Touching tributes paid to "perfect" young man Chris McDonald

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:44pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Devastated family and friends have paid tribute to a “perfect” young man.

Pictures reveal the moment a blind man was thrown onto rail tracks in attack

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:25pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THIS is the horrifying moment a thug threw a blind man onto railway tracks during an argument at a train station.

Sniffer dog finds illegal stash of hidden cigarettes at Colchester store

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:35am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SECRET stash of counterfeit cigarettes worth £10,000 were discovered in hidden cupboards at a Colchester newsagent.

Pensioner fights back in vicious sledgehammer raid

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A HAVE-A-GO hero was hit in the face with a sledgehammer during a vicious robbery at his home.

Motorcycle run prizes announced

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE lucky winners of motorbike equipment have been revealed after a competition at the Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run and Harwich Family Festival.

Northern Approach Road open

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:55pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE NORTHERN Approach Road has re-opened today.

Drain breaks repeatedly, despite pledge to improve high street

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A drain on Maldon High Street has broken repeatedly, despite £1million being put towards high street improvements by the county council.

Thomas is making a splash with Microsoft

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

11-YEAR-OLD Thomas Bellinger is already making waves at Microsoft.

New council homes could be finished by New Year

Braintree and Witham Times: Tina Bourne - "time to end that funding"

1:06pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WORK to build Colchester’s first new council homes for 20 years could be finished by the end of the year.

Potty-mouthed puppets to hit Clacton stage

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A POTTY-MOUTHED teenager and a gangsta rap-loving pensioner join ventriloquist Paul Zerdin for his latest stage show.

Mum celebrates after winning an appeal against the council that refused to house her

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A Maldon mum is celebrating after winning an appeal against a council's refusal to house her because she has a property in Spain.

Suffering dad is denied vital cancer drug

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE desperate family of a terminallyill cancer sufferer claim NHS red tape is preventing their father from getting vital treatment.

Who needs real pumpkins when you can recycle them - from wood

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

There is something a bit different about these spooky pumpkins.

James Bond-style casino royale fundraiser to boost poppy appeal

Braintree and Witham Times: Sean Connery as James Bond.

11:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

HIGH rollers are invited to a James Bond themed casino evening to raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

River watch volunteers needed in Halstead

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Volunteers are needed to help monitor wildlife on the River Colne.

Superfast broadband will hit Maldon next year

Braintree and Witham Times: Essex County Council

10:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Superfast broadband will be reaching Maldon in 2015, as part of ‘Phase 2’ of the county-wide rollout.

Backing for new village homes

Braintree and Witham Times: Family living out of boxes after house repairs delayed

10:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CONTROVERSIAL new homes are set to be built in Bradfield.

Why did you cancel gig at last minute?

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:46am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SAFETY group watching over the cancelled I Am Music festival has been criticised for not making organisers stick to time frames in the lead up to the event.

Fisherman treated for hypothermia after Frinton sea drama

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:54am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A PENSIONER was treated for hypothermia after he managed to swim ashore at Frinton yesterday.

Get involved in an oral history project

Braintree and Witham Times: Some of the members of Halstead 21st Century Group

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A group is hoping to capture people’s memories of Halstead during the Second World War.

Tom wins people's vote to gain £1,000 prize money

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

An aspiring Paralympian is over the moon after beating 674 other entries to win £1,000 towards a racing wheelchair.

Yobs wreak havoc with overnight graffiti spree

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

GRAFFITI vandals caused thousands of pounds of damage during a wrecking spree in Clacton.

Man is killed after the car he was driving crashes into a house before hitting a tree

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:50am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A man has died after the car he was driving careered off the road and collided with a house before hitting a tree.

Coastguard gets 999 call after boat drifts into Blackwater

Braintree and Witham Times: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3146217

8:44am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Thames Coastguard received a 999 call at 7.30am yesterday reporting yacht which had broken its mooring and drifted ashore in St Lawrence bay, River Blackwater.

Crime boss claims "unrealistic" to investigate all those who download child porn

Braintree and Witham Times: Nick Alston

8:38am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ESSEX’S Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has hit out at the National Crime Agency after its top boss said thousands of paedophiles will escape investigation.

IN THIS WEEK'S GAZETTE

Braintree and Witham Times:

7:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

School on red alert as pervert strikes... Cancer victim's anguish after being 'denied drugs lifeline'... Jaywick pensioner in sledgehammer horror... 'Rotten tomato' grows into 12ft TREE!

State-of-the-art 3G pitch for high school

Braintree and Witham Times:

7:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PUPILS are celebrating after a state-of-the art £357,000 artificial football pitch was declared open by a top soccer executive.

Student jockeys set track alight in inaugural race

Braintree and Witham Times:

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CAMBRIDGE has claimed victory in the first Varsity horse race - with Colchester Royal Grammar School celebrating success in the competition closer to home.

Jumbo owner to face trial over chicken deaths at his farms

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FARMER has failed in his bid to get charges relating to the death of 24,000 chickens thrown out.

UPDATED: Trading Standards and Essex Police launch raids on Colchester businesses

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:07am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEAMS of police and trading standards officers have this morning carried out raids in Colchester.

Man arrested over Clacton accostings

Braintree and Witham Times: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

6:23pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sexual touching.

Developers put forward their own plans for massive new estates in Tendring

Braintree and Witham Times:

6:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DEVELOPERS and landowners have proposed their own huge new housing estates for thousands of homes in Tendring.

Brownie tea shop a big success

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A bit of Brownie magic has helped raise more than £500 for charity.

Council launches programme to keep older people at home for longer

Braintree and Witham Times: Essex County Council

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A new programme designed to keep older people at home longer could save £35million.

Council receives 19 complaints after bodged roadwork In Latchingdon area

Braintree and Witham Times: Thirty six officers at Essex County Council pocketed more than £100,000

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A bodged resurfacing job resulted in 19 complaints, but no compensation claims.

Councillor pays up after planning row - now the council owes her money

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A COUNCILLOR has handed over £20,000 to prove she is not refusing to pay up in a planning battle she lost.

Will Quince stands down as leader of the Conservative group on Colchester Council

Braintree and Witham Times: Will Quince and Grant Shapps in Colchester town centre

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LEADING Conservative Will Quince has stood down as leader of the Conservative group on Colchester Council to focus on the General Election.

Incredulous planning boss hits back at Colchester MP's "pitiful" comments following homes spat

Braintree and Witham Times: Carlo Guglielmi, councillor for planning at Tendring Council.

4:19pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

INCREDULOUS planning bosses in Tendring have hit back at Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell following a spat over homes planned for the district’s boundary.

VIDEO: Champion boxer James DeGale put through his paces by Colchester paras

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:21pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CHAMPION boxer James DeGale was put through his paces by Colchester paratroopers.

Memories: Hurricane 1987

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

HURRICANE-FORCE winds battered Tendring’s coast 27 years ago leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Pass rate increases after exam remarks

Braintree and Witham Times: Don't panic! Post GCSE exam advice for teenagers

4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SCHOOLS have seen a small rise in their pass marks after GCSEs were remarked in the wake of the English exam controversy.

Crash! Lorry knocks down 112-year-old town centre lamp post

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A LAMP post outside Colchester Town Hall was destroyed when a delivery truck reversed into it.

Soldier's tots make the grade as calendar girls

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE adorable picture of a paratrooper’s daughter sleeping on her dad’s uniform has been chosen to feature in a charity calendar.

Funds granted for war memorial restoration

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A village war memorial will be restored after the parish council was given a £12,855 grant to carry out work.

The day the PM gave us coffee and biccies

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOR once it was John Warner’s turn to be served coffee and cake...and what a place to go for it!

Halstead gets a new ambulance

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

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Halstead has a new ambulance - but there will not be an extra one for the town.

Council has a potential site and may fund new health facility in Maldon

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Maldon District Council has a potential site for a new hospital or health facility and may fund the project if necessary, a councillor has revealed.

RSPCA given permission to rehome horses found ill and injured in field

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Animal welfare inspectors found injured and dangerously thin horses, a court heard.

Volunteer models sashay down catwalk for St Helena Hospice

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOLUNTEER models sashayed down the catwalk for a fashion show fundraiser which raised £1,500.

20 ops have failed to correct A&E "blunder" which left me in constant pain

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MUM claims the failure of an A&E doctor to recognise her broken wrist had shifted is the reason she has been unable to work for six years.






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