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Fake vodka 'containing chloroform' on sale in Essex

Fake vodka on Sale in Essex. Credit: Essex Police

Bottles of fake vodka containing dangerous chemicals such as chloroform have been seized in Essex.

Officers found 14 bottles on sale during a search of a shop in Colchester town centre on Sunday.

The fake vodka was discovered in bottles labelled as Russian Empire, a well-known brand that normally retails for around £27. It was being offered for sale at £12.

Inspector Jarvis at Colchester police station said: "We were contacted by a member of the public who was concerned that illicit vodka was on sale in the town.

"We are aware of fake alcohol being sold in other parts of the country but we believe this is the first time this potentially dangerous mixture of vodka and other chemicals has been found in shops in Colchester."


Hospital will not face any charges say Essex police

Colchester General Hospital, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex police says it has closed its investigation into the alleged manipulation of cancer patient waiting lists at Colchester Hospital following a referral to them by the Care Quality Commission.

The investigation looked at whether or not any criminal offences were committed and has included interviews with staff and an assessment by independent experts of the medical records of a number of patients.

"We have concluded that no criminal offences have been committed and there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against either any individuals or the hospital trust. The police investigation has now concluded."

– Chief Superintendent Tracy Hawkings, Essex Police

Colchester double murder case adjourned until October

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield were murdered in Colchester in 2014. Credit: Essex Police

The case of a teenager who is accused of murdering two people in Colchester has been adjourned for three months.

James Attfield, a father of five, was stabbed to death near Colchester's Lower Castle Park in March 2014.

Nahid Almanea was killed on the Salary Brook Trial in June 2014.

A 16-year-old boy will next be asked to enter a plea at a pre-trial review at Southwark Crown Court on 9 October.

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.


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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