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Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker nets new contract

Sam Walker joined the U's in January 2014 Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a new contract to extend his stay with the club.

Walker joined the U's on a permanent basis in January 2014 after two loan spells. He's signed a new two year contract, which secures his future through to the summer of 2018.

Walker picked an injury in the Capital One Cup tie against Reading in August. It's been four months since he was last on the pitch, but he's making good progress on his recovery.

"I am absolutely delighted to have secured my future with the club. We've been talking for a while and I am really pleased to get it sorted.I am pleased that I have got a bit of security to come back to after my injury recovery is complete.

I am looking forward to the new year because I'll be on the home straight then and it won’t be too long until I'm back around it and doing some sort of work on the training ground."

– Sam Walker, Colchester United

Kevin Keen makes his managerial debut with the U's on Saturday when they host Southend.

Colchester United appoint new manager

Kevin Keen is the new man in charge at Colchester Credit: Colchester United

Kevin Keen has been appointed as the new manager of League One club Colchester United.

The ex West Ham United and Stoke City midfielder watched the U's lose 3-1 at Rochdale on Saturday, alongside chairman Robbie Cowling.

Colchester, who are bottom of the table, have lost their last seven league games and have won just five times this season.

The club had been searching for Tony Humes' successor since he left by mutual consent in November.

The club confirmed the news on Twitter:

Funeral for British victim of Paris attacks

Nick Alexander.

The funeral of a man from Essex who was killed in last month's terrorist attacks in Paris has taken place this lunchtime.

Mourners turned out in their droves at St Andrew's Church in Weeley to pay their final respects to Nick Alexander.

He was selling t-shirts at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when the venue was stormed by terrorists.

A memorial fund set up in his honour has now raised £70,000.

Read more: Memorial fund for Paris attack victim reaches £70,000

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Colchester brother and sister jailed for burglary spree across the South East

Rosanna Ruffell and George Ruffell. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A brother and sister from Colchester have been jailed for six years and 9 months for committing a string of burglaries across five counties.

23-year-old Rosanna Ruffell and George Ruffell who is 18, stole jewellery, watches and electrical items from homes across the South East.

A 16-year-old who also took part has been sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order.

Essex Police have put some of the suspected stolen items on picture sharing website flickr in the hope of reuniting them with the owners.

"Today marks the end of a wide-scale operation covering five counties. I’m sure the imprisonment of these burglars has stopped many more offences being committed across the region.

Their convictions are the result of detectives from Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Suffolk police services working together to share intelligence and I’m pleased the victims of their crimes have now been able to see them brought to justice.”

– Dc Steven Walker

Police appeal after woman in late teens sexually assaulted

The woman was assaulted after a night out. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously sexually assaulted in Colchester early this morning.

The victim, who is in her late teens, had been on a night out when she was approached by a man in Eaglegate.

It is believed the man got out of a dark BMW or Mondeo type car before assaulting the woman and driving off again. He is described as being dark, of skinny build and around 5ft 8ins tall.

It happened sometime between 2.20am and 2.40am (December 14).

Specially trained detectives are speaking to the victim today and making house to house enquiries. Anybody who saw anything suspicious, recognise the car or witnessed the assault is asked to contact detectives from Essex Police 101.

Ice rink re-opens after mild weather forced closure

The ice would not set due to mild temperatures. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Colchester's winter wonderland and ice rink re-opened today after strong winds and unseasonably high temperatures forced it to close for four days.

Temperatures of up to 14 degrees meant the top layers of ice at the rink would not set.

Anyone who had a ticket while the facility was closed has been offered a refund or the chance to rebook for another date.

Appeal after man robbed of his wallet

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man had his wallet stolen in Colchester. It happened at around 1am on Sunday, December 6 in Ipswich Road. A man in his 40s was walking home after a night out when a man jumped out on him, threatened him and stole his wallet. He was also pushed to the ground.

The victim was not injured but was left shaken up after what happened.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, 6ft tall, of average build, was wearing jeans, a dark, grey hooded top with the hood up, a dark jacket and was also wearing gloves.

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