TENDRING’S top police officer has moved to reassure the public after two murder investigations were launched in just three days.

Chief Insp Darren Deex, acting district commander, said his team will work extra hours over the summer to keep Clacton safe.

He urged calm after Essex Police launched two murder investigations in Clacton and Jaywick across just three days.

“I appreciate the incidents over the last few days will have caused concern amongst the community but Tendring is, and remains, a safe place to live and work,” he said.

“The two sad deaths are not linked and are isolated incidents with no risk to the wider public.

“Both are being investigated by experienced, dedicated and highly skilled detectives who have worked quickly to make arrests.”

Tendring Council and Essex Police have each committed £10,000 towards a summer crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the town.

Mr Deex added: “We work closely with our partners to keep people in Tendring safe such as Tendring District Council.

“Just last month we announced a partnership project with the council which will see officers work extra hours this summer to keep Clacton safe.

"Essex Police has invested in more visible policing over the last two years, with more officers in our community and local policing teams.

"Next week we’ll see the launch of our town centre teams, emphasising our commitment to help victims and the vulnerable, tackle violence, and increase visibility.”