OUR town has been left in shock this week after detectives launched two murder investigations in just four days.

Clacton Town Partnership chairman Graham Webb is right when he says violence has become more commonplace in our community in recent years and that it is something that no longer has the capacity to shock some.

But two murder probes in such a short period of time will have sent shockwaves through Clacton and Jaywick.

Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of Andrew Bloomfield, who died after sustaining a head injury at his home in Jaywick, and Isabella Mitchell, who was found dead at her home in Clacton.

We can only reiterate the police’s call for Ian Woolcomb, who they want to speak to in connection with the investigation into Mr Bloomfield’s death, to hand himself in.

Our town has suffered from attacks on its reputation in recent times and these incidents will do nothing to help the resort.

But we must also heed Chief Insp Darren Deex’s reassurance the deaths are isolated incidents.

We must remain vigliant but also remember most of us will never experience such tragedy.