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Boy charged after men threatened with knife in Clacton

A boy has been charged with possession of a knife. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A boy will appear in court tomorrow charged with threatening people with a knife.

It follows two separate incidents in Clacton on Friday night. Two men were threatened with a knife as they walked through the town. One was also robbed of his bike, bike and bank cards.

A boy was arrested in West Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning. He will appear at Chelmsford Youth Court tomorrow (Monday) charged with possession of a knife and making threats with a blade.

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Teenager arrested after two men threatened at knife-point in Essex

Two people were threatened with a knife in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenage boy has been arrested after two people were threatened with a knife in Essex.

Police were called to two separate incidents in Clacton on Friday night.

At 6.40pm, a 45-year-old man was threatened with a knife while walking in Penfold Road. The victim ran off unhurt and called the police.

A few hours later, at about 9.55pm, a 39-year-old man was robbed at knife-point at Pier Avenue. The robber took his black Fox bike and a bag containing bank cards and cash.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Saturday morning on suspicion of two counts of possession of a knife and robbery.

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Essex detective wins national award

Steve Nelson pictured on the left Credit: Essex Police

An Essex police officer has been recognised with a major national award. Detective Inspector Steve Nelson was awarded Joint Winner of the ‘Services to Detectives Award’ at the 2017 Police Federation National Detective Forum awards last night. He was nominated for the outstanding contribution he has made during the last nine years working with victims of child abuse, breaking down barriers and ensuring that our local policing response to children and families meet the needs of individual victims.

Homeless numbers in this region triple

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There are fears that giving money to rough sleepers could be making the problem worse.

A former homeless man in Cambridge says he could earn up to 200 pounds a day by begging, but admits he spent the money on alcohol.

The number living on the streets has tripled in the East of England. Up from 200 in 2010 to around 600 in 2016.

Teenager sentenced to seven years over burglary and assault with candle holder.

A teenager has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a burglary in Witham, Essex where he assaulted a man with a candle holder.

The 17 year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into the home of a man in his 30s in the early hours of May 7.

He was disturbed by the victim and a struggle broke out when he tried to flee. The boy bit the victim and hit him repeatedly over the head with a metal candle holder, leaving him with deep cuts to his head.

The teenager was convicted of GBH with intent and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court.

“Using such a level of violence on a whim is really concerning. I want to praise the courage of the victim throughout the investigation and court process. I hope this sentence provides him with some solace.”

– Detective Constable Greg Najdan
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