A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Southend: Photo Release Of Man Missing In Sea
Essex Police have released a photograph in a bid to trace a man believed to have been last seen in difficulties in the sea.
Despite searches by the Coastguard, RNLI and Essex Police marine unit, Stephen Jones, 52, has not been seen since being spotted by a member of the public clinging to a buoy off Southend's Western Esplanade.
Emergency services were immediately scrambled after the alarm was raised by a member of the public at 11.30am on Thursday (August 30th).
RNLI officers searching the beach found clothing and personal items which were found to belong to Mr Jones, who is known to have led a nomadic lifestyle.
He has moved between various hostels around the South East with his last known address in south London.
Officers want to hear from anyone who might have seen Mr Jones in Southend before or since Thursday.
Anyone with information about should contact Southend police station on 101.
A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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