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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.

CCTV released in connection with hotel burglary

CCTV Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have released CCTV images of three men in connection with a burglary at a Harwich hotel.

Two Samsung laptops were taken from an apartment at the Hotel Continental in Marine Parade sometime between 9.45am and 10.10am on Friday August 16.

Anyone with information should call DC Daniel Macey at Clacton CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Damaged ferry due back in service at Harwich

Damaged ferry due back in service at Harwich after hitting the quay Credit: RNLI

A ferry which was damaged when it hit a quay at Harwich International Port in Essex is due back in service on Friday.

The DFDS ferry, Sirena Seaways, has been out of action for nearly two weeks, while being repaired in Germany.

It's expected to return to normal service sailing between Denmark and Harwich.

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