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Brave officer Pc Ian Dibell to receive posthumous George Medal at Buckingham Palace ceremony

Pc Ian Dibell.
Pc Ian Dibell. Credit: Essex Police

A police officer who was shot dead while trying to protect others from a gunman in Clacton will receive a posthumous George Medal for gallantry at Buckingham Palace today.

Pc Ian Dibell was shot while trying to break up a dispute near his home in July 2012.

His father Colin will collect the medal from the Prince of Wales.

Pc Dibell is the first officer in the country to receive the award in over 20 years.

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Demolition work starts at Clacton gas explosion site

Demolition work at the site of a gas explosion in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Demolition work has begun at the site of a gas explosion which destroyed two homes in Clacton last month.

Ten people were taken to hospital following the blast in Cloes Lane. All have now been discharged.

The one remaining wall from the two homes was knocked down this morning, and debris at the site has started to be cleared.

Any possessions found by the building contractors will be returned to the families who lived there.

Demolition work at the site of a gas explosion in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Clear-up begins following Clacton gas explosion

Firefighters at the scene of the gas explosion in Clacton-on-Sea

The clear-up begins today (Monday 17 March) of the remains of two houses destroyed in a gas explosion in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

Several people were injured in the blast in Cloes Lane last month. One remaining wall from the two homes will be knocked down, and debris at the site will be cleared.

Any possessions found by the building contractors will be returned to the families who lived there

Bogus caller suspected of jewellery theft

E-fit of bogus caller in Clacton
E-fit of bogus caller in Clacton Credit: Essex Police

Police are hunting two men who stole jewellery from a home in Clacton after pretending to be from 'Anglia Water.' The men called at a house in Hayes Road between 2pm and 2.30pm on Tuesday, February 18, asking to check the water pressure.

While they were there they distracted the resident, a woman in her 20s, and stole a large quantity of jewellery worth a four-figure sum. The man in the Efit is described as white, around 6ft tall, of skinny build and aged in his mid-40s.

The second was white, around 5ft 9in tall and of stocky build. He had dark black hair and stubble around his face. He was also believed to be aged in his mid 40s. He wore black shoes, smart black trousers and a black smart looking coat with a white shirt or t-shirt beneath.

Both men were wearing a silver chain around their necks which had a laminated white piece of card attached which read "Anglia Water". People are being urged to be vigilant and check identification. If in doubt contact the company who will be happy to confirm if the people calling are legitimate.

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Clacton explosion: Last casualty discharged from Colchester Hospital

Colchester Hospital have confirmed that all eight people who suffered minor injuries as a result of yesterday's explosion in Clacton have been discharged.

Seven casualties were well enough to leave yesterday and the last patient was allowed to go home this afternoon (Thursday 6 February).

Two people who suffered "serious burns" remain in a stable condition at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.

Clacton explosion: Seven casualties discharged from Colchester Hospital, with another expected to be released later today

Ten people in total were injured as a result of the blast.
Ten people in total were injured as a result of the blast. Credit: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

Colchester Hospital have confirmed that only one of the eight people who suffered minor injuries as a result of yesterday's explosion in Clacton spent the night under their supervision.

The other seven casualties were deemed to be well enough to leave yesterday, while the remaining man is described as being in a "very comfortable" condition and is expected to be discharged later today.

Two people who suffered "serious burns" remain at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.

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