In a tweet by Westlife’s official account, the group have confirmed that their shows scheduled for June and July “must be cancelled”.   The group were due to appear in the Castle Park on Saturday 11th July as part of their “All the Hits Tour”.   The tweet continues “Those who have been on the…

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Although Easter was very different this year for everyone at Colchester Zoo. On Saturday 11th April their Animal Care Team were delighted to see that Ruth the Tamandua had given birth to a healthy baby.   The young Tamandua is yet to be sexed but is growing healthy and strong with Ruth proving to be…

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In these unprecedented times life at Colchester Zoo is strange and quiet without visitors. However, nature and life continues despite the feeling of it being on pause.   On the morning of Wednesday 15th April, the Animal Care Team were delighted to see that female Cheetah Sia had successfully given birth to not 1, not…

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With times like these being very difficult for many, sometimes a little treat doesn’t go a miss. Local businesswoman Celia Cole is behind The Polka Dot Cake Company, who are now offering a fantastic “Afternoon Tea” home delivery service.   Celia is a familiar face in Colchester selling her bakes at food & drink festivals,…

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Police in Colchester had an early start on Tuesday morning, 21st April, executing a warrant in Stanway.   Officers discovered a large cannabis factory inside a premises. One person has been arrested and is currently in custody.   A police spokesperson for Colchester Police said: “Production and Possession of Cannabis is against the law and…

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A phased return to work on the A133 Ipswich Road to Harwich Road improvement works in Colchester is planned for early May say Essex County Council.   The main contractor for the scheme, Eurovia, has reviewed the situation and is preparing for a phased return to work.   New ways of working and checks that supplier…

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Police officers investigating a burglary at Colchester Zoo earlier this year are releasing CCTV images of three men they want to speak to.   The admissions office was broken into at around 2.30am on 31 January and a safe containing a four-figure sum of cash was taken while damage worth a five-figure sum was caused.…

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Colchester Firefighters were called to the flat in Smallwood Road, Colchester, after reports of a fire in a bedroom.   On arrival firefighters reported that the whole flat was heavily smoke logged and about 50% alight.   Firefighters worked quickly to bring the fire under control; completely extinguishing it and clearing the flat of smoke within an hour.…

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Colchester Borough Council has awarded £20 million to support over 50% of local businesses eligible for the Government’s Small Business Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant from 1 April 2020. The grants were announced last month, under the Government’s response to COVID-19.   Last month, £42 million was given to the council by the Ministry…

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