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Pictures: Prime Minister arrives at ceremony to honour murdered Essex police officer

Prime Minster David Cameron arrives at the service today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has arrived at a ceremony honouring a murdered Essex Police officer.

The Prime Minister addresses the audience. Credit: ITV News Anglia

PC Ian Dibell was killed while off duty in Clacton in 2012. A memorial stone will be unveiled in the town later this afternoon.


Memorial stone to be unveiled in honour of murdered police officer

PC Ian Dibell Credit: Essex Police

A murdered Essex Police officer will be honoured today.

A memorial stone will be unveiled in Clacton for PC Ian Dibell who was killed whilst off duty there in 2012.

He was later posthumously awarded the George Medal for gallantry by the Queen.

PC Dibell's family will be attending the service along with his loved ones, friends and police colleagues.

It is a privilege to attend this service in memory of Police Constable Ian Dibell, who paid the ultimate price in protecting the innocent people of Clacton.

'In not only confronting evil on our streets but in going back in to his house to get his warrant card and putting himself on duty, Ian displayed the heroism and professionalism that characterise the best of our breed.

"There are no words to adequately sum up the enormity of Ian's sacrifice, nor that of any officer who dies in the service of his community. PC Dibell paid the ultimate price for his actions, but he will never be forgotten by his colleagues in Essex Police, or the people of our county."

– Stephen Kavanagh, The Chief Constable of Essex Police

Essex jobs fair the best yet say organisers

Hundreds packed out the jobs fair in Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

More than 2,000 jobseekers went along to the third annual 'Tendring Jobs and Careers Fair' in Clacton.

The event which took place at the Princess Theatre attracted 55 exhibitors with around 150 jobs available on the day.

There were long queues to get into the jobs fair Credit: Tendring District Council

"It really was fantastic to see so many people come along, some were searching for jobs while others were looking to change their career path. We also had students from a number of colleges looking to make contact with companies and the feedback from all those involved has already been extremely positive.”

– Giles Watling, Tendring District Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Inward Investment
Jobs and Careers Fair, Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

Buses were also put on to bring people in from Harwich and they proved popular.

Quarter of teens in Clacton 'threatened with a knife'

A quarter of teenagers in Clacton 'threatened'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A survey by a weapons awareness charity has found a quarter of teenagers in Clacton have been threatened with a knife.

Only Cowards Carry spoke to nearly 500 youngsters and 31% said they knew someone who carried a blade.

More than two-fifths said they had been approached by a gang.

The charity was set up by Caroline Shearer after her son Jay Whiston was stabbed to death.


Four more beaches to reopen at Clacton after repair work

The stretch is between Vista Road and Connaught Gardens Credit: Tendring District Council

Four more new beaches along Clacton seafront in Essex will be reopened to the public next week.

The stretch from Vista Road to Connaught Gardens East will be available to the public for the very first time as part of the second phase of a £36 million Coastal Protection Scheme.

It follows the opening of three beaches from Clacton Pier to Vista Road last month and seven beaches earlier this year from Holland Haven to Fernwood Avenue as part of phase one of the project.

The project is being financed by Tendring District Council (TDC), Essex County Council (ECC) and the Environment Agency.

"They have been opened up earlier than we originally anticipated and they are proving very popular indeed. These are beaches which would previously have been tidal but are now able to be enjoyed at all states of the tide."

– Nick Turner, Tendring District Council

The overall project will be completed in the autumn with the new coastal defences protecting more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties for the next 100 years.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

Fundraising to begin to support Clacton Airshow

The Clacton Airshow is held at the end of August. Credit: Tendring District Council

Fundraising has begun to reach the £100,000 needed to cover the cost of the Clacton Airshow.

Sales of programmes for the event and bucket collections play a huge part in keeping the airshow running each year.

Tendring District Council says a colour souvenir programme has been produced and will be sold to go towards the cost of the airshow.

This year's airshow is on August 27th and 28th Credit: Tendring District Council

"We are all only too well aware of what has happened elsewhere with airshows axed through lack of funding, the Clacton event costs around£100,000 to run and we need to raise as much of that as possible through programme sales, the collection and other income such as the trade stands. I think it is fair to say that no one wants to see the airshow grounded in the future but it does rely partly on our sponsors and the public giving generously and supporting the event and keeping the costs as low as possible.”

– Mick Skeels, Tendring District Concil
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