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Chefs from Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade have been wild cooking to prepare for operations in tough environments.

Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/PA Wire.

The parents of Essex man Nick Alexander, killed in the Paris terror attacks two weeks’ ago, have released a statement ahead of a memorial service taking place in the French capital today.

High winds are set to hit Suffolk and Essex. PA Photo: Chris Ison.

A yellow weather warning for high winds has been issued by the Met Office for Essex and Suffolk across the weekend.

Colchester town centre

Two sisters have been jailed for the theft of a purse from a woman, 89, in Colchester.

Appeal after distraction burglary.

A distraction burglar stole more than £1,000 from a woman after offering to repair the chimney at her home.

The official opening of the ice rink and Winter Wonderland in Colchester Castle Park. Deputy Mayor, Julie Young and Ben Payne open the ice rink.

Organisers of Colchester’s Winter Wonderland and ice rink hope they will see tens of thousands of people visit the it over the festive period after it opened yesterday.

John Hobson, 65, of Mill Road in Colchester, who died following the crash

The partner of a man, who died following a crash in west Suffolk, has paid tribute to her “one true love”.

Nick Alston, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner, is proposing a £5 rise in council tax.

Residents in Essex face a £5 rise in their council tax in a bid to raise an extra £1.2million for community policing in the county.

There has been a crash on the A12 near Witham

Three vehicles are reported to have crashed on the A12 this evening.

Colchester railway station

Two trains serving Colchester Town have been cancelled because of a security issue in London.

Colchester Magistrates' Court

A “stellar” village GP who crashed into a zebra crossing while under the influence of alcohol has been banned from the road.

Team members from Colchester care home provider Care UK will be swapping their office wear for Santa suits as they enter teams for East Anglia's Children's Hospices Colchester Santa Run.

At least a dozen team members from Care UK in Colchester will be swapping office wear for Santa suits as they enter teams for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Colchester Santa Run.

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Chelmsford

A man demanded money and held a weapon, though to be a knife, against a woman in a robbery.

Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/PA Wire.

The singer from the Eagles of Death Metal has paid tribute to Nick Alexander for his selflessness during the massacre at the Paris theatre where 89 people died almost two weeks ago.

Secretary of State for Transport the Patrick McLoughlin (left) sitting with Haven Gateway Partnership chairman George Kieffer at a meeting held in Colchester about the A120. Picture: Warren Page

A final plan for a dual carriageway A120 between Colchester and Braintree could be presented to the public by autumn 2017.

Two people were taken to Colchester General Hospital for further treatment

An elderly man had to be freed from his vehicle by fire crews in Wix, near Manningtree, this evening after a collision on the A120.

Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, pictured with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh. Picture: Su Anderson.

Police chiefs in Essex gave a cautious welcome yesterday to the Chancellor’s announcement there would be no further cuts to policing.

Colchester United

Tony Humes left his role as Colchester boss yesterday

Following Tony Humes’ departure as Colchester United manager yesterday, Carl Marston looks at the leading candidates to replace him.

Jon Burns, chairman of Colchester United Supporters' Association.

The chairman of the Colchester United Supporters’ Association (CUSA) has backed the approach taken by the club’s chairman in the wake of the latest managerial sacking.

Kem Izzet

Kem Izzet would love to become the new manager of Colchester United.

Tony Humes has been sacked as Colchester boss

Tony Humes has today parted company with Colchester United.

U's boss Tony Humes

Colchester United have switched their weekly press conference from the club’s training ground, at Florence Park, Tiptree, to the stadium this lunchtime.

Colchester United boss Tony Humes

Colchester United manager Tony Humes has admitted that he was shocked with the way his team “buckled” during Tuesday night’s 3-2 home defeat to Crewe.

Callum Harriott is in despair as the U's lose 3-2 at home to Crewe tonight

Colchester United are resigned to yet another season of struggle against relegation, following a horrible defeat to bottom club Crewe tonight.

Martin Newell

A march through Colchester on Saturday in solidarity with refugees

As the entertainer Max Bygraves used to say: “I wanna tell you a story.” During the early autumn of 1914, following a spot of international bother, Great Britain was prevailed upon to take in a large number of refugees. The crisis intensified with the approach of winter and, over the course of a few weeks, our country took in an estimated 250,000 Belgians. The influx peaked in mid-October when 16,000 arrived in Folkestone in a single day. Although some of the refugees stayed in purpose-built enclaves, with their own shops, schools, churches and police, many were taken in by British families.


16th October 2006ÖArchaeologists have uncovered an intact piece of Roman Circus wall foundation beneath Napier Road, to the South of Flagstaff Road in Colchester. This find follows on from the first discovery of the Roman Circus remains back in 2005.

The wall, which is approximately 12m long, was discovered whilst Taylor Woodrow was undertaking excavation work as part of the redevelopment of the area. The curving section represents part of the semicircular eastern end of the stadium.

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Martin Newell asks why the Roman Circus in Colchester isn’t as packed with visitors as other historical attractions.

Studio 1 from the Inside Abbey Road web app

The control room of Studio 1 at Abbey Road is something like the flight deck of a starship. To get there, you go up those famous front steps, check in at the desk, proceed down the corridor, through various doors, until eventually, Studio 1 appears in front of you. It’s actually a sound factory bolted onto the back of a Georgian townhouse. The control room looks out onto a great warehouse space, large enough to accommodate two orchestras and a choir.

St Giles in the Field

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.

The river Colne at Wivenhoe, with River Cortage and other properties

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.

Colchester CAMRA Club's Winter Beer Festival

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

The Spoils of Autumn - but will we still get an Indian Summer?

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.

Jane Brown from Leicestershire taking part in the Whitby Goth Weekend

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”.

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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