• Staff safety fears led to Colchester care home probe

    CONCERNS over staff safety prompted an investigation into a Colchester care home, the Gazette can reveal. Current and former employees of Maple Court, in Berechurch Hall Road, have come forward as an invesitgation by Essex County Council’s social services

  • Rapist lived 100m from Colchester primary school

    A RAPIST, who had fled to England from his native Poland to escape trial for robbery, was living just metres from a primary school. Slawomir Blasiak has been sentenced to an indeterminate prison sentence for brutally raping a suicidal teenager in Colchester

  • GCSE league tables reveal mixed results for north Essex

    A SCHOOL which posted one of the worst GCSE pass rates in England has been praised for having a positive impact on its pupils. Colchester’s schools have appeared at the top and bottom of education league tables, published today. Colchester Royal Grammar

  • Pictured: Burglar who spent six hours in block of bedsits

    THESE images have been released in a bid to catch a burglar who spent up to six hours in a secure block of bedsits. The man was spotted on CCTV footage outside Jackson House, in Honorius Drive, High Woods, Colchester, on Sunday, December 6, at 12.40am

  • Circus project is vital to keep tourists coming

    SORTING out the future of Colchester’s Roman circus could boost tourism in the town even further, as figures show how much it is worth to the local economy. Tourist attractions in the borough brought a record £200million into the town’s coffers

  • Celebrities lend their support to help save Roman circus

    CELEBRITIES have been queuing up to get behind the Save the Roman Circus campaign. Actor Tony Gardner, who starred with comic Jack Dee in Lead Balloon and was the father in kids’ show My Parents Are Aliens, turned out in the snow for the Gazette

  • Circus fundraising target is possible

    THE fundraising challenge facing campaigners to save Colchester's Roman circus might initially seem a tall order. But the bid has already attracted hundreds of thousands of pounds of potential investment. The plan is to house the heritage

  • Bruce saddened by Klug's departure from Ipswich Town

    Alex Bruce has revealed his sadness following long-serving coach Bryan Klug’s departure from Ipswich Town. The former academy director and first-team coach is leaving after more than three decades at Portman Road. Town defender Bruce said: “We worked

  • Healy completes his loan move to Falkirk

    Out-of-favour Ipswich Town midfielder Colin Healy has completed his loan move to Falkirk. The Irishman will spend the rest of the season at the Scottish Premier League side. Meanwhile, the Football Association have officially credited

  • Curtain up on teen's stage dream

    ANEW musical has been written and composed by a 16-year-old boy who suffers from ME. When the curtain comes up on Wanted – the Legend of Robin Hood, it will be the culmination of two years’ hard work for Edward Court. It will be staged at Colchester

  • Thugs took victims to store cash machine

    TWO men were attacked by robbers and marched to a cashpoint in Colchester. The men, both 19 and from the town, were attacked in Barrack Street by a pair of thugs, who punched them, and ordered them to empty their pockets. They were then marched to

  • Lexden church could become special needs school

    A FORMER church could become a school for children with behavioural difficulties. Essex County Council and education firm the Continuum Group are looking to convert the former Kingsland Church in London Road, Lexden, into a school for up to

  • Phone cables partially block road

    TRAFFIC was disrupted after a lorry hit telephone cables in Old Heath Road, Colchester. The vehicle dragged down the cables, pulling a BT pole at an angle.

  • Police say organised gang are responsible for burglaries

    AN organised gang of burglars is believed to have targeted the rural Colchester region. Detectives dealt with six burglaries in Mile End Road on the outskirts of Colchester, Great Horkesley and Eight Ash Green. All of them were reported between early

  • Thank you to bus drivers

    I would like to show my appreciation for all the bus drivers who came to work and had to drive in extremely difficult conditions to get us all to work. Many thanks to one and all. Without their help, it would have been much more hazardous for


    EVERSON Beryl Joan Died peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday 31st December 2009, aged 93 years. Wife of the late Bill. Mum to the late Michael, Gail and Philip. Nan to Laura, Kelly, Danny and Stacy. Great Nan to Joshua, Luca, Niamh, Mika, Ebony


    MUNDY Charles Dorothy and family would like to thank everyone who attended Charles' funeral service on 23rd December and for all the messages of sympathy, Also to Rob Barlow for his care and attention.


    ELLIS - KEAR Both families are pleased to announce the Engagement of KAYLEY to JONATHAN on 29th December 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Good Luck, Health and Happiness always. Love from us all xx

  • MUGE

    MUGE Herbert Edward With sadness we announce the death of Bert at home on Wednesday 6.1.2010, aged 87 years. Service will be held at Weeley Crematorium on Friday 22nd January at 2.45pm. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Marie Curie Cancer Care

  • Ron Jackson

    JACKSON Ron Passed away on Wednesday 6th January 2010 after a long illness. Broken hearted, couldn't live without Dolly. Much loved Dad to Chris and Ron, father in law to May and Brian and dearly loved Fer. Will be sadly missed by everyone who knew


    BUSHNELL Keith Eric Rita, Sally and Gary thank everybody who attended Keith's funeral and for all the messages and donations for St. Helena Hospice. Thanks also to the Co-operative Funeral Service for their care and understanding. Please accept this


    JONES Donald Anthony Michael (Don) Passed away on 30th December 2009, aged 78 years. Will be sadly missed by his Family & Friends. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday 21st January at Chelmsford Crematorium at 11.00am. Flowers are welcome and


    BLEWETT Pauline Olive JAYBELENE GOLDEN RETRIEVERS Passed away suddenly on Christmas Day 2009 aged 66 years. Widow of John, dearly loved Mum to Twins Tony and Shelley, much loved Nan to Glenn, Grant, Chantelle and sadly missed by her Golden Retrievers.


    JOWERS Eric Passed away peacefully in hospital, on December 26th 2009, aged 71 years. Dear Brother, Brother-in-law and Uncle. Funeral service at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 25th January 2010, at 11.45 am. Family flowers only, donations, if desired


    SMITH David John ‘Smithers’ On 6th January 2010. Peacefully at home aged 76 years. Beloved Husband of Gillian, devoted Dad to Barbara, Stephen, Karen, Justin, Richard and Andrew and a much loved Grandad. Funeral Service on Friday 22nd January at Co-operative


    TINDALL Joseph Passed away on the 23rd December 2009, aged 65 years. Funeral service to be held at Chelmsford Crematorium on Friday 22nd January 2010 at 2.45pm. Enquiries c/o East of England Co-operative Funeral Service, 115b Newland Street, Witham 01376


    CULLUM Doreen Passed away on 24th December 2009, aged 73 years. A good friend to all who knew her. Funeral service will take place on Thursday 28th January 2010. Committal at Chelmsford Crematorium at 10.30am, followed by a service to commemorate her


    LEONARD Elsie Mary Passed away peacefully at Cheviot Nursing Home on 8th January 2010, aged 87 years. Much loved Mum to Roger and Jane, Pat and Colin. Dear Nan to Simon and Jo, Ian and Androulla and Clair. Little Nan to Callum and Hollie Marie. Funeral


    HAMMOND Eileen Widow of Fred, passed away on January 4th 2010, aged 88 years. Dearest Sister, Auntie and Great Auntie. Funeral service to take place at St. James Church, Nayland on Friday January 29th at 11am followed by a burial. Family flowers only,


    KEEBLE - DAGGE Both families are delighted to announce the engagement between Beth and Andrew. Our love to you both for a wonderful future


    MIDDLEDITCH Theodora (Dora) Passed away on Saturday 9th January 2010 at Colchester General Hospital aged 100 years. A much loved Mum, Grandma, Great-Grandma and friend. Funeral service to take place at St Michael’s Church, Thorpe-Le-Soken on Wednesday


    BOUTWELL Pauline (Jim) Passed away peacefully on 07.01.2010. Loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother. Will be sadly missed by her Family & Friends. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday 26th January at Chelmsford Crematorium at 11.45am. Family


    RAWLINSON Edna (Formerly Simpson) Of Tiptree and previously Colchester Aged 84 years. On January 2nd 2010, passed away peacefully following a long illness. Beloved Wife of the late Ron. Much loved Mother of Carolynne and Christine (Simpson) and a devoted


    Mary Kathleen PICKMAN Passed away peacefully on the 6th January 2010, aged 79 years. Reunited with her beloved Peter. Much loved Mum, Nan and Great Nanny and will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Funeral service held at St Peters Church, Great


    FURLOW John Frederick *04.12.1913 +31.12.2009 Jean Jacob (née Furlow), Chris Jacob and Pat Raven announce, with great sadness, the death of John at Firstlings, Heybridge, on New Years' Eve 2009. He was 96. John had two Grandsons, Tim and Stephen,


    ELLIS Joan Mary Passed away peacefully at Colchester General Hospital on Christmas Day, aged 81 years. Loving Wife of the late Don, a dear Mum of Trevor, Paul, Gordon and the late Malcolm and Mother in law of Beryl. Funeral service to take place at St

  • Don't listen to the scientists

    “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.

  • Clive was star at the Palace

    I would like to thank Clive Owen for his continued support of the Electric Palace cinema in Harwich. Last Sunday my wife and I were lucky enough to attend the charity screening of his latest film the Boys Are Back (which isn’t released until

  • It’s not easy for schools to open in snow

    To those who feel it is an easy option for schools to close due to ice, snow and freezing temperatures, just ponder the following: Staff have to travel, often long distances, to reach their schools, risking their cars and life, given some of

  • Circus is a winner for the town – Vaf is loser

    I invite readers to contrast and compare the following – the Visual Arts Facility and the Roman Circus. Which one is most likely to put Colchester on the national and international tourist map? The Vaf will be one of around 300 publicly-funded

  • Prince's Trust award winner is spared jail

    A PRINCE’S Trust award winner who acted as a burglary lookout has been spared jail. Ricky Ingram, of Hythes Hill, Colchester, helped two friends carry out a house burglary, which involved stealing car keys and driving away a couple’s Chrysler vehicle

  • What next for fallen star Bopara?

    However hard England’s chief selector Geoff Miller recently tried to put a positive spin on Ravi Bopara’s international snub – from the Test and One-Day squad in South Africa and the England Lions trip to the UAE – it is clear the Essex star’s career

  • Knifeman stopped by police stun-gun

    POLICE had to use a stun-gun on a man after he attacked his ex-girlfriend and threatened to cut his own throat with a knife, a court heard. After hearing about the terrifying incident, a judge has decided not to send Daryl Piper, 20, of Septimus Drive

  • Taiwo's Colchester United move is put on hold

    Solomon Taiwo's loan move from Cardiff City to Colchester United has been put on hold. The former Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder was set to join up with the U's on a temporary basis. However, a hamstring injury suffered by Gavin Rae

  • Cowling confident derby will pass without a hitch

    Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling is confident that Saturday’s big East Anglian derby with Norwich City will pass without any problems. Canaries fans who had bought tickets in the home ends have now had them cancelled. Those

  • Care home in investigation over welfare

    A CARE home in Colchester is being investigated after allegations over the welfare of a resident. The complaint about Maple Court, in Berechurch Hall Road, has been lodged with both the Care Quality Commission and Essex County Council’s social services

  • Three car crash blocks road

    EMERGENCY services were called to a crash in Tolleshunt Major. Three vehicles were believed to have been involved in the crash on Tudwick Road at about 7.50am. Firefighters from Tollesbury and Tiptree, supported by Colchester's Rescue