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Chancellor takes up Colchester MP's charity idea for 'tampon tax'

Colchester MP Will Quince tells Chancellor to give 'tampon tax' to charity. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chancellor George Osborne has taken up an idea from the Colchester MP Will Quince for the £15m a year raised from the so-called 'tampon tax' to be ploughed into supporting women's charities.

During his Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne vowed that he was "committed" to persuading the EU to allow Britain to scrap VAT on sanitary items - but in the meantime, it would be put to "good use".

"There are many great charities that work to support vulnerable women and my Honourable Friend, the new Member for Colchester, has proposed to me a brilliant way to give them more help.

"300,000 people have signed a petition arguing that no VAT should be charged on sanitary products. We already charge the lowest 5% rate allowable under European law and we’re committed to getting the EU rules changed.

"Until that happens, I’m going to use the £15 million a year raised from the Tampon Tax to fund women’s health and support charities."

– George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer


Have you seen missing 11-year-old Nathan from Colchester?

Nathan Giles has gone missing in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police.

An 11-year-old boy has gone missing in Colchester.

Nathan Giles was last seen at 4.10pm yesterday when he left Philip Morant School in Rembrandt Way but did not make it home to Trafalgar Road.

He is believed to be wearing his school uniform: a green blazer and tie, a white shirt and grey trousers.

Nathan is 4ft 9in tall, of small build, has blond hair and wears rectangular-framed glasses.

Anyone who has seen him should call Essex Police on 101.

Pensioner in life-threatening condition after Colchester stabbing

The man was stabbed at a house in Hythe Hill. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 70-year-old man has been stabbed in Colchester.

It happened at a house in Hythe Hill last night (November 10).

The man was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds.

He's still there and police say his injuries are "serious and life-threatening."

"We are seeking information in relation to a man who was carrying a knife and acting suspiciously in the area of Port Lane and Hythe Hill at around 5.30pm.

He was tall, white, and wearing camouflage trousers and a green top.

I would urge anyone with information to call Colchester CID on 101.”

– DI Jim White


Three arrested after mass brawl in Colchester

Three men have been arrested after a mass brawl in the centre of Colchester early this morning.

Police were called to the town's High Street shortly after three o'clock.

Extra officers had to be called in from across Essex to deal with the fighting that left three people injured, with one needing hospital treatment.

Police say fights like this will not be tolerated

"We will not allow Colchester or anywhere else in Essex to be used as a venue for such disgraceful behaviour. We responded quickly and effectively to quell this disorder and we will be taking further steps to identify the main people responsible and prevent any repeat events."

– Essex Police

Roundabout to re-open five days after burst water main

There have been delays in Colchester for five days following disruption from a burst water main. Credit: ITV News Anglia

All routes leading to a busy roundabout in Colchester are due to fully re-open almost five days after a water main burst on the site.

Motorists have been experiencing severe delays along all four approach roads to the Maldon Road roundabout since Monday morning.

Anglian Water say they had to restrict traffic to one lane for 'safety reasons' while they fixed 30ft of pipe and excavated 100 tonnes of material.

Anglian Water say they had to restrict traffic to one lane for 'safety reasons' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Coach driver admits causing death of 96-year-old woman pedestrian

A coach driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a woman pedestrian by careless driving in Colchester.

Kenneth Reeves, 61, of Fordwich Road, Brightlingsea, appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, October 6, charged with causing death by careless driving.

The collision in East Hill, Colchester, on January 16, resulted in the death of 96-year-old Nora Hewitt.

Mr Reeves will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court during the week commencing October 26.

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