Former council employee jailed for £200K fraud

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

A former employee of Chelmsford City Council has been jailed for three years having admitted fraud and theft totalling over £200,000.

Man jailed for 20 years after attacking baby girl

Braintree and Witham Times: Chelmsford Crown Court

2:32pm Friday 31st October 2014

A MAN has been jailed for 20 years for causing life changing injuries to a 10-week old baby girl in his care in a "heinous" crime.

Football mad father dies

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:08am Friday 31st October 2014

A GRIEVING family has urged people to get their hearts checked after a father-of- two died suddenly.

Police launch crackdown after massive rise in burglaries

Braintree and Witham Times: A man died after he was assaulted at a party being held at his partner's house, police said

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A MAJOR spike in break-ins has sparked extra police patrols as officers bid to clamp down on burglaries.

Tributes paid to inspirational teenage guitarist

Braintree and Witham Times:

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to an inspirational teenager who has died aged 19.

96 hour fire strike begins

Braintree and Witham Times:

6:06pm Friday 31st October 2014

A 96 hour fire strike began at 6pm tonight

Grandfather dies following routine operation

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A man died after suffering a severe allergic reaction to the drugs used whilst he was undergoing surgery on his wrist.

100 new Heybridge homes will lead to even more flooding, residents warn

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Heybridge residents fear flooding will worsen if a proposal for 100 homes on a flood zone gets the go ahead.

Oyster Feast underway in Colchester

Braintree and Witham Times: Secret report reveals 54 struck down after Colchester Oyster Feast

4:39pm Friday 31st October 2014

SHELLFISH was aplenty as this year’s Oyster Feast got underway in Colchester.

Building catches fire and is completely smokelogged in Hall Road, Southminster

Braintree and Witham Times: Fire Engine (11715962)

4:33pm Friday 31st October 2014

A single storey building was ablaze earlier this afternoon in Hall Road, Southminster.

Bikers to do their bit for ill children

Braintree and Witham Times: Colchester General Hospital

4:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

MODS and rockers will be doing their bit to bring Christmas cheer to ill children in hospital.

Guy Fawkes ready for Bonfire Night display

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:28pm Friday 31st October 2014

A husband-and-wife team has created the centrepiece for Colchester’s Bonfire Night display for the 44th time.

£36mil works to protect cliffs are taking shape - PICS

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A MAJOR £36million project to save Clacton’s cliffs from crumbling into the sea is making “significant progress”.

Ghosts and ghouls on spooky train ride

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

YOUNGSTERS dressed up in all things ghoulish on a special Halloween ghost train.

Top award for spa

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:29pm Friday 31st October 2014

A SPA has been recognised for its work in the beauty industry.

U’s fan Steve Lamacq given birthday shirt surprise

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

COLCHESTER United fan and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq got a 50th birthday surprise present when he was invited to the U’s training ground.

Vehicle into pond following incident in Coggeshall

Braintree and Witham Times: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

3:10pm Friday 31st October 2014

A vehicle has left the road and is in a river following an incident.

IN PICTURES: More of our readers spooky snaps

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Our readers are busy carving their pumpkins and putting on their scariest costumes for the most frightening night of the year. 

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. 

Fresh wave of interim managers to start at Colchester hospitals next month

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:11pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE managerial merry-go-round at Colchester’s hospitals has seen another change at the top.

Clocks snatched by crooks in Holland-on-Sea burglary

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:32pm Friday 31st October 2014

CROOKS snatched two clocks and a china figurine after smashing their way into a Holland-on-Sea home.

Cannabis found in ex-council office

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have uncovered a drugs factory in a building owned by Tendring Council.

Why not make a knight of it at Clacton theatre?

Braintree and Witham Times: The Barron Knights

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

ARGUABLY one of the most entertaining groups from the 1960s and 70s are returning to Clacton.

Residents angered by planning application for 220 Southminster homes

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

Developers have angered Southminster residents by resubmitting an outline planning application for more than two hundred homes.

Fireworks across Halstead district

Braintree and Witham Times: Five Valleys fireworks (12077333)

1:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Everyone loves watching fireworks and with November 5 is just around the corner, we have compiled a list of the fireworks displays across the district.

Man rescued by coastguard after becoming stranded on causeway to Osea Island

Braintree and Witham Times: A man had to contact the Coastguard on his mobile phone as his VHF radio on board was not working

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A man was rescued by the Coastguard after becoming stranded on the causeway to Osea Island. 

Tendring's foodbanks need restocking

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

DWINDLING supplies at Tendring’s foodbanks need to be restocked in time for Christmas.

Firefighters set for new strikes

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

PEOPLE are being advised to attend organised firework displays rather than host their own after more firefighter strikes were announced.

Football club seeking extra volunteers

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Halstead Football Club is looking for extra volunteers to cope with the club’s growing popularity.

Residents fork out £23,000 to increase lowly broadband speeds

Braintree and Witham Times: The Federation of Small businesses (FSB) in the North East is calling for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for businesses across the region.

11:14am Friday 31st October 2014

RESIDENTS who turned down the chance to have internet cables laid 20 years ago have dug deep to fund a project worth tens of thousands of pounds to increase their broadband speeds.

Earls Colne WI proud to unveil banner to commemorate wars

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:30am Friday 31st October 2014

Members of a group were proud to finally unveil the banner they have worked on for the last three months.

Frustrated applicant will appeal controversial funeral home planning rejection

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:30am Friday 31st October 2014

A funeral director spoke of frustration after his planning application was rejected on emotional grounds and has vowed to appeal.

Controversial Prettygate Tesco seeks permission to open from 6am until 11pm

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL Tesco - which residents believe council planning bosses were “tricked” into allowing to go ahead - plans to open from 6am until 11pm.

In pictures: Guy Carnival

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Harwich to watch the town’s annual Guy Carnival.

Band tops Spirit of the Dog fundraiser

Braintree and Witham Times: COLLECTING: Ten charities have permission.

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A LIVE band is set to perform songs from throughout the decades at a charity dance.

Free fireworks display in Mersea

Braintree and Witham Times: Five Valleys fireworks (12000317)

9:53am Friday 31st October 2014

A FREE firework display will light up the sky over Mersea Island tomorrow.

Crimestoppers plea to help find sex attacker

Braintree and Witham Times: Illegal resident held in Swindon wedding scam fear

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

CRIME-FIGHTING charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information after a sexual assault in Clacton.

Plume bake off raises vital funds for hospice

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

An “amazing array” of cakes were sold off to raise vital hospice funds.

Graffiti crackdown launched

Braintree and Witham Times: CONCERN: Cllr Michael Walls with PC Amanda Simpson next to graffiti in Queensbury

8:50am Friday 31st October 2014

A CAMPAIGN to crack down on a growing amount of graffiti in Colchester has been launched.

Man and woman left feeling unwell after carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Braintree and Witham Times: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

8:55am Friday 31st October 2014

Firefighters tended to a man and woman after they became unwell following a carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Confusion as new estate is called ‘hazelnut’

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:16am Friday 31st October 2014

DEVELOPERS have left residents bemused after naming a new housing estate after the Spanish word for hazelnut.

Man arrested in connection with Angela Millington's death after bones discovery on Foulness Island

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:01am Friday 31st October 2014

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea this morning on suspicion of the murder of Angela Millington.

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.

Stevi Ritchie: I’m dropping gimmicks to wow X Factor fans

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:26am Friday 31st October 2014

X FACTOR outsider Stevi Ritchie says he will prove his doubters wrong tomorrow by ditching the gimmicks.

Taxi drivers furious at bus lane tickets they shouldn’t get

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:24am Friday 31st October 2014

OUTRAGED taxi drivers are still being wrongly fined for using Colchester’s bus lanes – more than a year after they were introduced.

I dare you to enter my scary graveyard.... and give cash to charity

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:21am Friday 31st October 2014

CHEF Adrian Stephen has cooked up a spooky treat for Halloween, turning his garden into a graveyard to raise money for charity.

Blog's credit to 'maverick' MP Carswell

Braintree and Witham Times: Douglas Carswell: Campaign deserves support

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

CLACTON MP Douglas Carswell has been named “backbench maverick of the decade” by an influential political blog.

In today's Standard

Braintree and Witham Times:

7:30am Friday 31st October 2014

Tributes are paid to music-mad teenager Lewis Biddlecombe, revelers call for light switch-on for New Year's eve, bargain store announces it will open before Christmas, and football get their kit off for fundraising calendar.

'Between a rock and a hard place' over plans for 12,000 homes

Braintree and Witham Times:

7:30am Friday 31st October 2014

PLANNING officers have told residents that Tendring Council has no choice over whether 12,000 new homes are built in the district.

Fire crews fight tumble dryer blaze

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:49pm Thursday 30th October 2014

FIRE fighters fought a blaze which started in a tumble dryer.






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