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'I don't think I will be going anywhere" - not all Jaywick villagers keen on evacuation plans

Villagers in Jaywick are being told to leave their homes by police going door to door - but not everyone has been convinced.

These householders told us they did not plan to evacuate their properties.

One told ITV News Anglia he believed the warnings were "scare tactics" and would "believe it when it happens".

"I don't think we will be going anywhere."

– Jaywick resident.


Pair arrested on suspicion of murder after Jaywick death

The man was found dead in Bentley Avenue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Jaywick.

Emergency services found the man at a house in Bentley Avenue just after 6.40am today.

It's believed he'd been assaulted earlier in the evening and officers are treating the death as suspicious.

A man and a woman have been arrested and are currently being questioned at Colchester Police Station.


Investors in talks over Jaywick regeneration

Jaywick in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Private money could be used to regenerate a rundown part of Essex.

Local authorities are in talks with two potential investors in Jaywick and it's claimed the signs are positive that new homes could be on the horizon.

Tendring District Council has bought land and a private developer has put in a planning application to build two blocks of flats.

We have said from the outset that real change cannot be delivered by local or national government as the money is simply not available in these times of austerity.

That’s why we need these private investors and developers to get involved.

– Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Jaywick

Fresh warnings about dangers of sea after two tragedies

Video report by ITV Anglia's Victoria Lampard

There have been fresh warnings about the dangers of the sea after two tragedies in less than 48 hours.

The first incident happened at Sea Palling near Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast where one man died and another was taken to hospital after they got caught up in a riptide.

Then, at Jaywick in Essex a kayaker drowned after his craft capsized. His body was found late last night (July 24).

Those living there say he was a local man who was often in the water.

Gang jailed for a total of 24 years

Justin Weirich, Darren White and Rikki Georgiou Credit: Essex police

A gang who launched unprovoked and vicious attacks on two men in separate incidents have been jailed for a total of 24 years.

The men used a sledgehammer and screwdriver to attack victims in Jaywick and Brightlingsea on October 15, 2014 and the early hours of the following day.

Rikki Georgiou, Darren White and Justin Weirich stabbed a 27 year old man in the neck with a screwdriver outside the Brewers Arms pub in Victoria Place, Brightlingsea just after 11.20pm. The weapon cut an artery in the victim’s neck for which he needed urgent hospital treatment.

Within the next hour, in the early hours of October 16, 2014, the gang attacked an elderly man with a sledgehammer as they forced their way into his home in Meadow Way, Jaywick. He suffered head injuries and a ruptured spleen as he tried to fight the men off with his walking stick.

Georgiou, 24, of Alvis Avenue, Jaywick, White, 24, of Mendlesham Close, Clacton and Weirich, 26, of Starfield Road, London admitted charges of aggravated burglary and wounding with intent at Chelmsford Crown Court.

They were all sentenced at the same court on Monday, December 14, 2015. Georgiou was jailed for eight years and three months, Weirich for eight years and two months and White for eight years. Georgiou and White were both sentenced to an additional four years for wounding with intent to run concurrently.

“Three dangerous individuals have now been taken off our streets for a substantial period of time.”

– Jo Mangham, Investigating Officer, Clacton CID
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