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St Helena Hospice assistant nurse Emma Young reduced staff and patients to tears in Colchester after performing Adele's Make You Feel My Love. Pic: St Helena Hospice.

A video of an assistant nurse performing an Adele song at a Colchester hospice has gone viral.

Andy Beckwith

An emotional appeal has been made to find a former Essex man who has gone missing in Gibraltar.

Colchester United's Weston Community Home Stadium.

Overweight men are being invited to play football at Colchester United – not to shore-up the squad, but in a new weight-loss scheme.

Essex Police will be telling the community about their diverse calls today using a twitter take over

Staff at Essex Police are tweeting live today to give the public a sneak peek into life at the heart of the force.

Weeley

Travellers trying to access a village field at “just the wrong time” were turned away as residents blocked their path – with some even lying in the road.

Serious crash on the A120 between Coggeshall and Marks Tey, December 9 2014

A teacher who was lucky to escape alive when her car was crushed between two lorries has given birth to a baby daughter and received compensation – 18 months after the incident which nearly killed her.

The A12 in Essex

A £1.1million project to maintain a bridge on the A12 begins next week – and will involve a reduced speed limit and some night closures.

Tigers parachute display team will jump into the Clacton Airshow

Tigers will be falling out of the skies and onto Clacton beach next month – but the crowds will not be in danger.

Ipswich Crown Court

An Essex mental health care worker accused of raping a woman after she fell asleep on a sofa at a friend’s house after a night out in Colchester has denied “carrying on regardless” after she allegedly told him to get off her.

The Air Ambulance was called to the scene of a accident on Hythe Hill in Colchester.

A man “dived” in front of a bus in Colchester while on drugs, an inquest heard yesterday.

An East of England Ambulance.

Emergency services are on the scene of a motorcycle crash in Coggeshall.

Colchester fire crews

Firefighters put out a blaze involving a car and trailer on the A12 this afternoon.

Essex fire crews

Firefighter cuts will still go ahead despite a rise in the number of incidents dealt with by Essex fire brigade.

Kiera Baurke-Wynne

A nine-year-old girl who went missing in Clacton with her teddy bear for two hours has been found safe and well.

A masked man left empty-handed despite punching a robbery victim several times in the face.

Hope for Tomorrow Founder Christine Mills and Liz Burton, sister of Maureen Dore who the new mobile chemotherapy unit was named after, cuts the ribbon on the unit at Colchester General Hospital.

A state-of-the-art mobile chemotherapy unit has opened at Colchester General Hospital.

Stock image.

A young family was racially abused and assaulted in a “disgraceful and unprovoked” attack in Chelmsford town centre, police have said.

Colchester United

Colchester United's Weston Community Home Stadium.

Overweight men are being invited to play football at Colchester United – not to shore-up the squad, but in a new weight-loss scheme.

Danny Haynes heads the ball past Colchester goalkeeper Aidan Davison

 during a 3-1 win in 2007

Colchester United entertain Ipswich Town tonight, in a pre-season friendly. Carl Marston recalls the days when both clubs were arch rivals in the Championship.

Colchester United Football Fun Day on Sunday at Weston Homes Community Stadium. A fan gets to meet Drey Wright

Colchester United fans young and old got to meet the team’s stars at the club open day.

Sam Walker

Colchester United’s new boss, John McGreal, has been busy recruiting new players galore this summer, but the return of an old face will have been given him the most pleasure of all – Sam Walker is back!

Doug Loft, a U's summer signing from Gillingham, in action at Maldon & Tiptree on Saturday. He should be in a strong squad for tomorrow night's friendly at Needham Market

Colchester United will play their second pre-season match of the summer, at Needham Market this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Dexter Peter, who scored on his U's debut in a 3-0 win at Maldon & Tiptree today.

Maldon & Tiptree 0 Colchester United 3

U's boss John McGreal, who has again been busy in the transfer market

Colchester United have completed another new signing, their eighth of the summer, by recruiting Craig Slater from Kilmarnock, for an undisclosed fee.

Martin Newell

Arras city centre was rebuilt after the First World War.

Arras was the beginning of it for me. About 15 years ago, I was working with the French composer, Francois Ribac, writes Martin Newell.

Glastonbury - before the mud took over

Festival time again. Muddy Glastonbury’s over and Latitude’s just up ahead, writes Martin Newell.

Tymperleys

Essex was the Gloucestershire of its time,” says Sheila Charrington of our native county. That is to say that Essex was once a place of country estates and great houses regularly visited by history’s A-listers.

Beatles tribute band, Like the Beatles

I can tell the story now but I can’t yet give away too many of its finer details, writes Martin Newell.

Members of the public wear William Shakespeare masks

Yet another ‘I’ll-get-me-coat’ moment as I’m forced again to admit that I’ve never quite ‘got’ Shakespeare, confesses Martin Newell.

Martin Newell

I heard one again this very morning. A BBC news reporter described a situation as qui’e serious, writes Martin Newell.

Summer soundtrack is revving up

Suddenly, last weekend, a taste of summer. Warmth, an important if hitherto missing piece of the jigsaw, writes Martin Newell.

The Post Office renovation

Today, just around the corner from where I live, Mrs Sue Button the Wivenhoe postmistress, will re-open the Wivenhoe Post Office as a convenience store ... and Post Office, writes MArtin Newell.

Will Lodge

Will Lodge

Essex correspondent

Email | 07785 616283

Essex reporter Will Lodge is here to bring you all the latest news from Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Braintree and Witham.

Covering health issues, crime, local government and court, he is here to keep you up to date with what is happening in your area.

If you have a story for Will you can email or call him on 07785 616283. You can also follow Will on Twitter for the breaking news and updates @essexwill

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