Dog owners in parts of Essex can get their pets microchipped for free this summer.
Those in Clacton, Jaywick, Walton and Harwich can attend council run events to get the chips for their pets - which usually cost 30-40 pounds.
Over the past couple of years dog wardens in the Tendring area have provided well over 1,000 dogs with microchips Next year it becomes law for dogs to have them
Nigel Farage returned to Essex on Wednesday to launch his party's general election manifesto.
Among UKIP's key policies is more money for the NHS, police and prison service.
Speaking in Thurrock, Mr Farage said the plan would be paid for by leaving the EU and cutting international aid.
Today has officially been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures feeling more like mid-July than mid-April.
Amanda will have the latest weather update on tonight's ITV News Anglia at 6pm.
In the meantime, watch Sarah Cooper's report about how you have been making the most of the sunshine.
An 84-year-old woman was pushed to the ground as she was robbed by two youths in Essex.
The victim was walking along the pavement on Pyenest Road in Harlow just before 12.30pm on Tuesday.
The two suspects were riding a white, red and blue moped. They pushed her onto the pavement as they passed and stole her grey leather handbag which contained her purse, cash, bank cards, and keys.
She suffered multiple injuries to her wrist, face, hands and body.
"This was a nasty robbery that has left the elderly victim with multiple injuries and feeling shaken."
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A murder inquiry's underway in Clacton after a man was killed last night.
Two others were injured in the incident near Pier Avenue. Police have cordoned off much of the town centre while they investigate. Businesses in the area are being advised they may not be able to open this morning
Officers are trying to arrest the man believed to be responsible.
Police investigating an attack which left a teenage boy with two black eyes, have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The 18-year-old from Southend was on a night out at Chameleon club in Lucy Road in the town when the attack happened.
He was approached by a man who punched him twice in the face causing him to fall to the floor. Whilst he was on the floor his attacker then kicked him in the face. The teenager suffered two black eyes and a bloody nose.
Police investigating the attack have been carrying out various enquiries, including examining CCTV footage.
They would now like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack.
This was a nasty attack and we would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed it and can help us catch the perpetrator.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged around 25, had short black hair and wore blue jeans and a white t-shirt.
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