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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.

Gazebo stuck in overhead power lines

Great Bromley, Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

Firefighters have been called to a gazebo that has blown away in the wind and got caught up in overhead power lines at Great Bromley near Colchester.

The electricity board has isolated the power supply and fire crews are using the aerial ladder platform to retrieve the gazebo from the power lines at Frating Road.

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Fire crews investigating 'chemical incident' in Essex

Firefighters are at the scene of a 'chemical incident' in Colchester sparked by a number of people becoming ill after coming into contact with an unknown chemical.

Fire crews are carrying out tests to establish the type of chemical involved and its source.

"We are treating this as a hazardous material event and are working to identify the chemical involved and find where it has come from.

Some people have been affected but we have managed to get them indoors where the effects appear to be wearing off."

– Divisional Officer Gary Jeffrey

Essex Fire and Rescue Service say 10 casualties have been removed from the area to get some fresh air and ambulance teams are monitoring them.

East Street is closed from the junction of Brook Street to the junction of Greenstead Road along with Moorside.

It is not known when the roads will re-open.

Radiotherapy centre celebrates first birthday

A tea party will be held at Colchester General Hospital today to celebrate the first anniversary of its state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre.

Colchester General Hospital Credit: PA Images

The £25m unit serves the 700,000 people in north and mid Essex.

Among the guests this afternoon will be two of the five cancer patients who were treated in the facility the day it opened last year.

Approximately 1,800 patients (23,300 attendances) have been treated there over the past 12 months.

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Youth at Crown Court over Colchester double murders

A 16-year-old boy will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court today charged with the murders of two victims within three months of each other. The first victim was James Attfield, 33, who was found with 102 knife wounds on a riverside path in Colchester, Essex, in the early hours in March last year. Female student Nahid Almanea, 31, was stabbed 16 times three months later as she walked to the University of Essex campus in Colchester just two miles away. The teen was charged with both murders on Friday and appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford on Saturday. The boy cannot be named for legal reasons.

Youth charged with Colchester murders

James Attfield

Detectives investigating the deaths of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea have tonight charged a 16-year-old boy from Colchester with their murders - on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The youth has been remanded in custody to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates Court at 10am tomorrow..

He was arrested on the Salary Brook Trail, in Colchester, just after 11am on Tuesday, May 26, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

Following enquiries by detectives he was further arrested on suspicion of the murders of James and Nahid.

"We have received excellent backing throughout the investigations into both James and Nahid’s deaths from the whole community in Colchester and I would like to thank them all again for their continued support.

"We are continuing our enquiries and if anyone believes they have any information relating to either James or Nahid’s deaths I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron

James Attfield was murdered in March last year. The 33-year-old, also known as Jim, was found on the Riverside Path in Colchester in the early hours of Saturday, March 29, with more than 100 stab wounds to his body.

Nahid Almanea, a student at the University of Essex, was murdered on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

The 31-year-old is believed to have been attacked at around 10.40am and died as a result of stab wounds.

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