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Colchester Hospital Santa Run from Colchester Castle Park on Sunday. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

Hundreds of festive fundraisers entered a Santa Fun Run in Colchester’s Castle Park to help a hospital charity.

Stock image of the A133 near Weeley.

A police officer was allegedly assaulted as he arrested a man on suspicion of drink driving after he allegedly fled the scene of a crash near Clacton.

Cockaynes Wood, is off Cockaynes Lane, Alresford. Photo: Archant

A 60-home development has been approved in a north Essex village after an appeal – while another housebuilder asks for views on a separate 145-home estate.

Stock image of Pier Avenue, Clacton. Pic: Linda Jacobs.

A man in his 20s was repeatedly punched in the face in Clacton town centre and taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket.

Essex police are appealing for information to find 38-year-old Anthony Defreitas who is wanted on suspicion of breaking a non-molestation order.

Thousands of pounds worth of wedding dresses were ruined after a fire broke out above a bridal shop in Colchester

Two brides-to-be were left thanking their lucky stars when their wedding dresses were saved by firefighters after a blaze broke out above a bridal outlet shop in Colchester.

UKIP's Jack Parsons at the Tendring District Council election count 2015. Photo: Su Anderson

A councillor in Clacton has defected to Labour from UKIP over the newly-elected party leader’s views on privatising the NHS.

Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley.

Proposals for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner to over see the fire brigade are pressing ahead – and could save up to £30.8million.

The existing Brook Retail Park. Photo: Archant

A development creating 200 homes and 200 jobs on the edge of Clacton has been given the go-ahead.

Jump Street in Colchester is ideal for a rainy, or cold, day

When the weather outside is as cold as it has been in Suffolk and Essex over the past few days, the temptation can be to stay at home over the weekend and take up residence in front of the TV.

Christmas shopping in Bury St Edmunds.

Cheaper parking and shorter queues are just two of the benefits of shopping later in the day, and this Christmas stores across Suffolk and north Essex will be staying open later for some festive retail therapy.

Witham mum Jacqui Shannon celebrates her £1m win on the EuroMillions Millionaire maker. Photo: Ady Kerry

A Witham mum has bagged £1million on the EuroMillions – after not realising she had won for three weeks.

Colchester Royal Grammar School have been selected by Google to pioneer Google Expeditions software

Pupils at a north Essex grammar school experienced a field trip with a difference when they took part in a Google Expedition.

The River Colne, Colchester Photo: Andrew Partridge

Essex fire service, coastguard and police have worked together to search a car spotted submerged in a river in Colchester this morning.

Ipswich Crown Court

A dealer who attempted to throw class A drugs down a drain to escape arrest has been locked up for 40-months.

A hospital. Library image

A mental health nurse based in Clacton has been struck off after posting derogatory comments about co-workers on Facebook.

Councillor Dominic Graham with the proposal

Thousands of people across Colchester may be getting new wheelie bins from next June as fortnightly collections are introduced.

Colchester United

Sean Clohessy of Colchester United during the Sky Bet League 1 match at Ashton Gate, Bristol
Picture by Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd +44 7853 364624

Sean Clohessy believes the pressure will be completely off Braintree Town, when they take on Millwall in an eagerly-anticipated FA Cup second round tie at The Den on Sunday.

Man of the match Owen Garvan

Colchester United boss John McGreal praised Owen Garvan for a superb individual display after today’s 4-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra.

Kurtis Guthrie celebrates his first half goal against Crewe, with team-mate Brennan Dickenson. Photo by PAGEPIX

Colchester United 4 Crewe Alexandra 0

Owen Garvan in the thick of the action at Cheltenham

It was no fluke that the end of Colchester United’s winless run should coincide with the long-awaited return of Owen Garvan.

Luke Prosser, who has been ruled out for the season

Colchester United have suffered a huge blow with the news that club captain Luke Prosser has been ruled out for the whole season.

George Elokobi celebrates after the final whistle at Cheltenham

Despite being shipped out on loan to Braintree Town, and being well down the pecking order of Colchester United defenders, George Elokobi never once questioned whether his U’s career might be over.

Craig Slater scores the U's first at Cheltenham tonight

Cheltenham Town 0 Colchester United 3

U's boss John McGreal at Yeovil on Saturday after the final whistle

Colchester United have almost hit rock-bottom, so the only way is up at the ailing Essex club.

Martin Newell

Facebook is not a hit with 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.

New homes are desperately needed

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.

Martin Newell has been turning apples into cider

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.

How do you make your beer?

In the mid-1970s, one languid autumn afternoon, as gentle breezes winnowed two ancient apple trees, I sat gazing across a windfall-strewn lawn with a single question in my idle young head, writes Martin Newell.

Cows in the mist at Hoo near Wickham Market

September, a gloriously overblown rose of a month, finally sashays out, writes Martin Newell.

Onstage at Folk East: Cara Bruns, Nelson Surfquake, yours truly

To the Folk East festival at Glemham Hall for my last performance of the summer, writes Martin Newell.

A E Housman

The media’s been on for weeks about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Revolver album. Lovely album it is and I expect that it’s inspired many trainspotterly conversations in bars and on internet forums. Men will be discussing types of guitars, the Beatles’ recording techniques, who played what on where and so forth. Will any women be involved? Probably not.

Arras city centre was rebuilt after the First World War.

Arras was the beginning of it for me. About 15 years ago, I was working with the French composer, Francois Ribac, 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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