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Policeman murdered: Gunman still at large

A police tent marks murder scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Reports that a man shot and killed at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex was a serving police officer have been confirmed by the chairman of the Police Federation.

Paul McKeever has written on Twitter: "Every police officer in the country is thinking of our colleagues in Essex.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague who has been killed in Essex. It's a very sad day indeed."

As a hunt for the gunman continues Essex Police have refused to confirm the victim's identity or that of a second man seriously injured by shotgun wounds.

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Clacton Shootings: Manhunt continues as darkness falls

Media gather at murder scene Credit: ITV Anglia

As darkness falls on the Essex seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea a major police manhunt has so far failed to track down an armed gunman who has killed one man and seriously injured another.

Unconfirmed reports say the victim was an off duty police officer.

A second man is said by police to be in hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police marksmen armed with assault rifles and handguns and wearing body armour have been searching the area around the quiet residential street where the shootings happened.

Clacton shootings: Residents moved to safety

Residents are leaving the area Credit: ITV Anglia

Residents living near the scene of a fatal shooting at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex appear to be leaving the area for the night as police continue their hunt for the gunman.

ITV Anglia correspondent Victoria Lampard says a group of about a dozen people, carrying overnight bags, have left the area.

Senior officers had earlier warned people living in the area to stay indoors.

A major manhunt is underway as police search for the gunman who is believed to be armed with a shotgun.

Clacton shootings: Search widens

Police arriving at the murder scene Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

Armed police searching for a gunman who has killed a man in Clacton appear to be widening their search.

ITV Anglia correspondent Victoria Lampard is at the scene of the shooting. She says an "eerie silence" has descended on the area as residents are told by senior officers to stay indoors.

A police helicopter and dog teams have joined the search in the Essex seaside town.

Earlier police activity has failed to locate the gunman who is believed to be armed with a shotgun.

Clacton shootings: Police "confident" of catching gunman

Police cordon off the area Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

Essex Police hunting an armed gunman say the force has received "many phone calls" from members of the public and officers are confident of catching the gunman.

A spokeswoman refused to comment on the identity of the victims, saying the operation was focusing on the gunman at this stage.

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Clacton shootings: Murder investigation begins

Scenes of crime officers at the scene of the shooting Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

A major manhunt is underway this evening after a man was shot and killed in an Essex street.

Police marksmen are currently searching for the gunman in and around a quiet residential area of Clacton-on-Sea.

A second victim was also injured. A police press briefing is expected in the next hour.

Clacton shootings: Hunt for gunman continues

Residents told to stay indoors Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

Forensic experts are examining the body of a man who has been shot in Clacton. It's believed he died from a shotgun wound.

The body is lying beside a house in Fairlop Close. The East of England Ambulance service says a woman was also injured.

Police marksmen are currently searching for the gunman.

Clacton shootings: Police statement

Armed officers searching for Clacton gunman Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

Police armed response teams are continuing to hunt for a gunman who has left one man dead and a woman injured in a shooting in Clacton.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Residents are being urged to remain indoors while armed officers locate the gunman.

"Neighbourhood policing officers are maintaining a high-profile and visible presence in the community, supporting victims and witnesses.

"Members of the public are urged to contact police on 999 if they see the gunman who should not be approached."

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