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Colchester and Tendring smokers offered help to quit

People wanting to give up smoking in North East Essex will be given free nicotine replacement therapy in January.

It is part of a stop-smoking campaign run by the Anglian Community Enterprise.

The awareness campaign will also involve the chance to get free advice outside Colchester Town Hall on January 10th.

Sue White, Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) Colchester and Tendring NHS Stop Smoking Service Co-ordinator, said: "We know many people's New Year resolution is to quit smoking so we are going to be offering every possible assistance to them."

£1.3m to improve empty Jaywick properties

A Government grant of £1.3m is to be spent on improving homes in Jaywick by bringing empty properties back into use.

The money will be used to revamp properties which have been empty for a year or more.

Paul Honeywood from Tendring District Council said: "This pot of money was brought forward last October and I have been looking for innovative ways to use it to help regenerate Jaywick," he said.

"It needs to be spent wisely and in a way that will make the most difference to the community."

The Government put £60 million up for grabs in March 2012 and Tendring was one of 20 councils to receive funding.

It was available to those who had clusters of more than 100 empty homes and properties had to be vacant for at least a year to qualify for assistance.

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Police warning about burglars

Homeowners in the Tendring area of Essex are being warned to be on the look-out for burglars and ensure their properties are secure following a recent spate in the run-up to Christmas. Six properties have been broken into recently.

Two were in Clacton, two in Harwich and the final two in the Holland-on-Sea area. Householders have lost large quantities of jewellery and electrical goods.

Investigating Officer, DC Lee Winfield, said: "In the matter of a few days, these areas were hit hard by burglars. If people are seen acting suspiciously or television sets being taken the street in odd circumstances, then they should contact us immediately "

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