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Violent crime in Halstead has increased by nearly 50 per cent

Gazette: Burglary surge hits Halstead area

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Violent crime has risen by nearly 50 per cent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.

Halstead man creating a mosaic for entrance to Chelmsford Cathedral


3:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A father-of-two is feeling honoured after being asked to create a mosaic for the entrance of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Rebranding Halstead as a floral town met with unanimous favour


1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Proposals to rebrand Halstead as a floral town have been met with unanimous favour.

Cats Protection Shop to reopen

Gazette: Cats Protection Adoption Event

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The Colne Valley Cats Protection Charity shop will reopen after being closed for three months.

Affluent commuters snapping up 'cheap' Halstead homes causing house price surge


9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Homebuyers from affluent commuter towns are snapping up cheaper houses in desirable Halstead.

Police crack down on nuisance youngsters

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

Nuisance youngsters are being tackled in a policing crack down.

Explore Victorian and Georgian cartoons at Solar Society's next meeting

Gazette: We’re asking our readers to send in audition videos or audio files of them doing what they do best.

12:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The Solar Society’s next meeting will explore the history of art.

Three in court for care home abuse case


8:54am Thursday 28th August 2014

Three care home workers have appeared in court accused of neglecting a vulnerable elderly resident.

Music of soul legends being performed at Sturmer Hall


12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Enjoy an evening of soul legends.

Oak Road development plans released

Gazette: Public outcry over plans for new housing estate on outskirts of Halstead

11:50am Friday 29th August 2014

Plans for the housing development have been released.

Fitzpatrick Total Home Care shop closes

Gazette: Robert Fitzpatrick

9:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Another business has vacated Halstead high street.

Woman charged with drink-driving after car overturns in Braintree

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

9:08am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A woman has been charged with drink-driving after a car overturned.

Have you seen these people?


9:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Detectives in Essex are appealing for information to find a man charged in connection with dwelling burglaries across East Anglia who is missing after breaching court bail conditions.

Passengers taken to hospital after car crash in Gosfield

Gazette: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

8:52am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Car passengers were taken to hospital following a crash.

Grand garage sale coming to Wickham St Paul

Gazette: Garage goes on sale for £40k as parking problems highlighted

12:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Browse for bargains at a grand garage sale.

Colne Valley Railway up for local award

Gazette: We've got a year to save Colne Valley Railway

9:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Colne Valley Railway is celebrating getting through to the finals of a county based competition.

Lots of activities at Great Yeldham's fete

Gazette: Little Milton Church Fete

12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

Have fun at an afternoon of activities at Great Yeldham's community fete.

New awards to recognise Halstead area's sporting stars


9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Nominations have opened for the first Active Braintree District Sports Awards.

Model plane completed with some celebrity help


6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A model plane has been completed after an epic trip across the globe and some celebrity help.

Enjoy a pampered chef evening for charity


12:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Pamper the chef in your life at a fundraising event.

Performance impresses audience in Halstead


6:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

An amazing technicolour performance of a popular musical impressed a sell out audience.

Man pleads guilty to burgling Ridgewell house

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

5:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

A man has pleaded guilty to burgling a house.

Watch stunts on horseback at Hedingham Castle


6:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

The Knights of Middle England are performing at Hedingham Castle for the first time.

Housing plan in Halstead step closer to reality

Gazette: Public outcry over plans for new housing estate on outskirts of Halstead

5:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Developers are expected to press ahead with controversial plans for 300 homes after passing the first hurdle.

'I will install cameras if drivers keep running over ducklings'


3:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A teacher is threatening to install cameras on a busy road if drivers continue to run over ducklings.

Charity dartathon on Sunday


12:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A Pub is hoping its charity dartathon will be on target to be a massive success.

'We'll rename Halstead to boost trade and tourism'


8:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

A group dedicated to improving the town centre is intending to officially rebrand Halstead as a “floral town” to boost business and tourism.

Police still not found who killed duck in supermarket car park


3:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Police officers are yet to find the person responsible for killing a defenceless duck in a supermarket car park.

Traders fear new 100-stall market could kill the high street


8:20am Thursday 21st August 2014

Traders fear that a 100-stall market to be held in Witham’s high street will kill off businesses.

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.



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