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Police in Essex are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery took place in Clearwater in Colchester.

A much-loved baby shop is returning to Colchester - three years after moving out of the town.

Stansted Airport has applied to increase the current cap on annual passenger numbers - from 35 million to 43 million passengers a year.

The chairman of Mistley Parish Council says he is ‘appalled’ by a planning inspector’s decision to give the go-ahead for 67 homes within a conservation area in the village.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist was robbed while queuing on a slip road on the M11 near Stansted.

The Trianon Music Group is performing the first of its 2018 community concerts in Essex this weekend.

The number of reported sex offences against children has risen in Suffolk and Essex, new figures have revealed.

Every so often, especially in February, after the seasonal charm of an Essex winter has evaporated, I’ll audit my happiness accounts. Far from being able to give a wry, sideways look at local news, I find myself forced to be brutally honest.

A new physiotherapy service has been set up at Leisure World in Colchester.

Police have authorised a dispersal order for Colchester town centre this weekend after a “big disturbance” last night.

Police have today releaseda CCTV image of men they would like to talk to in connection with robberies in Silver End and Witham yesterday.

The first ever Great Dunmow Soapbox Race is all set to take place in the Spring.

Barbara Gilhooly and Vivian Joyce enjoyed afternoon tea and a tour round Prested Hall in Feering, near Colchester.

A man from Colchester who helped hackers to beat anti-virus software has been given a 24 month prison sentence.

A 21-year-old man from Colchester who was reported missing has now been found.

An unfortunate muntjac had to be freed after getting stuck in a metal fence in Essex - only to get caught in another fence at the end of the same garden while making her dash for freedom.

The Jaywick Martello Tower is launching its new season with an exhibition of seascapes, wildlife and portraits by local artist Carol Dawson,

Colchester United

Colchester United in the League Two play-offs? On Saturday’s display, that’s fantasy talk.

Here are Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston’s Player Ratings from yesterday’s League Two clash against Barnet. The U’s were beaten 1-0, delivering another very poor performance.

Colchester United boss John McGreal admitted that there were “no positives” to come out of today’s 1-0 home defeat to lowly Barnet.

Follow all the action and reaction as we bring you live coverage of Colchester United’s EFL League Two match against Barnet at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester United writer CARL MARSTON recalls a U’s 1-0 home win over today’s visitors, Barnet, back on October 15, 1996.

We are not quite entering the final furlong, but Colchester United cannot afford to lose any more ground in the League Two play-off race.

Barnet, tomorrow’s visitors to Colchester United, are in danger of becoming a yo-yo club between the Football League and the National League.

Martin Newell

Every so often, especially in February, after the seasonal charm of an Essex winter has evaporated, I’ll audit my happiness accounts. Far from being able to give a wry, sideways look at local news, I find myself forced to be brutally honest.

There has apparently been a bit of a pillow fight in the poetry world. This news was brought to my attention by a reader of one of the more responsibly-sourced broadsheets.

A producer of a flagship morning radio show rang me just as I was drenching my voice with talent-boosting echo effects during a recording session.

Another amiable fellow from my distant youth has joined the Many. Ray Thomas, flautist, singer and composer, late of the Moody Blues, died last week, aged 76.

By now you will have heard that from October, 2019, the old dark blue British passports will be replacing the burgundy-coloured Euro passports of the past three decades.

The boys are back in town. John Cooper Clarke, Luke Wright, Ross Sutherland and my bad self perform our annual Christmas Poetry Bash at Colchester Arts Centre.

I’ve had to do much thinking of late about the Royal Family. While I’ve never been the type of person who camps out with flasks ’n’ flags for a glimpse of a royal wedding, I’m not particularly attracted to republicanism either.

The letter arrived last week. It was from the Department of Work & Pensions. It announced that in just under four months I will be entitled to claim my pension, writes Martin Newell.

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