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Will Lodge

Will Lodge.

Will Lodge has been reporting on north Essex news for more than seven years, and now oversees the Essex edition of the East Anglian Daily Times. Born and bred in Essex, outside of work Will is a scout leader and has a keen interest in politics, as well as enjoying spending time with his wife and four children.

A report on feasibility studies for a new dualled A120 in Essex suggests a new junction with the A12 at Rivenhall would be the preferred option – but cannot be committed to at this stage in the project.

A new dual carriageway A120 across Essex is unlikely to use any of the existing route after highways chiefs recommended it is dropped from consideration.

A six-month-old Essex baby died while awaiting a potentially lifesaving heart operation that had been delayed twice, an inquest has heard.

Young photographers showcased their talents in a competition run by a north Essex school.

A lump of concrete which smashed through a van driver’s windscreen as he drove along the M11 was most likely flicked up from the road or fell from another vehicle, an inquest heard.

A closed-road rally car race looks set to come to Clacton next year after the sport’s governing body gave the event – the first in England – the green light.

International development secretary Priti Patel – MP for Witham – has been ordered back to Britain by Theresa May to explain herself over unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians.

A mock-up hospital ward with robotic patients has been opened up at the University of Essex to help healthcare students learn the job.

A charity set up in memory of an inspirational Colchester teenager has paused to donate £50,000 to the town hospital’s cancer central appeal – before fundraising continues apace.

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Calls are being made to delay a consultation over plans for new garden villages in north Essex until more details are known.

A Colchester family is appealing for funds to take their selective mute son – who will not even cough, sneeze or hiccup outside of his home – to America for treatment.

Towns and villages across Essex could soon be offered the chance to pay for their own police officer.

Two new police dogs and their handlers will be patrolling Stansted Airport after completing an eight-week course in the search and detection of explosives.

A housing developer has lost its bid to build up to 80 homes in Finchingfield.

A top Essex music festival has lost its main sponsor after 22 years.

Emergency services workers in the region have been preparing for the threat of a major incident – such as a terrorist attack.

A new international research centre focusing on veterans’ issues is being opened at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus.

A new Chief Fire Officer is being recruited to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) – on a £140,000 per year salary.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is publicly supporting London Fire Brigade’s campaign to ask people to stop using the outdated term ‘fireman’.

A study has revealed Stansted Airport has the highest drop-off parking fees of any airport in the country.

The number of speeding drivers sent on awareness courses in Essex has increased by around 8,000 in the past year.

A taster session for blind people who want to try running takes place next weekend.

An environmental group is hoping to raise more than £57,000 in just three weeks to buy a tract of land for a nature reserve.

A fraudster who scammed internet shoppers out of £21,000 has been jailed – four years after the crimes took place.

Health chiefs have welcomed extra funding for Colchester hospital in a bid to reduce the number of ‘bed-blockers’.

In the final part of our series celebrating Hospice Care Week we meet Kirsty Beckwith, a volunteer nurse assistant at St Helena Hospice.

Proposals to create extra parking spaces for commuters in Manningtree have been given the go-ahead.

A teenager who broke into a home and assaulted the resident with a candle holder has been put behind bars for seven years.

A motorist who caused a crash which killed his sister has been given a two-year driving ban.

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