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'She's like a long-lost sister': Pen pals meet for the first time after 49 years.

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

In March 1966, a Hedingham schoolgirl wrote her first letter to her pen friend in New Zealand.

'The trauma forced me to leave Witham' - acid attack victim continues to suffer haunting flashbacks

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:48am Thursday 26th February 2015

A dad-of-two continues to suffer haunting flashbacks six months after he was scarred for life in a vicious acid attack.

Braintree pub to be turned into offices for accountants firm

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

A Braintree pub will be turned into offices for an accountants firm.

Family pay tribute to former primary school teacher who taught hundreds of Witham children

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 26th February 2015

Touching tributes have been paid to a former primary school teacher who coached an Olympic swimmer and a Crystal Palace footballer.

Caring Evie, 5, to donate hair to make wig for cancer sufferers

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A caring five-year-old girl plans to donate her hair to a charity which makes wigs for children suffering from cancer.

Second teenager charged over Witham acid attack

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

4:12pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

A second teenager has been charged in connection to an acid attack in Witham last year.

Witham's famous son Olly Murs records fastest lap on BBC's Top Gear

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:35pm Monday 23rd February 2015

Witham's homegrown pop star Olly Murs has raced against some of the world’s famous celebrities on BBC’s Top Gear.

Independent toy shop in Braintree closes down

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

An independent toy shop in Braintree has closed its doors for the final time.

Generous youngsters raise hundreds in school charity day

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

Generous youngsters raised hundreds of pounds for charity by dressing up and embarking on a coin trail.

Footballers can finally come back to home ground after four years

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

Footballers' dreams of returning home will finally come true after they raised enough money to modernise their ground.

Vandals smear dog mess on front door

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

3:00pm Monday 23rd February 2015

Vandals have smeared dog mess over a front door.

'Stop your dogs fouling on our pavement!': Dad starts his own campaign

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

A dad has become so infuriated with dog owners letting their pets poop along his road, he has taken matters into his own hands.

Farmer's belongings destroyed after blaze engulfs barn

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 21st February 2015

Police evacuated houses after a fire engulfed a barn used to store gas bottles and petrol.

'Halstead is on the up' - Three shops open in town in one week

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 20th February 2015

Theee shops which have opened in Halstead in a week could help bring in more business to the town, it has been claimed.

Heartless thieves steal pensioner's purse containing photos of late husband

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

5:00pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

Cruel thieves stole a woman’s purse containing irreplacable pictures of her late husband.

Firefighters tackle car on fire in Witham yesterday

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

3:00pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

Police were called to car on fire in the early hours yesterday morning.

Husband and wife fined for selling 'dangerous' amber teething jewellery

Braintree and Witham Times: Roger Walters, county councillor for waste and recycling, is backing the week.

10:00am Wednesday 18th February 2015

A husband and wife who run an amber jewellery business have been fined for selling hazardous children’s teething bracelets.

'Teachers are not to blame for crisis at Tabor Academy' claims union boss

Braintree and Witham Times: Zero tolerance – Jerry Glazier

5:00pm Monday 23rd February 2015

Teachers at a crisis-hit Braintree school were told to teach subjects they weren’t qualified for, a union boss claims.

Fraudster cons Witham shops by using fake £50 notes

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

5:00pm Saturday 21st February 2015

Shops in Witham have fallen foul of a fraudster using fake £50 notes.

It's a hit! Thousands of people flock to Braintree Cineworld for release of Fifty Shades of Grey

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:30pm Thursday 19th February 2015

Crowds flocked to Braintree’s Cineworld to see the hotly-anticipated steamy film Fifty Shades of Grey in its opening weekend.

Florists lose out on £12,000 at busiest time of year because of High Street blaze

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:00pm Thursday 19th February 2015

Florists forced to move after a huge blaze devastated their shop have lost up to £12,000 worth of business at their busiest time of year.

We've graduated! Primary school pupils don caps and gowns for Children's University ceremony

Braintree and Witham Times:

6:00pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

Almost 80 Braintree schoolchildren proved they were a class act by graduating from Essex Children’s University.

Halstead firefighters tackle huge blaze at pet food factory in Suffolk

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

1:46pm Sunday 15th February 2015

Two fire engines and a water bowser from Halstead are at the scene of a large fire at a pet food factory in Suffolk.

Man exposed himself to a teenage girl in Coggeshall

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

1:41pm Sunday 15th February 2015

Police are trying to track down a man who exposed himself to a girl in Coggeshall.

Houses evacuated after barn fire in Bulmer

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

6:02pm Saturday 14th February 2015

Police had to evacuate houes after a fire engulfed a barn used to store gas bottles and petrol.

Shoppers flock to charity shop on last day to thank women who run it

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:49pm Saturday 14th February 2015

Shoppers flocked to a charity shop on its last day to thank a band of women who set it up.

Police officer hurt after chasing 15-year-old with a knife in Witham

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

2:12pm Saturday 14th February 2015

A special police constable was taken to hospital after chasing a teenager armed with a knife in Witham.

UPDATE: 28-year-old man from Maldon arrested on suspicion of rape - man bailed

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

9:22am Saturday 14th February 2015

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Maldon have made another arrest.

Man charged with arson following flat fire in Braintree High Street

Braintree and Witham Times: BWT bens fire.jpg

9:19am Saturday 14th February 2015

A man will be appearing at court this morning charged in connection with a fire at a property in Braintree High Street on Wednesday.

PICTURES: Driver miraculously escapes overturned car without injuries

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:45pm Friday 13th February 2015

A driver miraculously escaped a crash uninjured after the car rolled onto its roof.

CCTV image: Man wanted in connection with theft of detergent and air fresheners from Co-op

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Friday 13th February 2015

Police would like to identify this man in connection with a theft from Co-op.

WATCH: Schoolchildren don caps and gowns as they graduate from Essex Children's University

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:05pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Almost 80 schoolchildren proved they were a class act by graduating from Essex Children’s University.

Mum's pride as cancer sufferer Lilly-Mae comes home

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 12th February 2015

A mum has been left inspired after her brave little girl, who is battling cancer, is now well enough to come home.

New splash park for Witham could lead to outdoor tennis courts, says retired architect

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

A retired architect believes plans to build a new splash park in Witham could lead to resurrecting outdoor public tennis courts.

Woman taken to hospital with head injury following crash between car and pedestrian this morning

Braintree and Witham Times:

11:43am Wednesday 11th February 2015

A woman in her 30s was taken to hospital after she was involved in a collision with a car.

Market organisers holding talks with other operators to rescue plans

Braintree and Witham Times: Witham's market is currently located in Lockram Lane

5:00pm Tuesday 17th February 2015

Market organisers are holding talks with other operators after a prestigious firm pulled out of bringing 100 stalls to Witham.

Highways officers investigate whether improvements are needed to 'dangerous' road in High Garrett

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 16th February 2015

Highways officers are investigating whether improvements are needed on a stretch of road after a grandfather was killed riding his motorbike.

'You have failed Braintree': Parents' fury as Lilac Sky decides to pull out of running Tabor Academy

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:30am Thursday 12th February 2015

Parents are pulling their children out of a Braintree school after an academy trust withdrew from running it a fortnight after it was placed in special measures.

'We need more money spent on Braintree schools'

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree district: Council leader defends rise in member allowances

5:00pm Sunday 15th February 2015

Braintree's council leader is calling for urgent investment into the town’s education.

Campaigners fighting to improve A120 can bid for slice of £900million

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Saturday 14th February 2015

Campaigners fighting for the A120 to be upgraded can bid for a slice of up to £900million in public funds, it has been revealed.

Calls to curb speeding on village road following crash involving pregnant woman

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Calls have been made to curb speeding on a road outside a village primary school following a three-vehicle crash.

Volunteer searchers for tragic missing dog raise hundreds to help others

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 13th February 2015

Scores of people who helped search for a missing dog have raised hundreds of pounds to aid other search parties.

Schoolchildren write thank you letter to builders

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 11th February 2015

Schoolchildren have been so impressed by their new building that they have written to the principal and builders to say thanks.

Do you want an outdoor gym in Sible Hedingham?

Braintree and Witham Times: Sible Hedingham has been commended in the Village of the Year competition

3:00pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

An outdoor gym in Sible Hedingham could be built if villagers give it their stamp of approval.

There's no need to worry about dognappers, says cop

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Monday 9th February 2015

A Halstead police officer has moved to reassure residents after weeks of rumours that dognappers are on the loose.

Legacy of love from tragic musician Coz helps to save lives

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 7th February 2015

A talented young musician killed in a head-on car crash helped saves after his organs were donated, his family have revealed.

UPDATE: Pair taken to hospital following three-vehicle crash outside Cressing Primary School

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

8:56am Friday 6th February 2015

The road outside Cressing Primary School is blocked following a three-vehicle accident this morning.

Campaigners left disappointed after permission given to turn former Carved Angel pub into flats

Braintree and Witham Times: Oxford House, formerly the Carved Angel pub, in Earls Colne

3:00pm Sunday 8th February 2015

Campaigners have been left frustrated and disappointed after plans to turn a derelict pub into flats were approved.

Last-ditch attempt lodged for a new pharmacy in Witham

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 11th February 2015

A last-ditch effort is being made to bring a new pharmacy to Witham.

Rejected campaign to cut speed limit on village road has had reversal of fortunes

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 11th February 2015

A campaign to cut the speed limit on a busy village road has had a reversal of fortunes after a highway’s boss rescinded his decision to refuse it.

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