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Red parrot rescued from Essex building site

The RSPCA are trying to find the owners of a red parrot found flying around a building site in Colchester in Essex.

The brightly-coloured eclectus parrot called Ripley was found by builders working on a new sports centre in United Way, next to Colchester United’s ground.

Ripley the parrot was found flying around a building site in Colchester, Essex. Credit: RSPCA

“Ripley obviously doesn’t give a hoot about health and safety but, luckily for her, the quick-thinking workers were able to confine her in an empty room before I got there to catch her.

“I took her to our Essex North East branch and Ripley is now being cared for by staff and volunteers at the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home.

– Rebecca Yarrow, RSPCA

The RSPCA is trying reunite Ripley with her owner and are asking anyone with information to contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

If Ripley is not claimed with a set amount of time then she will be re-homed.

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Woman charged with murder after Colchester fire

The fire happened in Colchester on Sunday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life after an elderly man died following a house fire in Colchester over the weekend.

78-year-old Fred Payne died after breathing in smoke caused by the fire in Rochdale Way on Sunday morning.

42-year-old Lisa Connelly is now being held in custody while a 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until next month.

Police haven't been able to trace Mr Payne's relatives yet, but believe they may be living in Essex.

We really need to trace members of Mr Payne’s family and would urge them to get in touch with my team as soon as possible.

– DCI Stephen Jennings

Colchester man: "I'm lucky to be alive" after appendix nearly ruptured

Paul Jacob Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Colchester who had to wait an hour and a half for an ambulance says he's lucky to be alive after his appendix nearly ruptured.

Paul Jacob's wife called 999 but was told he wasn't a priority case and it took three more calls until they got the help they needed.

The East of England Ambulance service has apologised and said they were unable to get to Mr Jacobs as quickly as they'd wanted to.

Further arrest in Colchester murder investigation

Another person has been arrested in connection with the death of an elderly man who died following a house fire in Colchester.

78 year old Fred Payne was found by emergency crews at a property in Rochdale Way in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A post mortem examination earlier today revealed Mr Payne died as a result of smoke inhalation caused by the fire.

A 42-year-old woman from Colchester was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday and she is still being questioned by police.

A 45-year-old man, also from Colchester, was arrested today, also on suspicion of murder. He is being questioned by detectives.

The incident happened in Colchester Credit: ITV News Anglia

Murder investigation launched after elderly man dies in Essex house fire

Police said a neighbour had twice tried to to get into the flat to rescue the man Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 78-year-old man died in a house fire in Colchester this morning.

Emergency crews found him unconscious inside his home at Rochdale Way shortly after 1.15am.

A neighbour had tried to enter the property twice before the fire service arrived.

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested and is being questioned by detectives.

This tragic incident is now being treated as a murder enquiry. We are looking to establish the exact cause of the blaze and how it started.

The victim and the suspect are known to each other. I would urge anybody that has any information that may help us establish the facts to contact my team as soon as possible. Witnesses are asked to call 101.

– DCI Stephen Jennings, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

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78-year-old man dies in Essex house fire

The 78-year-old man was trapped inside the property Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 78-year-old man has died in a house fire in Colchester overnight.

Emergency crews found him unconscious inside his home at Rochdale Way shortly after 1.15am.

A neighbour had tried to enter the property twice before the fire service arrived.

The death is being treated as unexplained. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Olympic champion Saskia Clark joins boxing event in Colchester

Saskia Clark (right) with her sailing partner and Hannah Mills after winning gold in Rio Credit: PA

Essex sailor Saskia Clarke has been joining in with the I Am Team GB activities taking place in Culver Square, Colchester today.

England Boxing are inviting people there to try boxing under the supervision of qualified England Boxing coaches.

Colchester MP Will Quince has been showing his support at the event.

Parents of Saskia Clark 'over the moon' after gold confirmed

The parents of Essex sailor Saskia Clark say they're 'over the moon' after their daughter won Olympic gold in Rio.

The 36-year-old claimed silver in London four years ago but managed to go one better in the women's 470 class this afternoon.

Her family back at the West Mersea Sailing Club watched her triumph on the TV this evening and talked to ITV News Anglia after the victory was confirmed.

Team GB's Saskia Clark wins sailing gold

Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills celebrate their gold. Credit: PA

Essex sailor Saskia Clark has won gold in the women's 470 class at the Olympics in Rio.

The 36-year-old and her partner Hannah Mills just had to cross the finish line in this afternoon's medal race after opening up a considerable lead.

New Zealand won silver and France took bronze.

The triumph follows the success of Huntingdon sailor Giles Scott earlier this week who also claimed gold in the men's Finn class.

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