In today's Gazette: A 12-year-old girl was subjected to a frightening sex attack.

She was grabbed from behind by a man in Distillery Lane, Colchester, and he tried to undo her jeans. The girl struggled free, ran home and raised the alarm.

* Powerlifting pensioner Pat Tombs has wowed judges by smashing a hat-trick of records at the British championships.

Retired nurse Pat, 66, who is nicknamed the Mighty Atom, lifted a whopping 90kgs - almost double her body weight.

* A teenager is in a specialist brain injury unit after being punched in Colchester High Street.

The 18-year-old suffered serious head injuries in the attack outside the George Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

* Robbers stole tens of thousands of pounds after attacking a security guard.

The G4S worker, aged 62, was kicked and punched by the raiders outside Barclays bank in Kingsway, Dovercourt, yesterday at noon. 

For more on these and other great stories, see today's Gazette. There is always more in the paper than there is online.