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'Appalling seas' hamper rescue effort at Harwich

The Belgian trawler in heavy seas off the coast of Harwich. Credit: RNLI.

Lifeboat crews had to come to the rescue of a trawler after it got into difficulties in "appalling seas" off the coast of Harwich.

The RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat at about 12.45am on Friday but did not reached the Belgian beam trawler, which was 30 miles out, until 3.30am.

The volunteer crew battled a force nine gale as it attempted to tow the vessel back to Harwich.

The RNLI described the conditions as "appalling" and said the tow rope snapped three times on the journey back.

The lifeboat eventually returned to Harwich at 11.00am on Saturday.

The RNLI Harwich lifeboat returns to shore. Credit: RNLI.

£8million worth of Cocaine found in Christmas tree lorry at Harwich

Cocaine with an estimated street value of £8million has been found in a lorry. Credit: Home Office

Cocaine with an estimated street value of £8million has been found in a lorry full of Christmas trees at the Port of Harwich.

Officers from the Border Force seized 54kg of the class A drug in the early hours of Monday morning.

The lorry had travelled to the port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.

“Smugglers will use any kind of method and any kind of cover load in their attempts to breach border controls.

By making this seizure, worth millions of pounds, Border Force officers have prevented a substantial quantity of dangerous class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK and put a serious dent in the profits of the international criminal networks involved in this type of smuggling.

Working with our colleagues at the NCA we are determined to do all we can to stop drug traffickers. Those convicted of drug importation offences face considerable prison sentences.”

– Phillip Holliday, Border Force Regional Director

A 27-year-old Romanian man, Filip Adrian Tunea, has been charged with importing a Class A drug.

Scandinavia-bound ferry on final trip

The DFDS ferry leaves Harwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The UK's only ferry link from our region to Scandinavia is making its final crossing.

The last passengers boarded the DFDS Seaways ship bound for Denmark yesterday. It is due to arrive in Esbjerg early this afternoon.

The route between Harwich in Essex and the Danish port had been in operation for nearly 140 years, but DFDS says new European laws on what fuel they use mean the route is no longer sustainable. Passenger numbers have dropped from 300,000 to about 80,000.

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Port of Harwich: Customs officers intercept huge cannabis stash

Officers discovered 10kg of herbal cannabis hidden in the spare wheel compartment of a car.

Customs officers have intercepted cannabis valued at £30,000 at the Port of Harwich in Essex.

Officers discovered 10kg of herbal cannabis hidden in the spare wheel compartment of a car that arrived on a ferry from the Netherlands on Friday evening.

A Belgian man's been remanded in custody charged with the importation of a class B drug.

Picture: 'Hazardous objects and explosives' signs put up on Essex beach

Signs have been put up on the beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Warning signs have been put up on Dovercourt beach near Harwich to warn members of the public about unexploded hand grenades.

A decision on whether a section of the beach will be closed is due to be taken this afternoon.

Essex: Council seeks advice on whether to close beach after grenade discovery

One of the washed up grenades. Credit: Essex Police

Signs are being put up on a beach in Essex warning about the danger of unexploded hand grenades.

Five of the second world war devices have been washed up at Dovercourt near Harwich.

Recently, a device was found on the shoreline at Marine Parade when an off-duty military explosives expert saw a person throwing a grenade around for a dog to chase.

It's prompted the council to seek expert advice on whether it needs to close the area off.

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