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A Colchester further education (FE) college says it is making “all the right decisions” to support a sustainable future after receiving a notice of concern for its financial health from a government agency.

Tens of thousands of spectators expected to watch Britain’s premier cycling event could bring a boost of more than £500,000 to Tendring’s economy, it is hoped.

A Colchester man who repeatedly hit a woman motorcyclist over the head with a baseball bat after she called the police about an alleged domestic incident involving him has been jailed for 12 months.

An inspirational Frinton mother will represent Great Britain at the Duathlon World Championships later this year after overcoming adversity to qualify for the international event.

A Dovercourt woman died after she was mistakenly prescribed 10 times the dose of her heart disease medication by a pharmacy, an inquest has heard.

Witnesses have captured the moment thick black smoke and bright orange flames poured out of a Hedingham bus after it caught fire in Coggeshall this morning.

Teams from two hair salons have made their way into the grand final of a prestigious national competition.

An inquest has opened into the death of a “totally loved” Essex 18-year-old, who died after crashing into a roadside barrier.

As polling day looms, we asked each party to submit a short version of their manifesto for anyone undecided in the Essex County Council elections.

Multi-millionaire Arron Banks visited Clacton today as talks continue about his possible selection to fight for the town’s seat in the upcoming general election for Ukip.

A teenager who hit a father with his own baseball bat twice in an attack at his home has been jailed for four years.

Staff in two shops in the Greenstead area of Colchester were held up with hypodermic needles during incidents at the weekend.

A man was arrested after police carried out a drugs raid in north Essex this morning.

Get prepared for your journey by checking our round-up of roadworks for the coming week:

Clacton campaigner Caroline Shearer has entered the race to become the next Clacton MP, telling residents not to “waste” votes on the three main political parties.

The NHS, farms and businesses will “suffer badly” if the UK exits the European single market under a hard Brexit, the Green Party’s election candidate for Clacton has said.

Millionaire businessman Arron Banks will start his own pirate radio station off the Clacton coast to help become the Essex town’s MP if he is selected as the UKIP candidate.

Colchester United

Cameron James still believes that Colchester United are within striking distance of the League Two play-offs, despite being down in 12th position with just two games remaining,

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, felt that his side definitely deserved to take all three points from Saturday’s stalemate against Plymouth.

Here are five talking points from Colchester United’s 0-0 home draw against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was “proud” of his side following today’s goalless draw against Plymouth.

Colchester United 0 Plymouth Argyle 0

Colchester United defender Richard Brindley has been linked with a move away from the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Now is the time to compare the run-ins of all the chief League Two play-off candidates, with just three games remaining.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, insists that there will be a “few more twists and turns” over the last three weekends of this season, in the race for a League Two play-off berth.

Martin Newell

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.

The conversation turned to trainspotters. Not real trainspotters: those people you may have seen on railway platforms like Reading or Swindon, tearfully noting down the numbers of engines or types of carriages. I’m talking about the people who exhibit similar characteristics but in other areas of life, writes Martin Newell.

The end of winter, so it says here, writes Martin Newell.

My thoughts turn to Scotland. A Scotswoman called Nicola Sturgeon is attempting to separate her nation from the UK, in particular England.

It was my birthday last week. At my age one really shouldn’t expect much, writes Martin Newell.

It’s not my fault, I swear it. I don’t sit around in the morning like the late Mrs Whitehouse, waiting for something to shock me so I can complain about it, writes Martin Newell.

I first heard the music of Jack Payne one summer morning in 1993, while the old car in which I was travelling trundled between Bath and Avebury, writes 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.

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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