Army bomb disposal experts were called to Clacton on Wednesday afternoon after a member of the public spotted what looked like a hand grenade in a pile of leaves.
Police arrived at Constable Avenue just after 4pm. They cordoned off an alleyway which runs between Gerrard Avenue and Constable Avenue and evacuated nearby homes.
The item was identified as not live and was taken away for disposal.
Police have officially named a man who was killed in Clacton earlier this week - and confirmed he had been stabbed several times on his upper body.
James Gregoire, 54, died following the attack at Rosemary Road at about 11.45pm on Monday April 13.
A 21-year-old man who was arrested at Clacton on Tuesday on suspicion of murder remains in hospital receiving treatment.
A post mortem examination confirmed Mr Gregoire died from several stab wounds to the upper body.
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A murder inquiry's underway in Clacton after a man was killed last night.
Two others were injured in the incident near Pier Avenue. Police have cordoned off much of the town centre while they investigate. Businesses in the area are being advised they may not be able to open this morning
Officers are trying to arrest the man believed to be responsible.
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Police are appealing for help to trace a man seen in a distressed state in Clacton on Saturday.
Officers have received several reports about the man who was seen walking down Constable Avenue in the town shortly after midday.
He was dressed only in a short, stripey dressing gown and shorts and had nothing on his feet.
Police particularly want to speak to a woman driving a dark blue VW Golf which the man got into.
"From the various reports we have had this man, who is aged in his mid 20s, appeared to be very distressed. We have eyewitnesses stating that he got into a dark blue Volkswagen Golf which was being driven by a woman.
"At this time we don't know if this woman knew the man, or was attempting to help him, but we urgently need to trace her and the man to establish if he is okay and where he has come from."
The Red Arrows team have confirmed they'll be flying at both days of this year's Clacton Air show.
It takes place on the 27th & 28th August. Last year more than 200 thousand people attended the show
Organisers say they'll be announcing more aircraft that are taking part in the coming weeks.
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