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A burst water main is causing gridlock in central Colchester.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Trains running between Essex and Suffolk and the capital face delays, alterations and cancellations due to a defective piece of track at Harold Wood.

CCTV issued after charity box stolen from The Plough, Clacton

Police want to identify this man (pictured) after a charity box was stolen from a pub.

Victorian coins stolen in distraction burglary at Stubbs Lane, Braintree

Bogus police officers forced their way into an 81-year-old’s home and stole collectable coins.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Two international firms must pay more than £1million between them after one worker died and another was left serious injured at Parkeston Quay, near Harwich.

Witham train station

Calls have been made for the rear access to Witham’s railway station to be unlocked earlier each morning.

Could County Hall win more powers for Essex?

The areas outside Britain’s cities are powerhouses in their own right, a leader will say today as he sets out the case for Essex devolution.

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From left, Michael Francis, store manager, Colchester, Robert Smith, dealer principle, Colchester and Norwich, and  Emmanuel Greffier, store manager, Norwich with the Bang & Olufsen UK Partner of the Year trophy.

The team at the Bang & Olufsen store in Colchester is celebrating after beating off competition from 60 other dealerships to be named as the audio equipment firm’s UK Partner of the Year.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Web fire

A kitchen fire was extinguished in Walder Grave Way, Manningtree, this afternoon.

Colchester United


Video highlights as Colchester United’s winning run comes to an end at home to Bury.


We captured the best of the action from Colchester United’s 1-0 home defeat to Bury on Saturday, as Leon Clarke scored the only goal for the Shakers.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Colchester United boss Tony Humes was remaining upbeat after his side’s home defeat to Bury this afternoon.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Colchester United 0 Bury 1

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson, has revealed that he is yet to see a better team than his old club, Colchester United, in League One, this season.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Colchester United boss Tony Humes insists he is not surprised with how his team have strung together such a marvellous run of results, to rise into the top 10.

Martin Newell


It stands at the junction of Denmark Street and St Giles High Street, as it has done since first opening its doors in 1734. St Giles in the Fields, England’s first Palladian church, overlooks a stockade of tall hoardings, hiding the building site where the construction of London’s Crossrail project continues. I have known Denmark Street and the St Giles area since I was a guitar-obsessed schoolboy wandering Soho in the late 1960s.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I could call this story How Modern England Works but it wouldn’t quite do it justice, so I’ll just tell it and you can make up your own title.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a train to ‘that London’. I’m playing a daytime concert there.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

And the days dwindle down...” as we say in musical circles. We go blackberry picking on an early autumn morning, my first free weekend for some weeks. Stepping firmly onto territory more usually trodden by my learned colleague Peggy Cole, I’ve decided to reacquaint myself with my old country ways.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Teenagers who adopt the goth style are more susceptible than others to depression and self-harm, claims a study. This gem came to me via our national broadcaster’s news bulletin. There are times when I welcome an interruption of music by the news. Especially when it’s read by Moira Stewart, who doesn’t yet call it “the Nyeez”.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

There’s been an unexpected change taking place within me of late, one which I seem to have little control over. I think that I’m beginning to like folk music. I’m sitting here trying to encourage my week-old sideburns to grow while I’m typing.

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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