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Motorcyclist, in his 70s, has died after a crash with a van in Steeple Bumpstead

Gazette: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

5:09pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A motorcyclist aged in his 70s has died after he was involved in a crash with a van.

Global coffee shop chain could take over Braintree bar The Lounge

Gazette:

5:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A global coffee shop chain could replace a Braintree bar by next year.

Train delays at Witham station after police incident

Gazette:

4:49pm Thursday 18th September 2014

There are train delays between Colchester and London Liverpool street after an incident involving the emergency services at Witham station.

Police make fresh appeal for witnesses following "vicious" glass attack in pub

Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Police have issued a fresh appeal to help find the man suspected of a vicious glass attack. 

Cow dead after crash on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel

Gazette:

11:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

A cow has died after it was struck by a car on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel.

Local soldiers help out at Prince Harry's Invictus Games

Gazette:

10:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Two soldiers helped Prince Harry make the inaugural Invictus Games an event to remember.

Buses could put brakes on new artisan market for Witham

Gazette: Witham town centre could benefit if businesswoman's funding bid is successful

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A new artisan market is in jeopardy unless agreement can be reached with bus companies.

Twin's mum challenges school's decision to split them up

Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A mum is taking her challenge to keep her twins in the same class at primary school to the Government.

Nominate your heroes for Pride in Witham campaign

Gazette:

8:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Today we are launching the Pride in Witham campaign to celebrate the best of Witham.

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

Gazette:

8:15am Wednesday 17th September 2014

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

Witness hears "sound like a lightning strike" as lorry takes down power cables

Gazette:

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A motorcycle trainer has recounted the moment he heard "a sound like a lightning strike" as a lorry collided with a telegraph pole.

Flo, aged 102, is guest of honour at reopening of village post office

Gazette:

3:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Finchingfield's oldest resident was given the honour of reopening the village post office.

Developers hope to build another 850 homes in Witham - the same size as the Maltings Lane estate

Gazette:

12:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Proposals to build a huge housing estate the size of the Maltings Lane development in Witham have been submitted.

Witham's young authors see their work published

Gazette:

10:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Young authors have had their work published.

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

Gazette:

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"

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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

Gazette:

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.






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