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Clacton lifeboat was launched during the drama at the pier.

All four emergency services were called to a drama on Clacton Pier on Friday afternoon when someone was seen sitting on the wrong side of the fence.

Carol Turgoose with volunteers at the foodbank in Halstead

Opticians across Essex and Suffolk have given a boost to charities supporting poverty-stricken families in the area.

The launch of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's large animal rescue unit in 2009. Picture: Andrew Partridge

Firefighters helped to rescue a horse which got stuck in a ditch in Tollesbury.

Firefighters from Colchester were called to a blaze on a boat.

Firefighters attending a blaze in the basement of a Harwich home initially thought someone was trapped in the house.

Fire engine. Library image.

Police and fire investigators are working jointly to work out what caused a blaze in a Clacton hotel.

Ambulances at Colchester General Hospital's A&E department.

Private paramedics have been hired by Colchester General Hospital to free up ambulance crews at busy times.

Services could move from Colchester General Hospital to Ipswich Hospital, or vice versa.

Services at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals could merge where there is “a clinical case to do so” – but neither hospital will close.

Cllr Michael Talbot and Tendring District Council street scene officer Jonathan Hamlet with the caddies and liners.

An initiative to increase recycling rates in north Essex has been hailed a success as an extra 68 tonnes of food waste was diverted from landfill in the past four months in Tendring.

Colchester Institute in Colchester.

A second university is to ‘open up’ in Colchester as a leading north Essex college re-brands to reflect its degree offerings.

Beach huts at Brightlingsea in more recent days

Rows of colourful beach huts, lush green fields packed with caravans and a neat little line of rowing boats combine to create the perfect holiday scene.

Body-worn cameras will be worn by North Essex Parking Partnership wardens after a rise in violent incidents against staff.

Traffic wardens in north Essex will be wearing video cameras following a rise in violent and aggressive incidents in the county.

Twelve community groups have been chosen to recreate John Constable's Wivenhoe Park to mark its 200th anniversary.

Twelve community groups who will each recreate a section of a John Constable masterpiece to mark its 200th anniversary have been unveiled.

Christian McClean at Twerton

A former professional footballer was the victim of a hit and run in Essex.

Fire in derelict School building in Ramsey.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have said a fire that destroyed a derelict primary school in Ramsey was started deliberately.

A man was kicked in the head several times before a three-figure sum was stolen from his bank account in Colchester this week.

Colchester General Hospital

Volunteers are wanted to keep lonely patients company during their stay in hospital.

Det con Peter Harris, Sgt Mark Yorke-Wade, Ch con Stephen Kavanagh, Cristina Gavrilovic and Det con Kathrine Binks

A 999 control room worker who talked a distressed sex assault victim to safety has been given a commendation by Essex Police.

Colchester United

Marvin Sordell, who has been released by Colchester United

Colchester United have released a number of high-profile players, including striker Marvin Sordell and fellow front-runner Darren Ambrose.

George Moncur sums up Colchester United's woeful last season, although he did end up as the U's highest scorer with 14 goals in all, and 12 in the league

Colchester United are facing up to life back in the fourth tier, for the first time in 18 years, following a dismal relegation campaign.

George Moncur

League One outfits Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town have stepped up their quests to sign Colchester United midfielder George Moncur.

James Bransgrove

James Bransgrove, who made a surprise debut for Colchester United on the final day of the season, in unusual circumstances, very nearly gave up his dream of becoming a goalkeeper during his mid-teens.

George Moncur, scoring from the penalty spot at Crewe

Colchester United’s classy midfielder, George Moncur, looks set to leave the League Two club this summer.

Tony Humes

Colchester United, a club steeped in past glories and past disappointments, can get in the blood, and it’s certainly in the blood of Tony Humes.

Steve Ball

New assistant manager, Steve Ball, in charge on a caretaker basis for one game, presided over a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Rochdale this afternoon.

Martin Newell

Summer soundtrack is revving up

Suddenly, last weekend, a taste of summer. Warmth, an important if hitherto missing piece of the jigsaw, writes Martin Newell.

The Post Office renovation

Today, just around the corner from where I live, Mrs Sue Button the Wivenhoe postmistress, will re-open the Wivenhoe Post Office as a convenience store ... and Post Office, writes MArtin Newell.

Ella Johnston and Martin Bewick

Theirs was a Brit-pop love story and you know that I’m a sucker for a good romance, writes Martin Newell.

Enraged musician

I returned to my spiritual home recently, a proper recording studio, writes Martin Newell.

Helen Titchener, played by Louiza Patikas, and Rob Titchener, played by Timothy Watson, from the BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers

An everyday tale of country folk...from Martin Newell.

Going sober

The Local Government Association, who represent 370 councils in England and Wales, have estimated the cost to the NHS of dealing with excessive alcohol consumption at £3.5bn a year, writes Martin Newell.

The entrance to Harwich Port's Parkestone Quay.

Less than an hour before I began this piece, our prime minister announced that an EU referendum will be held on June 23, writes Martin Newell.

Lyndsey on the cat walk

Lyndsey the model sashays down the runway, 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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