Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Pitsea: Have You Seen Missing Daryl?
Fresh appeals are being made to find a man from Pitsea who has been missing for several months.
30-year-old Daryl Hendricks, known to his friends and family as 'Tink', has not had contact with his family since July and officers say this is very out of character for him.
He was living in Pitsea for 18 months prior to disappearing.
His mother Joan, from Pitsea, is asking him to get in contact to let her know he is OK as the family are very worried.
He is 30 years old and described as 5ft 7ins tall, black with short, black, curly hair, of slim build and with a pierced tongue.
He could be in London and anyone with any information about his current whereabouts is asked to contact Pc Sam Baldwin at Wickford police station on 101.
A man has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years for murdering an uncle as he attempted to protect his niece from unwanted advances in Basildon.
Tributes have been paid to a woman who died following a collision in North Weald.
Stansted Airport is predicting its busiest Easter weekend on record.
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