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Essex police warn drivers playing Pokemon Go

Essex police are warning drivers not to play Pokemon Go while behind the wheel. Credit: Essex Police

Essex police are warning drivers not to play Pokemon Go while behind the wheel.

It follows on from two separate incidents.

A 27-year-old man was reported for driving while using a mobile phone after officers spotted him playing the game while driving a silver Lexus at Lakeside Retail Park in Thurrock on July 21. He was given a ticket.

The car was travelling at about 20mph. The man could have points added to his licence or be told to go on a driver awareness course.

In a separate incident the following night (July 22) a black Mini was stopped in Basildon as it was driving at slow speeds with no lights on.

The four occupants, a girl and three boys all aged in their late teens, said they had been looking for Pokestops, and the officers gave them words of advice about the dangers of their manner of driving.

"Life isn't a game. There are no rewind buttons, second chances and no start again buttons."

– Adam Pipe, Essex Police's casualty reduction manager

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


Olly Murs speaks of 'first love' football before joining Coggeshall Town on the pitch

Olly Murs Credit: PA

Olly Murs has spoken of his "first love" for football, before joining Coggeshall Town in their match against Ipswich Town on Friday (22 June).

It's not the first time the popstar has joined the Essex side on the pitch. He previously played with them for a Soccer Aid match in June, held at Old Trafford.

The match was was a draw at 1-1.

"I have a fantastic career and I get to do the most amazing things but part of my life - which is a huge part of it - is football.

People have seen me play football, but genuinely it's all I've ever done since I was a kid.

Forget about music. Music's kind of the second thing, my second love. Football's been my first."

– Olly Murs, popstar

Learner driver caught speeding over 130mph disqualified

A learner driver that was caught speeding in excess of 130mph on the M25 at Epping has been disqualified Credit: PA

A learner driver caught travelling in excess of 130mph on a motorway has been disqualified and fined.

Cydney Mantle from Blandford Road, Beckenham, Kent was caught on camera travelling at 132mph in a 70mph limit on the M25 at Epping in September 2015.

The 28-year-old who only held a provisional driving licence, failed to display ‘L’ plates on the Audi car she was driving and was not permitted to be driving on a motorway.

A Notice of Intended Prosecution was sent to her home address and she appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' on July 19.

Mantle told the court she drove the car to get home after a night out with her partner because he had been drinking and should not have been behind the wheel. She gave no explanation for the excessive speed.

She was disqualified for six months, fined £220, ordered to pay £90 costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

The disqualification means she is banned from driving any vehicle on the road and will be unable to take driving lessons for this period of time.

"Speed is a contributory factor to 60% of collisions on the roads of Essex. Speeding risks and ruins lives and there are no excuses for such irresponsible driving behaviour.

"I hope this sends out a clear message to drivers and anyone thinking about learning to drive. Driving comes with responsibility and failure to abide by the rules of the road is taken seriously by the courts."

– Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, Essex Police

Fresh warnings about dangers of sea after two tragedies

Video report by ITV Anglia's Victoria Lampard

There have been fresh warnings about the dangers of the sea after two tragedies in less than 48 hours.

The first incident happened at Sea Palling near Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast where one man died and another was taken to hospital after they got caught up in a riptide.

Then, at Jaywick in Essex a kayaker drowned after his craft capsized. His body was found late last night (July 24).

Those living there say he was a local man who was often in the water.


Wife of injured Cambridge Utd fan describes his life since injury

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Police have confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will appear in court in connection with an assault that left a football fan from Mildenhall with life changing injuries.

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin travelled to Southend to see his team play in March 2015.

He was one of a small group of supporters who were attacked after the match as they walked to catch a train home.

The incident happened outside The Railway Pub in Southend, and left Simon with severe brain injuries.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home to Mildenhall in March. His condition means he is unable to move or speak, and requires round the clock care.

As well as having the help of carers, Simon's wife Nicole and daughter Emily have the support of close family, most of whom live nearby.

Although Simon can't communicate verbally, Nicole believes he understands what has happened to him and is constantly frustrated by his condition.

Police today confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will face charges in connection with the incident last year.

One man has been charged with affray and a further 11 have been summoned to face the same charge at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2nd September.

A thirteenth man faces charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Ryanair to cut flights from Stansted due to Brexit

Ryanair has announced that it's going to cut flights from Stansted because of recent Brexit result Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ryanair says it's going to cut the capacity and frequency of many of its routes from Stansted airport this winter because of the Brexit result.

The airline want to focus more on growth at airports in the European Union in the next couple of years, rather than in the UK. They've reassured passengers that no routes will close completely though.

Plane directed into path of another aircraft by "over-worked" air controller

A plane from Stansted was directed into the path of another aircraft by an over-worked air traffic controller. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A plane from Stansted was directed into the path of another aircraft by an over-worked air traffic controller.

An official report found the pilots of the two aircraft had flown too close to each other over Essex, after the Boeing 737 had been told to climb.

An investigation found the air traffic controller had given the instruction to the wrong plane because of his high workload.

Police issue safety tips following beach death

A 54-year-old man died after gettin g caught up in tide on a Norfolk beach Credit: Twitter/‏@willlane1982

Norfolk police have issued a safety warning to beach swimmers, following the death of a 54-year-old man who got caught up in tide on a Norfolk beach at the weekend.

Inspector Jason Selvarajah from Norfolk police tweeted these tips if caught in a rip current while swimming in the sea:

  • Don't fight the current
  • Swim out of the current and then to shore
  • If you can't escape, float or tread water
  • If need help, call or wave for assistance
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