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Breaking news UPDATED: Man admits murdering Essex University student Hannah Witheridge in Thailand

Essex County Standard:

12:02pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A BURMESE man has confessed to the murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand.

How low can they go? Raiders prey on autistic adults

Essex County Standard:

9:37am Thursday 2nd October 2014

BURGLARS stole bikes from autistic adults before vandalising their study centre driveway.

New £4.6 million primary school campus to be unveiled next week

Essex County Standard:

11:29am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A NEW £4.6 million primary school campus will be unveiled in Colchester next week.

Breaking news 16-year-old Jessica missing from Braintree home

Essex County Standard:

10:46am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing teenager who lives in Braintree.

Schools on alert after girl fights off abductor

Essex County Standard: A man died after he was assaulted at a party being held at his partner's house, police said

10:40am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TEENAGE girl managed to fight off a stranger who tried to abduct her as she walked to school in Frinton.

VIDEO: Colchester Council video promoting the borough to businesses provokes reaction

Essex County Standard: Report: Colchester needs more than 1,000 new homes a year to meet demand

10:43am Thursday 2nd October 2014

COLCHESTER Council has published a video intending to sell the borough to businesses looking to invest here.

£10m plan to change face of factory outlet

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A HUGE £10million redevelopment of Clacton Factory Outlet will see almost half the existing shop units demolished and the opening of new restaurants and a six-screen multiplex cinema.

Community chills out!

Essex County Standard:

8:03am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A COMMUNITY united to raise money for charity – and have fun.

Car and motorcycle crash in Cowdray Avenue, Colchester

Essex County Standard:

6:19pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A CAR and a motorcycle crashed in Cowdray Avenue this evening, blocking the road during rush hour.

Missing pregnant teen found safe and well

Essex County Standard: Essex Police have closed the road

4:23pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A HEAVILY pregnant teenager who went missing from Colchester General Hospital has been found safe and well.

£100,000 cycle challenge launched by St Helena Hospice

Essex County Standard:

4:08pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

RIDERS are being encouraged to join forces with a Colchester hospice to raise £100,000 for charity.

Banksy work scrubbed clean from Clacton seafront by council staff

Essex County Standard:

3:34pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Banksy artwork scrubbed clean from a Clacton boathouse by council staff

MS patient refused funding for 'life-changing' medication

Essex County Standard:

2:50pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer has lost his fight to have his life-changing medication funded by the NHS.

Taco Bell pulls out of Angel Court plan

Essex County Standard:

1:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MAJOR fast food chain has pulled the plug on plans to open a takeaway as part of a major town centre redevelopment.

Best-seller James Patterson gives Red Lion cash for revamp

Essex County Standard:

1:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE best selling author in the world has awarded a Colchester bookshop £2,500 to give its children’s section a revamp.

Campaigning Tory's surprise over MP revelations

Essex County Standard:

11:06am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE co-founder of a campaign to get more Tory women elected to Parliament has spoken of her surprise over revelations of one of the group's leading supporters.

Huge play centre could bring 12 jobs

Essex County Standard:

10:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A-STATE-of-the-art play centre looks set to open in north Colchester, with the creation of at least 12 jobs.

Failing schools merge in bid to boost performance

Essex County Standard:

10:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

TWO failing Greenstead schools have merged in a bid to boost their performance.

UPDATED: Travellers leave Colchester United ground...and move on to Boxted

Essex County Standard:

9:58am Wednesday 1st October 2014

UPDATED: TRAVELLERS left Colchester United's ground after 11 days and a court order only to break into another site opposite a school.

Specialist officers dedicated to combating organised gang and gun violence have raided a house in Colchester.

Essex County Standard:

9:29am Wednesday 1st October 2014

SPECIALIST officers dedicated to combating organised gang and gun violence have raided a house in Colchester.

Murder investigation launched after man found stabbed in Chelmsford flat

Essex County Standard:

9:10am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MURDER investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in a property on Broomfield Road in Chelmsford this morning with stab wounds. A 29-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

£100,000 app to bring tourists to Colchester

Essex County Standard: Colchester Castle

9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

TOURISM bosses hope a smartphone app which cost up to £100,000 to develop could bring more visitors to Colchester.

Residents urged to sign up for crime prevention advice sent straight to their phone

Essex County Standard: Nick Alston has chosen Mr Whitehouse

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

RESIDENTS will be able to get crime prevention advice straight to their phone as part of a new scheme.

Controversial Prettygate Tesco set to go ahead after all as council realises it has no power to stop it

Essex County Standard: Tesco has launched an investigation after revealing that its guidance on profits for the six months to August 23 was overstated by around  £250m.

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

COLCHESTER Council has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn which means a controversial Tesco will go ahead.

Olympic volleyball star Rachel Laybourne starts new college course

Essex County Standard:

7:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

OLYMPIC volleyball star Rachel Laybourne served up knowledge and skill as she helped to launch a new club.

Playboy model to take ice bucket challenge in Colchester to raise money for cancer charity

Essex County Standard: Macmillan Fundraising Day

6:12pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PLAYBOY model will drop in on Colchester clubbers - to take an ice bucket challenge.

Digger fire spreads to 500-tonne muck heap

Essex County Standard: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

4:50pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A blaze destroyed a digger and spread to a 500-tonne muck heap.

Traffic delays due to accident near Colchester General Hospital

Essex County Standard:

4:35pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A road accident near Colchester General Hospital is causing delays this afternoon for drivers and bus passengers.

"No further action" following armed siege in Colchester

Essex County Standard:

3:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN has been released without charge despite allegedly shooting at police during an armed stand-off in Colchester.

Richard's new CD is for pal Robin

Essex County Standard:

2:47pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PIANO teacher has released an album to raise money for a charity set up in memory of a childhood friend.

Colchester murderer fails in bid to clear his name

Essex County Standard:

2:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FORMER medical student who fled abroad after murdering his partner has failed in a bid to clear his name.

Colchester Institute given go-ahead for £9.5m extension

Essex County Standard:

1:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Temporary classrooms at Colchester Institute will be replaced with a four-storey teaching block.

A120 campaign claims dualling will cut some journey times in half

Essex County Standard: Still no A120 roundabout revamp

12:52pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FRESH campaign to dual the A120 throughout north Essex claims it could cut some journey times in half.

Osteopath who worked with top sportsmen suspended for having sex with patient

Essex County Standard:

11:59am Tuesday 30th September 2014

An osteopath has been suspended after admitting having an improper sexual relationship with a patient.

Thai police: Hannah may have been victim of sex attack

Essex County Standard: hannah witheridge e.jpg

11:21am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Police believe an Essex University student may have been raped before being killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

Victims of crime to choose from menu of punishments

Essex County Standard: Nick Alston

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MENU of punishments is being put together for victims of crime to choose from.

Supported bus services cost county £8.5million

Essex County Standard: Essex County Council

10:28am Tuesday 30th September 2014

ESSEX County Council is spending an extra £300,000 on supported bus services this year despite cutting several routes.

FOI response time improvements at Essex Police

Essex County Standard: Essex Police have closed the road

9:59am Tuesday 30th September 2014

ESSEX Police has been praised for improving its response to freedom of information requests.

Police patrol railway crossings

Essex County Standard: The level crossing

9:12am Tuesday 30th September 2014

EXTRA patrols are taking place at railway crossings in Essex this week.

Bailiffs could go in to eject Colchester stadium travellers

Essex County Standard:

8:12am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A COURT order to evict a group of travellers who have spent more than a week on land near Colchester’s community stadium could be secured this morning.

Couple on bench are now prime suspects in hunt for Jim’s killer

Essex County Standard: Tragic – “great lad” Jim

10:44am Monday 29th September 2014

A COUPLE seen sitting on a bench close to where Jim Attfield’s body was found have emerged as prime suspects for the murder.

Baby abuse pervert is jailed for 12 years

Essex County Standard:

8:33am Monday 29th September 2014

A VILE pervert who filmed himself sexually abusing a baby girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Traffic chaos at flu jab day

Essex County Standard:

5:56pm Monday 29th September 2014

TEMPERS flared when roads were blocked as pensioners flocked to a doctor’s surgery to get flu jabs.

Music store set to shut up shop after 40 years

Essex County Standard:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

AN independent music shop is set to close after more than 40 years in Colchester.

Pre-school raises £100,000 in eight years to create new home

Essex County Standard:

4:40pm Monday 29th September 2014

LITTLE ones and staff are celebrating after raising £100,000 in eight years to refurbish their dated pre-school.

More Essex University students securing top jobs

Essex County Standard: Essex University

4:19pm Monday 29th September 2014

Essex University students are more likely than ever to secure top jobs after graduating, according to a national study.

Hannah Witheridge murder: Eight footballers quizzed

Essex County Standard: hannah witheridge e.jpg

4:11pm Monday 29th September 2014

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Essex University student Hannah Witheridge have quizzed a group of footballers.

Government grant will help Colchester town centre's air quality to improve

Essex County Standard:

3:47pm Monday 29th September 2014

COLCHESTER town centre’s poor air quality should improve after nearly £200,000 of funding was secured to install emissions reducing technology in ten buses.

U's training ground planning rows "should not be used as a political football"

Essex County Standard: U's manager Robbie Cowling at the Florence Park training ground.

3:44pm Monday 29th September 2014

PLANNING issues around Colchester United’s training ground should not be used as a “political football”, it has been claimed.

Search for heavily pregnant teen who left Colchester General Hospital continues

Essex County Standard:

3:18pm Monday 29th September 2014

POLICE officers are continuing their search for a heavily pregnant woman missing from Colchester General Hospital.

'Racist' Banksy mural destroyed (link) 4:50pm Wed 1 Oct 14

A Banksy mural showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners is destroyed after a complaint the work was…

Green road unacceptable, says council (link) 9:16am Thu 2 Oct 14

A newly-built road will not be maintained with public money because it has been made with green tarmac, a council says.

Man arrested in rape investigation (link) 8:05pm Wed 1 Oct 14

A man is arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in Brentwood in Essex.

Man guilty of grandfather's murder (link) 2:29pm Wed 1 Oct 14

A man is found guilty of killing his 84-year-old grandfather after a row over the alleged historical sex abuse of a…

Further failings at abuse care home (link) 2:04pm Wed 1 Oct 14

A care home criticised for poor care following a BBC Panorama investigation is failing in eight out of nine key areas,…

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