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Family pay tribute to 'beautiful' grandmother killed in crash

Jean Childs died on the scene on the A120 at Colchester Road. Credit: Essex Police

The family of an 80-year-old grandmother killed in a car crash in Essex have paid tribute to her.

Jean Childs was driving on the A120 at Colchester Road when she was in collision with another car on 27 January. She died at the scene.

Her family say she "enjoyed life to the full" and "loved spending time with her grandsons".

"Mum was a very young and beautiful 80-year-old who enjoyed life to the full.

"She loved spending time with her grandsons, playing cards games, needle work, knitting and anything that was creative.

"She will be remembered for her beehive blonde hair style and for a being a dinner lady at Chapel Hill School for over 20 years."

– Tribute from Jean's son Gavin

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Swan rescued by lifeboat team after getting stuck in river

The animal was discovered covered in mud. Credit: RSPCA

A swan had to be rescued by a lifeboat rescue team after getting stuck a river bank in Essex.

It was spotted covered in mud and looking unwell at the bank of the River Colne in Colchester.

A RSCA officer tried to free the swan, but had difficulty getting to the animal, it was on the other side of the river.

By coincidence, a lifeboat lifeboat rescue team was passing by and was able to reach it.

The RSPCA say the would not have been able to survive had it not been rescued.

“I don’t know exactly what happened to this swan but she was clearly in trouble and completely exhausted. She could barely hold her head up, she was so tired.

“She was so caked in mud she wasn’t a white swan anymore, and her feathers were so saturated with water that she could not swim.

“I was amazed at the luck of these RNLI boatman coming by just at the right moment. I flagged them down and they were fantastic - very happy to help."

“It made all the difference that we could get a boat ride out to a spot where they could wade in and rescue her - she was in a difficult spot to access otherwise.”

– Lucy Fackerell, RSPCA Animal Collections Officer

The swan was taken to a local wildlife centre to recover. She is expected to be released back to the wild.

Armed robber threatens shop workers with knife in Essex

St Christopher Road, Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Staff at a newsagents in Colchester were threatened with a knife by an armed robber.

The man went into McColl's at St Christopher Road at about 7.45pm yesterday (Friday January 20).

He threatened workers with a knife and demanded money before leaving with a three-figure sum of cash. No one was injured.

The robber is described as white and in his 30s with a scarf around his face. He had a wart or mole on his cheek or forehead.

Man in serious condition after Colchester assault

The man was assaulted in Colcheste Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man who was assaulted in Colchester on New Year's Eve is in a serious condition in hospital.

The man, who is in his 40s, was found with serious head injuries in Osborne Street yesterday afternoon at about 2.30pm.

Police believe the attack may have happened in Meyrick Crescent, which is about half a mile away.

Officers want to hear from anyone who was in the area or Colchester town centre and the surrounding areas between 12pm and 3pm.

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.

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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.

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