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Coach driver admits causing death of 96-year-old woman pedestrian

A coach driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a woman pedestrian by careless driving in Colchester.

Kenneth Reeves, 61, of Fordwich Road, Brightlingsea, appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, October 6, charged with causing death by careless driving.

The collision in East Hill, Colchester, on January 16, resulted in the death of 96-year-old Nora Hewitt.

Mr Reeves will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court during the week commencing October 26.

Burst water main causes problems in Colchester

A burst water main is causing delays in Colchester town centre. The roundabout between Maldon Road and Lexden Road is blocked, causing traffic delays in the area. The pipe burst at about 5am this morning.

People in the area are experiencing low water pressure, and a spokesman for Anglian Water said they hope to have supplies back to normal by 2pm this afternoon.

“We’re really sorry but some customers in the CO3 postal code of Colchester may have very low water pressure or no water at all. We’ve got a burst water main in your area that we’re working hard to get fixed, so that we can get your supply back to normal as soon as possible. This should be working by 2pm today.

– Anglian Water


U's sign former £3m striker on permanent deal

Marvin Sordell signs for U's Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United have signed striker Marvin Sordell.

Sordell, 24, was once a £3m signing for Bolton but joins the U's on a permanent deal having been released y Championship side Burnley.

It comes a day after chairman Robbie Cowling issued a "save your stamps'' warning to fans who've been writing demanding the sacking of current boss Tony Humes.

More on this story on the Colchester United website

Coach driver charged over pensioner's death

A coach driver is due to appear in court next month on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Kenneth Reeves from, Fordwich Road in Brightlingsea, will appear before Colchester Magistrates on October 6.

Mr Reeves was the driver of a coach which was in collision with 96 year old Nora Hewitt on East Hill in Colchester on January 16 earlier this year.

She died as a result of the collision.


Fake vodka 'containing chloroform' on sale in Essex

Fake vodka on Sale in Essex. Credit: Essex Police

Bottles of fake vodka containing dangerous chemicals such as chloroform have been seized in Essex.

Officers found 14 bottles on sale during a search of a shop in Colchester town centre on Sunday.

The fake vodka was discovered in bottles labelled as Russian Empire, a well-known brand that normally retails for around £27. It was being offered for sale at £12.

Inspector Jarvis at Colchester police station said: "We were contacted by a member of the public who was concerned that illicit vodka was on sale in the town.

"We are aware of fake alcohol being sold in other parts of the country but we believe this is the first time this potentially dangerous mixture of vodka and other chemicals has been found in shops in Colchester."

Hospital will not face any charges say Essex police

Colchester General Hospital, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex police says it has closed its investigation into the alleged manipulation of cancer patient waiting lists at Colchester Hospital following a referral to them by the Care Quality Commission.

The investigation looked at whether or not any criminal offences were committed and has included interviews with staff and an assessment by independent experts of the medical records of a number of patients.

"We have concluded that no criminal offences have been committed and there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against either any individuals or the hospital trust. The police investigation has now concluded."

– Chief Superintendent Tracy Hawkings, Essex Police

Colchester double murder case adjourned until October

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield were murdered in Colchester in 2014. Credit: Essex Police

The case of a teenager who is accused of murdering two people in Colchester has been adjourned for three months.

James Attfield, a father of five, was stabbed to death near Colchester's Lower Castle Park in March 2014.

Nahid Almanea was killed on the Salary Brook Trial in June 2014.

A 16-year-old boy will next be asked to enter a plea at a pre-trial review at Southwark Crown Court on 9 October.

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