In today's Gazette: A man made lewd suggestions to a schoolgirl before asking here to get into his van.

The 14-year-old who goes to the Colchester Academy ran home and told her father who raised the alarm.

* Love burned brightly the day a firefighter clambered up a ladder to propose to his partner.

Gareth Wilson climbed up to LIsa Welham's bedroom window and presented an engagement ring.

* A couple accused of preying on elderly and vulnerable people by pretending their homes needed urgenty work have appeared in court.

Roma Taylor, 49, of Cedar Avenue, Tiptree, and Anthony Archer, 51, of the same address will stand trial accused of burglary, assault and fraud by false representation.

* Chart topping drummerEd Chesters has traded a life of rock and roll to become an osteopath. 

Ed played gigs around the world with Britpop band the Bluetones but the father-of-two has now retrained in the medical profession and works in Colchester.

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