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Lewis Pugh becomes the first person to swim the Seven Seas

Lewis Pugh has swam in seven seas for his UN Ocean challenge Credit: ITV News

Lewis completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames Barrier.

He broke the swim into two lengths – Southend to Gravesend on the 28th August and Gravesend to the Thames Barrier on the 29th August.

It took him 8 hours and 12 minutes.

He swam the last leg from Southend to the Thames Barrier Credit: ITV News

I've just completed the first long-distance swim in the Seven Seas of the ancient world. I've experienced some things I will never forget. And seen some things I wish I could erase from my memory, but which will haunt me for the rest of my days. I will never forget the people I met along this journey, the literally hundreds of people from all walks of life who helped us and supported us and jumped in the sea to swim with us, just to be part of this mission, just for their love of the sea.

– Lewis Pugh, Endurance Swimmer
He swam the Thames Estuary in 8 hours and 12 minutes. Credit: ITV News

The renowned endurance swimmer is the United Nation’s Patron of the Oceans.

The UN is urging all nations to set aside at least 10% of the world’s oceans as effective and well-managed Marine Protected Areas by 2020.

Details of all his swims are as follows:

  • 9th August, he swam from Monte Carlo, Monaco for 10km in the Mediterranean Sea. It took 3 hours and 33 minutes.
  • 12th August, he set off from Zadar, Croatia along the Kornati Islands swimming 10km in the Adriatic Sea. That swim took 3 hours and 55 minutes.
  • 16th August, he swam the Aegean Sea from Athens, Greece, It took 3 hours and 12 minutes.
  • 19th August, he left Istanbul, Turkey for a 10km swim in the Black Sea. That leg took hours and 48 minutes.
  • 21st August, he travelled to Aqaba, Jordan to swim the Red Sea in 2 hours and 57 minutes.
  • 25th August, he set off from Rass Al Hadd, Oman and swam 10km in the Arabian Sea for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • 28th-29th August, he swam from Southend up to the Thames Barrier, part of the North Sea. The 60km swim took 8 hours and 12 minutes.

Police appeal to find suspected fake charity workers

Essex Police are appealing for help to identify three people suspected of fraudulently collecting for charity in Southend. The collectors were asking for donations for the Scleroderma Society, a genuine UK-based not for profit organisation supporting all people with scleroderma.

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Have you seen this teenager?

Asher Sekenofsky was last seen on Friday 11th July. Credit: Met Police

Police in Barnet are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing teenage boy from Edgware.

15-year old Asher Sekenofsky was last seen at around 1915hrs on Friday 11th July when he left his home and has not been seen since.

It is out of character for Asher to be out overnight and his family and officers are concerned for his safety and welfare.

Asher is described a white male, approx. 5ft 7ins tall with a broad shoulders but slim build, and curly brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a dark green sweatshirt with black tracksuit bottoms and carrying a small sports bag with the "HEAD" logo in on it. It is believed he may have taken a change of clothes with him.

He is known to frequent the Denmark Road area of Camden.

Anyone who has seen Asher or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call police in Barnet on 101.

Police release photo of Southend stab victim

Hassan Mohammed was found dead in York Road, Southend, on Monday. Credit: Essex Police

Police have released a photo of a man who was stabbed to death in Southend on Monday.

Hassan Mohammed, 24, from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road.

The provisional results of a post-mortem examination found he died of blood loss as a result of two stab wounds.

Today his family described him as their "protector and best friend".

Stab victim was family 'protector'

The family of a man who died in a street stabbing in Essex have described him as their "protector and best friend".

24-year-old Hassan Mohammed from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road in Southend on Monday evening.

The provisional results of a post-mortem examination found he died of blood loss as a result of two stab wounds.

Hassan was a very friendly, caring person.

He grew from a boy into a man and was a protector and best friend to his family.

He was loved by all but especially by his two nieces who adored their Uncle Hass immensely.

We pray that justice is served and that he soon will be able to rest in peace.

– Hassan Mohammed's family

18-year-old Tajwar Alam from Tottenham, north London, has been charged with Mr Mohammed's murder.

He will appear before magistrates in Southend tomorrow.

Student charged with Southend murder

A student has been charged with the murder of a 24-year-old man who was stabbed to death in the street.

Hassan Mohammed, from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road, Southend, Essex, at about 7pm on Monday.

A post-mortem revealed he died as a result of blood loss from two stab wounds.

18-year-old Tajwar Alam from Tottenham, north London, has been charged with his murder.

He will appear before magistrates in Southend later today.

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Tenth arrest over Southend stabbing

A tenth male has been arrested over the murder of a man who died in a street stabbing in Essex.

24-year-old Hassan Mohammed, from Camberwell, was found dead in York Road in Southend on Monday evening. He'd suffered two stab wounds.

A 17-year-old from Southend was arrested last night and is being questioned by police.Three other teenagers who were arrested on Wednesday remain in custody.

Six men, aged between 17 and 19, who were arrested on Monday, have now been released with no further action.

Witnesses should contact detectives at Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Runner collapses and dies at half marathon finishing line

A runner collapsed and died at the finishing line of the Southend half marathon one of the hottest days of the year. Sunday's event was organised by the Haven's Hospice group, who said:

The male runner collapsed at the finish line and treatment was given immediately by the on-site medic team, then transferred to the medical tent where he was treated by a senior doctor, but he sadly died a short while afterwards.

His next of kin have been informed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

Essex police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

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