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A predicted combination of high spring tides and strong winds from the north-west later this week has sparked a warning of potential flooding in coastal Suffolk.

Issy Mead celebrates Christmas

Each year, Stacy Mead proudly posts photos of her heavily adorned Christmas tree on Facebook, just like hundreds of other mum’s excitedly awaiting the arrival of that one magical day.

Abellio Greater Anglia has warned that the services are expected to be disrupted until 7pm.

Trains between Norwich and London Liverpool Street may be delayed by up to 40 minutes.

Sudbury Christmas Light switch on

The twinkling Christmas tree lights are a true sign that Santa is really on his way and Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds have already turned theirs on, but when will the rest of the county be lit up?

Christmas shoppers at Tower Ramparts - soon to become Sailmakers

When are your favourite Suffolk stores open in the days before Christmas, over the bank holidays and during the New Year period?

Surface water is causing delays on the A12 at Colchester this morning

Surface water is causing delays on the A12 London-bound at Colchester this morning.

Robert Bird died after falling from height last year

A man who admitted failing to safeguard one of his employees has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.

The accident is causing delays on the A120 this morning

A crash between a lorry and a car is causing delays on the A120 Coggeshall Road in Braintree, Essex, this morning.

Man in his 20s suffers multiple injuries in collision

A man in his 20s is in hospital with multiple injuries following a crash on an Essex road.

National Crime Agency officers raided a house in Cape Close, Colchester, on Thursday.

Two people arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Colchester last week were detained on suspicion of running a web site to help criminals get round anti-virus software, it has been revealed.

Amazing sea surge - Lorraine Cooke

Emergency services are to meet today to discuss how they would handle a storm surge should it hit the East Anglian coast later in the week.

Seven new fire engines bought by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Photo: David Stubbs

Seven new fire engines will soon be coming to Essex.


Potato crisp maker Fairfields has teamed up with yet another food and drink producer from the region, with the launch of Adnams Ghost Ship-flavoured crisps.

A street light at dusk, against a dark blue sky

Street lights could go back on through the night in three towns and two villages in Tendring – if the right price can be negotiated.

The Repair and Re-Use cafe at Colchester Library. L-R: David Church, Kristina Fleuty, Chris Blomeley, Tony Neal and Carla Johnson.

A new repair service has been launched in Colchester.

The scene after a car crashed into a house in Great Yeldham.

Residents are calling for improved safety measures on a village “race track” road after a major crash.

Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/PA Wire.

Tickets have gone on sale for a tribute night in memory of Paris terror attack victim Nick Alexander.

Colchester United

Callum Harriott is in despair as the U's lose 3-2 at home to Crewe tonight

Colchester United are resigned to yet another season of struggle against relegation, following a horrible defeat to bottom club Crewe tonight.

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Chris Porter in action against Crewe last season

Chris Porter feels sorry for his defensive team-mates, despite Colchester United’s terrible record of conceding goals.

Alex Gilbey leaves the pitch after Colchester's defeat at Millwall

Colchester United boss, Tony Humes, will be stepping up his search for a new centre-half following Saturday’s dismal showing at Millwall.

Colchester United boss Tony Humes

Colchester United boss Tony Humes blasted his side’s woeful defending after this afternoon’s 4-1 defeat at Millwall.

Tom Eastman goes up for a corner at Doncaster

Tom Eastman has not missed a league match for two years, and he is determined to extend that proud record this weekend.

Milwall defender, Tony Craig, seen here playing for his previous club Brentford, has been ruled out for the season and so will miss the visit of the U's this Saturday.

Colchester United are still lumbered with the worst defensive record in the Football League, and their defensive frailties will again be put under the spotlight at Millwall this Saturday.

Martin Newell

A march through Colchester on Saturday in solidarity with refugees

As the entertainer Max Bygraves used to say: “I wanna tell you a story.” During the early autumn of 1914, following a spot of international bother, Great Britain was prevailed upon to take in a large number of refugees. The crisis intensified with the approach of winter and, over the course of a few weeks, our country took in an estimated 250,000 Belgians. The influx peaked in mid-October when 16,000 arrived in Folkestone in a single day. Although some of the refugees stayed in purpose-built enclaves, with their own shops, schools, churches and police, many were taken in by British families.


16th October 2006ÖArchaeologists have uncovered an intact piece of Roman Circus wall foundation beneath Napier Road, to the South of Flagstaff Road in Colchester. This find follows on from the first discovery of the Roman Circus remains back in 2005.

The wall, which is approximately 12m long, was discovered whilst Taylor Woodrow was undertaking excavation work as part of the redevelopment of the area. The curving section represents part of the semicircular eastern end of the stadium.

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Martin Newell asks why the Roman Circus in Colchester isn’t as packed with visitors as other historical attractions.

Studio 1 from the Inside Abbey Road web app

The control room of Studio 1 at Abbey Road is something like the flight deck of a starship. To get there, you go up those famous front steps, check in at the desk, proceed down the corridor, through various doors, until eventually, Studio 1 appears in front of you. It’s actually a sound factory bolted onto the back of a Georgian townhouse. The control room looks out onto a great warehouse space, large enough to accommodate two orchestras and a choir.

St Giles in the Field

It stands at the junction of Denmark Street and St Giles High Street, as it has done since first opening its doors in 1734. St Giles in the Fields, England’s first Palladian church, overlooks a stockade of tall hoardings, hiding the building site where the construction of London’s Crossrail project continues. I have known Denmark Street and the St Giles area since I was a guitar-obsessed schoolboy wandering Soho in the late 1960s.

The river Colne at Wivenhoe, with River Cortage and other properties

I could call this story How Modern England Works but it wouldn’t quite do it justice, so I’ll just tell it and you can make up your own title.

Colchester CAMRA Club's Winter Beer Festival

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a train to ‘that London’. I’m playing a daytime concert there.

The Spoils of Autumn - but will we still get an Indian Summer?

And the days dwindle down...” as we say in musical circles. We go blackberry picking on an early autumn morning, my first free weekend for some weeks. Stepping firmly onto territory more usually trodden by my learned colleague Peggy Cole, I’ve decided to reacquaint myself with my old country ways.

Jane Brown from Leicestershire taking part in the Whitby Goth Weekend

Teenagers who adopt the goth style are more susceptible than others to depression and self-harm, claims a study. This gem came to me via our national broadcaster’s news bulletin. There are times when I welcome an interruption of music by the news. Especially when it’s read by Moira Stewart, who doesn’t yet call it “the Nyeez”.

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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