In today's Gazette: School hits £8.5 million jackpot

In today's Gazette: An inspirational school and its tireless head teacher have won a ten year battle for funding after being awarded £8.5 million.

The money is going to Market Field School in Elmstead Market which cares for children with special learning needs. The school's head Gary Smith, who has campaigned for better facilities, said: "I'm euphoric."

* Colchester Military Festival is to return next year.

Colchester Garrison announced it will host the event on Abbey Fields next July. Garrison commander Mike Newman said it was the Army's way of thanking the people of Colchester for their support.

* The parents of a toddler crushed by a chest of drawers have described their heart ache at having to wait more than four weeks to bury him.

Mason Tipping's father Adrian said he and Mason's mum Christine Tauchert cannot rest until they are allowed to  hold the funeral for their 22-month-old son.

* The grieving mother of a teenager stabbed to death has called for tougher sentences for all.

Caroline Shearer, whose son Jay Whiston died in September, said weapons awareness should also be part of the national curriculum.

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

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