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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Thousands of people across Colchester may be getting new wheelie bins from next June as fortnightly collections are introduced.

Two men have been charged in connection with an armed bank robbery in Witham this October and Dunmow in June, and also with armed robberies across London and five counties.

A new bridge over the River Colne was installed this week for cyclists and walkers alike.

Superfast broadband will be rolled out to thousands more Essex homes in the coming months by the county council.

A cigar belonging to Winston Churchill and a ring dedicated to a soldier to fell in the Battle of Waterloo will go under the hammer in Colchester this month.

Dogs will be banned and pet owners could be fined if they fail to pick up after their canines under new plans to combat dog fouling at a popular sports ground.

Paratroopers at Colchester Garrison are preparing to join other UK soldiers for a six-month UN peacekeeping mission to central Africa in January.

A police officer from Essex has been dismissed without notice this week for accessing confidential information.

Film-lovers will be pleased that a new cinema is coming to Colchester town centre in late 2017.

A “spectacular” Peregrine Falcon crash landed into a field Weeley this week.

From now on students will choose their own homework at a school in Colchester.

A Zeppelin airship crash-landed into an Essex village 100 years ago this weekend.

Romans paraded through Colchester this weekend (Saturday September 10).

A bridge in Bocking is set to close immediately (Friday September 9) because of recently discovered safety issues.

A brain tumour has been found in a five-year-old boy for the second time in his life, after it was believed the cancer had been successfully removed.

Residents face fortnightly rubbish collections in Colchester under plans from the borough council – along with a limit on the number of black bags people can use.

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