Essex

Missing-at-sea fear after clothes on Southend beach

A man whose clothes were found on a beach have prompted fears he is missing off the Essex coast.

The 52-year-old's belongings were discovered after a man was spotted in difficulty off Southend on Thursday.

The Coastguard, RNLI and police marine unit have carried out a major search following the sighting

A Coastguard spokesman said: "After a comprehensive search nothing was found and units were stood down."

Police said the items belong to a man from London and officers are trying find his family.

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