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Body found in search for missing kayaker on Essex coast

The coastguard has called off a search at Jaywick for a missing kayaker. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A body has been found in the search for a kayaker who went missing off the coast at Jaywick in Essex yesterday.

The coastguard called off its search following the discovery in shallow water close to rocks.

A spokesman said emergency services had been "searching for a long time" but had not been able to recover the body until low tide.

It was the second death off our coast this weekend. A 54-year-old man also died at Sea Palling in Norfolk after four swimmers got into difficulty in a rip current.


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

Flood resistant houses to be built in Jaywick

Tendring District council have given Jaywick a £200,000 grant to build new homes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tendring District council has been given a grant to build new starter homes in Jaywick.The two hundred thousand pounds will go towards flood resistant properties.They will be the first to go up as part of the on-going effort to regenerate the area.

Tendring District Council has been awarded the money by the Homes and Communities Agency towards the overall costs of the development.

CCTV footage shows driver failing to see pedestrian crossing the road

CCTV footage of a driver failing to see pedestrian crossing the road has been released by Essex Police.

A man has been convicted of causing death by careless driving after he failed to see the man crossing the road in Jaywick in Essex.

Alan Baker, who is 73 and from Brooklands in Essex, had previously pleaded not guilty.

He was later found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday.


£5m project to improve roads and relieve flooding in Jarwick

£5m is being spent improving roads and drainage in Jaywick. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £5million scheme to improve the roads and drainage around Jaywick near Clacton in Essex is to begin early in July.

The improvement works will be carried out by Essex County Council’s highways engineering partner, Ringway Jacobs, which has subcontracted the work to the John Henry Group.

"We pledged to invest in Jaywick and we are now delivering on that promise with a £5million investment to improve roads and drainage over two years.

“This work will vastly enhance the roads and appearance of the area and make Jaywick less susceptible to flooding.”

– Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council

Flood advice for those 'at risk' in Essex

Advice is being made available for Jaywick residents. Credit: ITV Anglia

Just a few weeks after 400 homes were evacuated in Jaywick in Essex, the local council is offering residents flooding advice.

Most people were taken to a temporary refuge centre at Clacton Coastal Academy, but many homes were just minutes from being inundated.

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council's Cabinet member for Health and Community Safety, said: "The night of December 5 will still be very fresh in many residents' minds in Jaywick.

"I think that event changed people's attitudes and they will be very receptive to find out more about what they can do to protect themselves, their families and their property"

The advice session will be held at Jaywick Resource Centre in Brooklands Gardens on January 21 from 10am to 4pm.

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