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Officers are appealing to anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward after a trailer spilt its load on the A12 at Stanway causing two cars to crash.

Essex Police are appealing for information to help find a woman from Clacton who is wanted in connection with an attempted murder in the town.

A group of 49 aspiring doctors from schools across Suffolk and Essex got a hands-on look at what it takes to have a career in medicine.

A 26-year-old man from Cambridge has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 17-year-old girl in a property off Godmans Lane, Marks Tey, earlier this month.

Police have charged two people with theft after a search was carried out at a property in Colchester at the weekend.

A Clacton man who assaulted three police officers after driving erratically on the A133 in Weeley has been jailed.

Town hall bosses say less than 0.25% of collections have been missed and only 46 complaints received in the first week of controversial new rubbish rules.

Police are appealing for information to find a Braintree man, who is wanted in connection with theft.

The trial has opened of a 21-year-old driver from Clacton who killed a man after leaning into the foot well of his car to retrieve his sat nav.

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with a robbery at a Co-op in Silver End.

A man who helped pull a semi-conscious man from a building on fire has said he did not hesitate before going in.

Sport chiefs in Essex want to get 60,000 more people active in the county in a bid to save the NHS some of the £58million it spends locally treating inactive people.

Freemasons in Essex went on parade for the first time in more than a decade to mark the 300th anniversary of modern Freemasonry.

A cleaner caught on camera stealing washing up liquid from the home of a dementia sufferer has accepted a police caution.

A crowdfunding page set up for an “inspirational” Colchester teenager put in an induced coma after a fatal crash has smashed its fundraising target.

Town hall bosses have spent almost £160,000 defending a decision to refuse plans for an out-of-town shopping centre and cinema in Colchester.

Lavinia Akyurt, 42, of Hartlepool at the time of the offences, now of Southsea, Hampshire, smuggled cigarettes and tobacco into the UK through London Stansted, Durham Tees Valley, and Gatwick airports.

Colchester United

Tom Eastman has signed a new two-year contract with Colchester United.

You have to play everybody some-time, twice, but the new League Two fixture for the 2017-18 season, at first glance, does not look particularly kind to Colchester United.

Here’s a few observations from today’s unveiling of Colchester United’s new fixture list for the 2017-18 season.

Colchester United fans have been reacting to the release of the League Two fixtures on Wednesday morning.

Colchester United will kick off their second season back in League Two with an away fixture at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, August 5

Colchester United’s League Cup tie against Aston Villa will be televised live on Sky Sports.

Here are five things to learn from Colchester United’s League Two fixture list for 2017-18. The fixtures were unveiled this morning.

Football supporters, having digested their team’s first and last games of the season, tend to look at the holiday fixtures for inspiration.

Martin Newell

British Airways apparently had rather a sticky time of it last bank holiday, writes Martin Newell.

’Tis Spring come out to ramble the hilly brakes around.” AE Housman. ’Tis Spring indeed and round my way, since we don’t have many hilly brakes, it’s the riverside footpaths and the marshland tracks which bring in the ramblers.

Has the UK’s changing music scene been saturated by so much free music?

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.

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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