Children trying smoking 'at lowest'

Braintree and Witham Times: One in five pupils aged 11 to 15 said they have tried smoking, figures show

10:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

The number of children trying cigarettes has dipped to the lowest level on record, new figures suggest.

More poor teenagers apply for uni

Braintree and Witham Times: A record number of poorer students have applied for university places this year, Ucas figures show

10:54am Thursday 24th July 2014

Rising numbers of poorer teenagers are planning to go to university, but they are still half as likely to apply as their richer peers, new figures suggests.

Athletes take the Games spotlight

Braintree and Witham Times: The Queen holds her message during the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

4:09am Thursday 24th July 2014

Athletes will take to sports fields, courts, track and pool as the first day of Commonwealth Games competitions gets under way.

Energy firms face extra storms bill

Braintree and Witham Times: Ofgem said that while SSE and UKPN's southern arms were badly hit by the storms 'they could have done more to get customers reconnected faster'

7:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

Regulator Ofgem has ordered energy companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) to pay an additional £3.3 million after a probe into how they handled last winter's storms.

'Confidence lost' in assault MP

Braintree and Witham Times: Former shadow police minister David Ruffley was given a caution for common assault following an incident between him and his ex-partner

8:11am Thursday 24th July 2014

A Tory MP who has apologised after receiving a police caution for a domestic assault has "lost the confidence" of his constituency, a religious leader has warned.

Lorry speed limit change welcomed

Braintree and Witham Times: The Government has raised the speed limit for lorries on rural roads from 40mph to 50mph

8:11am Thursday 24th July 2014

The AA has welcomed a Government decision to raise the speed limit for lorries on rural roads from 40mph to 50mph.

Hammond calls for Gaza ceasefire

Braintree and Witham Times: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has blamed the latest fighting on Hamas (AP)

10:03am Thursday 24th July 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called for a swift ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as he joined international diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Gaza amid growing concern at the rising civilian death toll.

Sea rescue caught on camera

Braintree and Witham Times: The daring rescue of a boy off a Cornish beach

10:29am Thursday 24th July 2014

The daring rescue of a drowning boy from a dangerous rip current off a Cornish beach has been captured on camera.

Body found in blaze car was a woman

Braintree and Witham Times: West Midlands Police said a body found after a car fire in Birmingham was a woman

10:29am Thursday 24th July 2014

A body found in a burnt-out car is that of a woman, police have confirmed.

Student dies on trip to Tanzania

Braintree and Witham Times: Jack Burden was part of a 28-day expedition to Tanzania

10:29am Thursday 24th July 2014

Tributes have flooded in for a school pupil who died while on a trip to Tanzania after suffering a "severe allergic reaction".

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