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Mobile chemotherapy unit opens in Essex

Video report from ITV Anglia's Liz Summers

A new mobile cancer treatment unit in Essex could help thousands receive chemotherapy treatment closer to home.

The new unit has been unveiled by the 'Hope for Tomorrow' charity at Colchester General Hospital. It was dedicated to a nurse who helped to create them.

It will operate in the east of the county, in places like supermarket car parks and community centres.

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Colchester Hospital CEO: 'Turnaround will take time'

The Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital Nick Hulme admits it will take time for the trust to get back on track.

A CQC report published today criticised the level of patient care and highlighted a culture of bullying on some wards.

The hospital has been in special measures for two years now, and Mr Hulme says patience is required.

"We need to work differently with the CQC and with our partners," he told ITV News Anglia.

"That way we can assure the public and patients that they can feel confident when they come to Colchester Hospital going forward."

CQC confirm Colchester Hospital to be run by Ipswich bosses

Ipswich Hospital will now run Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

The CQC have confirmed that Colchester Hospital will now be run by those in charge at Ipswich Hospital.

The trust was criticised again in another report published today.

Ipswich Chief Executive Nick Hulme has been overseeing both hospitals since May.

Colchester has been in special measure for two years, but the QCQ says a different approach is needed to turn its fortunes around.

The trust has been in special measures for more than two years and, based on the lack of improvement, I have been unable to recommend a further extension to special measures.

However, a partnership agreement with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has now been established. The chairman and chief executive of Ipswich are now overseeing Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

We are optimistic about what will be achieved at the trust through this partnership, based on the strength of leadership that we have previously assessed at Ipswich.

Our inspectors are in regular contact with both the leadership at Ipswich and Colchester and we continue to monitor this situation very closely.

– PROFESSOR SIR MIKE RICHARDS, CQC’S CHIEF INSPECTOR OF HOSPITALS

Eleven people admit their part in pre-match brawl

Colchester United's Community Stadium. Credit: PA wire

Eleven people have admitted their part in a brawl before a football match in Colchester on Boxing Day last year.

Violence broke out at Abbey Gate just before Colchester's match against Southend at the Community Stadium.

Six under 18s and five adults have now pleaded guilty to public order offences. Four adults were banned from matches for between three and four years.

The remaining seven defendants will be sentenced at a later date.

Three other people denied the charges and will face a trial.

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Appeal for missing 15-year-old girl from Colchester

Kaya Blake.

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find Kaya Blake, 15, who is missing from Colchester.

She was last seen at 9pm yesterday, Sunday June 12 after saying she was going to see friends in Brixton.

Kaya is 5ft 1ins tall and was last seen wearing a green parka coat with fur trimmed hood, grey cropped top, grey jeans with rips in the knees, and black and white Nike trainers.

She has long, afro style hair, which she had straightened, and was carrying a silver bag.

Anyone who has seen Kaya is asked to call police on 101.

Colchester double murderer to appeal 'excessive' sentence

James Fairweather. Credit: Facebook

A teenager who murdered two strangers in Colchester is to appeal against his sentence 27 year jail sentence.

17-year-old James Fairweather was given two life sentences for stabbing to death James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

He has now claimed that the sentence handed down to him was "excessive".

A date has not been set for the appeal hearing which will be before a high court judge.

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