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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.

Police hunt for Wivenhoe trail flasher

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

5:06pm Monday 15th September 2014

POLICE are searching for a man who indecently exposed himself on Colne Causeway in Colchester.

Villagers backing bid for affordable housing

Gazette: Dedham: Parking charges introduced

4:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

AFFLUENT residents have snubbed more five bedroom homes being built in their village in favour of more affordable housing.

It's official, U's have some of the best behaved fans

Gazette: All stand - U's fans at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this season. Picture: LOUISE SMITH (CO82083-01)

3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

COLCHESTER United fans are among the best behaved in the country – and that’s official.

Fire crews tackling blaze at Holland-on-Sea bungalow

Gazette: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

5:39pm Monday 15th September 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a blaze at a bungalow in Holland-on-Sea.

Council facing legal challenge over town's ninth Tesco

Gazette: Tesco logo

2:23pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE developer behind Colchester’s ninth Tesco has hit out at planning bosses who are trying to block it.

Working at finding a job - thanks to the Gazette


1:52pm Monday 15th September 2014

HUNDREDS of jobseekers met potential employers at a careers day organised by the Gazette.

Five candidates to fight county council by-election triggered by resignation of Ukip's Roger Lord


12:31pm Monday 15th September 2014

FIVE candidates will fight it out for the county council seat left vacant following the resignation of Ukip’s Roger Lord.

Football mad friends raise cash for charity by visiting 92 grounds in 92 hours


12:57pm Monday 15th September 2014

A GROUP of football mad friends has raised thousands of pounds for a children’s hospice by visiting all 92 football league clubs in England in 92 hours.

New bishop becomes patron of Colchester Foodbank


12:26pm Monday 15th September 2014

COLCHESTER'S new bishop Roger Morris has become the patron of Colchester Foodbank.

Murder suspects' bail extended


12:24pm Monday 15th September 2014

TWO murder suspects have had their bail extended while police continue to investigate the murder of James Attfield.

Dad Richard to take on triathlon for inspirational Tom

Gazette: Tom Bowdidge with mum Nikki, dad Richard and sister Emma

11:40am Monday 15th September 2014

THE father of an inspirational teen who died fighting an aggressive stomach cancer will take on a triathlon in his memory.

Gardener escapes from blazing van


11:32am Monday 15th September 2014

A LANDSCAPE gardener has told of the moment the van he was driving burst into flames and caused three explosions.

Day 8 - Hamelin to home


9:24am Monday 15th September 2014

After a well deserved drink (or five!) we all woke up on Saturday, a week after setting off from Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and couldn't believe it was time to go home.

Day 7 - The last 42 miles


9:13am Monday 15th September 2014

So today marks our journey's end, a mere 42 miles was left on our path to Hamelin and it was evident when we all woke up that in spite of our weary bones and aching muscles, our spirit and adrenalin would carry us there.

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.

Police appeal for help to find hit-and-run car after cyclist is left with serious head injuries


10:02am Sunday 14th September 2014

Police search for silver Ford car with missing wing mirror following collision with Essex University student, 21.

Firefighters called to kitchen blaze in Walton

Gazette: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

6:43pm Sunday 14th September 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a home in Walton following a kitchen fire.

'Currys owes me £200 for ruined frozen food after fridge freezer debacle'


5:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A MAN dumped £200 of wasted frozen food in a Colchester store after getting fed up with the company’s customer service.

Man punched during violent street robbery by gang of five in Clacton

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

11:48am Sunday 14th September 2014

A MAN was robbed of a brand new mobile telephone during a violent street robbery in Clacton.

Search for missing person in Ardleigh Reservoir called off

Gazette: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

6:06pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Report of person missing in reservoir considered a false alarm, with good intent

21-year-old driver in critical condition after crashing into zebra crossing

Gazette: The police element of council tax could rise

4:06pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A 21-YEAR-OLD driver from Colchester is in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries when he crashed into a zebra crossing post in Colchester.

Residents 'put off' reporting low level crime to police because they have no faith it will be dealt with

Gazette: Stephen Kavanagh, the new chief constable of Essex Police.

2:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

RESIDENTS are being put off reporting low level crime because they don’t believe anything will be done, it has been warned.

Police release CCTV images following theft from shop


12:09pm Saturday 13th September 2014

POLICE have issued CCTV of two women they want to speak to following a shoplifting incident in Harwich.

Man, 22, charged with intent to supply cannabis

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

12:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD man from Colchester arrested on suspicion of intending to supply drugs has now been charged.

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.

New appeal launched to solve 16-year-old murder

Gazette: Victim Grant Byrom

10:16am Friday 12th September 2014

DETECTIVES are launching a new appeal to solve a historic Colchester murder.

Firstsite...the £28 million art venue with no big art exhibition


8:34am Friday 12th September 2014

FIRSTSITE will become an art gallery with very little art for two months.

Frinton actor Giles Watling named as Tory candidate for by-election


8:09pm Thursday 11th September 2014

FRINTON actor Giles Watling has been named as the Tory candidate to take on defecting MP Douglas Carswell. 

Cyclist Richard taking on triathlon in Tom's memory

Gazette: Show for Tom

6:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE father of an inspirational teen who died fighting an aggressive stomach cancer will take on a triathlon in his memory.

Motorists caught in delays after crash partially blocks A12

Gazette: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

5:49pm Friday 12th September 2014

EMERGENCY services were called to crash on the A12 at Marks Tey.

NSPCC book fair celebrats book bonanza

Gazette: All ready for the NSPCC book fair

5:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

ORGANISERS behind a major charity fundraiser are celebrating after it was confirmed it would remain as a two day event.

New primary school plans on show

Gazette: Essex County Council

4:14pm Friday 12th September 2014

BLUEPRINTS for a new primary school in north Colchester will go on show on Wednesday.**sep 17** Essex County Council, along with the Department for Education, is planning the new school to meet growth in the number of school spaces required in north Colchester.

Oyster fishing season declared open at traditional ceremony


4:06pm Friday 12th September 2014

TRADITIONS were maintained when Colchester’s Mayor officially declared the season of the Colne Oyster Fisheries was open.

Colchester residents front of the queue for Help to Buy scheme


4:03pm Friday 12th September 2014

COLCHESTER is one of the country’s most popular locations for the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage scheme, new figures reveal.

Man who claimed to have cure for cancer ordered to pay more than £2,000

Gazette: Colchester Magistrates' Court

4:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN claiming to sell a cure for cancer has been ordered to pay more than £2,000.

Eld Lane jeans store back from the brink


2:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

AN independent jeans shop has been rescued by fresh investment – days after it closed.

Burglary at army office

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

12:12pm Friday 12th September 2014

A BRAVE thief has stolen a 42 inch television from an Army welfare office.

Veteran takes on 600-mile event to mark anniversary of Second World War mission


12:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

AN Army veteran is taking on a gruelling 600 mile run to mark the anniversary of a daring Second World War mission.

Violent thug launches appeal against conviction

Gazette: Jay Whiston trial: Assault thug Rhys Hennebry jailed for three years

10:22am Friday 12th September 2014

A VIOLENT thug is appealing against one of his convictions for affray.

Murderers being protected by tight alliances, says Essex top cop

Gazette: Tragic – “great lad” Jim

8:39am Friday 12th September 2014

THE murderers of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea are being protected by tight alliances, the county's top cop believes.

Colchester soldier proud to support Invictus Games


8:58am Friday 12th September 2014

A SOLDIER from Marks Tey has been helping Prince Harry make the inaugural Invictus Games an event to remember.

Colchester roadworks detour branded "crazy"


8:26am Friday 12th September 2014

A DECISION to send thousands of driver on a four mile detour during a six-week road closure has been branded “absolutely crazy”.

Suspicious flat fire in Colchester

Gazette: Fire Engine on the way to the scene.
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8:07am Friday 12th September 2014

AN investigation has been launched following a fire in a flat in Colchester.

Inadequate: Ofsted's damning verdict on Colchester Academy


8:51am Thursday 11th September 2014

COLCHESTER Academy has been given the lowest possible rating by Ofsted.

Hairdresser: 'I need a bouncer to combat menace of drunks'


6:09pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A HAIR salon owner is considering employing a bouncer in a bid to stop drunks congregating at the front of her premises.

Hospital trust will re-advertise for chairman after failing to make appointment

Gazette: Dr Sally Irvine, chairwoman of the board of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

4:57pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Colchester's hospital trust has failed to appoint a new chairman after holding interviews with potential candidates.

Colchester Council comes under fire for getting rid of flower beds to save money


4:07pm Thursday 11th September 2014

COLCHESTER'S infamous eco-warrior the Human Shrub could be set to make a come back after Colchester Council revealed plans to remove shrub beds.

St John Ambulance staff to be on hand to give vital first aid tips

Gazette: St John Ambulance offers free first aid demonstrations

2:35pm Thursday 11th September 2014

RESIDENTS who want to learn vital first aid techniques are being encouraged to attend classes at a Colchester Tesco.

Family fun and dog day at Layer Marney Tower will support children's hospice's


2:05pm Thursday 11th September 2014

CHILDREN’S hospices will be supported by a family fun day at north Essex’s historic Layer Marney Tower.



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