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Breaking news 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.

Concerned villagers file petition to save former pub

Gazette: Oxford House, formerly the Carved Angel pub, in Earls Colne

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

More than 70 concerned villagers have signed a petition to stop a former run-down pub being turned into flats.

Police warning after M25 smash

Gazette: nswebpix police crime tape

2:20pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Police are advising motorists to avoid the anticlockwise carriageway of the M25 between junctions 28 and 27 following a two-vehicle road traffic collision which has shut two lanes.

Finch to House of Lords: revoke Hanningfield's peerage

Gazette: Hanningfield could be suspended from Lords in new storm on expenses

12:42pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE leader of Essex County Council has called on the House of Lords to revoke Lord Hanningfield’s peerage.

Great Maplestead celebrates success in best Essex village competition


12:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Villagers in a close-knit community are celebrating after winning two prizes at an awards ceremony for the best Essex villages.

Food stores set sights on popular Woodman pub

Gazette: Save our pub: Woodman regulars start online petition

5:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

Councillors are set to give the green light on plans to turn a popular pub into flats and a convenience store.

Anger as strikes cause widespread bin collection disruption


8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Residents across the Halstead area have been left fuming after public sector strikes caused major disruption to refuse collections.

Mum of IVF baby condemns proposed changes to fertility services


4:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A mum-of-two who had her first baby through IVF treatment and miraculously fell naturally pregnant with her second has condemned proposed changes to fertility services.

Music in the Park hailed a success


3:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Music lovers were in their element as Party in The Park took over Halstead’s Public Gardens.

Wet and wild weather forecast for Halstead


11:34am Thursday 17th July 2014

Powerful storms are set to return to the district along with a weekend heatwave of up to 30C, according to Essex weather man Tom Defty.

Anger at mess left behind after travellers move on


11:01am Thursday 17th July 2014

A landowner has been left with a pile of mess to clear up after travellers moved off his land.

Andrew saves Halstead butchers from closure


4:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A dad-of-two has saved a Halstead butchers from closure.

Witham and Braintree MPs promoted to Government in today's cabinet reshuffle

Gazette: Priti Patel MP  - "These horrible fatalities are completely unacceptable."

4:44pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Witham's MP has been promoted into a junior ministerial position in David Cameron’s reshuffle of his front bench.

Ambulance service gets top marks


8:57am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Every patient in April, who responded to a survey, was satisfied with the service they received from the ambulance service.

Ice cream van and lorry in A120 smash near Dunmow

Gazette: nswebpix police crime tape

2:42pm Monday 14th July 2014

Two vehicles involved in a crash on the A120 have now been moved to the hard shoulder.

Number of potholes drops on main roads, but rises on local streets

Gazette: £286k to spend on potholes

10:26am Monday 14th July 2014

The number of potholes on Essex roads have dropped by 20 per cent in just three months.

No major incidents following this morning's fire fighter strikes

Gazette: Firefighters tackle car fire in Widnes

8:18am Monday 14th July 2014

No major fire-related incidents have taken place yet this morning as crews went on strike.

VIDEO: Headteacher ‘Happy’ staff’s spoof video has gone viral


6:00am Monday 14th July 2014

A HEADTEACHER has said he is more than happy to see an extraordinary spoof music video made by school staff go viral on the internet.

Poodle Tullula is a movie star after Essex-style makeover


2:55pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A normally white poodle has become a movie star after an Essex-style pink makeover.

Dramatic storm sees several Essex properties hit by lightning


11:14am Sunday 13th July 2014

Lightning wreaked havoc across Essex last night.

Fire fighters tackle blaze after lightning strikes house

Gazette: Firefighters tackle car fire in Widnes

11:06pm Saturday 12th July 2014

Fire fighters were called to a tackle a house fire after lightning struck, causing a fire in the loft space involving two properties.

Memorial football match for tragic teen Arran Tosh


3:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A memorial football match will be played for a Hedingham School boy who died from a brain tumour in June.

Police investigation underway following rape allegation in Braintree


12:17pm Saturday 12th July 2014

Police are investigating after a woman reported that she had been raped in a Braintree alleyway in the early hours of this morning.

School hits back in 'alien egg' controversy


3:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

A primary school found itself at the centre of a national media storm over claims that children were left traumatised by a project gone wrong.

Braintree woman given caution after assault on police and paramedic


11:00am Friday 11th July 2014

A woman was given a caution after lashing out at both a paramedic and a police officer.

Dozens of roads miss out on rubbish collections following strike action

Gazette: OPPOSING VIEWS: Will bin bags be replaced?

10:29am Friday 11th July 2014

Strikes have caused disruption to refuse collections across the Braintree district.

First Essex Buses given a formal warning over sloppy punctuality

Gazette: Bus stop sign/road markings

10:21am Friday 11th July 2014

A bus company has been given a formal warning by licence bosses over its sloppy punctuality.

M11 warning after multi-vehicle smash - closure at Harlow junction

Gazette: The Highways Agency will be undertaking work on the A49 Ross from Monday for a period of seven weeks.

5:27pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Drivers are advised that there are severe delays on the southbound M11 in Essex following a multi-vehicle collision that has resulted in a closure at junction 7 near Harlow.

UPDATE: A man has come forward following a police hunt in connection with a flasher

Gazette: British Transport Police

4:10pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Following a British Transport Police (BTP) appeal for information about an indecent exposure on a train, a man has come forward.

Burglary victim makes desperate plea for return of laptop with late daughter's photos

Gazette: Police appeal following overnight theft from South Oxhey newsagents

12:40pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A burglary victim is urging a burglar to hand in a laptop which has photos of "incredible sentimental value" on its hard drive.

Air ambulance called to help man with stomach injury


1:05pm Thursday 10th July 2014

The air ambulance was tasked to help a man in his 30s with a stomach injury yesterday.

Public sector strikes force schools to close


10:47am Thursday 10th July 2014

SCHOOLS across Essex were forced to close today after teachers from the NUT joined firefighters and other public sector workers in a mass strike.

UPDATE: Police search for two men believed to have been carrying knives

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

5:42pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Police have carried out a widespread search following reports that two men were carrying knives.

Seven arrested in connection with bogus police phone scam


3:53pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Seven people were arrested today when detectives executed search warrants in connection with a series of Essex telephone frauds by bogus police officers.

Tyre-related incidents and lack of fuel are behind holiday traffic "chaos" in the east

Gazette: Petrol price fall lowers inflation

2:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

With the school summer holidays almost upon us, the Highways Agency is urging road users in East region to check and maintain their vehicles this summer – as figures reveal that 1,315 of incidents on the region’s roads last summer were potentially preventable.

Essex County Council has 'plans in place' for strike disruption

Gazette: Essex County Council are reducing the Youth Services budget

1:23pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Essex County Council has said it has plans in place to minimise any potential impact as a result of tomorrow’s industrial action.

Witham woman, 53, killed by train last night

Gazette: Record number of trains arriving on time

12:27pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Disruption to rail services continued this morning after a Witham woman died after being hit by a train last night.

Schoolboy is praised for raising the alarm after bungalow fire


12:13pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A boy has been praised for raising the alarm when he spotted a bungalow on fire.

Violent robber jailed thanks to vital DNA evidence


5:34pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

The conviction of a violent robber based on DNA evidence has been hailed a victory for forensic science.

Former Halstead grammar school officially reopened as retirement home


5:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A former Halstead grammar school has been officially reopened as a retirement complex.

Plumber ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work after illegally carrying out work on gas boiler


4:24pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A PLUMBER who carried out illegal and dangerous gas work at a family home has been ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Live updates: Tour de France comes to Essex

Gazette: A selection of pictures taken throughout the Bradford district across the Tour De France Grand Depart Weekend

9:53am Monday 7th July 2014

The eyes of the world will be on Essex today as the Tour de France comes through Essex.

Petition filed to save former Carved Angel pub


5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

More than 70 concerned villagers have signed a petition to stop a former run-down pub being turned into flats.

Firefighters tackle diesel spill at Tour de France park and ride

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

3:17pm Monday 7th July 2014

Firefighters tackled a diesel spill at a Tour de France park and ride this afternoon.

Halstead mum is breakfast TV weight loss star


3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A Halstead mum became a breakfast TV weight-loss star after flying out to Brazil to take part in a diet and training regime.

Driver suffers just minor injuries after car lands on side


2:43pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A man escaped from a car crash with just minor injuries when his car landed on its side in Braintree this morning.



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