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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.”

Arron Banks will NOT fight Clacton at the General Election

Arron Banks spent the day in Clacton Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

The announcement came after he spent the day in the Essex town. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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."

Millionaire UKIP donor to visit town where he hopes to be MP

The millionaire who's hoping to be the next Clacton MP. Credit: ITV Anglia

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.

Arron Banks last week said 'I know nothing about Clacton'.


Clacton MP Douglas Carswell won't stand for re-election

Douglas Carswell recently left Ukip to become an Independent Credit: PA

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."

– Douglas Carswell MP, Clacton, Independent

Ukip donor Banks to stand against Carswell in Clacton

Arron Banks (left) will go up against Douglas Carswell (right). Credit: PA

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.

Man dies after falling from boat off Essex coast

Man dies off the coast of Essex

A man has died after falling from a boat in the sea in Essex.

Clacton lifeboat crew was called to the scene around three miles off the coast of Lee-Over-Sands near St Osyth at around 1.15 on Saturday.

Police Marine rescue units were also involved in the rescue attempt. The man, who was 59, was pulled from the water but wasn't breathing. He was taken to hospital but later died.

The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by an Essex Police marine vessel.

A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said:

The thoughts of everyone at Clacton Lifeboat Station are with the friends and family of the man and those who were involved in the incident. We would like to thank all the emergency services, including Clacton Coastguard, Walton Coastguard, Essex Police, the East of England Ambulance, First Responders, the Air Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, for their efforts It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”

– Clacton RNLI Spokesman
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