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Pair accused of "car wash" slavery

Two men accused of slavery over the treatment of workers at a seaside carwash will appear in court tomorrow.

It concerns a car wash in Wellesley Road in Clacton in Essex.

Bernard and Saimir Leshi, aged 26 and 28 from Clacton, are due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court tomorrow. They were arrested on Friday as part of a targeted police operation into modern slavery.

A 56 year-old woman, who had also been arrested, has been released on bail until April 15.


Man in his 20s stabbed near Clacton railway station

Anyone with information should call Clacton CID on 101 Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a man in his 20s was stabbed in Clacton.

It happened around 10.45pm last night (23 February) when the victim was walking near the railway station.

It's believed he was approached by a man dressed in a dark coloured jacket with the hood up, who then stabbed him in the abdomen before leaving the scene.

The victim’s injuries are not life threatening.

DI Gary Biddle, from Clacton CID, said: “The motivation behind this attack is unclear, and we would appeal for anyone who can help our enquiries to get in touch.

“This is clearly a worrying incident, however, no other similar reports have been made to police, and a thorough investigation is underway.”

Essex police hunt man after knife-point robbery

Essex police are trying to trace a suspect who held a knife up to a man and demanded money from him in Clacton just before 1am on Saturday 2nd December.

He fled the scene with cash, no-one was injured.

Police say they are keen to speak to a group of four people who were being hassled by the suspect prior to the attack.

The suspect is described as:

  • Aged between 20 and 30-years old
  • Short brown mousy hair
  • Wearing a blue T-shirt


Five arrested after man 'shot' in targeted attack

Officers say there is no risk to the wider public. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five people have been arrested after a man was reportedly shot in Clacton.

It happened in Beach Road around 8.35pm last night (Wednesday 15 November).

A 24 year-old man, a 27 year-old man and a 28 year-old man, all from London, were arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms offences.

A 23 year-old man from Clacton and a 26 year-old woman from Great Bentley were also arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of firearms offences.

Police believe this was a targeted attack and that there is no risk to the wider public.

They are appealing for witnesses and for anyone who may have footage from the area.

People urged to check their bonfires for hidden hedgehogs

Many of us will be enjoying dazzling firework displays and warming ourselves in front of the bonfire this weekend.

But an animal sanctuary near Clacton is urging people to check their bonfires for hedgehogs before lighting them as they make the perfect hide-outs for the endangered mammals.

Things like climate change and the use of pesticides has led to a reduction in hedgehog numbers over the past few years.

Boy charged after men threatened with knife in Clacton

A boy has been charged with possession of a knife. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A boy will appear in court tomorrow charged with threatening people with a knife.

It follows two separate incidents in Clacton on Friday night. Two men were threatened with a knife as they walked through the town. One was also robbed of his bike, bike and bank cards.

A boy was arrested in West Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning. He will appear at Chelmsford Youth Court tomorrow (Monday) charged with possession of a knife and making threats with a blade.

Teenager arrested after two men threatened at knife-point in Essex

Two people were threatened with a knife in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenage boy has been arrested after two people were threatened with a knife in Essex.

Police were called to two separate incidents in Clacton on Friday night.

At 6.40pm, a 45-year-old man was threatened with a knife while walking in Penfold Road. The victim ran off unhurt and called the police.

A few hours later, at about 9.55pm, a 39-year-old man was robbed at knife-point at Pier Avenue. The robber took his black Fox bike and a bag containing bank cards and cash.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Saturday morning on suspicion of two counts of possession of a knife and robbery.

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