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Tollgate Village - artist's impression

An “anti-competition” stance from a north Essex council was slated by a developer today – while the authority said plans for an out-of-town leisure complex would led to the “slow, protracted death” of Colchester town centre.

Red spicy hot chilli peppers

Spicy chilli eating contestants will fight against each other to win the inaugural Colchester Market Chilli Challenge next weekend.

Children taking part in Beat the Street earlier this year

Ten thousand people in Tendring who took part in a walking and cycling initiative helped it to be shortlisted for a national award.

Day Lewis Pharmacy in Bury St Edmunds.

Security fears have been raised by Witham residents as plans for a mobile pharmacy are due to be considered by Braintree District Council.

Tollgate Village supporters

It is the last chance to have a say on the potential shopping village in Tollgate, as the planning inquiry ends tomorrow (February 17).

Before and after shots of the Balkerne Bridge in Colchester

Roadworks scheduled to close a Colchester road in both directions will not take place as planned this weekend (February 18).

Essex County Council

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children entering Essex this year will soon need foster families to care for them and provide a loving home.

CCTV images

Detectives investigating a hate crime at a mid-Essex mosque have today released CCTV images as part of the case.

The Bell pub was egged on Monday January 2

A “strange sequence of events” took place this week when a pub in Great Bardfield was targeted drive-by egger who returned to the scene of the crime.

Colchester MP Will Quince

A van parking ban in a Stanway housing development has been condemned as a “step too far” by Colchester MP Will Quince.

Katrina Whittaker

An inspirational woman from Braintree has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her charity work supporting people with mental illness.

A car crashed into a Braintree office

A car smashed straight into the front of a Braintree office this morning, destroying a wall in the process.

Some of the students from Colchester Sixth form on their Awards & Reunion Event at Charter Hall on Tuesday 20th Dec

Prizes were awarded at a big celebration of students’ achievements at Colchester Sixth Form College this week, with guests, sponsors, parents, and family members coming together to enjoy an evening.

All Saints church Brightlingsea , Choosing Day  for Deputy , who acts as representitive for Mayor of Sandwich, one of the Cinque Ports. This year it is Peter Beadles, pictured chatting to pupils from Colne Community College, Dan Wallace and Callum Greenleaf, also with his Assistants in robes

An entrepreneur has been chosen to as the next deputy mayor of the Cinque Port of Brightlingsea in a unique ceremony yesterday.

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