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Brightlingsea Lido: Heatwave's been 'magic' for business

Watch a report about the heatwave success of an Essex Lido by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

An Essex Lido has told ITV News Anglia that it 'couldn't have hoped for a better start to its project.

Brightlingsea Lido has just started its first season running as a charitable trust.

It's being run by mainly volunteers, it's experiencing huge demand with queues forming most days to get inside.

The lido can accommodate up to 400 people Credit: ITV News Anglia

“It’s been magic. I mean we couldn’t have hoped for a better start to our project here. We’ve had hundreds of people in every day. We’ve gone over a thousand swimmers a day on several occasions. Already this year we’ve done twice the amount, number of swimmers than they had for the entire season last year.”

– Will Jenkins, Manager of Brightlingsea Lido
Britinlingsea Lido in Essex has doubled its trade since the warm weather started Credit: ITV News Anglia

The lido was facing closure, but has been saved by the charitable trust.

Thanks to the heatwave, tickets have been selling out fast each day and they are easily filling their 400 capacity.

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Police concerned about missing 15-year-old boy

Kanmeeran Kajenthiram (15) has been missing the Brightlingsea area of Essex since Thursday 21 June 2018. Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police say they're concerned about missing 15-year-old Kanmeeran Kajenthiram.

Kanmeeran was last seen on Thursday 21 June and it's believed he is in the Brightlingsea area. He is 5ft6ins tall and is of slim build.

Police officers say may be wearing a camouflaged top with a black hood, black jogging bottoms and trainers.


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

Dogs poisoned to death in Essex

Police are investigating after a woman’s dogs were poisoned in Brightlingsea in Essex, causing two of them to die.

Essex police badge Credit: PA Images

The two Chihuahua dogs and a Shih Tzu became taken unwell on February 12 after being outside in the woman’s garden in Southways, Brightlingsea.

One of the dogs died at home while the other died later at the vets. The Shih Tzu is recovering.

It is believed the dogs were poisoned with a mercury-based product, possibly anti-freeze, and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.


Lifeboat rescues fishermen and their dog

Two fishermen and their dog were rescued by lifeboat crews after their boat broke down off Brightlingsea in Essex.

Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was called to the aid of the 28ft fishing vessel after its steering broke close to the Knoll buoy, four miles off Brightlingsea, at about 5pm on Wednesday.

The men, aged in their 50s, and the pet were towed back to Brightlingsea Harbour.

The lifeboat, which included helmsman Adrian Rose and crewmen Darren Simper, Tristan Welham and Steve Beardsley, returned to the station by 7.15pm.

Missing Essex teenagers found safe and well

Four teenagers who have been missing in Essex to two days have been found safe and well. Credit: Essex Police

The police search for four missing teenagers from mid-Essex is over after they were found on a beach in Brightlingsea. Two boys and two girls from the Braintree and Halstead areas were last seen at Hythe Hill railway station in Colchester on Monday evening.

Braintree’s 13-year-old Jessica Abbott and 14-year-old Sasha Papple joined Halstead’s 14-year-olds Jordan Fugeman and Ricky Newman. Although there were no concerns they were in danger, police and their parents were concerned that they were out on the streets late at night, considering their ages.

The four children were found safe and well on Brightlingsea beach shortly Wednesday evening.