Colchester is preparing to bid farewell to a disused psychiatric hospital that housed people with mental disorders for over 75 years.
Colchester Zoo fears big losses as the storm brings down trees and damages animal enclosures forcing closure at the start of half-term week.
A teenager has been sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in jail for the murder of a musician from Colchester.
Online retailers are today expecting their busiest day of the year as pre-Christmas shoppers take part in Cyber Monday.
Internet shopping figures consistently peak on the first Monday in December, thought to be a combination of the last payday before Christmas falling on the previous Friday and a weekend spent browsing the shops before buying from home.
Online shopping is up 10.1% in 2013 compared to 2012, according to Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of all card transactions in the UK.
Royal Mail said that residents of Colchester have been out-clicking other towns for Christmas presents this year. Lincoln, Brighton, Swansea and Stockton-on-Tees are also among the top 10 UK towns and cities shopping for gifts from the comfort of their own homes.
The findings are based on an analysis of more than four million deliveries made by Royal Mail Tracked throughout November 2013. This is a service that tracks the progress of online orders from collection through to the delivery.
A student was stabbed an assaulted with a baseball bat during a burglary at his home in Colchester.
It happened at a house in Quayside Dive at about 11pm on Friday.
The victim, in his 30s, was struck across the side of his head with the bat and stabbed three times in his lower legs. He was ordered to hand over an iPhone, a laptop computer and £600 cash.
The injured man, who's a student at Essex University, was taken to Colchester General Hospital and is still receiving treatment.
Investigating officer DC Tim Harris said: "This was an appalling assault and we urgently need to trace and arrest the people involved."
DC Harris said that four black men aged in their late teens to late 20s were involved in the burglary and they ran off across The Hythe heading towards B&Q.
Anyone with information should contact DC Harris at Colchester CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Colchester Zoo in Essex have confirmed that they have carried out an investigation after five wolves escaped from an enclosure on Tuesday.
Three animals had to be shot dead after a decision was made that anaesthetic darts would not take effect in time to prevent a risk to the public.
"Following the escape and devastating loss of three of Colchester Zoo’s wolves on Tuesday 26th November a full investigation has been undertaken by Colchester Zoo’s senior management to assess the events that have taken place.
No evidence was found to prove foul play, however, senior managers are struggling to comprehend how in the time available to them, the wolves managed to break right through their purpose made, stainless steel, perimeter fence.
A clear system of regular, daily safety checks to all enclosures continues to remain in place and the senior management have complete faith in our competent and experienced staff to continue carrying out these duties as a daily procedure.
Under the Zoo Licensing Act, contingency measures are in place in the event of a dangerous animal escape and zoo staff are fully trained to carry this out including a twice yearly animal escape drill being carried out with a full debrief taking place.
– Colchester Zoo statement
Sue Thornton BSc, BVetMed, MRCVS, of the International Zoo Veterinary Group, consultant vets to Colchester Zoo, has confirmed that the decision to use lethal force rather than a tranquilliser in this situation was the correct one.
The zoo holds equipment and drugs available on site to deal with any of its animals should they escape within the boundaries of the zoo but the delay of the effects of the tranquilliser coupled with the danger to the public of a category 1 dangerous wild animal means that sadly lethal force is appropriate once the animal has breached the zoo perimeter."
Investigations have been continuing today into how a number of wolves managed to escape from Colchester Zoo.
The incident took place yesterday morning and resulted in three of the five wolves being shot dead. One returned of its own accord; the other was tranquillised. They had got out though a damaged fence.
So, what can zoos do, to make sure they are as secure as possible?
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Zoo keepers have launched an investigation to establish how five wolves escaped from their pen.
Three timber wolves were shot dead and two others recaptured after they escaped through a damaged fence at Colchester Zoo, Essex, yesterday morning.
One of the wolves which was shot was found beyond the zoo's perimeter after an eight-hour search.
Staff were said to be devastated by the deaths.
A zoo spokesman warned: "They are wild animals and in an unpredictable situation they would have posed a risk to the public."
Today zoo bosses said they were trying to establish how the damage was caused.
"Colchester Zoo management are holding an investigation today, and we have no further comment to make at this time," the spokesman added.
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Following several complaints, we would like to confirm that the shooting of escaped wolf yesterday was responsibility of @colchesterzoo
Police have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged manipulation of cancer waiting lists at a hospital in Essex.
The investigation into Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will aim to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed and then take any appropriate action depending on the evidence, the force said.
A spokesman added: "Essex Police is working with NHS England, the Trust and other health organisations to ensure that, throughout its investigation, the priority remains the safety and welfare of the public."
Last month the hospital was placed into special measures after the allegations came to light.
A number of cancer patients suffered "undue delays" at the hospital, according to a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
CQC inspectors found that there were "inaccuracies" with waiting time data relating to cancer treatment.
Staff told inspectors they were "pressured or bullied" to change data relating to patients and their treatment to make it seem as though people were being treated in line with national guidelines.
As a result some patients may not have had the treatment they needed in time, according to the CQC.
Police have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged manipulation of waiting lists at Colchester Hospital, while NHS England announced its own review of the services.
"Patients need to know that cancer services are safe today, will be safe tomorrow and if they weren’t safe in the past, that everything is being done to rapidly put things right and provide on-going support.” Andrew Pike of NHS England said.
Staff at Colchester told care quality inspectors they were "pressured or bullied" to change data relating to patients and their treatment to make it seem as though people were being treated in line with national guidelines.
Essex Police have confirmed that the missing wolf from Colchester Zoo has been "found and destroyed" by zoo staff:
Sadly, the search for a wolf @colchesterzoo concluded shortly after 4pm when the animal was found + destroyed by zoo staff.
Police have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged manipulation of cancer waiting lists at Colchester hospital.
The investigation will aim to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed and then take any appropriate action depending on the evidence, the force said.
A spokesman added
– Essex Police
"Essex Police is working with NHS England, the Trust and other health organisations to ensure that, throughout its investigation, the priority remains the safety and welfare of the public."