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The singer from the Eagles of Death Metal has paid tribute to Nick Alexander for his selflessness during the massacre at the Paris theatre where 89 people died almost two weeks ago.

Secretary of State for Transport the Patrick McLoughlin (left) sitting with Haven Gateway Partnership chairman George Kieffer at a meeting held in Colchester about the A120. Picture: Warren Page

A final plan for a dual carriageway A120 between Colchester and Braintree could be presented to the public by autumn 2017.

Two people were taken to Colchester General Hospital for further treatment

An elderly man had to be freed from his vehicle by fire crews in Wix, near Manningtree, this evening after a collision on the A120.

Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, pictured with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh. Picture: Su Anderson.

Police chiefs in Essex gave a cautious welcome yesterday to the Chancellor’s announcement there would be no further cuts to policing.

Police enforced a cordon at around 3pm

Two suspected unexploded mortars and ammunition, found in a building site in Colchester, saw a 100m cordon enforced in Mersea Road afternoon.

Will Quince speaking in the House of Commons.

Colchester MP Will Quince said he was completely surprised to be named in the Autumn Statement for his pressure to give money raised from the so-called “tampon tax” to women’s charities.

Lorry which caught fire on A12 near Chelmsford. Picture: Sgt Colin Shead

Motorists travelling on the A12 northbound are being advised of severe delays at junction 17 for Great Baddow/Southend, due to a lorry fire.

Essex Police cordon off the area around Hythe Hill, Colchester where a man was stabbed.

Detectives have made a renewed appeal for witnesses after a stabbing in Hythe Hill, Colchester.

Tony Willson, managing director of Helmsman Services.

Colchester-based training specialist Helmsman Services has secured the largest contract in its 17 year history, for its construction-specific e-learning health and safety courses.

Ladimeji Benson, who was stabbed in Chelmsford

A sixth man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Ladimeji Benson (pictured).

Essex public sector cuts

Public sector bodies in north Essex have had more than half a billion pounds cut from their budgets over the past five years.

Pegasus replaces the Striking Eagle for 16 Air Assault Brigade

Pegasus has become the emblem of 16 Air Assault Brigade as part of changes to the Brigade's structure and command relationships.

The change was formally marked on November 25 at a sunrise parade  led by Senior Chaplain Reverend Alan Steele with some 2,000 troops and support staff at Merville Barracks in Colchester.

A sunrise parade held today at Merville Barracks, Colchester, marked the adoption of Pegasus as the 16 Air Assault Brigade emblem.

Council tenants face fees rise.

A Government measure to support those in social housing has wiped £143million off the value of a Colchester Borough Council budget in one stroke, the authority says.

Issy Mead celebrates Christmas

Each year, Stacy Mead proudly posts photos of her heavily adorned Christmas tree on Facebook, just like hundreds of other mum’s excitedly awaiting the arrival of that one magical day.

Abellio Greater Anglia has warned that the services are expected to be disrupted until 7pm.

Trains between Norwich and London Liverpool Street may be delayed by up to 40 minutes.

Sudbury Christmas Light switch on

The twinkling Christmas tree lights are a true sign that Santa is really on his way and Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds have already turned theirs on, but when will the rest of the county be lit up?

Christmas shoppers at Tower Ramparts - soon to become Sailmakers

When are your favourite Suffolk stores open in the days before Christmas, over the bank holidays and during the New Year period?

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Colchester United boss Tony Humes

Colchester United manager Tony Humes has admitted that he was shocked with the way his team “buckled” during Tuesday night’s 3-2 home defeat to Crewe.

Callum Harriott is in despair as the U's lose 3-2 at home to Crewe tonight

Colchester United are resigned to yet another season of struggle against relegation, following a horrible defeat to bottom club Crewe tonight.

Chris Porter in action against Crewe last season

Chris Porter feels sorry for his defensive team-mates, despite Colchester United’s terrible record of conceding goals.

Alex Gilbey leaves the pitch after Colchester's defeat at Millwall

Colchester United boss, Tony Humes, will be stepping up his search for a new centre-half following Saturday’s dismal showing at Millwall.

Colchester United boss Tony Humes

Colchester United boss Tony Humes blasted his side’s woeful defending after this afternoon’s 4-1 defeat at Millwall.

Tom Eastman goes up for a corner at Doncaster

Tom Eastman has not missed a league match for two years, and he is determined to extend that proud record this weekend.

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.

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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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