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Vandals strike at large number of cars in Colchester

Cars parked along roads in the Hythe and Whitehall industrial area were targeted Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a large number of cars were damaged in the Hythe and Whitehall Industrial areas of Colchester overnight on Saturday, August 5.

Officers received calls after 7.45am yesterday (Sunday, August 6) to report the vehicles had their windows, wing mirrors and lights smashed in the Whitehall Industrial Estate area.

The vandalism also included cars suffering damaged paintwork in several roads including Conder Way, Whitehall Road, Commerce Way and Davey Close.

Officers are taking statements from a number of victims and witnesses and are carrying out house to house inquiries.

Anyone with information or has CCTV or dashcam footage is asked to call police Pc Adam Westall at Colchester police station on 101 or report online at

Colchester man jailed for 'horrific' sexual assault

Laurentiu Popa will spend the next seven years behind bars. Credit: Essex Police

A man's been jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in Essex.

21-year-old Lautentiu Popa from Colchester attacked the woman as she walked home from a night out with friends in the town back in November 2016.

He also stole personal items from her and was arrested after CCTV footage was released.

Popa was sentenced to seven years and four months after pleading guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

Popa preyed on a woman walking alone following a night out for his own sexual gratification.

He subjected her to a horrific ordeal and showed no regard for his actions, stealing items from her before fleeing the scene. The victim has shown enormous amount bravery by helping throughout the entire investigation, despite her attacker showing no remorse for his actions.

Popa certainly has plenty of time to think about those actions in his prison cell.

– Detective Inspector Terry Balding, Essex Police

Gross misconduct and dismissal of two police officers

Colchester officers Pc Jason Munns' and Pc Luke Salmon’s behaviour had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in terms of Discreditable Conduct. Credit: Essex Police

An independently chaired misconduct panel has dismissed one officer without notice and issued his colleague with a final written warning.

The panel ruled that on June 18, 2016, Colchester officers Pc Jason Munns' and Pc Luke Salmon’s behaviour had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in terms of Discreditable Conduct.

Pc Jason Munns has been dismissed without notice. Pc Luke Salmon has been issued with a final written warning.

The panel agreed that following a night out in Norwich, both officers were argumentative and rude to hotel staff when asked to reduce noise levels in the early hours of the morning.

The police were subsequently called and the officers disputed their use of powers.

After the hearing, Chief Superintendent Rachel Nolan, said “The conduct of both officers fell well below the standard expected by the public and the force."

The officers did not comply with warnings from hotel staff, then on police attendance, were argumentative and belligerent, disputing points of law. Both identified themselves as Essex Police officers during the incident, which lasted for more than an hour on a Friday night. The conduct of Pc Munns and Pc Salmon has damaged the reputation of Essex Police and undermined the hard work undertaken by colleagues every day.

– Rachel Nolan, Chief Superintendent

The hearing took place at Harlow Social Security and Child Support Tribunal between Monday, July 10 and Thursday, July 13.


New minor injury service to take pressure off Colchester Hospital

It's hoped it'll take pressure of the nearby hospital. Credit: ITV Anglia.

People living in north east Essex will soon be able to use a new service if they have a minor injury.

The local Commissioning Group's introducing the measure to take the pressure off the Accident and Emergency department at Colchester Hospital.

Patients will be encouraged to go to the town's 'Primary Care Centre' instead and it should be up and running by July 2018.

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