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Hannah Witheridge murder: Two men offered new DNA tests after retracting statements


12:55pm Thursday 30th October 2014

TWO men accused of murdering Essex University student Hannah Witheridge have been offered new DNA tests after retracting their confessions.

Planners recommend approval for 138 homes on former garrison site


10:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

A development of 138 homes looks set to be approved, despite fears it will blight a Colchester landmark.

Breaking news County councillor claims free food is justified because he works so hard

Gazette: Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways, has urged those who are invited to take part to complete the survey.

10:45am Thursday 30th October 2014

A SENIOR councillor, who claimed nearly £1,000 of free food at Essex County Council's canteen, has insisted it shows how hard he works.

One in five children in Colchester living below poverty line


10:42am Thursday 30th October 2014

ONE in five children in Colchester are living in poverty, according to a charity.

Driver cut free after Colchester crash leaves car upside down


8:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

A DRIVER had to be cut free after his car rolled and ended up on its roof in a residential street in Colchester.

County Hall boss: It's up to you to help us save £237 million

Gazette: County councillor David Finch, head of finance at Essex County Council.

8:05am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE leader of Essex County Council has asked you to help it save £200,000 a day by picking up litter or checking on elderly neighbours.

UPDATED 10.40am: All lanes reopen following fatal A12 crash

Gazette: Police want to talk to the driver of a silver car who failed to stop after a crash

8:03am Thursday 30th October 2014

A MAN has died after being hit by cars on the A12.

UPDATED Wednesday 2.30pm: Colchester holidaymaker may have died as a result of a fall


2:40pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A POST mortem examination proved inconclusive following the death of a Colchester holidaymaker

Residents anger at lack of action over alleged brothel

Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

8:05am Wednesday 29th October 2014

ESSEX Police have angered residents by saying they have not got enough evidence to prove there is illegal activity at an alleged brothel.

Health boss claims personality disorder service does not reach enough people


4:47pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Mental health services should expand to benefit more people with personality disorders in Colchester and Tendring, according to NHS bosses.

Couple hit the jackpot as they win £240,000 on lottery


4:12pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A COUPLE are planning their dream wedding after banking £241,000 on the Euromillions.

Wedding fair has a vintage ring to it


4:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

BRIDES-TO-BE got to sample vintage-inspired dresses and entertainment at a wedding fair.

Bra bins need your support


3:51pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A TANNING salon is hoping to collect 200 bras for breast cancer.

Premiere next month for film depicting Colchester paratroopers


3:35pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A FILM depicting a tragic incident involving Colchester’s paratroopers will be premiered next month.

Parents of fallen soldiers launch Colchester's poppy appeal


3:32pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE parents of three soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan visited Colchester to launch the town’s poppy appeal.

Hospital blunder over Ken's pacemaker highlighted by ombudsman


3:28pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

AN 80-year-old is DJing and dancing once again after hospital bosses finally admitted they had failed to spot problems with his pacemaker.

Tragic Diamond honoured after her organs help save the lives of four children


2:41pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A NINE-MONTH-OLD baby - whose organs were donated after her death - has helped save the lives of four children.

Arsonists destroy playground


2:34pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

ARSONISTS torched a playground’s equipment causing £20,000 worth of damage.

£170m upgrade work planned for Greater Anglia rail line in 2015

Gazette: Record number of trains arriving on time

1:06pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Major evening and weekend upgrade work will take place on our region’s railway line next year.

Mum: No-one to blame for Isaac dying after online drinking game


12:51pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

The mother of a man who died after taking part in the NekNominate online drinking craze wept today as she told his inquest that he would still be alive if it were not for the game.

CCTV software issues hinder North Essex school parking crackdown


12:27pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Only one in five drivers caught by Colchester’s spy car have been forced to pay up because the software is not up to the job.

Charlotte in finals of beauty pageant


12:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

AN admin worker is hoping her love for animals and the ocean will help her win the title of Miss Universe Essex.

VIDEO:’s the next global mania


11:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

YOU’VE almost certainly heard of the ice bucket challenge and probably the no make-up selfie.

Driver told to pay ticket twice


1:57pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A DRIVER caught using one of Colchester’s bus lanes has been told she has to pay twice.

Iain set to run 40km around Colchester to mark his 40th birthday


8:29am Wednesday 29th October 2014

IAIN Cameron can’t think of a better way to mark his 40th birthday than by running 40km around Colchester.

Alan Carr to test jokes in Colchester

Gazette: Alan Carr

8:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

CHATTY man Alan Carr will try out new material in an exclusive gig at Colchester Arts Centre next week.

Residents disgusted at busy "brothel" next door


8:12am Tuesday 28th October 2014

POLICE are investigating claims a brothel is being run in a residential street in Colchester.

Woman reported missing from her home found safe and well

Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

9:40am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A WOMAN reported missing from her home in Clacton has been found safe and well

Village not suitable for 145 new homes, residents argue


4:40pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

More than 350 villagers attended an exhibition of controversial plans to build 145 homes.

Book sale is bestseller!


4:28pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE rise of Kindles failed to stop a Colchester charity book sale achieving record-breaking success.

UPDATED 5.25pm: Firefighters tackle Brightlingsea blaze

Gazette: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

4:24pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a boat yard in Brightlingsea.

Youngsters gear up for hospice's reindeer dash


4:22pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

ST Helena Hospice is to hold a Reindeer Dash in Colchester’s Castle Park on Sunday, December 14.

Children organise party to celebrate school's 50th anniversary - and a strong Ofsted reprt


4:09pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

YOUNGSTERS celebrated their school’s 50th anniversary by organising a party.

Tesco takes down gory Halloween display after complaints it was insensitive after Colchester murders


4:01pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

TESCO has taken down a gory Halloween display featuring knives after complaints it was insensitive in the wake of the Colchester murders.

Detectives link pervert to five incidents across Clacton


1:54pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

DETECTIVES are linking five incidents in which a pervert has accosted boys and young men across Clacton.

UPDATED: Cyclist robbed at knifepoint in Colchester


11:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A CYCLIST has been robbed at knifepoint in Colchester.

21 arrested during week long operation targeting foreign criminals in Essex


10:06am Tuesday 28th October 2014

21 PEOPLE were arrested in Essex as part of a week long campaign to target foreign criminality across the country.

Region could become "California of Europe" with rail investment

Gazette: Undated handout photo issued by HS2 of the potential HS2 train design. Campaigners have lost the latest legal challenge over the Government's high-speed rail project HS2. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 6, 2014. The challenge was

9:15am Tuesday 28th October 2014

INVESTMENT in the region’s railways could transform the east of England into the California of Europe, according to a business leader.

Bail extended after alleged attack on grieving family

Gazette: Essex Police launch appeal for stolen goods

9:11am Tuesday 28th October 2014

SIX people have has their bail extended again after reporting to police who are to investigating an attack on a grieving family.

Firefighters to strike during evenings before Bonfire night

Gazette: Dorset Fire Brigades Union members join firefighter strikes across the country

9:06am Tuesday 28th October 2014

PEOPLE are being advised to attend organised firework displays rather than host their own after another round of firefighter strikes was announced.

X-Factor's Stevi Ritchie treats Simon Cowell to Harvester dinner


9:07am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Colchester singer Stevi Ritchie was spotted out to dinner with X-Factor mentor Simon Cowell, after inviting him for a meal on this weekend's show.

Police try to beat the burglars after spate in Highwoods and St John's

Gazette: Most wanted: Detectives release CCTV pictures of Runcorn pub burglars

8:58am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Police try to beat the burglars after spate in Highwoods and St John's

Burglary in Peto Avenue


8:54am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Police investigate burglary in Peto Avenue.

Car stolen during Colchester burglary

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

8:52am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A CAR and electrical items have been stolen from a property in Turner Road, Colchester.

Footie ace's sideline gift for Connor


8:43am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Young fan gifted 'Psycho's' dug-out jacket

Lorna's dream day with the U's


8:06am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A TERMINALLY-ILL toddler enjoyed a dream day out with help from Colchester United.

'We're cracking on for Tom, just like he wanted'


8:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

WHEN Tom Bowdidge was diagnosed with a rare stomach cancer, he told his family he wanted to set up a charity.

School staff celebrate after £1million EuroMillions win


4:19pm Monday 27th October 2014

A TRIP to Australia, a BMW and a new house are all on the cards after a school syndicate scooped a massive £1million EuroMillions win.

Passenger horror as thug attacks man on bus

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

8:37am Monday 27th October 2014

A THUG attacked a man on a busy bus, continuing the assault when they fell onto the road in front of horrified passengers.

Police release efit image of man after boys accosted in Clacton


10:44am Monday 27th October 2014

POLICE investigating a number of reported incidents of accosting and suspicious behaviour in Clacton have released an efit image of a man they are looking to speak to.



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