Staff at a newsagents in Colchester were threatened with a knife by an armed robber.
The man went into McColl's at St Christopher Road at about 7.45pm yesterday (Friday January 20).
He threatened workers with a knife and demanded money before leaving with a three-figure sum of cash. No one was injured.
The robber is described as white and in his 30s with a scarf around his face. He had a wart or mole on his cheek or forehead.
A man who was assaulted in Colchester on New Year's Eve is in a serious condition in hospital.
The man, who is in his 40s, was found with serious head injuries in Osborne Street yesterday afternoon at about 2.30pm.
Police believe the attack may have happened in Meyrick Crescent, which is about half a mile away.
Officers want to hear from anyone who was in the area or Colchester town centre and the surrounding areas between 12pm and 3pm.
Police have renewed their appeal for help to find a wanted man from Colchester.
Ben Moisey, 31, is wanted connection with allegations of making threats to kill and possession of a firearm.
He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall and stocky. He has tattoos on either side of his neck.
Two people have been arrested after a parcel bomb exploded when it was delivered to a home in Othello Close in Colchester.
The package, a shoe box, was on closer examination found to contain a number of 300ml lighter gas canisters and wiring which when the package was opened exploded.
"Initial enquiries have established this was a specifically targeted attack and my team have arrested two people.
There is nothing to suggest anyone is at risk and I am pleased we have been able to secure some early arrests. Forensic examinations are continuing on the package and we also continue to have a presence in Othello Close.
My appeal today is for anyone who was in that road on Wednesday (December 21) to contact my team as soon as possible.”
A 54-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man, both from Colchester, are currently in custody.
Police are appealing to find a wanted man from Essex.
Lee Patmore, 20, is wanted on recall to prison and on suspicion of breaches of a non-molestation order and criminal damage.
Patmore also goes by the name Lee Rose. He has a rose tattooed on his left hand.
He was last known to be living in Colchester - but he has links to Purfleet, South Ockendon, Colchester, South Woodham Ferrers, Harlow, Brentwood, Peterborough and Erith.
Police in Essex are hunting a man armed with a firearm who threatened officers in Wivenhoe near Colchester.
Police went to Stanley Road in the town following reports of break-in at around 9.35pm on Tuesday evening.
They found a man who appeared to have a firearm and he threatened the officers before making off on foot.
An extensive search involving specialist officers took place.
Police have issued a description of the man they are trying to trace.
- White with a slim build
- Short light/ash blond hair
- Around 6ft/6ft 1ins tall
- Wearing a navy blue quilter bomber-style jacket
"We have a significant amount of resources, including specialist officers and the dog unit, dedicated to looking for this man and we are doing everything we can to locate him.
"No-one was injured in this incident and there is no indication there is any threat to the public so I would urge the residents of Wivenhoe to go about their normal daily routines.
Police are asking the public to contact them if they see anything suspicious by calling 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Campaigners in Colchester are celebrating a victory after plans to reverse the flow of traffic on Priory Street were dropped.
The plans had aimed to reduce traffic congestion in the town centre but people at two public meetings overwhelmingly rejected the proposals.
The town's MP described it as a victory for common sense.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Infrastructure, said: “We are currently in the middle of large scale infrastructure improvements across Colchester and are keen to explore all options available to improve transport links for residents and visitors to the town.
“The public gave us a clear steer against any changes to the current one-way set up on Priory Street and we are more than happy to listen.
Essex County Council had also previously consulted on proposals to remove the pedestrian crossings on North Hill and High Street.
After considering the response received, and in conjunction with reviewing the operation of Park and Ride since its opening, the decision has been taken to retain the crossings as they are at present.
Delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations on Greater Anglia between Ipswich and Colchester due to broken down train at Manningtree.
A man has been charged following a serious sexual assault in Colchester.
It happened in Lexden Road on Sunday, November 27.
21-year-old Laurentiu Popa from Oaks Drive was charged with rape and robbery yesterday evening.
He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.
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