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'I don't think I will be going anywhere" - not all Jaywick villagers keen on evacuation plans

Villagers in Jaywick are being told to leave their homes by police going door to door - but not everyone has been convinced.

These householders told us they did not plan to evacuate their properties.

One told ITV News Anglia he believed the warnings were "scare tactics" and would "believe it when it happens".

"I don't think we will be going anywhere."

– Jaywick resident.

More Suffolk and Essex locations at risk as number of severe flood warnings reaches 17

Water levels are already looking high at Mistley Quay. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Blythburgh, Kirkley and The Strood have been added to the list of areas where the Environment Agency fears flooding could pose a "danger to life".

There are now 17 severe flood warnings in place covering large parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Experts fear the biggest risk will come with this evening's high tide with properties in all three counties being evacuated while it is still daylight.

The full list of severe flood warnings is now:

  • Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
  • Blythburgh and marshes upstream of A12
  • Great Yarmouth from South Denes to South Quay
  • North Quay, Newtown and Bure Park in Great Yarmouth
  • Lowestoft seafront and docks
  • North bank of Lake Lothing
  • Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock
  • Riverside Business Park and Kirkley
  • Rivers Yare and Bure from Runham Vauxhall to Scare Gap
  • Snape, Iken and surround marshland
  • South bank of Lake Lothing, Bourne Business Park to Mutford Lock
  • Southwold and surrounding marshes
  • The coast from Clacton to Lee Wick
  • Tidal River Stour at Mistley, including the Quay and The Walls
  • West bank of the River Yare from Gorleston to Ferry Hill
  • West bank of the Yare at Yarmouth including Southtown and Cobholm
  • West Mersea, The Strood and adjacent marshland

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Park rapist sentenced to decade in prison

Linus Zukauskas stole the woman's bag after the assault. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A man who raped a woman in a Wisbech park has been jailed.

Linus Zukauskas, 27, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to rape and theft.

The attack happened in Tilery Park last October when the victim, a woman in her 40s, contacted Zukauskas to see if he wanted to go for a drink.

He took her to the park and attacked her before leaving with her handbag.

"This was a nasty attack on a vulnerable woman. It took a great deal of courage for her to come forward and report it.

"This has been a lengthy and complicated case but justice has now been done and I hope this will provide some comfort to the victim.

"Reporting a sexual assault or rape can be extremely difficult for a victim. We want to ensure people that we take all reports seriously, no matter when they occurred,and have trained staff who will support you through the process."

– Detective Constable Faye Bussey

Zukauskas was also put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Second high tide of the day 'could be higher than expected'

Homes on the sea front at Jaywick. Credit: Press Association.

The latest update from the Environment Agency warns the second high tide of the day "could be higher than expected".

A large area along the East coast from Lincolnshire to Essex is thought to be at risk.

This morning's high tide passed without significant incident and officials confirmed it was lower than initially feared.

But with winds of up to 70 mph sending waves crashing into the coast, severe flood warnings remain in place.

Manslaughter charge for teenager over death of man in burned-out car in Essex

The car park where Mr Meshi's body was found. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in his burned-out car in Pitsea last year.

Vilson Meshi, 30, was found dead in the back of his grey Audi in the town's Pincey Mead area in February 2016.

Keanie Hobbs, 18, of Stagden Cross in Basildon, has been charged with manslaughter, arson and theft.

A second woman, Melanie Hobbs, 46, of Stagden Cross in Basildon, has been charged with assisting an offender.

A 15-year-old boy from South East London has been reported for manslaughter, arson and theft and will be summonsed to appear before youth court.

Flood warnings downgraded in Essex

Emergency services in Jaywick this morning. Credit: Press Association.

Severe flood warnings for parts of Essex have been downgraded - but the Environment Agency is stressing that immediate action is still required.

There are now 11 severe warnings in place for the East coast, covering parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, meaning there is a danger to life.

They are in:

  • Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
  • Great Yarmouth from South Denes to South Quay
  • North Quay, Newtown and Bure Park in Great Yarmouth
  • Lowestoft seafront and docks
  • North bank of Lake Lothing
  • Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock
  • Rivers Yare and Bure from Runham Vauxhall to Scare Gap
  • Snape, Iken and surround marshland
  • Southwold and surround marshes
  • West bank of the River Yare from Gorleston to Ferry Hill
  • West bank of the Yare at Yarmouth including Southtown and Cobholm

But the warnings in place for areas including Jaywick, Mistley and Mersea Island have been downgraded from the highest level to a "flood warning". In total there are 88 areas on that second level of alert stretching along the East coast.

For a full list go to the Environment Agency website.

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