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Family heartbroken by death of Clacton lorry driver

Michael Renton. Credit: Suffolk Police

The family of a lorry driver who died in a crash in Suffolk last week say that he "touched the hearts of everyone around him."

60-year-old Michael Renton from Clacton was killed when his vehicle came off the B1070 at East Bergholt near Manningtree on Friday morning.

It's believed he had a medical episode at the wheel.

Our Mickey was the most precious gift ever given to all his family and friends. Whether it be fishing, watching the Grand Prix or Dad’s Army, he would be in his element. He had touched the hearts of everyone around him and he will be forever missed by all.

He may never have had his own children but he will always be a dad to Bram, Scott, Neil and Alice, as well as a proud Grandad to baby George, Stephen, Paige, Cameron, Nate and Esmai. He will be sorely missed.

– Annette, Michael's partner

Man in his 70s dies in Clacton house fire

The fire happened in Warwick Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A neighbour has paid tribute to a man in his 70s who died in a fire at his home in Essex.

The man, named locally as David Foster, was found unconscious in his living room on Warwick Road in Clacton last night. He lived alone.

Neighbours called the fire service when they heard the smoke alarms.

Investigations into the cause of the blaze are continuing.

It's thought Mr Foster heard the alarms but his house was too cluttered for him to escape before he was overcome by smoke.

"He was quite a good, pleasant chap. A good neighbour," Kenneth Aldis told ITV News Anglia.

"He was helpful and long-standing. We were in the same position being on our own so it was nice to have someone to have a little chat to."


Biker killed in Clacton crash

A motorcyclist has died in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A motorcyclist has died after coming off his bike in Essex.

Police were called by the ambulance service to Highview Avenue in Clacton at about 12.40pm on Sunday.

A man in his 30s, from the town, died at the scene.

It is not thought any other vehicles were involved.

Resident describes 'terrible tragedy' of fire that destroyed Essex pub

A resident has described the 'terrible tragedy' of a fire that completely damaged the roof of a pub in Essex.

Two children and a man have had to be rescued by firefighters, after the fire broke out at the Red Lion pub in Great Wakering near Southend early this morning.

Firefighters rescued the children through the window - no-one was injured.

The initial investigation into the cause of the fire suggests it was accidental.

It was a terrible terrible tragedy. I have lived here for a long time, it's a very small community and it's a place where people meet and have lunches together. It's been here for such a long time, it will be a tragic loss while it is closed.

– Christine Egbury, Lives in Great Wakering

Police concerned for safety of missing Essex teenager

Asharna Neil was last seen in Clacton on Sunday. Credit: Essex Police

Police say they're increasingly concerned for the safety of a 14-year-old girl from Essex who's been missing since Sunday.

Asharna Neil, from Harwich, was last seen at a Costa Coffee shop in Clacton.

Officers say she may have travelled to London, as she has links to the Hackney area. She's not thought have her phone or any money with her.

Asharna was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans and black pumps.

Detectives are appealing for information to help find her.


Clacton Airshow a big hit as hot weather attracts thousands to the seafront

Clacton Seafront packed with people watching the airshow Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 100,000 people have packed out Clacton seafront for the start of the two day Clacton Airshow.

It's the resort's biggest money earner and generates tens of thousands of pounds for the economy.

And unlike last year, the weather didn't disappoint.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

Watch: A snapshot of Clacton Airshow displays

Parachute display Credit: ITV News Anglia

This year's Clacton Airshow is underway with a number of displays taking to the skies on day one.

Over the two days 200,000 people are expected to visit. Many arrived early to get a good spot on the seafront and beach.

Clear skies and warm weather has meant a packed out beach.

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