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Two men arrested following street assault

Police have arrested two men in connection with an assault on a man in Colchester.

The victim, who's in his 30s, was found unconscious near the Dirty Penguin pub in St John's Street just before 2.50am on Saturday, April 11.

He's currently in Addenbrookes Hospital in a critical but stable condition as a result of head injuries.

Two men aged 25 and 23, both from Colchester, were arrested last night on suspicion of assault and are being questioned by police.

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Man found unconscious with head injuries in a Colchester street

A man is seriously ill in hospital after being found unconscious by a pub in Colchester.

The man in his 30’s, was found near the Dirty Penguin pub in St John's Street just before 2.50am this morning (Saturday 11th April) . He was helped by door staff from the pub who called the emergency services. He's been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital with head injuries.

It's believed the man may have been assaulted by a group of men. Police are reviewing CCTV and the area was cordoned off whilst forensic investigations take place.

One day on from the big debate, the Chancellor brings the campaign trail to Essex

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been defending the Conservatives' housing record during a visit to the region on Good Friday.

George Osborne was in Colchester looking a new housing development.

The visit came the day after around 7 million people watched the leaders' debate on ITV on Thursday night.

Malcolm Robertson's been getting reaction in the Essex town.

There is some flash photography in this report.

Murder detectives to meet with Saudi officials

Police search the crime scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the murder of Colchester student Nahid Almanea are to meet with officials from Saudi Arabia later.

Police will use the visit to discuss the progress of the investigation. Nahid, who was 31, was found stabbed to death on Salary Brook Trail last June.

"We continue to liaise closely with the Saudi Embassy and remain committed to obtaining justice for Nahid. I look forward to the visit.”

– Detective Superintendent Mark Hall

Appeal after man left with fractured eye socket

Essex police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 20s was left with a fractured eye socket in Colchester.

The man who is from Clacton was attacked between Ipswich Road and Mile End in Colchester between 9.30am and 10.30pm on March 20th.

The man had to have stitches to his face after he was attacked from behind.

Anyone with information should call Colchester CID on 101

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Council could put street lights back on overnight in Colchester

Street lighting in Colchester could be turned back on overnight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Borough Council will meet tonight to decide whether or not to pay Essex County Council to switch its streetlights back on overnight.

They will discuss whether or not to use money from the year's underspend to pay the County Council - which is responsible for street lighting.

It would cost Colchester Borough Council £185,000 to fund the lights overnight.

Essex County Council operates a part-time street lighting scheme, but recently Harlow's lights were switched back on overnight after they paid the council to do so.

Martin Hunt, Leader of Colchester Borough Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I think the lights should be put back on at night because what’s the cost of a life? If the lights go back on and it saves a life or three people’s lives then I think that’s worth doing. I can’t prove it but I will never know if the lights stay off and someone gets killed I will say to myself we had the chance to put them back on and we didn’t do it.”

– Martin Hunt, Leader of Colchester Borough Council
St Andrew's Avenue, the scene of an accident where a young man died which led Cllr Hunt to take action Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex: Colchester Council to discuss street lights funding proposal

Colchester Council will discuss tonight whether to give the County Council money to get the town's streetlights switched back. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Council will discuss tonight whether to give the County Council money to get the town's streetlights switched back on overnight.

There's a motion to take cash from this year's underspend to get all lights switched back on between midnight and 5am.

The move comes after Harlow Council agreed to pay County Hall £100,000 for it's lights to be switched back on, resulting in a 1.5% council tax rise.

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