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Appeal after man in wheelchair hit by a car on pedestrian crossing

Essex police are appealing for witnesses after a man in a wheelchair was hit by a car as he made his way over a pedestrian crossing in Colchester.

It happened at 6.30pm on Friday 3rd July in the High Street by the Slug and Lettuce pub.

The man's legs were injured, but not seriously.

Police say the make and model of the car is unknown at this stage.

Anyone with information should call police on the 101 number.

Body found in search for Luke Harding

Luke Harding, who went missing in Colchester Credit: Essex Police

Police conducting searches for missing Luke Harding from Clacton have discovered a body.

The body of a man was located in the river at Castle Park this afternoon by an officer.

No formal identification has been conducted.

Officers have made Luke’s family aware of the discovery and will be providing support to them. Officers do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage.

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The conflict between countryside and new housing in East Anglia

There's opposition to plans to build thousands of new homes in East Anglia with some people accusing builders of destroying rural life.

Developers say their plans will bring jobs as well as providing green spaces.

Among the proposals is a new village near Langham in Essex, which is close to Colchester, as well as a development at Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

Littleport lies six miles north of Ely. There's concern at plans to be build another 250 homes on the outskirts leading to fears the village could eventually become a suburb of its larger neighbour.

In Essex, plans to build a garden village near Langham, including 4,000 homes, have been submitted to Colchester Council.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Police officer charged with illegally possessing a gun

A police firearms officer is to appear in court accused of illegally possessing weapons. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

A police firearms officer is to appear in court accused of illegally possessing weapons.

David Sims, 69, has been suspended from his role as firearms enquiry officer for Essex Police.

He has been charged with three counts of possessing a firearm of length less than 30cm, which is a prohibited weapon, possessing ammunition without a certificate and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Colchester on 21 July.

Essex Police said the alleged offences came to light after an internal audit of incidents and following investigation into his firearms and shotgun certificates.

The force said an internal discipline investigation will now be conducted.

Colchester Hospital cancer centre campaign handed major funding boost

Colchester General Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign to create a new cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital has received a major boost.

It's just been given a £100,000 donation from a Leukaemia charity.

It means they've now raised almost £900,000.

It's the hospital's largest ever fundraising appeal - in total they want to raise £4.5 million.

Grant from Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, set up in memory of the actress who died in 1959 from leukaemia.

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Gazebo stuck in overhead power lines

Great Bromley, Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

Firefighters have been called to a gazebo that has blown away in the wind and got caught up in overhead power lines at Great Bromley near Colchester.

The electricity board has isolated the power supply and fire crews are using the aerial ladder platform to retrieve the gazebo from the power lines at Frating Road.

Fire crews investigating 'chemical incident' in Essex

Firefighters are at the scene of a 'chemical incident' in Colchester sparked by a number of people becoming ill after coming into contact with an unknown chemical.

Fire crews are carrying out tests to establish the type of chemical involved and its source.

"We are treating this as a hazardous material event and are working to identify the chemical involved and find where it has come from.

Some people have been affected but we have managed to get them indoors where the effects appear to be wearing off."

– Divisional Officer Gary Jeffrey

Essex Fire and Rescue Service say 10 casualties have been removed from the area to get some fresh air and ambulance teams are monitoring them.

East Street is closed from the junction of Brook Street to the junction of Greenstead Road along with Moorside.

It is not known when the roads will re-open.

Radiotherapy centre celebrates first birthday

A tea party will be held at Colchester General Hospital today to celebrate the first anniversary of its state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre.

Colchester General Hospital Credit: PA Images

The £25m unit serves the 700,000 people in north and mid Essex.

Among the guests this afternoon will be two of the five cancer patients who were treated in the facility the day it opened last year.

Approximately 1,800 patients (23,300 attendances) have been treated there over the past 12 months.

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