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Jail for man who threatened to shoot staff in Essex shop

A man's been jailed for four and a half years after trying to rob a newsagents in Essex with a fake gun.

Scott Cotier, of no fixed address, threatened to shoot staff at the shop in Clacton High Street in January.

The shopkeeper refused to open the till and called 999.

Cotier was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

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Man dies in flat fire

The man died in a fire in Langham Drive Credit: ITV Anglia

An investigation's been launched after a man died in a flat fire in Clacton.

Firefighters were called to the third floor flat in Langham Drive just after 9am when a neighbour smelt smoke and called 999.

When crews arrived they saw that the flat was completely full of smoke.

A man was found inside but pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire was extinguished at 10:10am. Fire crews managed to stop the flames spreading to any other flat.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Efforts to extradite 'speedboat fugitive' underway

Charlotte Brown and Jack Shepherd. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Efforts to "swiftly" extradite fugitive Jack Shepherd are under way after he finally handed himself in to police in Georgia.

The 31-year-old surrendered at a police station in the nation's capital of Tbilisi on Wednesday - six months after he was convicted of killing 24-year-old Charlotte Brown from Clacton in Essex during a speedboat date on the Thames

The web designer was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to six years in prison in his absence, although he was controversially granted leave to appeal in December.

Ms Brown's family said they were overwhelmed with emotion after it emerged Shepherd had surrendered and her father said it was time for him to "atone" for his actions.

The Crown Prosecution Service is now preparing an extradition request to be lodged with Georgian legal authorities.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said it is "vital Charlotte Brown's family see justice done" and UK law enforcement will "seek to swiftly extradite him to Britain".

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