The RAF Red Arrows are due to fly over Colchester this afternoon as the French President Emmanuel Macron visits London.   Weather permitting the jets will take off from an RAF base in Oxfordshire before going over London and then towards Essex.   Their flight plan will take them over Colchester just after 5pm.

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Since lock down young Oakley from Colchester has spent weeks making hundreds of individual pictures to sell to raise money for the NHS. On Tuesday he was rewarded for his efforts with a shopping spree in Toy Store.   On Tuesday 16th June, staff at Smyths Toy Superstore in Tollgate, Colchester welcomed Oakley in to…

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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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Residents and groups working to build safer, stronger and more active communities across the borough have been given a boost, thanks to a new website launched by Colchester Neighbourhood Watch.   Following proactive partnership work between Colchester Neighbourhood Watch and Colchester Borough Council’s community safety team, the website, which was created with the help of a £750 grant…

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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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