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Shots fired in armed robbery at Clacton supermarket

Two men threatened security guards outside a Tescos store in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after shots were fired during an armed robbery at a supermarket in Clacton, Essex.

Two men threatened security guards outside the Tescos storie at Brook Retail Park, London Road, demanding they open the cash machines.

One of the suspects appeared to have gun and fired two shots. No one was injured.

The men left empty-handed by car. There may have had a third person inside it.

The robbery happened just before 11.40am today.

Police do not believe there is any threat posed to the wider community.

Shop staff threatened by armed robbers in Essex

The thieves were armed with a crowbar and hammer. Credit: PA

Shop staff were left shaken after being threatened by armed robbers in Halstead, Essex.

Four men - armed with a crowbar and hammer - walked into the Co-Op on Abels Road at around 8pm yesterday (17 January).

They forced staff to open the office safe and stole a four-figure sum of cash, before fleeing.

The men are described as wearing all black. Their faces were covered by scarves.

Police carried out a search of the area, but they could not find the suspects .

Officers are investigating whether it is linked to other robberies the Braintree district in recent months.

"This was a frightening incident for the members of staff involved.

"Essex Police will not tolerate people causing fear and threatening violence, and we are confident we will find the people responsible. "We believe the local community can play an important part in bringing these people to justice and I would urge anyone with any information about this incident or any others to come forward."

– Detective Inspector Mark Cadd, Essex Police


Plans to launch 'library lego clubs' for children

Libraries in Essex have launched an appeal for unwanted lego Credit: PA

If you have any lego at home that the kids are too old to play with then why not donate it to a library in Essex.

The County Council have launched 'library lego clubs', where children can play and learn together, as well as take part in challenges against each other.

Anyone who would like to donate Lego can do so by taking it to their local library.

Children of all ages love Lego, but it also has a real educational quality helping the development of motor skills and creativity, and learn about problem solving skills.

If we are successful in gaining enough Lego, then we will be looking to launch a series of Lego clubs across the county where children can come together to take part in activities and Lego based challenges.

– Cllr Anne Brown, Essex County Council


Woman hurt in crash with bus

A woman's been injured in a crash between a car and a bus near Stansted Airport.

It happened on the A120 Thremhall Avenue early today (Sunday January 15th).

Essex Fire Service say they worked with paramedics to release the woman and left her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

It's not thought anyone on the bus was hurt.

Police appeal after elderly pedestrian injured in car park

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in a car park in Witham which left an elderly man badly hurt.

Officers were called after reports of a collision involving an 86-year-old man and a white Citroen Berlingo in the Tesco car park at The Grove Shopping Centre sometime between 11.10am and 11.30am on Wednesday, January 11.

The pedestrian, from Chelmsford, was taken to hospital and remains in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, in a serious condition.

The driver is helping police with their inquiries and witnesses are asked to contact Pc Andrew Egerton at Stanway Roads Policing Unit on 101.

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