In today's Gazette: Jail for tree con fall guy

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In today's Gazette: A man has been jailed for two years and four months for his part in a scam selling trees in India which did not exist.

Michael Murphy, 46, of Earls Colne, was described as the fall guy in the scheme which conned investors out of more than £200,000.

* Security conscious couple Terry and Sandra Hill, whose house was raided, presented police with CCTV of the person responsible.

The thief was filmed stealing £950 of gardening equipment from their shed - but the police said they did not have enough evidence to proceed.

* Plans to turn Colchester's old police station into a business centre for the creative industries have received a £500,000 boost.

Arts Council England awarded the money to Firstsite to help the arts organisation transform the Grade II listed building in Queen Street into a hi-tech Creative Business Centre.

* School league tables have been published - but head teachers say results have been skewed by the row over English GCSEs.

Colchester schools continued to lead the field in both GCSEs and A Levels.

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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