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Colchester MP Will Quince has used his time in lockdown as an “opportunity to reset”, dropping more than five stone and running 10km in less than an hour after battling with his weight for more than a decade.

A rollout of coronavirus vaccines in the new year could see life “start to get back to normal” after Easter, according to the health secretary.

Colchester Zoo has shared some adorable photos of its mandrill monkey Mindy and her newborn baby boy.

Firefighters have freed a casualty from a car that crashed into a garage in Essex.

A man accused of assaulting a police officer will appear in court next year.

A stretch of the A12 will be closed tonight as Highways England carries out further road repairs following a weekend of wet weather.

A family-run business is opening a new escape room in Walton following its award-winning live experiences in Clacton and Harwich.

Police have arrested a teenage girl after she admitted making a hoax call about a stabbing at Colchester Town Train Station.

A petition has been launched to stop a heritage bridge in Boxted, which was built in 1901, from being replaced with a wider structure to allow for larger vehicles, which residents deemed “a travesty”.

A Clacton nightspot has had its licence suspended after police were called to numerous fights where bottles and furniture were used as weapons, underage drinking and a lack of social distancing.

A farmer has been forced to put down 14 sheep after they had their ears chewed off in a vicious dog attack in a field in Little Bromley.

Colchester Zoo’s female Columbian black spider monkey named Cheekaboo has given birth to a healthy baby.

A 29-year-old woman from Chelmsford who was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome as a child has shared her heartache of trying to start a family for more than a decade.

Hundreds of pounds and spirits have been stolen from Manningtree train station’s buffet, with the manager calling it a “further kick in the teeth”.

A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison after raping a woman in Witham as she walked home from a friend’s house.

A man in his 20s has been arrested in Colchester on suspicion of a number of child sexual offences including sexual communication and inciting sexual activity.

A 23-year-old digger driver from Essex is ending 2020 on a high after winning £250,000 on a Lottery scratchcard – with plans to spend it on a hot tub for his garden.

Colchester Zoo will be forced to close this week as England goes into a second national lockdown to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

Coronavirus infection rates continue to differ across Suffolk and north Essex as England prepares for a month-long lockdown – with cases falling in some areas and rising in others.

An open-air street food market is seeking out the perfect location in Colchester to bring foodie fans together in a socially-distanced space.

From a drive-in cinema in the grounds of Helmingham Hall to a spooky festival at Clacton Pier – here are the Halloween events still taking place this weekend.

A Colchester mum who was one of the first people in the UK to contract Covid-19 is calling for financial support from the government as she continues to suffer more than nine months on.

A Conservative Essex MP has said the government has “misjudged the mood of the country” as pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to U-turn on free school meals.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a bin chute fire at flats in Clacton.

More than 700 people have signed a petition to save a children’s club in Mistley which has been a “lifeline” to parents of special needs children for more than 20 years.

Harwich’s very own Mary Berry has proved you are never too old to volunteer after baking more than 150 pies for the vulnerable during lockdown.

A fire which engulfed three vehicles and a surrounding car port in a Colchester estate is being treated as arson.

Police officers are conducting patrols near Clacton train station after two girls were reportedly followed by men seen “acting suspiciously”.

A 16-year-old lioness named Malika has sadly died at Colchester Zoo after suffering with liver disease.

A Colchester restaurant owner said 75% of bookings for Saturday night have been cancelled following the upcoming ban of household mixing in Essex as he called for more support from the government.

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