Three people have been charged with murder after a man was fatally struck with a metal object in Essex.
44 year old Michael Beckwith from Harwich suffered serious head injuries in the incident in Barrack Lane on July 31. He was taken to hospital, where he died on August 2.
27-year-old Scott Swift from Dovercourt, 21-year-old Rebecca Ryan from Weeley and a 17-year-old boy from Harwich have been charged with conspiracy to murder and will all appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court today (August 5).
The mother of man who was killed in Harwich earlier this week says he will be "very much missed by all who knew him."Read the full story ›
Essex Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Harwich.
It's believed that the 44-year-old victim was hit with a metal object in Barrack Lane on Sunday night (July 31).
He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital, where he died on Tuesday.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A man accused of trying to smuggle 68 illegal immigrants through an Essex port has appeared in court facing extradition to France.
Iraqi born Rekwat Kayani is suspected of being behind an operation last June when refugees from Afghanistan, China and Vietnam were found inside four lorries in Harwich.
A section of Harwich beach has been evacuated after what's believed to be an unexploded hand grenade was found there.
A member of the public discovered it this morning and let the seafront warden know.
Police have now put a 100m cordon up near Low Road and say it could remain there until later tonight when the tide goes out.
A man from Northamptonshire has been jailed for 15 years and another from Suffolk for 11 years for their part in a drug smuggling operation.Read the full story ›
A man from Nottinghamshire has been jailed for his role in organising the smuggling of £1.6 billion of drugs into the UK in fake ambulancesRead the full story ›
A gang of drug smugglers, including two from Suffolk and Northamptonshire, have been jailed for shipping £1.6 billion of Class A drugs using fake ambulances.
Some of the shipments came through the Essex port of Harwich.
The drugs were being brought to the UK in a fleet of Dutch ambulances, specifically adapted with hides to conceal drugs between May 2014 and June 2015.
Darren Owen, 48, from Rushden, Northants was jailed for 15 years and Richard Clarke, 36, from Acton, Suffolk was jailed for 11 years.
Richard Clarke, 36, from Acton, Suffolk jailed for 11 years for his part in £1.6bn drug operation using fake ambulances from Holland.
Darren Owen, 48, from Rushden, Northants jailed for 15 years for his part in £1.6bn drug operation using fake ambulances from Holland.
The suspected head of an international people-smuggling ring which is believed to have brought migrants into Britain illegally through the port of Harwich has been arrested.
Iraqi born Rekawt Kayani, 34, was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant at his home in Derby.
The National Crime Agency said he was one of three men detained as part of a joint investigation with French authorities.
It is alleged Kayani organised numerous smuggling runs, including one in June last year when 68 migrants were found inside four lorries at the Harwich International Port.
Thirty-five of the migrants were from Afghanistan, 22 from China, 10 fromVietnam and one was from Russia.
Kayani, who now faces extradition to France, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Thursday. He has been remanded in custody until a hearing on July 5.
Kayani was targeted by the UK Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce as we believe he is responsible for smuggling hundreds of migrants into the UK.
We will continue to work with agencies in the UK and overseas to target anyone that preys on vulnerable people in order to line their own pockets."
A Dutchman has been found guilty of conspiring to smuggle drugs into the UK using a fake ambulance.
The £1.6 billion plot saw huge amounts of contraband brought across the Channel. The gang sometimes used the Port of Harwich in Essex to get the drugs into the country.
Leonardus Bijlsma was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court. Prosecutors said he was part of a "lucrative criminal conspiracy" concealed from border officials with the aid of bogus paramedic uniforms and fake patients on crutches.
Two other men from Holland; Olof Schoon and Richard Engelsbel had already admitted the conspiracy charge and will be sentenced alongside Bijlsma next week.
A fourth man, 28-year-old Dennis Vogelaar, of Vijfhuizen, Amsterdam, was acquitted by the jury.