Is this a locust or a cricket?

Location: Manor Way, Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom

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We found this large insect on the upper esplanade at Holland Haven in Essex. It seemed to have been trodden on at its rear, but was mostly in good condition.


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It is around 40mm long, and looks like either a cone-head cricket or a speckled bush cricket (judging by identifying features from a wildlife book). However, both of those crickets are up to 20mm long, so is it actually a locust? If so, what variety and how did it get there?


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