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MP claims £16k more in expenses

Braintree and Witham Times: Halstead: MP backtracks over road plans due to divided opinion

12:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Halstead's MP claimed nearly £16,000 more in expenses last year compared with the previous year.

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc visits Castle Hedingham for Porsche spectacular

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc famously came unstuck after pretending to own a Porsche in the cult show.

Tributes paid to generous community champion after cancer death aged just 49

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Tributes have been paid to a kind and generous community champion who has died from cancer aged just 49.

Motorcyclist, in his 70s, has died after a crash with a van in Steeple Bumpstead

Braintree and Witham Times: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

5:09pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A motorcyclist aged in his 70s has died after he was involved in a crash with a van.

Cow dead after crash on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel

Braintree and Witham Times:

11:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

A cow has died after it was struck by a car on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel.

Global coffee shop chain could take over Braintree bar The Lounge

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A global coffee shop chain could replace a Braintree bar by next year.

Parents form campaign group against proposed merger of Witham's secondary schools

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Parents have set up a campaign group against the proposed merger of Witham’s secondary schools.

Bike thieves stop heart attack sufferer's charity bike ride

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

A heart attack sufferer who was organising a charity bike ride to thank those who saved his life has been left crushed after his bicycle was stolen.

£250,000 investment to turn Silkworm into American-style sports bar

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:30am Sunday 21st September 2014

A quarter of a million pounds is being spent turning a Braintree pub into a state-of-the-art sports bar.

Developers hope to build another 850 homes in Witham - the same size as the Maltings Lane estate

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Proposals to build a huge housing estate the size of the Maltings Lane development in Witham have been submitted.

Identical twin girls love starting new school

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Identical twin girls are excited to be starting primary school but just wish they could wear their bright pink shoes.

'Empty shops are needed to keep firms in the town' says chamber of trade

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Empty shops are needed in the town centre to stop stores from moving out of Braintree, claims the town’s chamber of commerce.

Alec Hunter Academy to appeal GCSE English exam results

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

A Braintree secondary school is set to appeal their GCSE results after a slump in the number of pupil passes.

Firefighters release trapped person from car at crash in White Colne

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to release one person from a car.

Hay bales set alight deliberately, it is believed

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

9:18am Friday 12th September 2014

Arsonists set hay bales on fire at a farm in Hatfield Peverel, it is believed.

The Empire strikes back - Theatre to bring back cinema after almost a decade

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:30am Friday 12th September 2014

A cinema is set to return to Halstead after almost a decade since the reels stopped.

Stick to market town not floral town, says chamber of trade

Braintree and Witham Times: anne maree robertson

3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Halstead should stick at being a market town rather than a floral one, suggests the town’s chamber of trade.

150 people attend book launch and exhibition on Rippers factory

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Some 150 people attended an exhibition and book launch about Hedingham’s industrial past which was brought to life with photos, real-life experiences and artefacts.

Scrapped plan for future development could still be used to decide planning applications

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree district: Council will continue naming and shaming benefits cheats online

3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A scrapped plan for future development in the district could still be used to decide planning applications - until a new plan is drawn up.

Villagers win £6k grant for new shop in Gosfield

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree district:

3:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Community-spirited villagers have been granted thousands of pounds to build a new village shop in a portable cabin.

Polish man found in Witham street died from a morphine overdose

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A Polish man who collapsed in a Witham road died as a result of an accident, a coroner has recorded.

Tragic Glenn, 19, found hanged from a boat, inquest hears

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A teenager died after he hanged himself from a boat while on a team-building trip.

Headteacher's spoof music video is shared across the world

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

A headteacher's spoof music video to celebrate the last day of term has been shared across the globe.

Shocking new pictures released of Wayne Ingold after 'random' acid attack

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

These are the sickening pictures of a dad’s horrific injuries after acid was thrown in his face in an apparent random attack.

Landowners have suggested more sites for potential development

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Landowners have suggested extra sites for potential development.

60 Minute Makeover filmed in Halstead to air later this year

Braintree and Witham Times: Star reader Marcus Arnold snapped this picture of Peter Andre

3:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A makeover show presented by Peter Andre and set in Halstead will be aired at the end of the year.

More parents in Halstead willing to take their children out of school and pay a fine

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Parents in Halstead are now more inclined to take their child out of school for a holiday and pay a fine than ever before.

Hopes for a care home instead of houses at former factory site

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

Parish councillors are hoping a former factory site will be used for a care home rather than houses.

Morrisons staff draw a crowd with ice bucket challenge

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Staff members at a supermarket store in Witham were covered in ice cold water all in the name of charity.

Ella's dreams come true as she swims with dolphins in Australia

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

A seven-year-old girl with an incurable condition has had her dreams come true as she swam with dolphins for the first time in Australia.

Family's shock at 'kind' Braintree lad's death

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A convicted drug dealer whose life went off the rails after his mum died when he was 13 has died of a suspected drugs overdose.

Shoppers celebrate as Aldi submits fresh plans for store in Witham

Braintree and Witham Times: Aldi planning to build a new store in Skelton

5:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Shoppers are celebrating after Aldi has proved it is not giving up on coming to Witham, despite previous plans being refused.

Bride arrives to her own wedding... in a digger

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

A bride has fulfilled her childhood dreams of arriving to her own wedding - in a digger.

Man treated for severe burns after oxygen tank blows up in Rayne

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

The air ambulance was scrambled after a man suffered severe burns to his face when an oxygen tank exploded.

'I could see my face turning yellow and melting' says Witham acid attack victim

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

A dad-of-two who had acid thrown in his face in a case of mistaken identity had described the horror of seeing his face melting after the attack.

Find out how Castle and Sible Hedingham is linked to department store Selfridges

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Have you ever wondered what Selfridges has in common with Castle and Sible Hedingham?

Parish council to spend thousands on deciding whether to refurbish toilets

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers money is being spent on deciding whether reopening public toilets can go ahead.

Affluent commuters snapping up 'cheap' Halstead homes causing house price surge

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Homebuyers from affluent commuter towns are snapping up cheaper houses in desirable Halstead.

Baby and toddler group to close in weeks if volunteers do not come forward

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A baby and toddler group which is under threat because of a shortage of volunteers is set to close next month if no help materialises.

Rebranding Halstead as a floral town met with unanimous favour

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Proposals to rebrand Halstead as a floral town have been met with unanimous favour.

Community-spirited villagers raise tens of thousands for new village shop

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree district:

3:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

Community-spirited villagers are on their way to raising £45,000 to building a new village shop in a Portakabin.

Indian restaurant in Hatfield Peverel faces £80k fine after immigration raid

Braintree and Witham Times:

6:05pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Four staff members at an Indian restaurant have been arrested following an immigration raid by the Home Office.

Woman charged with drink-driving after car overturns in Braintree

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

9:08am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A woman has been charged with drink-driving after a car overturned.

Pensioner thanks Good Samaritan for helping her after fall

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A pensioner suffered a split lip and bruises after she fell over on an uneven surface in Braintree’s town centre.

Pensioners can keep family pet thanks to volunteer dog walker

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Two pensioners will not need to give up their family pet thanks to the help of a primary school teacher.

Houses in the Braintree district cost more than eight times the average wage

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Braintree residents purchasing a house in their home town are finding it just as expensive as buyers in London.

Plans to rebuild and extend fire-stricken infants school are approved

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

An infants school which was devastated by fire will be rebuilt and extended to provide 65 extra places for children.

Former Blockbuster store could become Papa John's pizza takeaway

Braintree and Witham Times: Papa John's brings 16 jobs to Walton

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Plans have been submitted to turn an empty shop into a pizza takeaway.

Labourer undertakes ice bucket challenge in high street in front of passers by

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A labourer accepted a challenge to have ice and water poured over him in Witham’s high street to raise money for charity.

More than 30 Braintree pupils given lower GCSE English mark due to clerical error

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

More than 30 pupils have been given a lower mark in their GCSE in English due to a clerical error by the exam board.

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