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There are around 17 miles of tailbacks on the northbound A12 this evening.

17:34
The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess is looking forward to returning to V Festival this year

The Charlatans are among the latest names added to this year’s V Festival.

13:43
Police are appealing for help tracing a man after five bottles of spirits were stolen from a Morrisons store in Chelmsford

Police are appealing for help tracing a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from an Essex supermarket.

17:20
Members of the Parachute Regiment visit the village of Hamminkeln near the river Rhine in Germany to take part in a small service of commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Operation VARSITY.  Along with veterans from the 24 March 1945 Operation itself, past and present members of the Regiment attended the service, along with the current Colonel Commandant, Lt Gen John Lorimer DSO MBE.

A series of services were held to mark 70 years since Operation Varsity, the largest airborne landing in the Second World War.

12:14
Police officers suspended from duty. Library image.

Five officers and one special constable are currently suspended from duty at Essex Police.

10:14
Drink-driver jailed

A drink-driver has been jailed for six weeks and banned from the road for five years.

09:20
Police in Manningtree investigating the theft of alcohol from the Co-op in Riverside Avenue, East Lawford, would like to identify the woman in these images

Police have released CCTV images of a woman they want to trace following the theft of alcohol from a Co-op store in Manningtree.

09:17
Colchester General Hospital.

More patients could be treated at Colchester General Hospital in a bid to increase income for the trust that runs it.

07:41
Sexual assault reported in Braintree

A teenage girl has reported being grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted in Braintree, Essex.

Colchester United

Colchester United have used more players, during this relegation-haunted season, than in any other season since they joined the Football League back in 1950.

Yesterday, 16:30

Colchester United have snapped up right-back Richard Brindley on loan from Rotherham, on loan transfer deadline day today.

Yesterday, 06:00

At this time of the season, a 13-day break between games is far from ideal, especially when you are battling against relegation.

Wed, 16:43

Ipswich Town have recalled Elliott Hewitt from his loan spell at Colchester United.

Tue, 06:00

Colchester United midfielder George Moncur notched his fifth goal of the season in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Gillingham, but he was in no mood to celebrate.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Colchester United boss, Tony Humes, was left devastated after his side leaked a last gasp equaliser during this afternoon’s 2-2 draw at Gillingham.

Martin Newell

It’s odd how frequently the present is mugged by the past. This week I went to the launch of Est, the debut book from Dunlin Press, a new publisher.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

If we were living and working in an earlier Elizabethan era, I might well be an editor without a head - certainly if the Blackadder version is to be believed! As it is, in these more tolerant days, I am only an editor with a slightly red face. The reason for my embarrassment? We demoted the Queen.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Colchester’s Firstsite Gallery is in bother.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Over the course of an hour sitting in a café at the University of Essex with the eminent historian John Ashdown-Hill, I discover a number of startling things about him: He doesn’t recognise Stay With Me, the 1971 Faces hit, which is playing in the background. Nor has he heard of Dr Lucy Worsley, a fellow historian and much-aired TV presenter. Dr Ashdown-Hill, in fact, doesn’t even have a TV.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

About a year ago, I dedicated a column to the subject of the Eurovision Song Contest. I also pledged that I’d have a shot at the event myself. It’s been, as hippies used to say, a trip.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A few regular readers may recall that a couple of years or so ago, I got rid of my old TV and cancelled my licence. This revolt had been prompted by the unending stream of brain-rot then being pumped out on most channels.

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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