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The NHS trust running Colchester’s hospitals is looking to make savings totalling £17million next year – while still running up a £22m deficit.

Jay Z, Pink, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding will be among the acts at V Festival.

A man will appear in court this March in connection with a fatal car crash.

Three reported firearms incidents in just over a week in the same area of Colchester have prompted a call for vigilance from police.

Strong feelings about the potentially “devastating” closure of community health services in Tendring were expressed during a protest march in Clacton yesterday.

Headteachers in Essex are warning government under-funding is putting teachers’ jobs at risk and could lead to bigger class sizes.

A leisure centre has reopened today following a closure of more than two months due to the discovery of the Legionella bacteria.

A Colchester road reopened this morning after Storm Doris blew the roof off a block of flats.

The Colchester branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain celebrated 2017 – the year of the rooster – with a Chinese New Year banquet today.

A protest march is taking place tomorrow in support of Clacton’s Minor Injury Unit (MIU) as the end of a consultation on health facilities in north Essex draws to a close.

Police have arrested suspects in connection to two separate armed raids in Cressing and Great Yeldham in Essex

Organisers have announced the latest date for a business charity running event that has raised over a half a million pounds for good causes over the years.

Essex police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an assault in Clacton on Sea on Tuesday morning.

Storm Doris has caused widespread disruption across Essex.

Power cuts and fallen trees are causing disruption to homes, businesses, roads and railways across Essex today as high winds hit the county from Storm Doris.

High-risk sex offenders, including those with a history of breaching court restrictions, are not being checked by Essex Police a new report has revealed.

Colchester-based charities are asking for your vote in a bid to win a share of a £100,000 funding pot.

Colchester United

Cameron James has belied his tender years to deliver impressive back-to-back displays during last week’s home wins over Wycombe and Hartlepool.

Colchester United’s man-of-the-match, Sean Murray, is hopeful that his influential team-mate, Kurtis Guthrie, will not be out of action for long.

Kurtis Guthrie was stretchered off late on during this afternoon’s 2-1 home win over Hartlepool United, a result which has kept Colchester United in the top seven.

Tom Lapslie has no time for the argument that Colchester United’s promotion hopes are being hit by the injury crisis that is currently blighting the Essex club.

Bad travellers Hartlepool could slither into the League Two relegation zone, if their woeful away record continues at Colchester United tomorrow afternoon.

When Colchester United last won promotion, back in 2005-06, no fewer than six players chalked up at least 40 league games apiece.

Defensive stalwart George Elokobi, who bagged a sensational winner for Colchester United in Tuesday night’s vital 1-0 home win over Wycombe Wanderers, has predicted a very “bright future” for his centre-half partner, Cameron James.

Martin Newell

For the first leg of a trip to far-off Shropshire, late in the afternoon, my cousin picks me up and drives me to Cambridge for the night, writes Martin Newell.

Okay. I give up. Let’s discuss Brexit, the future of which I admit I know nothing about, writes Martin Newell.

At time of writing, Brian Matthew, presenter of BBC Radio’s Sounds of The Sixties is reported to be ‘under the weather’, writes Martin Newell.

Professor Dame Sally Davies was her usual forthright self when interviewed on Radio Concerned the other morning, about a certain sector of this nation and the state of its physical health, writes Martin Newell.

I thought it was about time someone paid tribute to the month of December, writes Martin Newell.

About four months ago, in order to help a record label with a spot of promotion, I signed up for Facebook, writes Martin Newell.

The Government has just announced that it will build 100,000 prefabs or ‘new modular homes’ in order to ease the housing crisis, writes Martin Newell.

As I recounted last week, of all the home-brew I’ve ever fooled around with, cider has been the biggest challenge, 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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