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Woman missing from Essex care home

Police in Essex are searching for an elderly woman who's gone missing from her care home in Clacton.

86 year old Josephine Murphy was last seen at 6.45pm on Friday 27th March.

Josephine Murphy went missing from her care home in Clacton. Credit: Essex Police

She's 5 ft 3 ins tall, of medium build and has shoulder length grey hair. She has an Irish accent and was last seen wearing a white jumper, dark trousers with blue slippers.

Police say they're are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and say anyone who knows her whereabouts should contact them on 101.

Essex gun shop owner and former pigeon shooter jailed

Mark Billington. Credit: Essex Police

A gun shop owner and former professional clay pigeon shooter is facing eight years in jail for firearms offences.

55-year-old Mark Billington, from Westcliff, appeared at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.

He was jailed on a number of counts of selling guns and ammunition to an unauthorised person, and possessing an illegal firearm.


Southend to hold maritime festival for first time

Southend seafront Credit: Southend-end-on-Sea Borough Council

A new maritime festival is to be held in Southend in June for the first time.

The weekend of free activities will be aimed at families and well celebrate the town's maritime history.

It's being organised by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and is being funded with money from the Coastal Communities Fund.

It comes after the council made a bid for the cash in 2013 to improve the seafront economy and profile of the history of the town.

"I am delighted that we have secured external funding to run this event and I am looking forward to being involved and part of it. We have a Film Festival, Folk Festival, and a Jazz Festival so I am very pleased that this year we will also have a Maritime Festival that will explore our important relationship with the water and our wonderful seafront. This will be a wonderful event for all the family with a host of activities that will boost the seafront economy and be a great weekend for residents, businesses and visitors alike. I hope that it is well supported and could lead to it becoming a fixture in the Southend-on-Sea events calendar."

– Graham Longley, Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development

It will take place 6th-7th June

Future of maternity units decided today

A protest at Clacton Hospital

The future of two maternity units in Essex will be decided today.

There were protests when Harwich and Clacton maternity units closed last year.

They reopened in June- but at night midwives have to be called to open them if a woman goes into labour.

The decision to continue with this on-demand system will be discussed at a board meeting at Colchester hospital later

Police appeal for man missing from Canvey

18-year-old Ben Reme is missing Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has been missing from his home in Canvey, Essex.

18-year-old Ben Reme, who is also known as Ben Ferrie, was last seen at 1am on Wednesday, March 25, by his mother on Thorney Bay Park on Canvey.

Ben, is 6ft tall, with short, black hair and was wearing a woolly hat. He is slim and may be wearing a light blue coat and black trousers or jeans.

He is diabetic and not thought to have his insulin with him.

Anybody who knows where Ben may be is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

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