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A group of travellers today returned to a site they had previously camped on in Jaywick - but were stopped in their tracks.

Kujtin Rexha was jailed for 11 years at Chelmsford Crown Court

Braintree man Kujtin Rexha has been jailed for 11 years for rape and holding a 17-year-old girl against her will for two and a half months.

Ben Wilson, 20, set fire to the Braintree Emergency Night Shelter in Braintree High Street in February

A man who set fire to a homeless hostel in Braintree, which forced a resident to jump naked from a second floor window, has been jailed for five years.

All services through Colchester are affected

All train services travelling through Colchester are facing severe disruption after the fire alarm was activated in a signal box.

Wanted Essex man Danny Beddoes

A man thought to be living in Colchester is wanted by police in connection with an assault on a 19-year-old man.

An artist's impression of the new Hampton by Hilton hotel to be built and Stansted Airport,alongside the existing Enterprise House office complex, right.

A new £45million hotel is to be built close to the main terminal at Stansted Airport, bringing the number of hotels on the airport site to five and creating around 60 new jobs.

Fire crews attended the scene this morning

Four fire crews battled a blaze in a ground floor flat in Clacton this morning.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A man who started a fire at a house in Clacton while a mother and her three children slept inside has been jailed for six years.

Crime has risen by 11.1% in Colchester in the past year.

A senior policeman has reassured Colchester residents that the town is still safe as police figures reveal crime has risen by more than 10% in the borough.

The fire was in a three-bed property this morning

A block of flats in north-east Essex was evacuated after a fire broke out tonight.

CQC inspectors' decision backed by tribunal. Stock image.

The manager of a Clacton care home where a patient had an ulcer so bad the bone was visible has lost an appeal to get their registration back.

A Colchester young carer, who helps her single mum look after her two sickly little brothers, was a runner–up in Essex Young People of the Year.
Katie Kilpatrick, of Havering Close, received an award known as a ‘YOPEY’, at a lavish ceremony in London this weekend. Left to right, Christopher Merrett, Katie Kilpatrick, Alexander Merrett.

A teenage carer who helps her single mum look after her two brothers who both have complex health needs has been named runner-up in Essex Young People of the Year.

Colchester United Football in the Community has taken residence at the Shrub End Community and Sports Centre facilities at Shrub End Sports Ground. The site has been contracted on a 13-year lease from Colchester Borough Council. 
The Artificial Turf Pitch has been upgraded with a brand new 3G surface installed to meet the FA Standard so that it can be used for competitive football matches as well as for coaching and informal football. 
Colchester United’s community scheme will use the centre to continue their work with schools, sports and community groups.
Middle L-R Cllr Annie Feltham,Corin Haines,Tim Swallow,Matthew Young.

Colchester United’s community coaching scheme has been given a boost with the opening of an upgraded sports facility in the town.

Construction team reviewing blueprints together. Library image.

Residents have been objecting to plans for up to 135 new homes in Mistley.

Braintree woman Josie Lucas, who has flown to Mexico to find missing boyfriend Dean Lucas

An Essex woman has flown out to Mexico amid growing concerns for her partner who went missing on a trip in Mexico last week.

Vicky Ellis

More than £3,500 will be presented to the Colchester hospital chemotherapy unit in memory of a woman who died of cervical cancer aged just 25.

Josh Eames and Ryan Scillitoe of Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree who have have raised more than £5,000 for charity through a 1,000-mile cyclinge challenge.

Josh Eames and Ryan Scillitoe from Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree have raised more than £5,000 for charity through a 1,000 mile cycle challenge.

Colchester United

Wayne Brown, right, with John McGreal at Burton on Saturday. Both men are in the running to become the new U's boss , as is Richard Hall, although Brown was the bookies' favourite tonight

Wayne Brown has emerged as a surprise favourite, with the bookmakers, to become the new manager of Colchester United.

The distraught U's, including Callum Harriott, during last Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Burton

Colchester United’s current defensive woes could be aptly summed up in the conceding of the first goal at Burton Albion, during Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at the Pirelli Stadium.

Chris Porter of Colchester United does battle with John Mousinho of Burton Albion. 
Picture by Richard Blaxall

All the goals from a tough afternoon at Burton for Colchester United, in their first game following the departure of Tony Humes.

Richard Hall

Colchester United’s first match, since manager Tony Humes’ departure last Thursday, ended in a disappointing 5-1 defeat at Burton Albion this afternoon.

Callum Harriott, who fired the U's into an early lead at Burton this afternoon

Burton Albion 5 Colchester United 1

Then-U's manager Tony Humes, left, presents 'East Anglian Daily Times' correspondent Carl Marston with his commerative Colchester United shirt after the reporter's 1000th game, at Rochdale last March. Humes stood down as U's boss on Thursday

Tony Humes became the 12th Colchester United manager I have seen disappear through the exit door, since I started reporting on the U’s back in 1992.

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.

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.

EADT 17 10 06

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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