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In today's Gazette: 1,600 homes plans backed
8:15am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
In today's Gazette: Plans for 1,600 homes to be built on fields in north Colchester have been recommended for approval by Colchester Council planning officers.
However, the move has been met with anger by campaigners fighting to save the green lung.
* A lollipop lady turned down the chance for a lavish ceremony so she could receive her British Empire Medal with the children she keeps safe.
Janet Felton, 81, received the honour for years of service at Old Heath School in Colchester, from Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex - surrounded by her "second family".
* A trouble shooting head teacher has been brought in to improve Philip Morant School in Colchester.
Nardeep Sharma, headmaster of the Colne Community School in Brightlingsea, will work at the Colchester school for two days a week until July next year.
* Robbers used "shocking levels of violence" to force a woman to hand over her bag.
The victim, who is in her 40s, was punched in the face and kicked in the back while she was defenceless on the ground in an alley off London Road, Clacton.
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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