Former council employee jailed for £200K fraud

Essex County Standard:

4:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

A former employee of Chelmsford City Council has been jailed for three years having admitted fraud and theft totalling over £200,000.

Councillor asks 'am I supposed to exist on no victuals at all?' and slams 'utterly irrelevant' free meals figures release

Essex County Standard: Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways, has urged those who are invited to take part to complete the survey.

10:30am Saturday 1st November 2014

Councillor Rodney Bass has slammed as ‘utterly irrelevant’ the release of figures showing he has eaten the most free meals at County Hall canteen in the past year.

County councillors claim more than £20,000 worth of free food in a year

Essex County Standard: FILLING: Jacket potato with cheese and beans

10:30am Saturday 1st November 2014

Essex county councillors ate more than £20,000 worth of free food at County Hall last year, new figures have shown.

Police bail man arrested over Angela Millington murder

Essex County Standard:

9:21am Saturday 1st November 2014

A 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea arrested by police yesterday on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail until Monday, November 17.

Empire Theatre pushing forward with cinema plans

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

The Empire Theatre is pushing forward with its cinema plans after new trustees and committee members were appointed.

Great Burnham Bonfire Party to attract hundreds of spectators

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

The Great Burnham Bonfire Party is also set to attract hundreds of people on Saturday, November 8.

Not to be missed: Promenade Park bonfire night and fireworks display

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

Fireworks will be lighting up the skies across Maldon.

Brothers carnival film set for screening

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

A FILM charting the history of the Guy Carnival will be screened at the Electric Palace this weekend.

Rent demand in Chelmsford goes through the roof

Essex County Standard:

7:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

THE demand for rental property in Chelmsford is up a massive 58 per cent year on year, a new report has shown.

Man jailed for 20 years after attacking baby girl

Essex County Standard: Chelmsford Crown Court

2:32pm Friday 31st October 2014

A MAN has been jailed for 20 years for causing life changing injuries to a 10-week old baby girl in his care in a "heinous" crime.

Football mad father dies

Essex County Standard:

9:08am Friday 31st October 2014

A GRIEVING family has urged people to get their hearts checked after a father-of- two died suddenly.

Tributes paid to inspirational teenage guitarist

Essex County Standard:

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to an inspirational teenager who has died aged 19.

96 hour fire strike begins

Essex County Standard:

6:06pm Friday 31st October 2014

A 96 hour fire strike began at 6pm tonight

Brave soldier Lance Corporal Scott Hardy remembered

Essex County Standard:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A SOLDIER from Chelmsford is being remembered this week as British troops leave Afghanistan after a war which spanned 13 years.

Grandfather dies following routine operation

Essex County Standard:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A man died after suffering a severe allergic reaction to the drugs used whilst he was undergoing surgery on his wrist.

100 new Heybridge homes will lead to even more flooding, residents warn

Essex County Standard:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Heybridge residents fear flooding will worsen if a proposal for 100 homes on a flood zone gets the go ahead.

Oyster Feast underway in Colchester

Essex County Standard: Secret report reveals 54 struck down after Colchester Oyster Feast

4:39pm Friday 31st October 2014

SHELLFISH was aplenty as this year’s Oyster Feast got underway in Colchester.

Building catches fire and is completely smokelogged in Hall Road, Southminster

Essex County Standard: Fire Engine (11715962)

4:33pm Friday 31st October 2014

A single storey building was ablaze earlier this afternoon in Hall Road, Southminster.

Bikers to do their bit for ill children

Essex County Standard: Colchester General Hospital

4:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

MODS and rockers will be doing their bit to bring Christmas cheer to ill children in hospital.

Guy Fawkes ready for Bonfire Night display

Essex County Standard:

4:28pm Friday 31st October 2014

A husband-and-wife team has created the centrepiece for Colchester’s Bonfire Night display for the 44th time.

Ghosts and ghouls on spooky train ride

Essex County Standard:

4:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

YOUNGSTERS dressed up in all things ghoulish on a special Halloween ghost train.

Top award for spa

Essex County Standard:

3:29pm Friday 31st October 2014

A SPA has been recognised for its work in the beauty industry.

U’s fan Steve Lamacq given birthday shirt surprise

Essex County Standard:

3:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

COLCHESTER United fan and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq got a 50th birthday surprise present when he was invited to the U’s training ground.

Vehicle into pond following incident in Coggeshall

Essex County Standard: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

3:10pm Friday 31st October 2014

A vehicle has left the road and is in a river following an incident.

New minibus route from Sible Hedingham to Sudbury will be funded by Premdor developer

Essex County Standard:

3:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Villagers will soon be able to travel further afield, thanks to a £50,000 investment in a new bus service. 

IN PICTURES: More of our readers spooky snaps

Essex County Standard:

3:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Our readers are busy carving their pumpkins and putting on their scariest costumes for the most frightening night of the year. 

Former council manager jailed for three years after admitting £200,000 fraud

Essex County Standard: David Archer

2:55pm Friday 31st October 2014

A FORMER play services manager at Chelmsford City Council has been jailed for three years having admitted fraud and theft totalling over £200,000.

Fresh wave of interim managers to start at Colchester hospitals next month

Essex County Standard:

5:11pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE managerial merry-go-round at Colchester’s hospitals has seen another change at the top.

Cannabis found in ex-council office

Essex County Standard:

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have uncovered a drugs factory in a building owned by Tendring Council.

Residents angered by planning application for 220 Southminster homes

Essex County Standard:

1:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

Developers have angered Southminster residents by resubmitting an outline planning application for more than two hundred homes.

Pub beats off 1,000 entrants to win darts prize

Essex County Standard:

1:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A GREAT Baddow pub has been crowned champion of the world’s biggest pub darts competition.

Fireworks across Halstead district

Essex County Standard: Five Valleys fireworks (12077333)

1:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Everyone loves watching fireworks and with November 5 is just around the corner, we have compiled a list of the fireworks displays across the district.

Tendring's foodbanks need restocking

Essex County Standard:

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

DWINDLING supplies at Tendring’s foodbanks need to be restocked in time for Christmas.

Man rescued by coastguard after becoming stranded on causeway to Osea Island

Essex County Standard: A man had to contact the Coastguard on his mobile phone as his VHF radio on board was not working

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A man was rescued by the Coastguard after becoming stranded on the causeway to Osea Island. 

Football club seeking extra volunteers

Essex County Standard:

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Halstead Football Club is looking for extra volunteers to cope with the club’s growing popularity.

Residents fork out £23,000 to increase lowly broadband speeds

Essex County Standard: The Federation of Small businesses (FSB) in the North East is calling for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for businesses across the region.

11:14am Friday 31st October 2014

RESIDENTS who turned down the chance to have internet cables laid 20 years ago have dug deep to fund a project worth tens of thousands of pounds to increase their broadband speeds.

Frustrated applicant will appeal controversial funeral home planning rejection

Essex County Standard:

10:30am Friday 31st October 2014

A funeral director spoke of frustration after his planning application was rejected on emotional grounds and has vowed to appeal.

Earls Colne WI proud to unveil banner to commemorate wars

Essex County Standard:

10:30am Friday 31st October 2014

Members of a group were proud to finally unveil the banner they have worked on for the last three months.

In pictures: Guy Carnival

Essex County Standard:

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Harwich to watch the town’s annual Guy Carnival.

Controversial Prettygate Tesco seeks permission to open from 6am until 11pm

Essex County Standard:

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL Tesco - which residents believe council planning bosses were “tricked” into allowing to go ahead - plans to open from 6am until 11pm.

Free fireworks display in Mersea

Essex County Standard: Five Valleys fireworks (12000317)

9:53am Friday 31st October 2014

A FREE firework display will light up the sky over Mersea Island tomorrow.

Treatment given to pair following carbon monoxide leak

Essex County Standard:

9:25am Friday 31st October 2014

TWO people had to be given oxygen therapy following a carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Crimestoppers plea to help find sex attacker

Essex County Standard: Illegal resident held in Swindon wedding scam fear

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

CRIME-FIGHTING charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information after a sexual assault in Clacton.

Plume bake off raises vital funds for hospice

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

An “amazing array” of cakes were sold off to raise vital hospice funds.

Graffiti crackdown launched

Essex County Standard: CONCERN: Cllr Michael Walls with PC Amanda Simpson next to graffiti in Queensbury

8:50am Friday 31st October 2014

A CAMPAIGN to crack down on a growing amount of graffiti in Colchester has been launched.

Man and woman left feeling unwell after carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Essex County Standard: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

8:55am Friday 31st October 2014

Firefighters tended to a man and woman after they became unwell following a carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Confusion as new estate is called ‘hazelnut’

Essex County Standard:

9:16am Friday 31st October 2014

DEVELOPERS have left residents bemused after naming a new housing estate after the Spanish word for hazelnut.

Man arrested in connection with Angela Millington's death after bones discovery on Foulness Island

Essex County Standard:

9:01am Friday 31st October 2014

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea this morning on suspicion of the murder of Angela Millington.

Power to the pedestrians: Proposed new crossings will mean 10 car parking spaces will be lost

Essex County Standard:

8:30am Friday 31st October 2014

Proposals to narrow Halstead’s High Street to make it easier to cross will mean up to 10 car parking spaces could be lost.

Stevi Ritchie: I’m dropping gimmicks to wow X Factor fans

Essex County Standard:

8:26am Friday 31st October 2014

X FACTOR outsider Stevi Ritchie says he will prove his doubters wrong tomorrow by ditching the gimmicks.


Island bones murder suspect bailed (link)

bbc.co.uk 10:34am Sat 1 Nov 14

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a homeless woman whose bones washed up on an Essex island is released on bail.

Man jailed for 'heinous' baby attack (link)

bbc.co.uk 7:24pm Fri 31 Oct 14

A man is jailed for at least 15 years for cruelty and causing life-changing injuries to a 10-week-old baby girl.

Ambulances bought for obese patients (link)

bbc.co.uk 8:48pm Fri 31 Oct 14

The NHS East of England Ambulance Service commits to spending more than £200,000 to purchase five special vehicles…

Manager took £230,000 from council (link)

bbc.co.uk 8:30pm Fri 31 Oct 14

A former employee of Chelmsford City Council is jailed for three years for stealing and defrauding the authority out…

Masked pinstripe-suited thief sought (link)

bbc.co.uk 2:52pm Fri 31 Oct 14

A masked man wearing a pinstriped suit and wielding a golf club holds a woman and three children at bay while their…

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