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Will Lodge

Will Lodge.

Will Lodge has been reporting on north Essex news for more than seven years, and now oversees the Essex edition of the East Anglian Daily Times. Born and bred in Essex, outside of work Will is a scout leader and has a keen interest in politics, as well as enjoying spending time with his wife and four children.

Tourism bosses hope residents make the most of attractions on their doorstep as part of the second Essex Big Weekend – and help to further grow the £3.1billion boost to the economy the industry brings.

A national memorial for police dogs is to be installed in an Essex park after a campaign spearheaded by a former Chelmsford police officer – and donations are needed to see the project finished.

Sixteen homes are to be bought by Colchester Borough Council at an estimated cost of £2.9million in a bid to tackle homelessness – as council tax in the borough is set to rise.

A mental health charity is to take on a historic church in Colchester and the community hub that runs there.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Broomfield Hospital today to speak about patient care.

A landlord who had tenants living in an overcrowded Tiptree flat with mould and poor sanitation has been ordered to pay more than £10,000.

The hunt to find a new chief executive for Suffolk County Council is set to resume at the end of this month, after an attempt to recruit for the role failed last year despite a £32,000 campaign.

A health campaigner from north Essex who founded a charity in memory of his late brother has been recognised with a national honour.

A multi-million pound bid has been made by Essex councils to fund a new Colchester bypass, it has been revealed.

A north Essex charity’s newest shop has opened for business.

Harwich lifeboat is looking for more volunteers to help run the rescue service.

Staff at a Colchester secondary school have been forced to send pupils home today (Wednesday, January 3) after hot water and heating failed at the building.

This season’s pantomime at the Princes Theatre in Clacton has become the most successful production ever at the venue – oh yes it has.

Air traffic controllers have one of the most high pressure jobs in the world, but for those at Stansted Airport at least they also have one hell of a view.

2018 has begun with a bouncing start for some families in north Essex and Suffolk as they celebrate the arrival of new babies.

Detectives want to identify a man following an assault on a woman in a Clacton nightclub.

Health chiefs are again urging patients to consider alternative treatment options as a warning has been issued over ‘unprecedented levels of demand’ for Accident and Emergency (A&E) and GP services.

People who have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting are still being urged to keep away from Colchester General Hospital.

A Colchester town centre firm has said it will continue to campaign for tougher criteria for out-of-town retail parks after a judge rejected its High Court challenge to block such a development.

As many prepare to wrap up working for the festive break, we bring you live travel updates for Suffolk and north Essex ahead of the great Christmas getaway – which has been dubbed as Frantic Friday.

Detectives investigating ram raids across Suffolk and Essex have called for the public’s help to solve the crime – and warned people against approaching offenders, who they say could be armed.

Plans for an out-of-town shopping centre have successfully fought off a legal challenge from businesses in Colchester – while plans for a five-restaurant town centre development have been unveiled.

Arts Council England has given the go-ahead for a multi-million pound extension project for the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

A new running race has been added to the north Essex athletics calendar – with plans for a jelly baby station in the village event.

Army chefs from Colchester Garrison helped serve up platefuls of festive cheers to homeless people in the town.

An Elvis Presley fan from Great Dunmow has been left devastated after burglars stole his extensive record collection in honour of The King.

A burglar has been jailed for a year after he was identified through the Facebook account on his mobile which he dropped while stealing from an address.

An assault took place after an argument between people in two cars in Clacton, police have said.

The Co-op store in Dedham has become the latest to be targeted by criminals in a ram raid.

A £10million revamp of an “iconic” Colchester building has been given the green light by planners, paving the way for 40 new jobs.

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