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Colchester remains a hung council but with fewer councillors

Both Conservative and Lib Dem councillors reduced Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Borough Council remains with no party in overall control following Thursday's local elections.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats lost five seats each, with Labour gaining two after boundary changes reduced the total number of councillors overall by nine.

The council has been effectively hung since 1998 when the Liberal Democrats were last in power.

The town's long-serving Lib Dem MP Sir Bob Russell was ousting by the Conservatives in last year's General Election.

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Woman who tipped police over Essex murders not entitled to reward

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

The woman who led police to the arrest of a double murderer has been told she's not entitled to the £20,000 Crimestoppers reward.

Last year Michelle Sadler phoned the police after she discovered a teenager hiding in bushes in Colchester.

It was James Fairweather who last month was jailed for a minimum of 27 years for the brutal stabbings of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

Crimestoppers offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer. Michelle has been told because she called the police and not Crimestoppers she won't receive the money.

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A murderer's chilling re-enactment of his first killing

A video released by Essex Police reveals the chilling moment double murderer James Fairweather re-enacts the killing of one of his victims.

The interview was conducted when he was arrested in May 2014. In it 17-year-old James Fairweather describes stabbing James Attfield in Colchester in 2014.

He also describes voices in his head telling him to do it.

Mr Attfield was the first of two victims. The other was Nahid Almanea a student living in Essex who was murdered later that year.

University issues tribute to bright student Nahid Almanea

The University of Essex has issued the following tribute to student Nahid Almanea after 17-year-old James Fairweather was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court of her murder and the murder of James Attfield.

Nahid was a bright, talented and conscientious member of our University community. She was a considerate and well-respected student on our English Language Programme and is missed by her teachers and fellow students. We will continue to honour her memory through the Almanea Scholarship for Science, which is offered to overseas students studying science or health-related subjects at postgraduate level.”

– Registrar of the University of Essex, Bryn Morris
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