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A taxi firm worker, who pocketed more than £86,000 in fares and was jailed for a year, is selling his family home to repay the company.

The chairman of the 18th Ipswich Scout Group says he is “appalled” after discovering the club’s minibus was stolen yesterday.

The popular Battle of Britain Memorial Flight could be grounded for the Clacton Airshow due to an engine fault with one of the Hurricane aircraft.

Crews arrived around 11.30pm and found the 400sqm building completely alight.

Police have arrested a man in connection with a robbery at a shop in Maldon Road, Colchester.

Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to “more than nominal” damages against Essex Police over the wrongful arrest which he says destroyed his career, a High Court judge has ruled.

A teacher who was caught in control of a vehicle in Witham while allegedly more than four times over the drink-drive limit has been charged.

‘My heart was truly broken’ – family of fatal crash victim Paul Stevens speak of the impact on their lives.

A 33-year-old man has been charged after officers received reports of a man carrying a kitchen knife shouting racially aggravated words at passers-by in Clacton yesterday.

A soldier in the Welsh Guards who killed another motorist and injured three family members when he leaned into the footwell of his car to retrieve a sat nav, has been jailed for four years.

The family of Joanne Vincent from Braintree who died in a crash in Cressing in Essex on Monday say she was ‘dearly loved and will be sorely missed by all’.

Hundreds of sixth-formers today discovered their long-awaited A-level grades across north-east Essex following the biggest exam shake-up in a generation.

Hylands Park in Chelmsford will be full of festival goers this weekend but when will your favourites acts take to the stage.

Police want to speak to a 40-year-old construction worker from north-east Essex over an alleged incident.

House prices in Tendring have rocketed by 13.1% making it the second largest local authority district for growth in the UK, according to new figures.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with six robberies and three assaults in Colchester.

Firefighters tackled an accidental workshop and shed blaze in Witham today.

Colchester United

Five players were offered new contracts this week, and Colchester United boss John McGreal is understandably hoping that all five will eventually sign on the dotted line for an extended stay.

Drey Wright admits that he needs to add some goals to his game, especially as he has now been transformed into a central striker.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, hosted the U’s weekly press conference ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Luton Town this lunchtime.

The rapid return of Tom Eastman, from injury, was a major plus mark for Colchester United going into their second week of the new season.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, is looking for his trio of young guns to combine to build-up a large goal-tally this season.

Here are Carl Marston’s player ratings for Colchester United following the weekend’s 1-1 home draw against Stevenage.

Mikael Mandron celebrated only the second league goal of his Football League career, to earn Colchester United a first point of the season on what was his U’s home league debut.

Here are some talking points from Colchester United’s 1-1 home draw against Stevenage this afternoon,

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.

On Friday morning, almost 40 hours after a small surgical procedure, I awoke to perfect vision in my right eye, writes Martin Newell.

Everybody is doing it, so I am told: tracing their ancestry, I mean, writes Martin Newell.

British Airways apparently had rather a sticky time of it last bank holiday, writes Martin Newell.

’Tis Spring come out to ramble the hilly brakes around.” AE Housman. ’Tis Spring indeed and round my way, since we don’t have many hilly brakes, it’s the riverside footpaths and the marshland tracks which bring in the ramblers.

Has the UK’s changing music scene been saturated by so much free music?

Back in summer 2011, I wrote about the launch of Radio Wivenhoe (near Colchester), an internet community radio station. At that time, not too many people were interested, 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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