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Breaking news Dovercourt beach to be closed after grenade discovery


4:11pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DOVERCOURT beach is set to be closed by Tendring Council to allow for the area to be swept for potential explosives.

Pair to cycle from Colchester to Denmark ... to raise money for sharks


6:51pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WHEN Joe Marshall and Jack Oliver decided to cycle from Colchester to Denmark, it was initially just for fun.

Ten rescued from motorboat after getting stuck in backwaters

Gazette: Harwich RNLI all weather lifeboat

4:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TEN people were rescued by lifeboat crews after their motorboat became stuck in Walton Backwaters.

Would you use a cafe at the Old Heath Rec?


3:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A CAFE could be opened at Colchester’s Old Heath Recreation Ground.

Thousands of "suckers" in Essex are being targeted by con artists


3:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THOUSANDS of "suckers" in Essex are being targeted by con artists.

Health centre expanding its services


3:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A HEALTH and wellbeing centre is expanding its services.

A new carry chair will be installed in ambulances to help patients and staff


2:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A NEW carry chair will be installed in ambulances to help patients and staff.

Controversial dentist has ban on orthodontic treatment lifted

Gazette: Therapy plan for people petrified of the dentist

2:02pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A dentist has been allowed to carry out orthodontic treatment on adults for the first time since being found guilty of serious misconduct.

‘Traffic nightmare’ fear on homes plan


2:01pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

BLUEPRINTS to regenerate land off Magdalen Street, Colchester, could create a traffic “nightmare”, councillors warned.

Appeal to help fund lifechanging wheelchair for Callum


12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched to buy a lifechanging new wheelchair for a severely disabled teenager.

My husband never talked about the Second World War...then I found a secret diary after he died


11:15am Wednesday 20th August 2014

ALMOST until the end, Leslie Knight never spoke to anyone of his experiences during the Second World War.

Car found torched after keys were stolen during burglary

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

11:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A CAR was found burnt out after being stolen from outside a home in Clacton.

UPDATED 10.35am: Woman taken to hospital following A12 crash


10:05am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital following a crash on the A12.

Colchester tourist attractions fear consequences of school holiday proposals

Gazette: Stand Tall giraffes on their farewell tour at Colchester Zoo.

10:04am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Tourism bosses have criticised a proposed law change to cut the school summer holidays to four weeks.

Lancasters set to fly over memorial to lost bomber crew


9:37am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO Lancasters will tomorrow fly over the site where the crew of a Second World War bomber lost their lives after crashing.

Consultation on council tax support launched

Gazette: Pay your council tax by Direct Debit and you could win £25,000

9:31am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A CONSULTATION looking at how Colchester Council hands out council tax bill reductions to low paid residents has been launched.

Boy airlifted to hospital after fall at beach

Gazette: Family living out of boxes after house repairs delayed

9:13am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A BOY was airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected head injury while on a beach in Harwich.

A133 Great Bentley smash causing two-mile tailbacks

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

8:59am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MOTORISTS are facing delays after a three-vehicle smash on the A133 Great Bentley by-pass this morning.

Here's how I won my pothole claim battle with Essex County Council


8:15am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MOTORIST has won a pothole victory after taking Essex County Council to court.

End of an era as bailiffs go in at independent Colchester bakers


8:13am Wednesday 20th August 2014

BAILIFFS have cleared out one of Colchester’s last independent bakers.

Rail season ticket prices to increase by 3.5% next year

Gazette: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

5:05pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Rail passengers face paying hundreds of pounds extra for their annual season tickets next year.

Lane blocked on A12 after crash between car and truck

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

4:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Police are at the scene of crash on the A12 northbound.

Attempted diesel theft from petrol station

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

4:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THIEVES attempted to steal diesel from underground storage tanks at a garage in Great Horkesley.

Top cops coming to Colchester for Essex Police Challenge

Gazette: Nick Alston

3:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

RESIDENTS will be given the chance to quiz the county's top cops in Colchester.

Harry, 15, will be ballboy at Wembley Stadium


3:12pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A TALENTED young rugby player will walk on Wembley’s historic turf in front of 80,000 fans after being chosen as a ballboy at the Challenge Cup final.

Sisters' £500 each over mum's care

Gazette: Colchester General Hospital

3:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

COLCHESTER General Hospital has been ordered to pay compensation to two woman after a health watchdog found failings in theirmother’s treatment for breast cancer.

Burglary in Wormingford

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

2:36pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DETECTIVES are investigating a burglary at a home in Wormingford.

Dovercourt beach could be closed to public after grenade discovery


1:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A DOVERCOURT beach could be closed to the public after two wartime hand grenades were discovered at the weekend.

Five people have been rushed to hospital after a bus and a car collided.


12:06pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

FIVE people have been rushed to hospital after a bus and a car collided.

Road work signs are killing our business


11:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

ROAD closure signs are having a disastrous impact on trade.

Police investigate parking dispute at Morrisons in Witham

Gazette: Morrisons in Witham

8:44am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Police are investigating a parking row in a supermarket car park.

Cash bonanza to build north Colchester homes


8:26am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE builders behind a 1,600-home development in north Colchester are in line for millions of pounds of Government funding to help get it off the ground.

Boys organise charity party for terminally ill dad


8:18am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THREE brothers who are still coming to terms with their dad’s terminal cancer organised a garden party to raise money for St Helena Hospice.

Protesters demand an end to badger culling


8:13am Tuesday 19th August 2014

MORE than 250 campaigners marched through Colchester to protest against badger culling.

Officers investigated for breaching police social media guidlines

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

7:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

HUNDREDS of police officers and staff have been investigated for alleged breaches of police guidelines when using social media.

Commercial Feature: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Gazette: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

6:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

People arrested at V Fest for selling legal highs

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

5:32pm Monday 18th August 2014

SEVENTY-TWO people were arrested at this year’s V Festival in Chelmsford.

Bus route through west Colchester saved after rival steps in


5:10pm Monday 18th August 2014

A BUS operator has stepped forward to take over a Colchester route after a rival decided to axe it.

Second restaurant for Red Lion Yard could be on horizon


5:07pm Monday 18th August 2014

A SECOND restaurant could open up in Colchester’s Red Lion Yard.

Births at coastal maternity units "insufficient" to justify 24/7 opening, review finds

Gazette: NHS logo

4:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

A MIDWIVE shortage coupled with an “insufficient” number of pregnant women giving birth at Clacton and Harwich maternity units means keeping them open 24/7 cannot be justified, health experts have claimed.

Ice one! DJ’s splash hit for charity


4:31pm Monday 18th August 2014

A DJ hopes to raise thousands of pounds for charity – by tipping ice cold water over volunteers’ heads.

We'll pay £3,500 rent debt - spread over 37 years

Gazette: Zena Smith with son Kade, 14, and husband Derek.

4:27pm Monday 18th August 2014

A FAMILY who were ordered to pay £3,500 after trying to sue their landlord have offered to pay their debt – over 37 years.

Art, comedy & music at Colchester’s new festival


4:07pm Monday 18th August 2014

LOCAL musicians, artists and comedians will entertain crowds across seven locations at a new festival in Colchester this weekend.

Solar farm plan set to be blocked by council


3:52pm Monday 18th August 2014

The first bid to build a solar park in Colchester is likely to be blocked this week because much of it would be built on good agricultural land.

Rail boss pledges to provide more standard class seats

Gazette: Passengers at Colchester North station, who faced higher fares from today.

3:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

A commuter was encouraged by a meeting with rail chiefs to discuss the future of services in our region.

University selected for elite sport scheme

Gazette: Shelley Rudman salutes the support at the Sanki Sliding Centre last Friday

3:18pm Monday 18th August 2014

Essex University hopes to train more future sporting stars after being selected for a national scholarship programme.

Dog walker's shock at grenade find


11:32am Monday 18th August 2014

A DOG walker has described the heart-stopping moment she picked up a hand grenade on the beach thinking it was a stone.

Newly discovered Roman wall to go on display at department store


10:42am Monday 18th August 2014

A preserved section of Roman wall will take pride of place in a department store when it reopens after a refurbishment.

Alpacas entertain hundreds of visitors during first open weekend


10:08am Monday 18th August 2014

HUNDREDS of visitors were treated to a fun-filled weekend at an alpaca farm.

Stressed police officers are calling in sick twice as much as five years ago.

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

9:45am Monday 18th August 2014

STRESSED police officers are calling in sick twice as much as five years ago.



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