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Colchester: Voters take to the polls in borough elections

Voters go to the polls today.

Voters go to the polls today.

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Voters are heading to the polls across Colchester today to elect 20 new councillors.

Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm tonight.

The votes will be counted tonight at Charter Hall with the first result expected at around 2am.

One-third of the seats on Colchester Borough Council (CBC) are up for grabs - with the potential for the ruling Liberal Democrat/Labour/Independent administration to be replaced.

Currently CBC is made up of 26 Lib Dems, 23 Conservatives, eight Labour and three Highwoods Independent members.

The Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Green parties are fielding candidates in each seat, whil the UK Independent Party is contesting 14 wards.

There are two independents running, incumbent Gerard Oxford for the Highwoods Independent Group in Highwoods and Christina Perdicou in the Shrub End ward.

Six new faces are guaranteed to be on the council after the vote as some councillors have decided not to run again.

Voters across the country are also going to the polls for the European Parliament elections today.

Details of polling stations can be found at the CBC website and voters are being reminded they do not need to take polling cards with them to vote.

For full, live coverage of the results as they come in visit the East Anglian Daily Times website.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

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