jackson Road that he was going out in a small inflatable dinghy.

He was last seen on a mobility scooter at the Atlanta Cafe on the seafront.

Mums on the march over maternity closures

Baby on protest march in Clacton
Baby on protest march in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia

Mums and mums-to-be joined a march to protest at the temporary closure of maternity units in Clacton and Harwich. The hospital trust in Colchester says the closure is to cope with a shortage of midwives.

The trust's decision to close Clacton and Harwich units will be reviewed in mid June.

Mums on the march in Clacton
Mums on the march in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia
Protestors march over closure of maternity units
Protestors march over closure of maternity units Credit: ITV Anglia

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Woman airlifted to hospital after car crashes into her house

A woman was seriously injured in Clacton after a car crashed into her house Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after she was seriously injured by a car which crashed into her house in Clacton, Essex.

The East of England Ambulance Service were called to Washford Gardens at 11.44am. One ambulance, a response car and the Essex Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

Duty operations manager Steve Box, who attended the scene said: “We believe the woman was struck by the car whilst she was stepping inside the house from the porch, she sustained serious injuries to both ankles.”

Mr Box added: “Our crews and the critical care team from the helicopter worked extremely hard to stabilise the woman at the scene before she was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire for further care.”

Car hits a house in Clacton

The emergency services have been called to the scene of a crash in Clacton in Essex where a car has smashed into a house.

An emergency call was received at 11.44am to a property in Washford Gardens where it was reported that a car had crashed into a house and injuring a woman inside.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Trust said: "At present we have an ambulance, a duty officer and the Essex Air Ambulance at the scene."

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EEAST attending a serious RTC where a car has collided with a house in Washford Gardens #Clacton @eastenglandamb @essexairamb

Fight for maternity units continues

Campaigners hoping to save the maternity units at Clacton and Harwich are organising a protest march.

Clacton Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

They were closed last month on a temporary basis with services being transferred to Colchester Hospital.

Protestors will march through Clacton on Saturday. They're hoping it will show the strength of feeling in the community against the closure.

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Pressure to re-open two Essex birth units

There's growing pressure on health chiefs in Essex to reverse their decision to temporarily close maternity units at two hospitals.

The units at Harwich and Clacton were shut on 17 March because of a shortage of midwives.

The Board of Directors of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will review the decision in June.

Women booked to give birth at the maternity units at the community hospitals will be offered a choice of a home birth or delivery at Colchester General Hospital.

The MP for Clacton Douglas Carswell says a lot of people are angry about the decision.

Brave officer Pc Ian Dibell to receive posthumous George Medal at Buckingham Palace ceremony

Pc Ian Dibell.
Pc Ian Dibell. Credit: Essex Police

A police officer who was shot dead while trying to protect others from a gunman in Clacton will receive a posthumous George Medal for gallantry at Buckingham Palace today.

Pc Ian Dibell was shot while trying to break up a dispute near his home in July 2012.

His father Colin will collect the medal from the Prince of Wales.

Pc Dibell is the first officer in the country to receive the award in over 20 years.

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