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Travellers pitch up in Braintree industrial estate

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:41pm Wednesday 24th December 2014

Travellers have pitched up in an industrial estate in Braintree.

Council bosses investigate safety improvements on stretch of road after two fatal crashes

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 25th December 2014

Council bosses are investigating whether improvements are needed on a stretch of road after two fatal crashes occurred within a fortnight of each other.

Speed limits may change after horror A120 smash

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 24th December 2014

Speed limits on the A120 are being reviewed after a horror smash caused a car to be pushed under a lorry.

New signs signalling 'Surrex' have baffled residents and councillors alike

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

New signs signalling a little-known hamlet on the A120 have been ridiculed.

Halstead doctor's surgery must expand to cope with 300 new homes, warns NHS

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 25th December 2014

An already over-subscribed doctor’s surgery in Halstead cannot cope with the influx of nearly 300 homes without expanding, the NHS has warned.

'I've waited a month to see a doctor without success'

Braintree and Witham Times: A number of hospital staff are migrant workers (Picture posed by model)

3:00pm Wednesday 24th December 2014

A roofer has been left frustrated after trying to book a doctors appointment for a month with no success.

Accident blackspot concerns if pub turns into flats

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

A council is concerned that plans to turn a former run-down pub into flats could create an accident blackspot.

Halstead could receive a slice of £10million to boost broadband speeds

Braintree and Witham Times: Computer cables at Pearson Harper in Billingham. (14515115)

3:00pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Halstead is in line for a slice of £10million which could see broadband speeds become 12 times faster.

Olivia, 15, is fighting back to health after cancer op

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A teenager is now recovering at home after having her leg amputated to remove bone cancer.

Solutions suggested by council to tackle problem school run parking

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 21st December 2014

A walking bus, patrols and staggered drop-off times have been suggested to deal with problem school run parking in Witham.

Braintree Police deal with four incidents concerning illegal firearms or ammunition in a year

Braintree and Witham Times: Gloucestershire police had 38 guns handed to them as part of a gun amnesty (13447156)

5:00pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Braintree police dealt with four incidents involving illegal firearms or ammunition in the last year.

Motorcyclist dies and schoolgirl left in critical condition following serious crash - road now open

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:57am Thursday 18th December 2014

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash in Braintree.

Campaign to save NatWest bank from closure is supported by residents and councillors

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Sunday 21st December 2014

A campaign to save NatWest services in Halstead has been supported by residents and councillors alike.

Architects for new Halstead community centre go back to the drawing board because plans were too expensive

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Architects designing a new community centre for Halstead are going back to the drawing board after draft plans were too expensive to build.

£1,500 worth of tools stolen from Halstead front garden

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

3:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

Some £1,500 worth of tools were stolen from a front garden.

Pupils and staff at Hedingham School raise almost £1,000 wearing Christmas jumpers

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Staff and pupils raised almost £1,000 by wearing Christmas jumpers on non-uniform day.

Parents pay tribute to tragic Coz Powell, 21, who died eight days after Gosfield crash

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:04pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The parents of a man who died eight days after a horror crash which killed two others said he "had enough love in his heart for all".

Police step up patrols in Braintree as burglars target three homes

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

5:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Police are stepping up patrols in Braintree as three houses were burgled within five days.

Friends and colleagues pay to 'one-of-a-kind' Coz, 21, who became the third man to die from Gosfield crash

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:40am Thursday 18th December 2014

Touching tributes have been paid to a talented musician who became the third man to die in a horrific head-on crash. 

Cyclist injured in hit-and-run on A120

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

3:32pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Police are hoping to track down a car after a cyclist was injured in a hit-and-run.

Building begins on new John Ray Infant School to replace fire-ravaged school

Braintree and Witham Times: John Ray Infant School rebuild set to begin in November

5:00pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Contractors have begun building a replacement for an infant school which was devastated by fire.

A third man has died following a head-on crash in Gosfield

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:43pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A man who was in a critical condition in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, following a head-on car crash in Gosfield has now died. 

Mum sets up new pre-school at rugby club

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 14th December 2014

A mum is setting up her own pre-school at Witham Rugby Club to combat a shortfall of nursery places in the town.

Tributes paid to cricket club stalwart who 'lived and breathed cricket'

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

Tributes have been paid to a cricket club stalwart who “lived and breathed cricket”.

Detectives still hope to solve Linda's murder 53 years later

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Monday 15th December 2014

Detectives are still hoping a murder will be solved 53 years later due to advancements in technology.

Teenagers awarded for Duke of Edinburgh achievements

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Sunday 14th December 2014

Teenagers have been recognised for mastering challenges in the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Retiring teacher has seen lots of changes except for the kids

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

Retiring teacher Christine Laurence may have changed during her 37-year-career, but she believes the pupils she has taught have stayed the same.

Residents left frustrated after developer submits plans for 300 homes in Halstead

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Friday 12th December 2014

Residents have been left frustrated and angry after developers submitted plans for about 300 homes in Halstead.

Lidl no longer interested in buying Witham's memorial hall for supermarket development

Braintree and Witham Times: Lidl, where armed machete robber James Tomlinson was a deputy manager

5:51pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

War veterans are celebrating after a budget supermarket chain has lost interest in developing their memorial hall into a superstore.

Investment into main railway line 'could pave the way for Cressing Loop'

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 12th December 2014

New investment into the main railway line through the east of England could pave the way for a new rail link in between Braintree and Witham, it has been claimed.

'We didn't have our phone or internet connection restored for nine days'

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

More than 40 homes north of Braintree were left without phone or internet connection for more than a week after underground cables were cut.

Friends pay tribute to 'beautiful soul' James, 18, who 'was the kind of person you couldn't live without'

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

Friends of a talented teenage musician have paid tribute to “a beautiful soul” after he was killed in a head-on collision north of Braintree.

Burglars steal cash and lottery ticket from woman in her 80s

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

4:16pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

Police are urging residents to not keep large amounts of cash at home after a woman in her 80s was targeted.

Parents pay tribute to tragic musician James, 18, who was killed in head-on Gosfield crash

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:52pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

The parents of a teenager who was killed after a head-on crash in Gosfield have paid tribute to him.

Firefighters tackle beam on fire at White Hart Hotel in Braintree

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:09pm Monday 8th December 2014

Firefighters tackled a fire which broke out in a beam in an exterior wall at a Braintree pub.

Will Halstead public toilet plan go down the pan?

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

A council has not decided whether to reopen a toilet block despite spending thousands winning planning permission to refurbish it.

Ramsey Academy's star students recognised at awards ceremony

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

Halstead secondary school pupils were recognised for their academic achievement at a special awards ceremony.

New business in Halstead proves a huge hit

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

A mum has set up her own tanning salon in Halstead after she became fed up of travelling to Braintree.

Free parking plan will not go ahead but chamber vows to carry on campaign

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

A business group has failed in its bid to cut free parking on Sundays to offer shoppers an hour extra for free on weekdays.

'Help us catch Linda's killer' say family 53 years after murder

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:43am Friday 5th December 2014

The family of a Halstead schoolgirl who was murdered 53 years ago are renewing an appeal to track down her killer.

Adding third lane to A12 'will give Witham the power'

Braintree and Witham Times: Up to seven vehicles in A12 crash

9:02am Thursday 4th December 2014

The landmark announcment that the A12 is set to become three lanes will bring jobs and millions of pounds of investment to Witham, it has been claimed.

Ambulance crews treat man in 70s for neck pain after crash in Sible Hedingham

Braintree and Witham Times: Pic credit: East of England Ambulance Service Trust

5:54pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Ambulance crews are at the scene of a two-car accident in Sible Hedingham.

Thieves break into house while family were sleeping to steal dad's six-month-old Audi

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Burglars broke into a house to steal a dad’s £50,000 car while he and his family laid asleep upstairs.

Kids don hats and mortarboards and gowns as they 'graduate' from children's university

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Seventy Braintree schoolchildren donned caps and gowns for an evening celebrating their extra-curricular achievements.

Schools look into 'strengthening co-operation' rather than full merger as possibility for future

Braintree and Witham Times: Priti Patel MP  - "These horrible fatalities are completely unacceptable."

5:00pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

An academies chain which sponsors both of Witham’s secondary schools is considering strengthening co-operation rather than a full merger.

School leaders work hard to improve primary school after 'requires improvement' Ofsted rating

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

School leaders are working hard to improve a primary school in Bocking, Ofsted inspectors have claimed.

Football legend Peter Shilton treats Witham schoolboys with a once-in-a-lifetime coaching session

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 8th December 2014

Schoolboys were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime coaching session with a footballing legend.

Teenagers raise money for charity in honour of school friend diagnosed with cancer aged 15

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 7th December 2014

Ten teenagers have raised more than £1,000 for charity in honour of their school friend, who was diagnosed with bone cancer aged just 15.

Haven Gateway raises concerns that A120 'could get overlooked' after Government invests into A12

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Saturday 6th December 2014

A partnership supported by Braintree Council is concerned that improvements to the A120 could get overlooked as the Government pledges investment into the A12.

Wethersfield firefighters rescue Jack Russell from huge pile of rubble

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:00pm Friday 5th December 2014

Firefighters were scrambled to rescue a Jack Russell which was trapped inside a pile of rubble.

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