Fire crews fight tumble dryer blaze


8:49pm Thursday 30th October 2014

FIRE fighters fought a blaze which started in a tumble dryer.

Charity hosts Halloween inspired green-screen workshop


5:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

YOUNG people were turned into zombies and monsters before acting in front of a green screen during a Halloween workshop.

Medic’s award for tour of duty


5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

AN army reserve medic sent into combat in Afghanistan with less than a day’s notice has been given a commendation.

£7k spent on bar’s cancelled appeal


4:58pm Thursday 30th October 2014

COLCHESTER Council spent nearly £7,000 reviewing a controversial bar’s licence, only to shelve most of its planned actions, it has been revealed.

Bob's bonfire's been going for 40 years, now it's time to step aside


4:46pm Thursday 30th October 2014

BOB Schofield never thought his bonfire night would catch on like it has.

MP calls on Prime Minister to grant devolution for Essex

Gazette: MP Russell questions PM on defence cuts

4:33pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has called on the Prime Minister to ensure Essex has the same independent powers as Scotland.

Tribute to the baby whose death saved lives of four others


4:35pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE family of a baby girl whose organs were donated to save four lives have been given an award in her honour.

Overnight closure for Colchester town centre car park due to roadworks


2:58pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A town centre car park will be closed overnight for a week due to nearby roadworks.

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


2:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

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

Rugby club urges dog owners to clear up mess after spate of recent incidents


2:27pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Rugby players have cried foul over dog mess on their pitches.

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.

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.



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