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Thursday, November 15, 2018

An alcoholic accused of murdering a homeless man whose badly beaten body was found in the stairwell of a Colchester car park has told a court that the victim was still alive when he and his two co-defendants left him.

Essex Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a breach of court order, assault, criminal damage and theft.

A stretch of the A120 at Braintree has been closed by officers due to a ‘police incident’.

A man who threatened and chased staff around a shop full of customers with a knife has been jailed.

Two police officers from Braintree have taken 125 wraps of suspected drugs of the streets following the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in the town.

A man was freed from his car by fire crews after crashing through barriers at Clacton Railway Station.

A week-long crackdown targeting drug dealing gangs in Essex has led to 13 arrests.

An Essex prison has been labelled violent and unsafe after an inspection revealed high rates of drug-fuelled violence and self harm.

Missing man Jack Coleman has been found safe and well

The Bury St Edmunds Woodcraft Folk is starting up a new group for children and young people.

Do you recognise these two people? Essex Police would like to speak to them in connection with a theft from a store in Braintree.

Do you recognise these men? Essex Police would like to speak to them after a bus stop was destroyed following England’s World Cup clash against Sweden.

Baby remembrance services are being held in Ipswich and Colchester to mark National Baby Loss Awareness Week.

A badger had been found hanged from a football goal crossbar in what RSPCA inspectors have described as a ‘sickening, deliberate act of cruelty’.

A man riding a quad bike was involved in an accident today which led to the road being closed for the rest of the day.

Keen cyclists took to the road for a good cause today in a bid to raise money in memory of a young man killed by a drink driver.

Colchester United

Football writer CARL MARSTON catches up with ex-Colchester United keeper James Bransgrove, who traded professional football for accountancy

Colchester United, despite Saturday’s defeat at Newport County, remain well-positioned in fourth spot in League Two, and so well-placed to mount a promotion challenge this season.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admitted that “it wasn’t our day,” after this afternoon’s 2-0 defeat at Newport County.

Newport County 2 Colchester United 0

Colchester United face a real test of their automatic promotion credentials when they take on fellow top-six side Newport County in South Wales this afternoon, not least because they are weakened by injuries, suspension and unavailability.

Fringe first-teamers Diaz Wright, Ollie Kensdale and Cameron James could all be involved at Newport County tomorrow, against Welsh hosts who are sixth in the table, but have only won one of their last seven league games.

Frank Nouble might be blessed with a mixed reception, when he returns to his former club Newport County in the colours of Colchester United tomorrow.

Cambridge United 3 Colchester United 1

Martin Newell

One evening in 2002 I’d just returned from drinking a couple of writerly pints at the pub when the phone rang. It was Rod Stewart, writes Martin Newell.

Bored and faintly appalled lately by reports of murder and mayhem on our streets, I turn once again to the past, burying myself in a book, writes Martin Newell.

For most of my life I have done my best to look after my teeth. Alas, as I sat up in the dentist’s chair last week, numb of mouth and feeling fragile, there before me were my two newly-extracted gnashers, writes Martin Newell.

FM radio listeners, the newspaper item informed us last week, would not now have to go digital if bosses at the BBC get their way.

It’s almost 18 months since the Walking Bus was launched here in Wivenhoe.

At the Chappel Galleries, only a few minutes’ walk from the delightfully time-warped railway station, is an exhibition of paintings by Wladyslaw Mirecki – ‘Waj’ to his friends.

Martin Newell relives Snowmageddon and The Beast from the East.

As I wrote last week, dealing with a close relative’s post-mortal arrangements is one thing; dealing with one’s own can be quite another.

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