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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.
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.
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.”
Former Ukip donor Arron Banks has announced that he will not fight Clacton at the next general election.
The millionaire businessman had previously suggested he would contest the Essex seat after clashing with its MP Douglas Carswell.
But he has now thrown his support behind a local Ukip candidate after Mr Carswell announced he was standing down.
Mr Banks said the outgoing MP, who won the seat twice for Ukip but later quit the party, was a "hugely divisive figure and let a lot of people down in Clacton"
He said: "Douglas Carswell is the epitome of a nasty little career politician who didn't give two hoots for the area.He stood originally for Ukip because he knew they would win the seat in a general election. He used Ukip and did nothing for Clacton."
Mr Carswell said he would be voting Conservative on June 8 as he announced last week that "it is time for me to move on to other things".
Mr Banks has backed local councillor Jeff Bray and will give the local party cash for the campaign.
"Both myself and Nigel will be campaigning hard in Clacton and I have agreed to give the local party financial assistance to fight the election."
The millionaire UKIP donor Arron Banks is to visit Clacton today after putting himself forward to stand for the seat in the General Election, even though he admits he knows nothing about the seaside town.
He's hoping to replace Douglas Carswell who is standing down as an MP.
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The MP for Clacton Douglas Carswell has announced he won't be seeking re-election on June 8th saying he has never felt 'more proud and honoured' than when representing his Essex constituents.
Read his full statement below:
"I have never felt more proud and honoured than when representing my Essex constituents in the House of Commons.
Over the past twelve years I have had great fun working with, and getting to know, many wonderful local people. Together, we ran all sorts of local campaigns, from safeguarding local services to getting a new seafront. Local has always come first.
As I promised in my maiden speech, I have done everything possible to ensure we got, and won, a referendum to leave the European Union - even changing parties and triggering a by election to help nudge things along. Last summer, we won that referendum. Britain is going to become a sovereign country again.
I have decided that I will not now be seeking re-election. I intend to vote Conservative on June 8th and will be offering my full support to whoever the Clacton Constituency Conservatives select as their candidate.
It is sometimes said that all political careers end in failure. It doesn't feel like that to me today. I have stood for Parliament five times, won four times, and helped win the referendum last June. Job done. I'm delighted.
Having been an MP for about half my adult life, I believe that it is time for me to move on to other things. I look forward to being able to read newspapers without appearing in them.
It has been the highest honour to have represented Clacton in the House of Commons."
Ukip donor Arron Banks has announced that he will run against current Clacton MP Douglas Carswell in the upcoming General Election.
Mr Carswell quit Ukip last month to become an Independent MP after declaring that it was "job done" following the EU referendum result.
Following that decision, he said that there was "no need" for a by-election but that has now been taken out of his hands following Theresa May's shock announcement earlier.
Mr Banks recently described Mr Carswell's resignation as a "rare piece of good news for Ukip" and the pair have had a number of high profile rows in the past.
Mr Carswell held onto his seat at the last election in 2015, winning by a majority of 3,437.
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