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Six beach huts in an Essex seaside town have been ravaged by fire after a blaze last night.

Police are urging people to come forward with information following a rape in Colchester and have released an efit image of a man they want to trace in connection with the incident.

As ex-hurricane Ophelia continues to bring strong winds to western parts of the country, much of Suffolk and Essex is expected to stay dry and cloudy.

Police executed a modern slavery warrant near Braintree following information which suggested forced labour was potentially taking place.

A remarkable Colchester 10-year-girl was recognised for her bravery at a prestigious national awards ceremony on Monday night, supported by Prince Harry.

Health chiefs have welcomed extra funding for Colchester hospital in a bid to reduce the number of ‘bed-blockers’.

The Only Way is Essex stars filmed in Colchester’s Rollerworld for the second time, did you watch it?

On October 2, Tom Petty, one of America’s most famous rock stars, died of a heart attack, writes Martin Newell.

Two men armed with knives entered a young woman’s home in Colchester and held her down as they attempted to steal her television.

A dispersal order has been put in place in Colchester town centre to tackle anti-social behaviour until 6pm today.

Thousands descended on Harwich seafront for the town’s 12th annual Sea Shanty festival today.

Police have charged a man with affray, criminal damage, actual bodily harm and breaching a non-molestation order after he was arrested during a roads policing operation in Harwich.

In the final part of our series celebrating Hospice Care Week we meet Kirsty Beckwith, a volunteer nurse assistant at St Helena Hospice.

A 32-year-old Essex woman who was reported missing from her home in Witham has been found, police have said.

Proposals to create extra parking spaces for commuters in Manningtree have been given the go-ahead.

A teenager who broke into a home and assaulted the resident with a candle holder has been put behind bars for seven years.

A motorist who caused a crash which killed his sister has been given a two-year driving ban.

Colchester United

Colchester United midfielder, Doug Loft, is adamant that the U’s will learn from their below-par showing in the 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle last weekend, and bounce back to form at Newport County tonight.

The first round draw was televised live on BBC2 this evening.

Defender Frankie Kent is looking to make up for the disappointment of Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle, by helping to keep a clean-sheet at Newport County tomorrow evening.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has put the onus on his players to “make things happen,” on the eve of tomorrow night’s away test at Newport, and in the aftermath of Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle.

Manager John McGreal admitted that his team lacked “zip” following Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle.

Colchester United 0 Carlisle United 1

Here are Carl Marston’s four talking points from yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat to Carlisle, Jamie Devitt scoring the winner for the Cumbrians on 58 minutes.

Colchester United boss John McGreal felt that his side should at least have taken a point from this afternoon’s 1-0 hoem defeat to Carlisle United.

Martin Newell

On October 2, Tom Petty, one of America’s most famous rock stars, died of a heart attack, writes Martin Newell.

The last day of September 2017: a Saturday, and the first day after Michaelmas. Michaelmas, the 29th of September, is an old quarter day, and in olden days was regarded as the beginning of autumn.

The news broke that, soon, BBC radio may no longer be required to air art shows, religious broadcasts or science shows on Radio 4, writes Martin Newell.

There is a musical generation coming up who are probably every bit as clever and talented, writes Martin Newell.

September is in and I must make good a promise to myself to spend the next two months looking, just looking, at all the things which became blurred or actually disappeared during my recent eye troubles, writes Martin Newell.

Because I am a low-brow chap in many ways, I rarely go to the theatre nowadays unless I’m actually performing at one, writes Martin Newell.

I was idling in the belvedere the other morning, gazing out over the rooftops, listening to the distant racket of the weekly rubbish collection, when it dawned upon me how much rubbish collections have changed, writes Martin Newell.

I was thinking what I might do if an important broadcasting organisation ever offered me £2.2m to host their morning breakfast show. Well, firstly, I would demand not to have to work during half-term school holidays, 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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