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New minor injury service to take pressure off Colchester Hospital

It's hoped it'll take pressure of the nearby hospital. Credit: ITV Anglia.

People living in north east Essex will soon be able to use a new service if they have a minor injury.

The local Commissioning Group's introducing the measure to take the pressure off the Accident and Emergency department at Colchester Hospital.

Patients will be encouraged to go to the town's 'Primary Care Centre' instead and it should be up and running by July 2018.

Prince Charles' pride at remarkable military family

Prince Charles driving an armoured vehicle on a visit to Colchester Barracks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Prince Charles has described his pride at being part of a remarkable military family.

The Prince of Wales was in Colchester to mark the 40th anniversary of his role as Colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment.

The Royal guest inspected some of the hundreds of soldiers who make up the regiment and even got the chance to drive an armoured vehicle.

It was also revealed that his younger son, Prince Harry, had a aptitude for sky-diving after jumping with the Red Devils.

  • Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson


Prince Charles to visit Colchester Parachute Regiment

Prince Charles. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales will visit the Merville Barracks in Colchester on Friday to meet troops, watch parachute and equipment demonstrations and attend a parade to mark the 40th anniversary of his appointment as Colonel-in-chief.

The Prince of Wales has been Colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment for 40 years.

All four Battalions will be represented in a parade at Merville Barracks, during which His Royal Highness will say a few words and present medals, followed by a parachute display by the Regiment's Red Devils Freefall Display Team.

How pensioner Sarah stopped travellers getting on to her favourite nature reserve

Sarah Freeman,who stopped travellers getting on to a nature reserve in Essex

A pensioner whose false teeth were knocked out as she tried to stop travellers breaking into a park in Colchester says she didn't think twice before confronting them.

Sarah Freeman, who is 73, protected the Hillyfields nature reserve by grabbing hold of the gate the group was trying to open.

She says she's a 'potty pensioner,' but eyewitnesses call her a "remarkable, courageous" woman.

Click below to watch a video report by Kate Prout

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