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Cruise ship sails into Essex port

Costa Luminosa sails into Harwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first cruise ship of the season has been welcomed into Harwich with shops and cafes making the most of the extra trade.

The Costa Luminosa arrived this morning for the day and tourists were keen to make the most of the sunny weather.

The cruise ship had around 2,250 passengers on board and more than 1,000 crew members.

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Police appeal to trace Essex man suspected of breaching bail

Mathew Luderman is wanted by Essex police Credit: Essex police

Essex police are appealing for help to find a man wanted on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions.

45-year-old Mathew Luderman was last known to be living in Benfleet and has links to Hadleigh, Hockley and Rayleigh.

Anyone with information should contact Rayleigh police station on the 101 number.

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Woman found in woods with serious burns in Harlow

She was found in a wooded area in Fesants Croft. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was found seriously injured in Harlow.

Officers were called shortly before 4.55pm on April 28 with reports the 30-year-old woman had been found in a wooded area in Fesants Croft.

She was taken to hospital with serious burns. Her injuries are described as life changing and she remains in a serious condition.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of how she became injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Harlow Police Station on 101.

Thousands of weapons handed in during Essex amnesty

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

Nearly 7,000 weapons have been handed in as part of a knife amnesty campaign.

A total of 6,897 - including one BB gun and a pellet gun - have been collected from amnesty bins in Clacton, Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree and Basildon since the initiative was launched in January 2015.

The blades are sent to the British Ironwork Centre, which is transforming surrendered weapons collected from across the country into an angel sculpture as part of its Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife project.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000. The law also changed last July to target repeat offenders.

Adults who are convicted more than once of being in possession of a blade face a minimum six month prison sentence and a maximum of four years. Young offenders, aged 16 and 17, face a minimum four month detention and training order.

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