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Emergency services including an air ambulance were called to the scene in Mersea Road, Colchester, close to the Strood, at 3.40pm. Pic: Alisha O’Dell Howard.

A double decker bus has crashed into a ditch in north-east Essex.

James Fairweather has been found guilty of murdering Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

The Colchester teenager convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Stock image.

Firefighters tackled a restaurant blaze in Colchester on Friday.

Medieval Mayhem at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Nigel Wallace-Iles

From medieval mayhem and country shows to classic vehicles and hip hop, there’s lots to enjoy this long weekend. F

Braintree players (L to R) Sim Akinola, Sean Long, Mitch Brundle celebrate victory at Wrexham

Part-timers Braintree Town could secure a place in the National League play-offs if they can manage a draw or better against Altrincham tomorrow.

Engineers will be carrying out more work on the main line over the bank holiday.

The main rail line between London and East Anglia will be closed again on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday as Network Rail engineers carry out more work in the Shenfield area.

Artist's impression of new Curzon cinema in Queen Street, Colchester

Arthouse cinema chain Curzon has submitted a planning application for Roman House in Colchester.

Will Quince, Colchester MP

Judges are being too soft on knife crime offenders, Colchester’s MP has warned in the wake of the murder of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea by a schoolboy killer.

Memorial plaque at Essex Police HQ for serving dogs

Retired police dogs in Essex will be first in the country to receive a medal at the end of their loyal service.

Penny Warland with her husband choosing books at Braintree Library

An Essex gran has found a novel way of keeping in touch with her grandson in Australia – by reading him bedtime stories over the internet.

Road closure signs put up following sewer collapse

A Colchester street has been closed to traffic for emergency repairs to be carried out following a sewer collapse.

Teachers could be sourced from Australia for Essex. Library image.

A recruitment drive to bring more teachers to Essex – from as far afield as Australia – is being continued by County Hall.

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant #4 that is anchored in the sea in Harwich as part of the 2013 Harwich Festival of the Arts . Director Diana Burrell and artist Annea Lockwood wade with art.

A much-loved arts festival looks set to continue after three councils agreed funding of £13,000 towards a part-time administrator for another year.

Colchester General Hospital could now join a partnership with Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital bosses look set to play a major role in the running of ailing Colchester General Hospital as part of a dramatic bid to turn around the fortunes of the trust, it can be revealed today.

Tornado at Ipswich. Photo: Tony Gooch

A special steam train will visit Essex and Suffolk this summer in connection with the part Harwich played in saving thousands of children at the start of the Second World War.

Colchester v Chesterfield.
Sky Bet League One.
Colchester manager Kevin Keen.

The likes of John McGreal, Teddy Sheringham, David Wright, Kem Izzet and Danny Cowley are the bookmakers’ favourites for the vacant Colchester United job, following the departure of Kevin Keen yesterday.

Education bosses want to close the attainment gap for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Stock image.

Education chiefs in Essex are working to improve attainment levels for pupils from poorer backgrounds.

Colchester United

David Wright

Colchester United’s caretaker boss, David Wright, will consider his long-term future after the club’s last two games of the season.

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon

On Sleeping Giants this week, we discuss Colchester United’s next move, the Whizzinator, sporting cheats and painful moments.

Alex Wynter

Colchester United defender, Alex Wynter, who signed a new contract earlier this week, has revealed that he was surprised to learn of manager Kevin Keen’s sudden departure on Tuesday.

Colchester v Chesterfield.
Sky Bet League One.
Colchester manager Kevin Keen.

The likes of John McGreal, Teddy Sheringham, David Wright, Kem Izzet and Danny Cowley are the bookmakers’ favourites for the vacant Colchester United job, following the departure of Kevin Keen yesterday.

Skipper Kem Izzet with the Ryman North trophy last season

Kem Izzet, who has thrown his hat in the ring for the vacant Colchester United’s manager’s job, has today left Needham Market.

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has left the club this afternoon.

Colchester fans share Joe Edwards' amazement at the red card shown by referee Mark Heywood

Colchester United have ‘failed’ this season according to their owner who spoke out as they were relegated this weekend, while near neighbours Braintree Town look set to reach the National League play-offs.

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon

Colchester United boss, Kevin Keen, admitted that the 16th minute sending-off of Joe Edwards was a key moment in today’s 3-0 home defeat to Burton Albion, which finally condemned the U’s to relegation into League Two.

Martin Newell

Enraged musician

I returned to my spiritual home recently, a proper recording studio, writes Martin Newell.

Helen Titchener, played by Louiza Patikas, and Rob Titchener, played by Timothy Watson, from the BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers

An everyday tale of country folk...from Martin Newell.

Going sober

The Local Government Association, who represent 370 councils in England and Wales, have estimated the cost to the NHS of dealing with excessive alcohol consumption at £3.5bn a year, writes Martin Newell.

The entrance to Harwich Port's Parkestone Quay.

Less than an hour before I began this piece, our prime minister announced that an EU referendum will be held on June 23, writes Martin Newell.

Lyndsey on the cat walk

Lyndsey the model sashays down the runway, writes Martin Newell.

Poet Luke Wright

I was at a Poetry Wivenhoe event the other evening, writes Martin Newell.

Time for Another

I collected my old geezer bus pass last week. Highly chuffed with it I was too, writes Martin Newell.

David Bowie. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

After the death of David Bowie, here’s some cultural history for you, viewed, as it were, through the other end of the binoculars.

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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