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Work to replace house destroyed by gas explosion nears completion

The house was reduced to rubble in February 2014. Credit: ITV Anglia

Work to replace a house which was destroyed following a gas explosion in Clacton more than two years ago is set to be completed by Christmas.

The blast in February 2014 reduced it to rubble and wiped out a second home. Other properties were also damaged in the incident in Cloes Lane.

Nine people were injured, two of them seriously.

Summer show in Clacton still a success

Video report by ITV Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

From Southend to Cromer, there was once a time when many of our seaside resorts entertained thousands each year with their summer shows.

These days they are few and far between with Cromer being home to the country's last end of the pier show.

But Clacton too is keeping the British tradition alive.

They've got a new team behind this year's production at the West Cliff theatre and say they're seeing the best ticket sales in more than a decade.

"We've got eight professional dancers on this stage in almost 15 years. It's bringing back the production, the costumes. Just the spectacular of it all."

– Aaron Lissimore, Co-producer and Director


Woman rescued on Clacton beach

A woman was rescued on Clacton beach over the weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman was rescued in Clacton after she was found lying face down in the sea.

Members of the Clacton beach patrol team said that they were told that a woman was drowning under the Pier and they rushed over to the scene to help at around 6pm on Sunday (July 24). As they reached the spot two other people were dragging the woman out of the water.

They put her in the recovery position and an ambulance, police and coastguards were all called.

“The woman was conscious when we got to her and she was talking to me.... there was a lot of water coming out of her mouth.”

– Chris Simpson, Lifeguard
Lifeguards Chris Simpson and Sian Rowlen helped to save the woman who was found lying head first in the sea Credit: Tendring District Council

Since the incident, Tendring District Council have warned people about the dangers of swimming too close to structures.

“Currents can be very strong around the Pier and by the breakwaters and groynes and the advice is to keep well clear of them."

– Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing

Police thank public for helping them find little girl

The little girl went missing in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex have thanked the public for their help in finding a little girl who went missing in Clacton.

The nine-year-old was on holiday in the town but disappeared just before 7pm last night.

Members of the public helped officers search for her and she eventually found safe and well three hours later.

This incident demonstrates the community spirit that is very much alive and flourishing in Clacton.

Members of the public were only too happy to help us in our search for this little girl and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts.

It is very humbling to see the public so ready to give up their time both to help us and to help a little girl that was unknown to them.

We are so thankful that in this instance this particular story had a happy ending.

– Tendring District Commander Chief Insp Russ Cole

Police urgently looking for missing 9-year-old girl in Clacton

Kiera Baurke-Wynne. Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex say they're urgently trying to trace a little girl who's gone missing in Clacton.

9-year-old Kiera Baurke-Wynne is on holiday with her mum in the town but disappeared just before 7pm.

She was last seen near the Tom Peppers pub on Marine Parade West.

She is wearing striped shorts and a lilac t-shirt, blue and pink trainers and a grey sports jacket. She has a rucksack which contains pink spades, a bucket and a teddy bear.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately on 999.

Douglas Carswell questions 'nature and tone' of Ukip campaigns

Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell has questioned the 'nature and tone' of the party's campaigning following the resignation of its leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Carswell, the MP for Clacton, ruled out standing for the leadership himself.

Douglas Carswell MP said it was no secret there were fundamental differences between him and his leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Politics is an act of bringing of bringing people together, of drawing people together as one, not of dividing people.

If Ukip wants to be the agent for change, it needs to become New-kip. It needs to challenge itself and put a lot of distance between that angry nativist messaging that we saw of lot of during the referendum.

It's a very toxic, destructive counter-productive card to play and it's cynical.

– Douglas Carswell MP, Ukip

Mr Carswell said credit was due to Mr Farage and others for campaigning for twenty years to get the EU referendum in the first place but added that it was no secret that that had fundamental differences about how to win votes.

Click to watch the full interview with Douglas Carswell by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson


UKIP's Carswell: "EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here."

Douglas Carswell speaking in the House of Commons during Prime Minster's Questions. Credit: PA Wire.

Clacton's UKIP MP has backed calls for parliament to make it clear EU citizens currently living in the UK are welcome here.

Douglas Carswell, an outspoken Vote Leave campaigner, is among more than 30 politicians, business leaders and academics who have signed a letter in the Sunday Telegraph today.

They say the reassurance "would also send a clear statement to the extreme minority – who appear to believe they have licence to attack and harass migrants – that the British public finds their views repugnant and unwelcome in our society".

"We would urge the government, opposition parties and every candidate standing to be the next Conservative Party leader – and hence Prime Minister – to make an unequivocal statement that EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that changes would apply only to new migrants."

– From letter to the Sunday Telegraph.

Reports of hate crimes across the country have increased since the decision to leave the EU in last month's referendum.

Work to rebuild 'flattened' Clacton house to begin next month

The house was flattened in the explosion. Credit: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

Work to repair a house destroyed in a massive gas explosion in Clacton will start next month.

It happened back in February 2014 on Cloes Lane.

Nine people were injured - two of them seriously. A report last year confirmed it was an "unfortunate accident".

The council says it will take around five months to rebuild the house.

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