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People can now collect £200 for passing Jumbo as the new Colchester Monopoly board launched this morning.

Archie Joe Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby. Archie, four months, was killed and Daniel-Jay was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog at their Colchester home.

A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother’s arms by the family dog and mauled to death, an inquest has heard.

Waiters Races on Thursday morning at Wivenhoe House  Hotel to mark National Waiters Day. Photos: Seana Hughes

Waiters raced around the grounds of Wivenhoe House Hotel complete with tray and bottle as part of a regional competition.

Fire crews have tackled a haystack fire in Great Bentley in Essex

Firefighters worked through the night to tackle a 300 tonne haystack blaze in Great Bentley in Essex last night.

Scene of the attempted murder in Hythe Hill, Colchester. Photo: Su Anderson

A man accused of plotting murder broke down in tears as he revealed to police he knew two people he considered “like a brother and a son” were involving in a stabbing.

Stock image.

An overloaded plug socket is believed to have started a fire at a flat in Colchester.

Police work the scene of a shooting at the Old Rectory house in Sible Hedingham. Photo: Su Anderson/Archant

A policeman first on scene at a shooting in a north Essex village has described how he swapped his Taser for a gun when he realised the victim had been shot.

The new Cellular Pathology lab

A disused villa at Colchester General Hospital has been brought back into use in a £1.9million project.

Scene of an armed robbery in Newland Street, Witham. Image: Sarah Mitchell

A man with a firearm threatened a security van driver outside an Essex branch of Halifax today.

Emma Lodwick, Custom Games Development Executive at Winning Moves UK, announces that Colchester is the next town to get it's own MONOPOLY game.

The East Anglian Daily Times has passed go – scooping a centre space on Colchester’s new Monopoly board.

Cllr Rodney Bass speaking at an A120 event last month. Picture: Pagepix Ltd

Serving the people for 50 years as a councillor is no mean feat, but Maldon and Essex council veteran Rodney Bass is stepping down in May after achieving just that. Here he talks about his political career.

Dc Adam Stevenson and police community support officer Hayley Howe meet the boy, aged 11, who they found as a neglected three-year-old

A neglected Colchester child found by police padlocked in a bedroom has been reunited with the Essex officers who helped change his life.

Fred Payne. Pic: Essex Police.

Police investigating the murder of a 78-year-old man who died after a house fire in Colchester have released two photographs in a fresh bid to trace his family.

Christian Brodie toasts Braintree's future economic success with Cool Beans proprietors Ross & Rachel McMillan

‘Braintree is open for business’ was the message promoted by senior councillors during a tour of the district by the chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Baby Harry, mum Monica, Tracy Baxter and Jennifer Clary at the launch Baby Box at Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust

Hospitals in north Essex are the first in the region to join the Baby Box programme.

Library image of Essex taxis. Photo: Archant

Taxi drivers in Tendring will have to take a new test from next year as the council aim to ensure standards remain high in the district.

Police work the scene of a shooting at the Old Rectory house in Sible Hedingham. Photo: Su Anderson/Archant

A millionaire businessman was blasted in the leg with a shotgun in a terrifying raid by burglars who mistakenly thought he was involved in the drugs world, a jury has heard.

Colchester United

Sam Walker

Colchester United boss John McGreal revealed that his keeper, Sam Walker, was “distraught” following his error in this afternoon’s 2-2 home draw against Morecambe.

Frankie Kent, right, jumps for the ball against Southend

Centre-half Frankie Kent could go out on loan, to get some regular first-team football, after his recent knee injury.

Brennan Dickenson

Colchester United winger Brennan Dickenson has suffered a setback in his quest to return from a hamstring injury.

Craig Slater

Craig Slater insists that Colchester United, without a win in their last seven league and cup games, “will turn it around” over the coming weeks and months.

Players are led out by the Royal British Legion before the start of the U's FA Cup first round tie at Wealdstone last season. The U's will entertain Chesterfield at the same stage this season.

Colchester United have been drawn at home to Chesterfield in the first round of the FA Cup.

U's boss John McGreal

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, felt hard done by following his side’s 1-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers this afternoon, while home boss Darren Ferguson admitted that his team were lucky to get the three points.

Chris Porter, right, had a header saved at point blank range during today's 1-0 defeat at Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers 1 Colchester United 0

Martin Newell

How do you make your beer?

In the mid-1970s, one languid autumn afternoon, as gentle breezes winnowed two ancient apple trees, I sat gazing across a windfall-strewn lawn with a single question in my idle young head, writes Martin Newell.

Cows in the mist at Hoo near Wickham Market

September, a gloriously overblown rose of a month, finally sashays out, writes Martin Newell.

Onstage at Folk East: Cara Bruns, Nelson Surfquake, yours truly

To the Folk East festival at Glemham Hall for my last performance of the summer, writes Martin Newell.

A E Housman

The media’s been on for weeks about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Revolver album. Lovely album it is and I expect that it’s inspired many trainspotterly conversations in bars and on internet forums. Men will be discussing types of guitars, the Beatles’ recording techniques, who played what on where and so forth. Will any women be involved? Probably not.

Arras city centre was rebuilt after the First World War.

Arras was the beginning of it for me. About 15 years ago, I was working with the French composer, Francois Ribac, writes Martin Newell.

Glastonbury - before the mud took over

Festival time again. Muddy Glastonbury’s over and Latitude’s just up ahead, writes Martin Newell.


Essex was the Gloucestershire of its time,” says Sheila Charrington of our native county. That is to say that Essex was once a place of country estates and great houses regularly visited by history’s A-listers.

Beatles tribute band, Like the Beatles

I can tell the story now but I can’t yet give away too many of its finer details, 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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