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High-risk sex offenders, including those with a history of breaching court restrictions, are not being checked by Essex Police a new report has revealed.

Colchester-based charities are asking for your vote in a bid to win a share of a £100,000 funding pot.

University of Essex students in Colchester are being warned by police to be vigilant after two women were robbed at gunpoint in the past week.

People who die in ‘sheltered’ accommodation may not be found for several days as funding cuts mean staff numbers are reduced at the housing schemes, a tenants’ group has claimed.

Clinical claims at a north Essex hospital trust have cost just over £21.6million, an East Anglian Daily Times investigation has revealed.

A woman in her 20s has been robbed by a man wielding a reported firearm as she made her way home along Salary Brook Trail, in Colchester.

An “anti-competition” stance from a north Essex council was slated by a developer today – while the authority said plans for an out-of-town leisure complex would led to the “slow, protracted death” of Colchester town centre.

Spicy chilli eating contestants will fight against each other to win the inaugural Colchester Market Chilli Challenge next weekend.

Ten thousand people in Tendring who took part in a walking and cycling initiative helped it to be shortlisted for a national award.

Security fears have been raised by Witham residents as plans for a mobile pharmacy are due to be considered by Braintree District Council.

Cockney rockers Chas and Dave have cancelled their Colchester gig due to one of the member’s ongoing battle with cancer.

It is the last chance to have a say on the potential shopping village in Tollgate, as the planning inquiry ends tomorrow (February 17).

An Essex woman was allegedly kicked and punched by her partner following a row about her using a tumble dryer while he was watching television, a court has heard.

Roadworks scheduled to close a Colchester road in both directions will not take place as planned this weekend (February 18).

The father of an 11-year-old Colchester schoolgirl who called her mobile phone to check up on her as she walked home from school screamed at her to “run for her life” after she told him a man was trying to kidnap her, a court has heard.

A Chelmsford man who fled the country during a trial for sex offences has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty in his absence.

If you tell the Allard family to get their skates on, they might take you literally.

Colchester United

Promotion-chasing Colchester United have suffered a double blow with the news that both centre-half Frankie Kent and Denny Johnstone have been ruled out for the season, through injury.

Cameron James relished his battle with Wycombe Wanderers’ man mountain, Ade Akinfenwa, during Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at the Community Stadium.

George Elokobi cracked home the best goal of his career, to send Colchester United into the League Two top seven tonight.

Chris Porter was not expecting to be thrown into the first-team fray quite so soon, at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, but he knows that he and his Colchester United team have a job to do against play-off rivals Wycombe Wanderers tonight.

Matt Briggs is eying up the League Two play-off zone, which Colchester United will gate-crash if they can return to winning ways against promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers this evening.

Chris Porter admitted that Saturday’s shocker at Accrington Stanley was a strong contender for Colchester United’s worst performance of the season.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has apologised to the U’s travelling supporters following today’s 2-1 defeat at relegation battlers Accrington Stanley.

Martin Newell

For the first leg of a trip to far-off Shropshire, late in the afternoon, my cousin picks me up and drives me to Cambridge for the night, writes Martin Newell.

Okay. I give up. Let’s discuss Brexit, the future of which I admit I know nothing about, writes Martin Newell.

At time of writing, Brian Matthew, presenter of BBC Radio’s Sounds of The Sixties is reported to be ‘under the weather’, writes Martin Newell.

Professor Dame Sally Davies was her usual forthright self when interviewed on Radio Concerned the other morning, about a certain sector of this nation and the state of its physical health, writes Martin Newell.

I thought it was about time someone paid tribute to the month of December, writes Martin Newell.

About four months ago, in order to help a record label with a spot of promotion, I signed up for Facebook, writes Martin Newell.

The Government has just announced that it will build 100,000 prefabs or ‘new modular homes’ in order to ease the housing crisis, writes Martin Newell.

As I recounted last week, of all the home-brew I’ve ever fooled around with, cider has been the biggest challenge, 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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