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Roman artefacts spotted at auction after they were stolen 12 years ago

Historic artefacts recovered following police investigation Credit: Essex Police

Roman artefacts stolen from Colchester twelve years ago have been returned to the town.

A set of coffins disappeared from a site at St Mary's Hospital after they were discovered during an excavation.

They were spotted for sale at auction last summer and are now being examined by the archaeological trust.

The recovery of these items means they can now be appreciated by the people of Colchester and studied by academics rather than being hidden behind closed doors in the hands of private collectors.

We are hopeful that the pictures may jog someone’s memory about their disappearance. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously at the time or were offered these artefacts for sale, please let us know.

– PC Long, Rural and Heritage Crime Officer

Investigation launched into death of Colchester woman

The woman was found off Mountbatten Drive. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched into the death of a woman in Colchester.

The 40-year-old was found unconscious at an address off Mountbatten Drive at around 4.30pm yesterday.

She was taken to hospital, but died this morning.

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is helping police with their enquiries.

It's not yet known if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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Woman sexually assaulted in Colchester

The woman was assaulted near the Essex County Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched an investigation after a woman was sexually assaulted in Colchester overnight.

It happened just after 3am this morning in Lexden Road, near the Essex County Hospital.

Officers investigating the case say they want to speak to a man who was seen carrying a blue carrier bag in the area at the time.

A police cordon remains in place.

This is likely to have been a busy road at that time of night, with people walking out of Colchester town centre.

I would appeal for anyone who may have seen a man and woman hanging around Essex County Hospital at that time to contact police.

The victim is being cared for by specialist officers.

– DI Stuart Truss

Teenager arrested after car flips on to roof in Essex

The car flipped on to its roof in Colchester Credit: Essex Fire and rescue

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after a car flipped on to its roof following a crash in Colchester last night.

Police were called to Northern Approach at 9pm after reports of a collision involving two vehicles.

A 32-year-old woman suffered serious injuries - while four teenagers, aged between 17 and 19, were also treated for various injuries.

A 17-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence.

He's been released on bail while enquiries continue.

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The 23-tonne bridge was lowered into place in Lower Castle Park in Colchester as part of a new cycle and walkway.

The new crossing over the River Colne links to the National Cycle Network as well as a more direct route from Colchester North Station to the town centre.

Concert to take place in memory of Nick Alexander a year on from Paris attacks

Nick Alexander

A concert is taking place in memory Nick Alexander, from Colchester, who was killed at the Bataclan during last year's Paris attacks.

This week marks a year on from the attacks by so called "Islamic state."

Nick's sister Zoe is running the event later to raise money for two music charities.

Nick was killed whilst selling merchandise for the band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan

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Paris attack: Nick Alexander's family say they'll return to the scene "when the time is right"

Nick Alexander, killed in the Paris attacks

The family of a 35 year old man from Essex who was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks say they will return to the scene of his death only "when the time is right."

Nick Alexander from Weeley near Colchester died in the arms of his girlfriend after he was shot by terrorists last November.

He was one of 89 killed at the Bataclan theatre in a series of coordinated attacks by so-called Islamic State. A concert celebrating his life will take place in London on Tuesday to mark a year since the massacre.

Man charged in connection with Post Office robbery

Shrub End Post Office Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have charged a man with robbery at a Colchester post office.

Officers were called to the Post Office in Shrub End yesterday after staff managed to overpower and detain a man who'd tried to demand money.

Shaun Collier, 32, unemployed, of Lugar Close in the town, was arrested and later charged with robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court later today.

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