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Former Braintree and Witham schoolboy enters Celebrity Big Brother house


5:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A former Braintree and Witham schoolboy has entered the Big Brother house.

Forgotten WW1 heroes finally remembered on village's war memorial


3:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Fallen heroes who died during the First World War have finally had their names added to a war memorial to mark the centenary.

Sainsbury's gives up on plans to expand Halstead store


3:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sainsbury's has given up plans to expand its Halstead store after it had wanted to knock into the postal depot next door.

Attwod's Manor care home still not improved enough

Gazette: Care home “not safe” in its medicine administration

3:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

Watchdog inspectors are still concerned about the welfare of residents at a care home after a second observation showed people were continuing to be at risk.

LATEST: Police release details of immigrants found in shipping container

Gazette: Ariel shot of Tilbury Dock

7:20pm Sunday 17th August 2014

AN INTERNATIONAL murder probe has been launched after a suspected immigrant died in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.

Bomb disposal called after dog walker accidentally picked up hand grenade


3:51pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE bomb disposal team closed off a beach after a dog walker picked up a grenade on a beach.

New homeowners to move in soon at former factory site


3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

New homeowners could move in in the next the couple of months after work to transform a former factory site is well underway.

Surgery plans a "golden opportunity"

Gazette: Still time to nominate Worcestershire NHS staff for award

12:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Several councillors have written to the Gazette expressing their support for NHS England's proposed changes to the surgeries in Sible Hedingham, Great Yeldham and Castle Hedingham.

New Team Vicar for benefice


9:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

The North Hinckford Benefice has welcomed a new Team Vicar.

Still no plans for empty Halstead factory after five years


5:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

A factory which has stood empty for five years is still without a buyer despite planning permission being granted to turn it into a supermarket.

Parish council takes control of car park to keep it free


3:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

A parish council has finally taken control of a car park and toilets after years of negotiations.

LIVE: V Festival

Gazette: James Arthur to perform at V Festival

12:30pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE stages are set, the caterers are ready, and the bands are poised – the biggest party in Essex is about to begin!

V Festival: 16 drug arrests already


6:19pm Friday 15th August 2014

A senior detective from Essex Police has tonight warned people heading to V Festival not to bring drugs to the site.

Driver's shock at huge Halstead pothole


5:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

A motorist has told of his shock at the moment the road collapsed leaving his car stuck in a huge pothole.

Halstead pub in the running to win award for beer standards


3:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

A Halstead pub is in the running to win a prestigious national award for the quality of its beer.

"My husband died just an hour after hospital sent him home"


9:24am Friday 15th August 2014

A widow plans to take legal action after her husband died an hour after returning home on Christmas Eve.

Excellent A-Level results for Hedingham School

Gazette: Hedingham School closed during a previous strike

8:59am Thursday 14th August 2014

The hardwork paid off for students at Hedingham School who are celebrating after receiving their A-Level results.

B&Q's bid for massive new superstore on outskirts of Braintree


8:40am Thursday 14th August 2014

A DIY giant hopes to move to a new huge superstore on the outskirts of Braintree – complete with a garden centre, builder’s yard and 255 parking spaces.

Family of acid attack victim Wayne Ingold left devastated


8:40am Thursday 14th August 2014

The family of a man who had acid thrown in his face in a case of mistaken identity have been left devastated.

Belchamp St Paul painter inspired by trip to Venice


3:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A woman who was inspired by a trip to Italy’s ‘City of Water’ has quit her job to focus on her watercolour painting.

Man re-arrested on suspicion of James Attfield murder

Gazette: Victim Jim Attfield

8:40am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MAN has been re-arrested by police investigating the murder of James Attfield.

Video: Essex Fire Authority to pay £15million to Government after accounting "oversight"

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

4:13pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

ESSEX Fire Service is being forced to use all of its £15million savings to pay off a debt it did not know it owed.

Cancer sufferer's blog supports people from around the world


3:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A runner's blog documenting his life with incurable cancer has helped support others across the world suffering with the same condition.

19-year-old arrested in connection with Witham chemical attack is released on police bail

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

3:05pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A 19-year-old man, who was arrested in connection with a chemical attack on a 56-year-old, has been released on police bail.

Pub landlord turns white as he unearths artillery shell while weeding back yard


3:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

A pub landlord went “white as a sheet” as he unearthed an artillery shell while he was weeding his back yard.

Councillor given newly created role to deal with potholes

Gazette: £286k to spend on potholes

9:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Essex is getting its own councillor for potholes after county council leader David Finch announced changes to his cabinet.

Police search for two men after man, 56, suffered serious burns in 'random' chemical attack


5:21pm Friday 8th August 2014

A man has suffered "life-changing" chemical burns after he was attacked for no reason on his doorstep.

Officer resigns over "inappropriate" relationship

Gazette: nswebpix police crime tape

5:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

A police officer resigned after starting an “inappropriate” relationship with a domestic abuse victim he was called to help, it has emerged.

Warning as dog thieves strike during summer

Gazette: Golden Retriever Sakina

9:00am Friday 8th August 2014

Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets within sight this summer to avoid falling victim to thieves.

'I have the nicest job in politics' says Halstead MP

Gazette: Halstead: MP backtracks over road plans due to divided opinion

3:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Halstead's MP has confessed he has “the nicest job in politics” since David Cameron promoted him to a ministerial position in the cabinet office.

Prince William to work as East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot


2:57pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A member of the royal family could soon be making regular unannounced visits to Essex- as a helicopter ambulance pilot.

Receiving your A level and GCSE results? Free helpline available

Gazette: File photo dated 13/06/08 of Pupils who sat a GCSE English exam at Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester, Essex as a return to final exams at GCSE could discriminate against girls, teachers warned today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date:

10:59am Thursday 7th August 2014

Anxious about receiving your A level results?

Teenage boy identified in connection with bottom slap

Gazette: Murder probe after man is knifed in Greenford

8:48am Thursday 7th August 2014

A young man whom police had been looking for in connection with an assault in Colchester has now been identified.

Weather warning as downpour is expected


8:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Heavy and thundery rain could affect Essex tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Consultation launched on healthcare changes in Halstead

Gazette: Still time to nominate Worcestershire NHS staff for award

3:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

Residents in Halstead and the surrounding villages are invited to debate on future changes to healthcare provision.

Train operators to run Operation Shellshock to crackdown on summer crime

Gazette: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

10:23am Wednesday 6th August 2014

British Transport Police is set to leave potential trespassers shellshocked thanks to a new operation run in partnership with c2c.

Drug testing on arrest pilot to be rolled out across Essex


10:27am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Class A drug testing on arrest is to be extended across Essex.

Burglars steal Pandora bracelet in Colne Engaine house raid

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

3:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Burglars have stolen a £150 Pandora bracelet during a house raid in Colne Engaine.

Castle Hedingham man found with cannabis is given police warning

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

3:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

A 36-year-old man from Castle Hedingham was given a police warning after he was found in possession of cannabis.

Pub landlord to make debut as TV chef


12:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

A pub landlord will make his debut as a TV chef this summer when he appears in new BBC food series The Taste of Britain.

Warning over possible bogus callers

Gazette: Burst main leaves 38 homes without water

11:41am Monday 4th August 2014

Anglian Water is urging extra caution over possible bogus callers in Essex after Anglian Water branded work clothing was stolen during a burglary at one of its sites.

Gosfield school leavers start the summer holiday with a vintage bus ride


5:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

Children boarded a vintage bus for their last primary school trip.

GP's surgeries could open for longer under healthcare plans

Gazette: Dr Bryan Spencer

12:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

Doctors surgeries in Mid Essex could be set to open for longer as part of a plan to reform health services in the county.

Schoolgirl wins competition to name new Halstead road


5:04pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A schoolgirl has won a competition to name a new road in Halstead.

Three women to appear in court after investigation into staff at Old Deanery


12:14pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Three women will appear in court after being reported for offences at Braintree’s largest care home.

Pair trapped after car crashes into petrol station shop on the A12


1:46pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Firefighters are working to release two people who are trapped in a car after it collided with the shop at a petrol station.

Health figures reveal scale of Braintree obesity problem

Gazette: Obesity timebomb: 55,000 people at risk of life threatening illnesses in Bournemouth and Poole

3:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

Children and adults in the Braintree district are dangerously obese according to the latest government figures.

Mum warns over school transport costs


12:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A mum is warning fellow parents that new council policies mean they might not be able to afford to get their children to school in September.

Council approves plans to convert Woodman Inn pub


5:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Angry pubgoers have slammed a council decision to approve plans to turn their local into a shop and flat.

Villagers launch village hall improvement campaign


3:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Villagers have launched a fundraising campaign to help make vital improvements to their village hall.



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