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Harwich beach closed after discovery of unexploded device

A section of Harwich beach has been closed after discovery of an unexploded device. Credit: ITV Anglia

A section of Harwich beach has been closed following the discovery of what is believed to be an unexploded ordnance.

A cordon has been put in place for 100 metres on a section of the beach near West End Lane after the discovery by a member of the public.

The Ministry of Defence’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit has been notified.

Police are urging the public to avoid the area while the incident is being dealt with.

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Crash between bus and lorry on A120 in Essex

A bus and lorry have crashed on the A120 near Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A bus and lorry have crashed on the A120 near Colchester. A number of children and adults on the bus were injured.

The East of England Ambulance Service sent four ambulances to the scene near Great Bromley.

Essex Police said: "A bus, carrying children and adults, had been in collision with a lorry.

"Nobody is believed to have been seriously injured but a number of people are being treated by paramedics for minor injuries."

"The road is likely to be closed for some time while we investigate and the vehicles are recovered."

A bus and lorry have crashed on the A120 near Colchester.

Lorry on passenger ferry heading for Harwich catches fire

Firefighters tackled a blaze on a ship at Harwich International Port. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A fire broke out on a passenger ship carrying 400 people as it prepared to dock at Harwich port.

Firefighters were waiting for the vessel as it arrived at Parkeston Quay at about 5am today (Wednesday January 17), having been called 40 minutes earlier.

A refrigerator lorry had caught fire on a lower deck of the ship and the blaze had spread to several nearby vehicles.

“As the fire was on a lower deck of the ship and in a confined space the area had become smoke logged and was difficult to access.

“Our firefighters worked with the ship's crew and the Port Authority to organise freight to be removed to allow access to tackle the fire.

“Once onboard firefighters began tackling the fire in sections and brought it under control quickly despite difficult conditions.”

– Lee Lucas, Essex Fire Service

The fire was out by 7am and the damaged vehicles were taken off the ship at 10.15am. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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