• Parties furious over attacks on posters

    ACTIVISTS of all political persuasions have reported election signs and posters knocked down or stolen from front gardens. While many blame the damage on drunken hooligans, some believe their signs have been deliberately targeted. One board, on

  • Primary school heads rule out national tests boycott

    HEADTEACHERS in Colchester look set to ignore a countrywide boycott of national tests for 11-year-olds. None of the 11 schools the Gazette spoke to said they would snub the Sats on May 10. The headteachers say the National Union of Teachers and the

  • Families relive tragedy of sons hit by US bomb

    HEARTBROKEN relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan by a bomb dropped by a US plane said they would live for ever with the effects of the tragedy. Privates Aaron McClure, 19, Robert Foster, 19, and John Thrumble, 21, were killed when a 500lb bomb

  • Walters has no plans to leave Ipswich Town

    Jon Walters has no plans to quit Ipswich Town. There have been whispers that he is poised for a summer exit, due to his house being up for sale. But Walters says that as far as he knows he’ll be staying at Portman Road. He has heard rumours about his

  • Hildreth stitches Essex up

    James Hildreth overcame a freak injury in the warm-up to hit 73 as Somerset ran up 328 for seven on the opening day against Essex at Taunton. The 25-year-old batsman slipped while playing a game of touch rugby and had to go to hospital for stitches after

  • Seasiders seal second spot

    FC CLACTON have sealed runners-up spot at the very least, in Ridgeons League division one. But they will be kicking themselves, after missing the chance to go top of the table. The Seasiders played out a 2-2 draw with current leaders

  • Cowing vows to keep fighting for U's glory

    Defiant Robbie Cowling has vowed to continue fighting the cause for Colchester United. The U’s chairman is “massively disappointed” that the club failed clinch a Coca-Cola League One play-off place this season. But he has pledged to

  • Music and film events honour acclaimed poet

    NOBEL prize-winning poet Derek Walcott will be at Essex University this week. The Caribbean writer, playwright and essayist accepted a position in the university’s literature department as Professor of Poetry at the end of last year.