Controversial Prettygate Tesco set to go ahead after all as council realises it has no power to stop it

Gazette: Tesco has launched an investigation after revealing that its guidance on profits for the six months to August 23 was overstated by around  £250m.

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

COLCHESTER Council has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn which means a controversial Tesco will go ahead.

Digger fire spreads to 500-tonne muck heap

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

4:50pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A blaze destroyed a digger and spread to a 500-tonne muck heap.

Traffic delays due to accident near Colchester General Hospital


4:35pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A road accident near Colchester General Hospital is causing delays this afternoon for drivers and bus passengers.

"No further action" following armed siege in Colchester


3:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN has been released without charge despite allegedly shooting at police during an armed stand-off in Colchester.

Richard's new CD is for pal Robin


2:47pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PIANO teacher has released an album to raise money for a charity set up in memory of a childhood friend.

Colchester murderer fails in bid to clear his name


2:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FORMER medical student who fled abroad after murdering his partner has failed in a bid to clear his name.

Colchester Institute given go-ahead for £9.5m extension


1:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Temporary classrooms at Colchester Institute will be replaced with a four-storey teaching block.

A120 campaign claims dualling will cut some journey times in half

Gazette: Still no A120 roundabout revamp

12:52pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FRESH campaign to dual the A120 throughout north Essex claims it could cut some journey times in half.

Osteopath who worked with top sportsmen suspended for having sex with patient


11:59am Tuesday 30th September 2014

An osteopath has been suspended after admitting having an improper sexual relationship with a patient.

Thai police: Hannah may have been victim of sex attack

Gazette: hannah witheridge e.jpg

11:21am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Police believe an Essex University student may have been raped before being killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

Breaking news Murder investigation launched after man found stabbed in Chelmsford flat


10:55am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MURDER investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in a property on Broomfield Road in Chelmsford this morning with stab wounds. A 29-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Victims of crime to choose from menu of punishments

Gazette: Nick Alston

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MENU of punishments is being put together for victims of crime to choose from.

Supported bus services cost county £8.5million

Gazette: Essex County Council

10:28am Tuesday 30th September 2014

ESSEX County Council is spending an extra £300,000 on supported bus services this year despite cutting several routes.

FOI response time improvements at Essex Police

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

9:59am Tuesday 30th September 2014

ESSEX Police has been praised for improving its response to freedom of information requests.

Police patrol railway crossings

Gazette: The level crossing

9:12am Tuesday 30th September 2014

EXTRA patrols are taking place at railway crossings in Essex this week.

Bailiffs could go in to eject Colchester stadium travellers


8:12am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A COURT order to evict a group of travellers who have spent more than a week on land near Colchester’s community stadium could be secured this morning.

Couple on bench are now prime suspects in hunt for Jim’s killer

Gazette: Tragic – “great lad” Jim

10:44am Monday 29th September 2014

A COUPLE seen sitting on a bench close to where Jim Attfield’s body was found have emerged as prime suspects for the murder.

Baby abuse pervert is jailed for 12 years


8:33am Monday 29th September 2014

A VILE pervert who filmed himself sexually abusing a baby girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Traffic chaos at flu jab day


5:56pm Monday 29th September 2014

TEMPERS flared when roads were blocked as pensioners flocked to a doctor’s surgery to get flu jabs.

Music store set to shut up shop after 40 years


5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

AN independent music shop is set to close after more than 40 years in Colchester.

Pre-school raises £100,000 in eight years to create new home


4:40pm Monday 29th September 2014

LITTLE ones and staff are celebrating after raising £100,000 in eight years to refurbish their dated pre-school.

More Essex University students securing top jobs

Gazette: Essex University

4:19pm Monday 29th September 2014

Essex University students are more likely than ever to secure top jobs after graduating, according to a national study.

Hannah Witheridge murder: Eight footballers quizzed

Gazette: hannah witheridge e.jpg

4:11pm Monday 29th September 2014

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Essex University student Hannah Witheridge have quizzed a group of footballers.

Government grant will help Colchester town centre's air quality to improve


3:47pm Monday 29th September 2014

COLCHESTER town centre’s poor air quality should improve after nearly £200,000 of funding was secured to install emissions reducing technology in ten buses.

U's training ground planning rows "should not be used as a political football"

Gazette: U's manager Robbie Cowling at the Florence Park training ground.

3:44pm Monday 29th September 2014

PLANNING issues around Colchester United’s training ground should not be used as a “political football”, it has been claimed.

Search for heavily pregnant teen who left Colchester General Hospital continues


3:18pm Monday 29th September 2014

POLICE officers are continuing their search for a heavily pregnant woman missing from Colchester General Hospital.

Apartment plan for Colchester office block


3:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

A developer wants to convert an office block into 12 apartments.

Lollipop men and women needed across Essex

Gazette: Pensioner's driving ban for injuring lollipop lady

2:38pm Monday 29th September 2014

Dozens of Essex schools are in need of new lollipop men and women.

Do you recognise this man? Police want to question Witham burglary suspect


2:39pm Monday 29th September 2014

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may recognise this man with distinctive hair.

New liaison staff drafted in to tackle A&E handover delays

Gazette: Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Gwent Hospital on Cardiff Road, Newport. (4010951)

2:17pm Monday 29th September 2014

Two thirds of patients arriving by ambulance at Colchester General Hospital’s A&E are waiting in the vehicle for more than 15 minutes.

Council approves £5m school plan


2:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

PLANS for a £5million primary school which have divided two communities have been approved.

Councillors propose paying County Hall £127k to switch streetlights back on

Gazette: Outcry over new bright street lights

2:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

ANGRY district councillors have put forward proposals to pay £127,000 a year to County Hall so it will reverse its controversial streetlight switch-off in Tendring.

New kit means north Essex patients will not have to travel to Basildon


1:16pm Monday 29th September 2014

A NEW ultrasound which allows patients to be tested for feared problems with their airways in Colchester instead of Basildon or London has been unveiled.

Macmillan coffee mornings prove a success in north Essex


12:25pm Monday 29th September 2014

DOZENS of fundraisers took part in Macmillan coffee mornings across north Essex.

Football legend backs hospital fundraiser


10:00am Monday 29th September 2014

A FOOTBALL legend was on hand to present a cheque for more than £1,000 to Colchester General Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

Camping items stolen from outdoors store in Colchester


9:23am Monday 29th September 2014

THIEVES stole six camping items from outside an outdoors store in Colchester.

Police investigate after man dies in motorcycle and car collision in Witham

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

8:41am Monday 29th September 2014

Police are investigating a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a car in Witham on Sunday night.

Colchester community holds walk in memory of Jim and Nahid


8:24am Monday 29th September 2014

A WALK from the spot Nahid Al-Manea was killed to where Jim Attfield died was held to show the Colchester community is unbowed by the tragedies.

Heavily pregnant woman missing from Colchester hospital


1:04pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A HEAVILY pregnant woman is missing from Colchester General Hospital.

Aggravated burglary in Harwich


12:20pm Sunday 28th September 2014

POLICE are investigating an aggravated burglary in Harwich.

Colchester Institute honours Jeremy Spake at ceremony


10:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

BROADCASTER, author and philanthropist Jeremy Spake is to be given an honorary degree by Colchester Institute.

Man bailed in James Attfield murder investigation


9:47am Sunday 28th September 2014

A 19-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of James Attfield has been rebailed.

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark resigns as civil society minister

Gazette: Halstead: Hundreds sign petition opposing solar farms

6:37pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark has resigned as the minister for civil society ahead of a story due to be published in a Sunday newspaper.

Police investigating murder of Hannah Witheridge offer £13,000 reward


5:34pm Saturday 27th September 2014

POLICE in Thailand investigating the murder of Essex University student Hannah Witheridge are offering a £13,000 reward for information.

Burglars scared off by family’s pet Alsatian


5:01pm Saturday 27th September 2014

POLICE believe burglars were scared off by a family’s pet Alsatian when they broke into a Colchester home.

Votes needed to raise cash for playgroup


2:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

A GROUP which helps children with learning difficulties has appealed for a little help itself.

Winners bask in glory at the Mid Essex Business Awards 2014


10:50am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE finest businesses in Mid Essex were celebrated last night at the 7th annual Business Awards.

Detectives patrol Castle Park to mark six-month anniversary of James Attfield murder


9:32am Saturday 27th September 2014

POLICE officers investigating the murder of James Attfield spoke to about 20 people during patrols to mark the six-month anniversary of his death.

Metal detector event finds coins cache


7:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

A CACHE of coins has been found by metal detectorists as part of a special event to raise money for worthy causes.

'CCTV is low quality, but public can still help', says top detective


5:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE public could help Essex Police make a significant breakthrough if they can identify two people in fresh CCTV images.



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