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Wednesday latest: British man questioned in relation to murder of Hannah Witheridge


8:15am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A British man has been questioned in relation to the murders of two Britons found dead in Thailand.

Beer lovers raise more than £3,000 for historic Coggeshall barn


9:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Beer lovers raised more than £3,000 for the upkeep of a historic barn.

UPDATE 2pm: Hannah Witheridge's family pay tribute to "beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman"


9:33am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE family of a murdered Essex University student have paid tribute to a "beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman".

'Empty shops are needed to keep firms in the town' says chamber of trade


5:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Empty shops are needed in the town centre to stop stores from moving out of Braintree, claims the town’s chamber of commerce.

Road closed as firefighters tackle van blaze

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

3:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

FOUR fire crews have tackled a van fire on the northbound A12 which closed off the carriageway.

Family's heartbreak after pets poisoned with anti-freeze


3:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A family has been left heartbroken after two of their cats were poisoned.

At the cutting edge - lawnmower racing returns to Blake End

Gazette: Racers in action

10:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Who knew cutting the grass could be so exhilarating.

Fantastic year for floral flair as best gardens are crowned


9:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Stunning floral displays have wowed the judges of an annual competition.

23-year-old woman found murdered in Thailand is Essex University student Hannah Witheridge


6:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

A YOUNG woman murdered on a beach in Thailand has been named as Essex University student Hannah Witheridge.

Alec Hunter Academy to appeal GCSE English exam results


5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

A Braintree secondary school is set to appeal their GCSE results after a slump in the number of pupil passes.

Thieves steal ladder to climb onto Finchingfield church roof and take £4,000 worth of lead


3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Thieves stole £4,000 worth of lead from a church roof.

Witham theatre school kids perform at Disneyland Paris


12:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Children from a Witham theatre school had the experience of a lifetime when they performed a special show and took part in a parade at Disneyland Paris.

Road closed and one man reported for driving offences after lorry hits telegraph pole

Gazette: Pic credit: East of England Ambulance Service Trust

2:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

A road has been closed and a man has been reported for driving offences after a lorry hit a telegraph pole.

Puppets galore as festival returns to Witham

Gazette: Weird and wonderful displays in this year's Witham International Puppet Festival

10:30am Monday 15th September 2014

Animals, robots and quirky characters will be taking over Witham for the annual International Puppet Show.

We don't want Zac to die in vain, say parents of baby who died of rare muscle condition


9:00am Monday 15th September 2014

A heartbroken mum has vowed to raise £5,000 in memory of her “determined and brave” baby son who died of a genetic muscle condition.

North Essex Phones 4u stores close as company forced into administration


9:00am Monday 15th September 2014

PHONES 4u stores across north Essex have closed their doors today after the company was forced into administration.

Man charged with GBH with intent following assault outside town centre bar

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

8:55am Monday 15th September 2014

A 22-year-old man has been charged with GBH with intent after breaking a man's jaw outside a town centre pub. 

Polish man found in Witham street died from a morphine overdose


5:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A Polish man who collapsed in a Witham road died as a result of an accident, a coroner has recorded.

Comedian Dave Gorman brings a Powerpoint presentation with a difference to Braintree


3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Stand up comedian Dave Gorman will be performing new material at Braintree Arts Theatre.

Just one in ten street crimes in the Braintree district are solved

Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

12:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Police in the Braintree district dealt with more than 9,000 street crime incidents in a year but records suggest officers only solved about one in ten.

Witham man takes on the ice bucket challenge - but with a bin


10:30am Sunday 14th September 2014

When Ray Nichols was nominated to do the ice bucket challenge for charity, he decided to go big - and dived into an industrial size bin.

Man rushed to hospital with head injuries after pub car park brawl


9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

A man was rushed to Broomfield hospital with head injuries following a fight in a pub car park.

Tragic Glenn, 19, found hanged from a boat, inquest hears


5:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A teenager died after he hanged himself from a boat while on a team-building trip.

Drama at Braintree college tells story of blind woman given the chance to see again


3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Father Hen theatre company are coming to Braintree with their hit show, Molly Sweeney.

Low arrests prompt review of stop and search by Essex Police


12:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Police in the Braintree and Uttlesford districts used stop and search powers 301 times in the year 2012-2013 but only 7% of those resulted in an arrest.

Parents campaign against proposed Witham academy merger


10:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

Parents are writing to the Government to oppose the proposed merger of Witham's secondary schools.

Protesters take to the streets over plans for 350 homes and new school


9:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Protesters against a development of 350 new houses and a new school building will march through the streets this weekend.

Firefighters release trapped person from car at crash in White Colne

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to release one person from a car.

Headteacher's spoof music video is shared across the world


5:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

A headteacher's spoof music video to celebrate the last day of term has been shared across the globe.

Meet three stars from Sky Sports News' Soccer Saturday


3:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Tickets are now available for Sporty Mamas next event.

Meet the Coggeshall community bus drivers this weekend

Gazette: Braintree district: Bus service celebrates 30th anniversary

12:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Users of the Coggeshall community bus can drop in to an informal reception to meet the drivers and other volunteers.

Witham Town Football Club considers memorials to popular former chairman

Gazette: Witham Town chairman Tony Last

10:30am Friday 12th September 2014

A football club are considering ways to remember their popular chairman, who died in the boardroom following a heart attack.

Hay bales set alight deliberately, it is believed

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

9:18am Friday 12th September 2014

Arsonists set hay bales on fire at a farm in Hatfield Peverel, it is believed.

Commuters tell their favourite tails about beloved station cat


9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Commuters have been telling their favourite tails about a furry feline visitor that brightens up their journeys to work.

Shocking new pictures released of Wayne Ingold after 'random' acid attack


5:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

These are the sickening pictures of a dad’s horrific injuries after acid was thrown in his face in an apparent random attack.

Impulse buy leads couple to open fancy dress shop


3:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

After an impulse buy of 600 fancy dress costumes, a couple have never looked back after opening their own shop.

Hotel owner praises his quick thinking staff after they safely evacuate guests following 3am fire scare


1:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A "extremely proud” hotel owner has praised his staff after they safely evacuated guests when a fire broke out in the hotel’s kitchen in the early hours of the morning.

Pensioner writes open letter to "heartless" purse thieves


12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A plucky pensioner has written an open letter to the “hearltess” thieves who stole her pension money and a priceless photo of her late father.

Family speak of their shock after fire rips through buildings and destroys their farmyard


12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A family was forced to return home early from a weekend away after a fire broke out at their farm and destroyed their yard.

Police 'too busy' to see 71-year-old Witham Town FC stalwart who was assaulted


10:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

A football club stalwart who was punched twice in the face said police were too busy to see him.

Mother of man glassed in face at Braintree pub thanks friends for 'saving his life'


8:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

The mother of a 23-year-old man who was brutally glassed while at a town centre pub has praised his friends and paramedics for saving his life.

Witham's academies consult on possible merger - plan could create 'super school' for 1,600 pupils


8:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

Witham's secondary schools could be merged into one super-school, making it one of the largest in Essex.

The Thaxted Gardening and Craft Show is coming soon


6:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Organisers hope to match last year’s record breaking show, which had 700 entries and several hundred visitors.

Nominate your heroes for the Pride in Braintree campaign


5:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

This week we are launching the Pride in Braintree campaign to celebrate the best of the towns we live in.

Blind teenager inspired to take up running after his ultra marathon running mum


3:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A 16-year-old blind teenager has been inspired to take up running after seeing his mum take part in seven ultra marathons.

Families flock to Witham Leisure Centre for open day fun


1:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Crowds of families, swimmers and gym enthusiasts flocked to the opening day of Witham’s new leisure centre.

Police continue to investigate Braintree rape

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

12:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Police are still investigating allegations of a rape in Braintree town centre.

Campaigners form action group against quarry near Witham


10:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Campaigners have formed an action group against plans for a quarry.

Emergency services deal with crashes involving three cars on same stretch of road

Gazette: Pic credit: East of England Ambulance Service Trust

9:07am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Three cars were involved in crashes on the same stretch of road this morning.

Historic reference books used by Lovejoy author to go under the hammer


9:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The author of the popular Lovejoy novels is selling his extensive library of reference books used to research the stories about the roguish antiques dealer.



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