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Colchester: Greens to challenge every seat at council elections

PUBLISHED: 18:57 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:58 24 April 2014

An election count.

An election count.

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Six new faces will join Colchester Borough Council next month after the elections.

One-third of the council - 20 seats - are up for re-election on Thursday May 22.

Six current councillors have decided to step down ahead of this year’s polls, including stalwarts Sonia Lewis, Terry Sutton and the current mayor Colin Sykes.

One other new face could also join the council ranks later in the year when the by-election for the Wivenhoe Quay ward is held following the death of councillor Steve Ford.

The Green party is challenging every seat in the upcoming round of elections, along with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Conservative parties.

The UK Independence Party have candidates in 14 of the seats.

Gerard Oxford, current councillor for Highwoods, is standing again as part of the Highwoods Independent Group, which is part of the existing coalition administration.

One other independent is standing, Christina Perdicou in the Shrub End ward.

Nominations closed at 4pm today.

A former head teacher from Saffron Walden who was found with “horrific” child abuse images has avoided jail.

A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested in connection with a ram-raid in Long Melford.

More than four thousand people have signed a petition launched by a concerned Mum, urging the county council to scrap a controversial consultation into cutting free school transport.

A teenager gunned a man down outside a petrol station over a comment that he “looked like the Milky Bar Kid”, and he is still on the run from police, a trial heard.

A world-renowned Suffolk harpist accused of taking the virginity of a schoolboy more than three decades ago told police the teenager had sexually assaulted her, a court has heard.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

A Suffolk town which has faced 10 days of road closure “chaos” – has reacted with dismay to news of two more months of highways disruption.

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