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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.


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,


Pedestrian, in his 70s, killed as car crashes into pub

The crash happened at Clacton Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pedestrian has died after a car hit him as it crashed into a pub in Essex.

The man, in his 70s, was walking along Clacton Road in St Osyth, near Clacton, at about 4.20pm yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

A Volkswagen estate left the road and crashed into The Hoy pub at the crossroads with The Bury and Colchester Road.

A 36-year-old woman, from the Clacton area, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. She was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The pub has been structurally damaged.

Man jailed after burglary at jewellers

Man jailed for burglary at Clacton jewellers Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been jailed following a burglary at a jewellers in Clacton.

The raid took place at Koulla in Rosemary Road in the town at around 4am on Monday May 8.

George Farley 18, unemployed, of Rosemary Road, Clacton was sentenced to 32 weeks in a young offender’s institution today, Tuesday, May 9, at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.

He received 18 weeks for burglary, 14 weeks for possession of an offensive weapon and three weeks, to run concurrently, for criminal damage. Farley was also fined £140.

Clacton commemorates VE Day with service at Clacton war memorial

War veterans, organisations and residents stood side by side to commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe on Clacton seafront today.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) and Tendring District Council (TDC) staged a VE Day service at the town’s War Memorial Gardens on Marine Parade West at 11am.

The service was led by Rev David Lower with a reading by the TDC Chairman and Jamie Robinson, Chairman of Clacton RBL, was the Parade Marshal.

There were three standards on parade from Clacton RBL, Clacton Royal Air Force Association and Clacton Comrades Club.

Dan Casey, President of Clacton RBL, thanked all those who turned up at the memorial.

“It is good to see everyone come together on this very special day to mark the anniversary of VE Day in this way,” he added.

“It is an opportunity for all of us to stand side by side to remember the end of the Second World War in Europe – as well as the sacrifices made by so many men and women.”

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