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Police cordon in St Botolph's Street, Colchester, February 14 2016. Picture: @Disco_77

A man is in a critical but stable condition after a fight in the early hours of the morning.

30mph sign in Brantham on A137

A man in his 80s has died following a crash on the A137 in Brantham last night.

Two images showing a burnt-out kitchen caused by a fridge-freezer fire in a Frinton flat. Pictures: ECFRS

A kitchen in a flat above a bakery has been destroyed after a blaze this morning, believed to have been sparked by a faulty fridge-freezer.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester. Library image.

Late running engineering works are causing residual delays to rail services in Suffolk and Essex this morning.

Fire engines

A blaze broke out in the storage room of a care home last night.

Missing person Matthew Alcock

Police and relatives who were concerned for the welfare of missing man Matthew Alcock have called off the search after he was found in Harwich.

Lorry driver arrested after fatal crash. Library image.

A lorry driver from Chelmsford has been arrested after a fatal crash in Kent yesterday (Saturday).

Missing person Sarah Parrott

Police are urgently trying to find a missing teenager from Essex.

An Essex fire crew. Library image.

Two Clacton fire crews tackled a small blaze behind a wood burner in a St Osyth home last night.

Eve Riches' guide dog Jet was attacked while walking from Colchester station to the Sixth Form College where she works.

A blind woman has described the “frightening” moment a Husky attacked her guide dog in Colchester.

Giles Ellerton, from BT Group, David Bell, FSB Essex Chair, ECC Cllr Lady Patricia Newton, Caroline Thomas, from The Social Accelerators, ECC Cllr Kevin Bentley and Paul Pritchard, from Abacus Accountancy, gathered at to mark superfast broadband coverage achieved across Essex business parks.

A celebration to mark the successful roll-out of superfast broadband to business parks across Essex was held on Thursday.

Rev Janet Nicholls, rural adviser and agricultural chaplain, is pictured at Thaxted Church.

The agricultural chaplain for Essex hopes to bring God and farming together in her new role.

Chelmsford County Hall, home of Essex County Council

The family of an elderly man who risked being exploited by a female friend are to be reimbursed by Essex County Council over missing money after a watchdog ruling.

Lexden Primary School got a visit from the gritter pupil Keira Crisp named

Two north Essex schools have met the gritters they chose names for in a competition.

Martello Tower at Hastings Avenue, Clacton

A specialists has been appointed to advise on ways forward to restore a landmark Martello Tower on Clacton seafront.

A file picture of the A12.

Emergency service were called to a car that was on fire on the A12 in Essex.

A file picture of an Essex police officer.

A teenager who went missing from her home in Braintree is likely to be in London, police said.

Colchester United

U's boss Kevin Keen

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen was “disappointed” with his side’s performance following a depressing 4-1 home defeat to Swindon Town this afternoon.

Elliott Parish, who was beaten four times in Swindon's 4-1 win at Colchester today, although the U's keeper actually had a good game

Colchester United 1 Swindon Town 4

Joe Edwards, right, believes the U's can go on a winning run.

Colchester United midfielder Joe Edwards believes that the U’s can do a ‘Barnsley’ and embark on a winning run to escape the relegation zone.

Kevin Keen, no wins in his first seven league games in charge of the U's

Performances may have improved, under Colchester United’s new manager Kevin Keen, but the results have largely stayed the same.

George Moncur, spoke of promotion earlier in the season

Remember Colchester United’s win over Bradford City, at the end of September? It feels like a life-time ago!

Frankie Kent, right, in action against Southend last weekend

Frankie Kent is still upbeat about Colchester United’s chances of beating the drop, even though the U’s have slipped to eight points adrift of League One safety heading towards the final third of the season.

Southend United fans run onto the pitch towards Colchester United during the match between Southend United and Colchester United at Roots Hall, Southend. 
Picture by Focus Images Ltd
06/02/2016

A police investigation has been launched after a Southend United fan ran onto the pitch and assaulted a number of Colchester supporters during the derby match at the weekend.

Chris Porter of Colchester United has a shot at goal during the Sky Bet League 1 Essex Derby match between Southend United and Colchester United at Roots Hall, Southend
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06/02/2016

A Southend supporter is reported to have assaulted a number of Colchester fans at the Essex Derby game at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Martin Newell

Poet Luke Wright

I was at a Poetry Wivenhoe event the other evening, writes Martin Newell.

Time for Another

I collected my old geezer bus pass last week. Highly chuffed with it I was too, writes Martin Newell.

David Bowie. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

After the death of David Bowie, here’s some cultural history for you, viewed, as it were, through the other end of the binoculars.

Colchester High Street

I’ve never been a great one for the retail experience, or ‘shopping’ as it was once called. In this respect, I’m typically male, writes 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.

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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.

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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