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For Sale, “The Most Haunted House in Essex”

On the 20th of February, 1582, Ursula Kemp was ripped from the arms of her beloved son on the orders of Sir Brian Darcy, the local priory owner and magistrate. The charge: Witchcraft! She and and 12 other alleged witches were thrown into the Cage prison, they will be known as the Witches of St-Osyth.…

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CCTV Appeal After Youngster Is Attacked For His Bike

Youngster Attacked

Police in Colchester would like to speak to two boys in connection with reports of an assault and attempted theft in Colchester on May 4th 2019.   The teenage victim was approached on the High Street by two boys at around 5.35pm and, after refusing to give over his bicycle, was assaulted.   The boy…

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Police Hunt for Two Men Seen Running from Murder Scene

Police enquiries are ongoing to trace two men believed to have been involved in an attack on two other men, one of whom later died.   Murdoch Brown, 31, was found injured in Buffett Way, Colchester, shortly before 1.10am yesterday, Tuesday 7 May.   Sadly he died, despite the efforts of paramedics.   A post…

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Tributes Paid to Murdered Colchester Man

Murdoch Brown

The family of a man who died in Colchester have paid tribute to a “devoted father” whose death has left them heartbroken.   Emergency services were called to Buffett Way shortly before 1.10am today, Tuesday 7 May, with reports a man aged in his 30s had been stabbed.   Sadly he died, despite the efforts…

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Summer Screen Returns To Colchester’s Castle Park This July!

Summer Screen Colchester

Colchester Events Company is delighted to announce the schedule for the popular Summer Screen event, returning to Colchester’s Upper Castle Park from 1-14 July 2019.   Six hit movies will be shown across Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 July. Wimbledon fortnight will also be live-streamed during the day, taking a break only to make way…

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Town Hall’s Restored Foundation Stone Unveiled

Foundation Stone

A newly carved foundation stone was unveiled during a special ceremony at Colchester Town Hall earlier today (29 April 2019).   Councillor David King, Portfolio Holder for Resources, and High Steward Sir Bob Russell revealed the restored inscription, which replaces the original that had become largely unreadable due to severe erosion over recent decades.   Cut from Portland whitbed stone – like that used to construct St. Paul’s Cathedral…

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Colchester Foodbank Hands Out 3,446 Emergency Food Parcels

Colchester Foodbank

It has been revealed Colchester Foodbank provided three day emergency food parcels to feed 2,804 local children and 4,633 local adults between April 2018 to March 2019.     The local food bank’s figures feed into a larger national picture with a record increase in food bank use across the UK reported today by the…

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Jon Birch Jailed for Town Centre Burglaries

Jon Birch

Jon Birch, 40, of no fixed address, has been jailed for 20 months after admitting carrying out a series of burglaries at shops within Colchester Town Centre.   Birch was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, April 24, after admitting five counts of burglary.   At around 10pm on March 19, Birch smashed the…

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Venue Change for Colchester “Nearly Festival”

Nearly Festival

Organisers of this year’s Colchester Nearly Festival are upbeat about a late switch to the Old Heath recreation ground from Castle Park. It’s good news for nearby residents, who will be offered tickets to the popular family event and advance ticket holders have been notified.   The two-day music festival was due to take place…

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