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Friday, December 8, 2017

A residential home in Clacton-on-sea was evacuated today after a fire broke out in a third floor bathroom.

An Essex man has been jailed for 18 months for punching and stabbing his wife in a ‘terrifying’ unprovoked attack.

A man has been sentenced for possession of a knife, drugs and counterfeit money ay Colchester north Railway Station.

Border force officers at Harwich have seized more than 32kg of amphetamine being smuggled into the Essex port.

An elderly woman was threatened after two men forced their way into her home in Wivenhoe yesterday.

More than 100 firearms have been handed in to Essex Police so far in a crackdown on gun ownership.

The jury in the trial of a former army cook accused of committing a string of sex offences while he was living in Colchester, Germany and Northern Ireland over a period of more than a decade is expected to retire to consider its verdicts tomorrow.

Having returned from Diss, a charming place which I never mind visiting, I came home with much to think about, writes Martin Newell.

A Colchester councillor took a public HIV test to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Week.

The body of a 69-year-old man was found in the sea at Frinton this morning.

A report on feasibility studies for a new dualled A120 in Essex suggests a new junction with the A12 at Rivenhall would be the preferred option – but cannot be committed to at this stage in the project.

A man returned to his Essex home to find a burglar’s car on his drive and the thief inside his house.

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses after a man reported being shot at in Clacton.

A man has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident in Braintree in Essex.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a white transit-style van hit a pedestrian in Colchester and drove away.

90’s pop superstars Steps are to perform in Essex next summer.

A Colchester man has been charged after a package exploded in a home last December.

Colchester United

Scouts from Championship clubs, and even Premier League clubs, are rolling up to the Weston Homes Community Stadium to cast their eye over Sammie Szmodics, but Colchester United’s No. 10 is only intent on propelling the U’s further up the League Two table.

Sammie Szmodics will not be claiming the first goal to try and be credited with a hat-trick, following Saturday’s dynamic performance in a 3-1 home win over Exeter City.

Carl Marston’s U’s Player Ratings out of 10, after yesterday’s 3-1 home win over Exeter City.

Colchester United were good value for yesterday’s 3-1 home win, over fourth-placed Exeter City. Here are Carl Marston’s 5 Talking Points:

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has admitted that the U’s might have problems holding onto star man Sammie Szmodics next momth, after today’s 3-1 home win over Exeter City.

Colchester United 3 Exeter City 1

The imminent return of both Kurtis Guthrie and Sean Murray, and the continued progress of fellow injury victims Luke Prosser and Brennan Dickenson, should be an exciting prospect for all Colchester United fans.

After a fortnight’s break, Colchester United are itching to get back into League Two action with another good home showing this afternoon, against high-flying Exeter City.

Martin Newell

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.

Having returned from Diss, a charming place which I never mind visiting, I came home with much to think about, writes Martin Newell.

It is over. Another Halloween and Fireworks Fortnight is dished and done. The descent into the dark days down to Christmas begins.

BBC Radio Four is airing a dramatisation of AJ Cronin’s The Citadel, a fictional account of a young doctor working for a mining community in 1920s South Wales, writes Martin Newell.

If he’d had a faith, my father lost it aged 17 in November, 1944, when a German V2 bomb hit Woolworths in Deptford, killing 168 people. His mother was amongst them, writes Martin Newell.

On October 2, Tom Petty, one of America’s most famous rock stars, died of a heart attack, writes Martin Newell.

The last day of September 2017: a Saturday, and the first day after Michaelmas. Michaelmas, the 29th of September, is an old quarter day, and in olden days was regarded as the beginning of autumn.

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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