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Colchester remains hung but Conservatives gain seats

Colchester remains hung but Conservatives gain seats Credit: ITV Anglia

Colchester Borough Council remains with no party in overall control.

The Conservatives did however gain two seats while the Liberal Democrats lost two including that of the council leader Paul Smith.

The council has been effectively hung since 1998 when the Liberal Democrats were last in power.

It is likely that the council will continue to be run by an alliance of Lib Dems, Labour and Independent councillors despite the Conservatives being the biggest party. They are one seat short of an overall majority.

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Four arrested after Colchester car park murder

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Police in Colchester have arrested four people in connection with a murder investigation launched in the town.

It follows the discovery of a man’s body at St Mary’s car park in Balkerne Hill, just before 9am yesterday (Monday).

Three men, aged 47, 45 and 32, and a 46-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of murder overnight. They remain in police custody.

Officers say the car park will remain closed for at least the next 24 to 48 hours to allow investigations at the scene to be carried out. Motorists are advised to make alternative arrangements to park at this time.

Murder investigation launched after man's body found in car park

A murder investigation has been launched after a man's body was found in a multi-storey car park in Colchester.

Police made the discovery at the St Mary’s car park on Balkerne Hill just before 9am on Monday 23 April.

The car park has been closed as a result but police are aiming to allow access to vehicles later today.

Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances and the cause of his death.

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