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Pictures reveal the moment a blind man was thrown onto rail tracks in attack


1:25pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THIS is the horrifying moment a thug threw a blind man onto railway tracks during an argument at a train station.

Sniffer dog finds illegal stash of hidden cigarettes at Colchester store


8:35am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SECRET stash of counterfeit cigarettes worth £10,000 were discovered in hidden cupboards at a Colchester newsagent.

Breaking news Serious crash closes A12 in both directions


4:45pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SERIOUS crash has closed the A12 in both directions.

Drone's aerial snaps show road's extension work


4:35pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THESE aerial shots show how engineers are building a massive new road in Colchester.

Residents call on council to call off controversial Tesco

Gazette: Tesco has launched an investigation after revealing that its guidance on profits for the six months to August 23 was overstated by around  £250m.

3:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RESIDENTS have called on Colchester Council to pay off the developer behind the controversial Prettygate Tesco - and stop the shop from opening.

Ancient Egyptian coffin found in north Essex home


3:29pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN ancient Egyptian sarcophagus believed to be more than 3,000 years old has been found in a north Essex home.

Accosting suspect released without charge - investigation still underway

Gazette: A man died after he was assaulted at a party being held at his partner's house, police said

3:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MAJOR investigation into accosting incidents in Clacton is still underway after a suspect was released without charge.

School celebrates glowing inspection report


2:18pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A school is celebrating after driving up standards to be rated “good”.

Northern Approach Road open


1:55pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE NORTHERN Approach Road has re-opened today.

Thomas is making a splash with Microsoft


1:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

11-YEAR-OLD Thomas Bellinger is already making waves at Microsoft.

New council homes could be finished by New Year

Gazette: Tina Bourne - "time to end that funding"

1:06pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WORK to build Colchester’s first new council homes for 20 years could be finished by the end of the year.

Colchester town centre churches placed on English Heritage "at risk" register


3:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

TWO Colchester town centre churches used for major concerts, civic funerals and services have been labelled “at risk” by English Heritage.

Why did you cancel gig at last minute?


9:46am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SAFETY group watching over the cancelled I Am Music festival has been criticised for not making organisers stick to time frames in the lead up to the event.

Crime boss claims "unrealistic" to investigate all those who download child porn

Gazette: Nick Alston

8:38am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ESSEX’S Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has hit out at the National Crime Agency after its top boss said thousands of paedophiles will escape investigation.

Student jockeys set track alight in inaugural race


7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CAMBRIDGE has claimed victory in the first Varsity horse race - with Colchester Royal Grammar School celebrating success in the competition closer to home.

Jumbo owner to face trial over chicken deaths at his farms


8:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FARMER has failed in his bid to get charges relating to the death of 24,000 chickens thrown out.

UPDATED: Trading Standards and Essex Police launch raids on Colchester businesses


9:07am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEAMS of police and trading standards officers have this morning carried out raids in Colchester.

Man arrested over Clacton accostings

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

6:23pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sexual touching.

Councillor pays up after planning row - now the council owes her money


5:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A COUNCILLOR has handed over £20,000 to prove she is not refusing to pay up in a planning battle she lost.

Will Quince stands down as leader of the Conservative group on Colchester Council

Gazette: Will Quince and Grant Shapps in Colchester town centre

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LEADING Conservative Will Quince has stood down as leader of the Conservative group on Colchester Council to focus on the General Election.

VIDEO: Champion boxer James DeGale put through his paces by Colchester paras


4:21pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CHAMPION boxer James DeGale was put through his paces by Colchester paratroopers.

Pass rate increases after exam remarks

Gazette: Don't panic! Post GCSE exam advice for teenagers

4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SCHOOLS have seen a small rise in their pass marks after GCSEs were remarked in the wake of the English exam controversy.

Crash! Lorry knocks down 112-year-old town centre lamp post


3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A LAMP post outside Colchester Town Hall was destroyed when a delivery truck reversed into it.

Soldier's tots make the grade as calendar girls


3:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE adorable picture of a paratrooper’s daughter sleeping on her dad’s uniform has been chosen to feature in a charity calendar.

The day the PM gave us coffee and biccies


3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOR once it was John Warner’s turn to be served coffee and cake...and what a place to go for it!

RSPCA given permission to rehome horses found ill and injured in field


2:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Animal welfare inspectors found injured and dangerously thin horses, a court heard.

Volunteer models sashay down catwalk for St Helena Hospice


2:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOLUNTEER models sashayed down the catwalk for a fashion show fundraiser which raised £1,500.

20 ops have failed to correct A&E "blunder" which left me in constant pain


2:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MUM claims the failure of an A&E doctor to recognise her broken wrist had shifted is the reason she has been unable to work for six years.

Controversial Premier Inn to open in winter 2015

Gazette: Premier Inn

1:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL £6million hotel will open in Colchester within the next year.

UPDATED: Family pay tribute after son killed in crash


12:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The family of a man who died following a road traffic collision in Tollesbury have released a tribute to him.

Police appeal to find bronze elephant ornament worth £1,400


2:31pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Police are investigating the theft of a large bronze elephant worth £1,400. 

What a whopper! Mark grows 700lb pumpkin


8:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

GREENFINGERED Mark Rand has grown what he believes is Britain’s biggest outdoor pumpkin, this year.

Man charged after fatal crash


8:18am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has been charged with careless driving after a woman died following a crash in Little Horkesley.

Firefighters called to chimney blaze

Gazette: STRIKE ACTION: Firefighters are to stage the latest in a long series of strikes as part of a wider public sector day of action tomorrow. SP

10:03pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a chimney fire in Colchester this evening.

Nurse accused of holding pillow over resident's face

Gazette: Health visitor fired for failings while working at Hove clinic

5:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A nurse is due to appear before a disciplinary panel after he was accused of holding a pillow over a resident’s face for 30 seconds.

Farmer warns residents after rogue dog kills sheep


5:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A farmer believes a stray dog killed two of his sheep.

Tea to celebrate surviving cancer


4:12pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

ABOUT 120 cancer survivors celebrated life at the Colchester Moot Hall.

Want to get on your bike?

Gazette: St Helena Hospice's Pamper & Shopping Evening

3:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN information night is being held to give people an insight into taking part in a hospice cycling event.

Jean slams online dating con trick


3:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN who went looking for love on the internet ended up out of pocket when a scammer posed as a soldier and took her money.

Man charged over Brightlingsea screwdriver attack


2:07pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has appeared in court accused of being part of a group who stabbed a man in the neck with a screwdriver.

Pre-school thefts woman faces jail

Gazette: Chelmsford Crown Court

2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN has been told she could be jailed for stealing from a playgroup.

Paramedic cleared to work after colleague dispute


1:59pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A paramedic who insulted a colleague and “stole” his mobile phone has been allowed to carry on working.

Mersea Island pupils help design playground sculpture


12:57pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN were on hand to help an artist design a sculpture for their playground.

School released hundreds of balloons to mark 10th anniversary


12:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HUNDREDS of balloons were released at Willow Brook Primary School, in Colchester, to mark its 10th anniversary.

Cop this! Old police station up for £175k


12:46pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HERE’S an arresting investment opportunity...the chance to buy your very own police station.

Madcap underwater challenge raises £750 in battle against cancer


10:46am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MADCAP challenge to stand up to cancer by standing under water for ten hours has raised more than £750.

Cancer patient starved himself for 13 hours - only for op to be delayed by a month


10:38am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CANCER patient did not eat for 13 hours in preparation for an operation – only to be told it had been cancelled due to a lack of hospital beds.

Witham MP launches Christmas card competition

Gazette: Braintree district: MPs clash over gay marriage

10:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Could you design Witham MP Priti Patel’s Christmas card?

New proposed electoral map of Colchester borough unveiled


9:26am Tuesday 21st October 2014

NEW plans to redraw the electoral map of Colchester have been unveiled.

Essex University staff set to take industrial action over pensions dispute

Gazette: Essex University

9:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

STAFF at Essex University have voted to take industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.



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