Police officers out on patrol in Colchester stopped a van and seized a large amount of suspected cannabis.   They were just finishing dealing with another matter in Colchester when they spotted a Ford Transit in Gascoigne Road in the early hours of Tuesday 7 January.   Due to the nature of how it was…

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A man who raped a girl in Colchester more than 40 years ago has been jailed for nine years and six months.   Norman Maddox, 64, of Southbank Road, Manchester, received eight years for rape, 18 months consecutive for causing actual bodily harm and 12 months concurrent for two counts of cruelty to a person…

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Have you seen 22-year-old Michael Irving who is wanted on a recall to prison for breaching a suspended sentence order.   Also known as Tiger, Mickey, Hallet, Michael is 5ft 8ins tall and of a medium build.   He was last known to be living in Muswell Hill area of London and has links to…

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A Colchester man who burgled a pharmacy before biting a passer-by who challenged him has been sent to prison.   Andrew Whitten, 32, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, received 16 months for burglary and 16 months concurrent for assault at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday 27 September after previously admitting the offences.   At around…

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Police in Colchester are looking to locate a laptop following reports of a theft in Colchester on Tuesday 3rd September.   Police received information that the device was taken from a building off Circular Road South.   Officers arrested a 38-year-old man from Colchester at around 7.40am and he remains in custody for questioning.  …

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Police in Colchester need to find Halwest Muradi in connection with breaching his bail conditions.   Muradi, who has been charged with rape, attempted rape and sexual assault, was bailed until his next court date after initially appearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 31 July.   He was issued bail conditions by the CPS…

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A burglar who was identified through blood he’d left at the scene has been jailed for two years.   Dean Thorpe broke into an address in George Road, Colchester on 19 May by smashing a kitchen window.   As he entered he cut himself, leaving drops of blood near the window and on a worktop.…

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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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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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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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