Former council employee jailed for £200K fraud

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:08am Friday 31st October 2014

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

96 hour fire strike begins

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:06pm Friday 31st October 2014

A 96 hour fire strike began at 6pm tonight

Grandfather dies following routine operation

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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.

Cancer patient was wrongly told his disease was inoperable

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Broomfield Hospital was too unsafe for Harrison Ward to stay

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A cancer sufferer living in the Braintree district was only offered £500 in compensation after he was incorrectly told his disease was inoperable.

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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.

Top award for spa

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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.

New minibus route from Sible Hedingham to Sudbury will be funded by Premdor developer

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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. 

IN PICTURES: More of our readers spooky snaps

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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. 

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:11pm Friday 31st October 2014

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

Residents angered by planning application for 220 Southminster homes

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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.

Firework displays across Braintree

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Five Valleys fireworks (12077333)

1:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Everyone loves a good firework display and we have compiled a list of displays around Braintree.

Football club seeking extra volunteers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

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

Braintree's Most Haunted

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A town that dates back more than 4,000 years is always going to have more than its fair share of history.

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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. 

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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.

Frustrated applicant will appeal controversial funeral home planning rejection

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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.

Earls Colne WI proud to unveil banner to commemorate wars

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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.

Braintree family to remember young dad at hospice's annual Light Up a Life ceremony

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:30am Friday 31st October 2014

A young father who died just months after being diagnosed with bowel cancer will be among those remembered at a hospice's annual remembrance service.

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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.

Free fireworks display in Mersea

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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.

Want to sing?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Comedy Festival: Raw

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

If you enjoy singing, take part in a concert and support the Friends of Braintree Community Hospital.

Plume bake off raises vital funds for hospice

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

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

Graffiti crackdown launched

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: 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’

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

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.

Fire crews fight tumble dryer blaze

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:49pm Thursday 30th October 2014

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

50 jobs to come to Witham after deal struck with firm in China

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A new solar panel company will bring 50 jobs to Witham.

Charity hosts Halloween inspired green-screen workshop

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

YOUNG people were turned into zombies and monsters before acting in front of a green screen during a Halloween workshop.

Plume pupils test Olympic VeloPark

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Plume School pupils received expert coaching at London 2012 legacy venue, Lee Valley VeloPark.

Medic’s award for tour of duty

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

AN army reserve medic sent into combat in Afghanistan with less than a day’s notice has been given a commendation.

£7k spent on bar’s cancelled appeal

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

4:58pm Thursday 30th October 2014

COLCHESTER Council spent nearly £7,000 reviewing a controversial bar’s licence, only to shelve most of its planned actions, it has been revealed.

Bob's bonfire's been going for 40 years, now it's time to step aside

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

4:46pm Thursday 30th October 2014

BOB Schofield never thought his bonfire night would catch on like it has.

Spook-tacular events take place tomorrow

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

4:41pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A ghoulishly good time can be had by all as a series of scary Halloween events take place tomorrow (Oct 31).

MP calls on Prime Minister to grant devolution for Essex

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: MP Russell questions PM on defence cuts

4:33pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has called on the Prime Minister to ensure Essex has the same independent powers as Scotland.

Tribute to the baby whose death saved lives of four others

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

4:35pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE family of a baby girl whose organs were donated to save four lives have been given an award in her honour.

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