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Burglars steal car keys - but not car - from Halstead home

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

3:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Burglars have broken into a Halstead home overnight.

Meet the grandmother who has had her Christmas shopping finished since August

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

Meet the grandmother who has had all her Christmas presents bought and wrapped up - since August.

Mum celebrates son's miraculous recovery after brain tumour op

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A mum is celebrating her three-year-old son's miraculous recovery from a brain tumour.

Academies trust behind Witham's secondary schools is ordered to improve finances

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:20am Thursday 27th November 2014

The academies trust which is aiming to merge both of Witham’s secondary schools has been ordered to improve its finances by the Government.

Notley High pupil Hannah, 13, wins award for charity work and intends to treat classmates with prize money

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A teenager has been awarded £200 for her charity fundraising efforts and intends to treat her tutor group with a trip to the cinema.

Braintree Freeport hopes to build huge DIY store and smaller shops in existing car park

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Braintree Freeport wants to build a huge new DIY warehouse and garden centre in its existing car park.

One academy in Witham could close if merger plans are not supported, warns governors

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

School governors have warned that one of Witham’s academies could shut if parents do not support a proposed merger. 

40 jobs could be created if councillors vote yes to care home plans tonight

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

Up to 40 jobs could be created as plans to build a care home on a former milk depot look set to go ahead.

Changes to Marks Farm roundabout set to go ahead to improve safety and congestion

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

Long-awaited improvements to a poorly designed roundabout are finally set to go ahead more than two years after the plans were made.

Most loaned Braintree Library books are children's stories - your most popular library books revealed

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Nine out of the top 10 books loaned from Braintree library are children’s stories.

Children's dreams come true as they meet Disney princesses

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Children's dreams came true as they met Queen Elsa and her sister Anna from Disney’s Frozen.

UPDATE: Police close road in Coggeshall after electricity pole bursts into flames

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

11:33am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Police closed a road in Coggeshall after an electricity pole burst into flames.

School's warning after woman said man tried to abduct her in Braintree

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 21st November 2014

A school has warned parents and pupils to be vigilant after a woman said a man tried to abduct her.

Woman released from bail after she was arrested in connection with stabbing in Witham

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

A woman has been released from police bail after she was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm following a stabbing.

Kids enjoy camel rides in George Yard

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:50am Saturday 15th November 2014

Shocked shoppers were treated to a display of real live camels in Braintree’s George Yard.

Couple appeal to thieves to return tree used at their wedding

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 15th November 2014

A heartbroken couple are appealing for thieves to return a tree used at their wedding back to their front garden “no questions asked”.

Ofsted inspectors praise staff and pupils at Edith Borthwick school

Braintree and Witham Times: Education watchdog Ofsted today published its findings following its visit to the borough in February

3:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

Pupils and staff at a special needs school have been praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Halstead man, 78, arrested on suspicion of drink-driving has bail extended

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

3:00pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

A 78-year-old Halstead man who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs has had his bail extended.

Thieves steal £300 worth of heating oil from tank

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

3:00pm Monday 17th November 2014

Thieves stole £300 worth of heating oil from a tank in Sible Hedingham.

Youths climbing on cars cause £2,000 worth of damage

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

3:00pm Sunday 16th November 2014

Two thousand pounds worth of damage has been caused after youths were spotted climbing on cars.

Thieves steal sat nav and phone charger after smashing car window with plant pot

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

3:00pm Saturday 15th November 2014

Thieves stole a sat nav and a phone charger from car after smashing a window with a plant pot.

Councillors must focus on revitalising Halstead, says former chamber of trade chairman

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

A former Chamber of Trade chairman is urging Braintree Council to “give the people of Halstead what they deserve” and focus on revitalising the town.

Halstead feels the economic boom as unemployment drops by a third in a year

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Friday 14th November 2014

Economy in Halstead is booming as unemployment has fallen by more than a third in just one year.

Parking restrictions have been relaxed at Morrisons after customers complain

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Parking restrictions at a Witham supermarket have been relaxed after customers complained that they were not given long enough to shop.

Witham is officially out of the recession as unemployment falls by a third

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

Witham is officially out of the recession according to job centre chiefs as unemployment falls by more than a third in just one year.

One thousand people officially oppose merger of Witham's secondary schools

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

A 1,000 parents and residents have officially opposed a proposed merger of Witham’s secondary schools to become a superschool - the largest in Essex.

Acid attack victim Wayne Ingold: I'm chuffed to bits someone has been charged

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:50am Thursday 13th November 2014

A teenager has appeared in court charged with throwing corrosive liquid at a man in Witham, scarring him for life.

Pupils learn how to break dance with Britain's Got Talent finalist

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 17th November 2014

Witham pupils are learning how to break dance with a Britain’s Got Talent finalist.

Police warn 'if in doubt keep them out' after sick woman targeted by 'trickster'

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

5:00pm Sunday 16th November 2014

Police officers are warning residents to “keep them out if in doubt” after an elderly woman was targeted in a suspected burglary attempt.

Charity trustees hope to submit planning application for new community centre after Christmas

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

Charity trustees are hoping to submit a planning application for a new community centre in Halstead before Christmas.

Witham man arrested after 72-year-old woman run over at zebra crossing

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

1:08pm Monday 10th November 2014

A man from Witham has been arrested after a 72-year-old woman was struck while using a zebra crossing in Southend.

Shopkeepers thank paper boys and girls as they celebrate 25 years in business

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 8th November 2014

Shopkeepers at a popular Halstead store are celebrating serving the town’s shoppers for a quarter of a century.

Community group launches plans to protect Braintree's green spaces from housing

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

A community group is set to launch plans to protect green spaces and fields from being swallowed up by housing.

Campaigners against new school hope to drum up support at public meeting

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 9th November 2014

Campaigners against plans for 350 houses and a new school building are hoping to overturn them by drumming up enough support at a public meeting.

New gym opens at Braintree swimming centre

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 7th November 2014

A new gym has been officially opened at Braintree Swimming Centre.

Poppy collectors amassing hundreds of years of volunteering urge youngsters to carry on their work

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Dedicated poppy collectors have racked up hundreds of years of raising money for the armed forces.

Widower left heartbroken after burglars steal wife's wedding ring two weeks after she died

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Thursday 6th November 2014

A widower has been left heartbroken after burglars stole his wife’s jewellery - including her wedding and engagement rings - two weeks after she died.

Witham's famous son Olly Murs set to release fourth album

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

One of Witham’s most famous sons has never been better as he prepares to release his fourth album.

House-proud mum's shock over 'spider infestation'

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

A house-proud mum claims up to 500 tiny spiders turned up in her daughter's bedroom.

Mum's battle to improve contact lens safety after she lost an eye

Braintree and Witham Times: Jacqui Stone

5:00pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

A mum who lost an eye to a fungal infection she claims was caused by a contact lens is urging others to think about the risks before wearing them.

Masterplan for proposed new 850-home development in Witham revealed

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

Initial plans of how another estate in Witham the size of Maltings Lane could look have been revealed.

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

Braintree and Witham Times:

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.

Fourth fish and chip shop in Halstead given the go-ahead

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A fourth fish and chip shop will come to Halstead despite residents’ fears that it could become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

Council to look into extra CCTV cameras to combat town centre boozers

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 2nd November 2014

A study to see if more CCTV cameras could be installed in Witham’s town centre to deter nuisance drunks will be carried out.

Braintree make-up artist turns reporter into a zombie for Halloween

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 1st November 2014

How’s this for a ghoulish Halloween look?

Cancer patient was wrongly told his disease was inoperable

Braintree and Witham Times: Broomfield Hospital was too unsafe for Harrison Ward to stay

3:00pm Saturday 1st November 2014

A cancer sufferer living in the Braintree district was only offered £500 in compensation after he was incorrectly told his disease was inoperable.

Cancer patient was wrongly told his disease was inoperable

Braintree and Witham Times: Broomfield Hospital was too unsafe for Harrison Ward to stay

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A cancer sufferer living in the Braintree district was only offered £500 in compensation after he was incorrectly told his disease was inoperable.

Witham granddad died after nurses failed to connect him to heart monitor properly

Braintree and Witham Times: Broomfield Hospital was too unsafe for Harrison Ward to stay

8:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

A granddad who died of a suspected heart attack could have survived if he had been hooked up to a monitor correctly, an inquest heard.

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

Braintree and Witham Times:

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. 

'We fear that Halstead's 4th fish and chip shop could attract anti-social behaviour'

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Residents fear that a fourth fish and shop in Halstead could become a magnet for criminal and anti-social behaviour.

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