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150 Colourful Umbrellas Installed In Culver Square!

150 brightly coloured umbrellas have been installed in Culver Square, as part of Colchester Borough Council’s Better Colchester campaign. The installation of the umbrellas took place on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 August.   The umbrellas are coloured purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, and some of them will be lit after nightfall. The…

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Firearm Surrender To Start In Essex

If you have an unwanted or unlicensed firearm you are being encouraged to hand it in to us to help keep Essex safe and prevent it from falling into the hands of criminals.   We are running a two-week firearm surrender from Saturday 20 July until Sunday 4 August where you can hand a firearm…

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Discover Colchester’s Heritage for FREE

Colchester Castle

This year, Heritage Open Days is set to open the doors to over thirty historic properties across Colchester for FREE, including Colchester Castle on Saturday 14 September.   From 13-22 September 2019, Colchester’s sites of significant historical and architectural interest will open their doors to the public at no charge. Other planned activities over the…

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AMAZING! A Baby Dragon Hatches In Colchester!

Castle Park has welcomed a new arrival this week, in the form of a baby dragon hatching from an egg, which now forms part of this year’s 3D floral display in the Park.   The baby dragon is a new addition to the dragon family which was officially unveiled last week to link with the…

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Local Museums Help Save Turner Masterpiece

Colchester + Ipswich Museums are delighted to have joined forces with colleagues in Norwich to save an early masterpiece by the artist JM Turner.   Thanks to generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund, the museums consortium was able to intervene at the eleventh hour to buy the magnificent oil painting,…

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Couple Guilty Of Clacton Boxing Day Murder

A couple who beat a man to death in his own home and then set it on fire to try to cover it up have been convicted of murder.   Paul Gillett, 54, was found dead in the bath of his flat in Station Road, Clacton by firefighters who’d been called to a fire there…

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Man Jailed For Knifepoint Robbery

A robber who threatened a couple with a knife has been jailed for five years.   Peter Learmonth and Collette Bisseker approached the victims as they were driving out of the Aldi car park in Magdalen Street, Colchester, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.   The pair asked the man and woman if…

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Commemorative Silverware Returns To Colchester

Antique commemorative silverware made for a former Mayor of Colchester has been returned to the borough, in a special ceremony at the Town Hall.   Colchester’s current Mayor, Cllr Nick Cope, was handed the silver casket and key by Sarah Bowler OBE, the great-granddaughter of Wilson Marriage who served four times as the Mayor of…

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Man Jailed For 6 Years For Assaulting Special Constables

Jack Hudson who attacked two volunteer police officers while he was drunk and left one with a fractured jaw has been jailed for six years.   Officers were contacted at about 2.15am on Sunday 13 January with reports a group of people had been seen in Colchester High Street and one appeared to be holding…

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Floral Dragon Display Unveiled In Colchester’s Castle Park

This year’s 3D floral display in Castle Park, Colchester has gone on public display today and features a dragon to link with the temporary Game of Thrones sign for Essos (Essex) and the legend of the local Wormingford Dragon.   The Essos sign in Castle Park was launched in Castle Park, in May, to promote…

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