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'I knew it was the right decision': Essex woman has no regrets over mastectomy

A woman from Essex who's had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting breast cancer says she has no regrets.

We first told you about Katie Mumford from Colchester last August when she discovered, like the actress Angelina Jolie, that she had a genetic mutation giving her up to an 87% chance of developing the disease.

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Essex woman on road to recovery after successful double mastectomy

Katie Mumford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A young woman from Essex is recovering well after having a double mastectomy to protect herself from cancer.

Like Angelina Jolie, Katie Mumford from Colchester has a genetic mutation giving her up to an 87% chance of developing the disease.

Angelina Jolie also had the surgery. Credit: PA

Katie's mother and her sister have both had breast cancer and survived.

Katie, who was 27 at the time of the operation three months ago, says it was a brave but sensible decision.

"Having to walk into theatre was really scary but as soon as I came around I felt really relieved and I just knew it was the right decision."

– Katie Mumford


Giant Roman arcade found underneath block of Colchester flats

It's being described as one of the most exciting archaeological finds in this region in recent times.

A giant Roman arcade, found beneath a new block of flats in Colchester.

Longer than a running track and taller than two double decker buses - it's almost certainly the biggest of its kind in the whole of Britain.

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Archaeologists hail discovery of 'extraordinary' Roman arcade in Colchester

The Roman arcade was discovered in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Archaeologists in Colchester have found what could be the biggest Roman arcade ever built in Britain.

The arches and columns supported a massive gateway to a temple dedicated to the emperor Claudius.

It was eventually razed to the ground by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boadicea.

"The arcade is the largest thing of its kind that we know of in Britain.

In fact, there was a similar structure found in France very recently and that is about 70 metres long - ours is 120 metres long.

It's extraordinary."

– Philip Crummy, Colchester Archaeologist Trust

Police investigating crowd trouble at Essex derby match

Roots Hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police are investigating crowd trouble at the Essex football derby between Southend and Colchester on Saturday.

Footage filmed by a supporter at the game shows a fan running towards the stand occupied by Colchester United fans and apparently throwing punches.

The incident took place towards the end of the League One match at Southend's Roots Hall.

Dog owner finds poison wrapped in pastry in her garden

A dog owner has found around 30 balls of rat poison wrapped in pastry in her garden in Essex.

An investigation is under way after the woman from Colchester discovered the pellets on Monday, when she let her Chihuahua out into the garden.

It's the second time this has happened. Last year the woman’s dog was sick and tablet capsules were discovered in her garden, prompting fears that her dog is being deliberately targeted.

“Fortunately the dog is OK, but it is very distressing to think that it appears someone is trying to poison a pet. I urge anyone with any information to call me.

The dog’s owner found about 30 balls of dough with blue pellets mixed into them in her garden. She did exactly the right thing and took them to the vet who examined them and believes it is rat poison.

Poisoning can cause severe pain and distress. Bait left out in the open like this could also kill pet cats and wildlife.”

– Adam Jones, RSPCA inspector

Signs that your animal could have been poisoned vary and can include any of the following:

  • depression
  • lack of appetite
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • breathing difficulties
  • appearing drunk and uncoordinated
  • twitching
  • seizures


Buses could be forced to change routes if they fail to cut pollution

Bus companies could be forced to change their routes in Colchester if they don't reduce exhaust fumes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bus companies could be forced to change their routes in Colchester if they don't reduce emissions coming from their vehicles.

It's estimated that pollution is responsible for more than a hundred premature deaths in the town each year.

Colchester Borough Council has put forward proposals to introduce a clean air zone to tackle the problem.

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Police hope guilty plea will provide some comfort to bereaved families

James Attfield Credit: Essex Police

Detectives say they hope today's guilty plea will provide the families of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea with some comfort after what they describe as their atrocious killings.

At its height more than 100 detectives, uniformed officers, PCSOs and civilian staff were involved in the investigations in Colchester.

"The brutal manner in which they both died sent shockwaves through the community in Colchester and far beyond.

"Detectives worked tirelessly to piece together the evidence of how they died and to establish whether there was any connection between their deaths.

"Sadly we now know that one person, a 17-year-old boy, was indeed responsible. I would like to thank everyone who played a part in our investigations, and also pay tribute to the people of Colchester who supported us throughout this difficult time.”

– DCI Morgan Cronin of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

BREAKING: teenager admits Colchester killings

A teenager has admitted killing two people who were set upon while out walking in Colchester.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stabbed James Attfield, 33, more than 100 times on March 29 2014.

Three months later, the boy knifed Saudi student Nahid Almanea, 31, 16 times as she walked along the Salary Brook Trail towards the University of Essex on the morning of June 17 2014.

During a hearing at the Old Bailey, he denied two counts of murder and possessing an offensive weapon but admitted two alternative counts of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

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