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Burglars walk into unlocked house - and walk out with a television

Detectives are urging people to remember to lock-up their homes after burglars were able to walk straight into a house in Harwich - and walk out with a widescreen television.

The break-in happened at Hordle Street between 11am and 12 noon on Sunday.

The burglars took the television and some jewellery.

DC Bernadette Lord, said: "The owner had popped out for just an hour, returning to find their home had been burgled by intruders who clearly did not care who saw them which is why we’re certain that someone would have seen a man walking down the street with a large, unboxed television.

"It really is important for people to close and lock their windows and doors whether they are inside or outside and regardless of whether they are just nipping out for a few minutes.”

Pair who 'jumped' from ferry were refused entry to UK

Stena Britannica Credit: Stena Line

Stena Line have released a new statement after two people were reported to have jumped from a Stena Britannica ferry travelling from Harwich to Hook in Holland yesterday (Wednesday 26 February).

A spokesperson for Stena Line said:

"Stena Line can confirm that the two missing passengers were part of a group that had been refused entry to the UK by the UK Borders Agency and were on their way back to the Netherlands but cannot comment further on their identity, as this is an issue for the UK and Dutch immigration authorities.

"The Stena Britannica arrived in the Hook of Holland yesterday evening and a thorough search of the vessel was conducted but the two missing passengers were not found."

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Stena statement after two 'jump' from ferry

"Stena Line can confirm that two passengers are currently missing from the 09:00 sailing from Harwich to Hook of Holland.

The two passengers are believed to have jumped overboard at approximately 09:45 today. The passengers were travelling on the Stena Britannica.

Stena Line can confirm that 92 passengers are currently onboard the Stena Britannica, along with 81 crew. The Stena Britannica has been assisting the Thames Coastguard in the search for the two passengers and has now been released to resume its crossing to Holland."

The ferry is due to arrive in Holland at 6.40pm.

Rescue operation off Harwich coast 'stood down'

Stena Britannica Credit: Stena Line

A major air and sea rescue operation has been stood down after reports that two people went overboard from a Stena Britannica ferry off the Essex coast this morning.

The Coastguard says they had a call just before 10am this morning from a witness saying they'd seen two people go overboard.

RNLI lifeboats were involved in the search, along with a number of other vessels including fishing and tug boats.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham was also used. A search was carried out along the shoreline as well.

The Coastguard is satisfied that it has carried out a full search and unless new information comes out, the units have been stood down.

Large air and sea rescue operation off Harwich

A large air and sea rescue operation is underway after reports that two people came off a ferry just off the Essex coast.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it happened just before 10am this morning about a mile out of Harwich, as the ferry was heading outbound.

RNLI lifeboats are also involved in the search, along with a number of other vessels including fishingboats and tug boats, that were in the area at the time.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham is also involved.

Air and sea search rescue off port of Harwich

An RAF search and rescue helicopter and three RNLI lifeboats are searching off the coast of Harwich after getting reports that two people had come off a ferry.

Then RNLI says it happened about a mile off the Harwich coast, as the ferry was heading outbound.

Also helping in the search are tug boats and other vessels that were in the area at the time.

It happened just before 10am this morning.

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Record year for ferry company

Stena Line have reported record customer levels for 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ferry operators Stena Line say they had a record number of passengers using their Harwich to the Hook of Holland service last year.

The number of passengers using the route in 2013 was up by nine per cent and the number of cars was up by eleven per cent.

Driving instructor's terrifying ordeal

A driving instructor was forced to drive from Colchester to Harwich yesterday by a man who got into his car and threatened him. Police say the instructor was in his AA Driving School car near Sainsbury's at Stanway when the man got into the back seat.

He hit the driver on the head and ordered him to take him to Harwich. At around 12.40pm the man told the victim to stop on Harwich Road in Little Oakley before running off. The victim was not seriously hurt but he was very shaken.

This is an extremely unusual set of circumstances and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the man getting into the car. The vehicle is a black Ford Focus, with AA Driving School written on the sides. It is quite distinctive and at the time of day that this happened there would have been many other motorists and shoppers around. "He did not steal anything from the victim and at this stage his only motive appears to have been to get to Harwich but he has left a frightened and very shaken victim in his wake.

– Det Con Pete Gartland, Colchester CID

Police say the attacker was a large white man, aged around 45, with a chubby face and dark stubble. He wore a blue denim baseball cap, a grey waterproof jacket, and was around 5ft 10in to 6ft tall.

Anyone with information should ring Colchester CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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