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Police renew appeal to find wanted man from Colchester

Ben Moisey is wanted connection with allegations of making threats to kill and possession of a firearm. Credit: Essex Police

Police have renewed their appeal for help to find a wanted man from Colchester.

Ben Moisey, 31, is wanted connection with allegations of making threats to kill and possession of a firearm.

He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall and stocky. He has tattoos on either side of his neck.

Two arrested after parcel bomb explodes

Two people have been arrested after a parcel bomb exploded when it was delivered to a home in Othello Close in Colchester.

The package, a shoe box, was on closer examination found to contain a number of 300ml lighter gas canisters and wiring which when the package was opened exploded.

"Initial enquiries have established this was a specifically targeted attack and my team have arrested two people.

There is nothing to suggest anyone is at risk and I am pleased we have been able to secure some early arrests. Forensic examinations are continuing on the package and we also continue to have a presence in Othello Close.

My appeal today is for anyone who was in that road on Wednesday (December 21) to contact my team as soon as possible.”

– DI Daniel Stoten, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

A 54-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man, both from Colchester, are currently in custody.


Appeal to find wanted man from Essex

Lee Patmore was last known to be living in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing to find a wanted man from Essex.

Lee Patmore, 20, is wanted on recall to prison and on suspicion of breaches of a non-molestation order and criminal damage.

Patmore also goes by the name Lee Rose. He has a rose tattooed on his left hand.

He was last known to be living in Colchester - but he has links to Purfleet, South Ockendon, Colchester, South Woodham Ferrers, Harlow, Brentwood, Peterborough and Erith.

Police hunting gunman who threatened officers

Police in Essex are hunting a man armed with a firearm who threatened officers in Wivenhoe. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex are hunting a man armed with a firearm who threatened officers in Wivenhoe near Colchester.

Police went to Stanley Road in the town following reports of break-in at around 9.35pm on Tuesday evening.

They found a man who appeared to have a firearm and he threatened the officers before making off on foot.

An extensive search involving specialist officers took place.

Police have issued a description of the man they are trying to trace.

  • White with a slim build
  • Short light/ash blond hair
  • Around 6ft/6ft 1ins tall
  • Wearing a navy blue quilter bomber-style jacket

"We have a significant amount of resources, including specialist officers and the dog unit, dedicated to looking for this man and we are doing everything we can to locate him.

"No-one was injured in this incident and there is no indication there is any threat to the public so I would urge the residents of Wivenhoe to go about their normal daily routines.

– DCI Steve Jennings

Police are asking the public to contact them if they see anything suspicious by calling 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Victory for campaigners after controversial Colchester road plans scrapped

Campaigners in Colchester are celebrating a victory after plans to reverse the flow of traffic on Priory Street were dropped.

The plans had aimed to reduce traffic congestion in the town centre but people at two public meetings overwhelmingly rejected the proposals.

The town's MP described it as a victory for common sense.

Campaigners fought against the plans Credit: Darius G Laws

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Infrastructure, said: “We are currently in the middle of large scale infrastructure improvements across Colchester and are keen to explore all options available to improve transport links for residents and visitors to the town.

“The public gave us a clear steer against any changes to the current one-way set up on Priory Street and we are more than happy to listen.

– Cllr Kevin Bentley

Essex County Council had also previously consulted on proposals to remove the pedestrian crossings on North Hill and High Street.

After considering the response received, and in conjunction with reviewing the operation of Park and Ride since its opening, the decision has been taken to retain the crossings as they are at present.


Roman artefacts spotted at auction after they were stolen 12 years ago

Historic artefacts recovered following police investigation Credit: Essex Police

Roman artefacts stolen from Colchester twelve years ago have been returned to the town.

A set of coffins disappeared from a site at St Mary's Hospital after they were discovered during an excavation.

They were spotted for sale at auction last summer and are now being examined by the archaeological trust.

The recovery of these items means they can now be appreciated by the people of Colchester and studied by academics rather than being hidden behind closed doors in the hands of private collectors.

We are hopeful that the pictures may jog someone’s memory about their disappearance. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously at the time or were offered these artefacts for sale, please let us know.

– PC Long, Rural and Heritage Crime Officer

Investigation launched into death of Colchester woman

The woman was found off Mountbatten Drive. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched into the death of a woman in Colchester.

The 40-year-old was found unconscious at an address off Mountbatten Drive at around 4.30pm yesterday.

She was taken to hospital, but died this morning.

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is helping police with their enquiries.

It's not yet known if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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