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Police appeal for help to find missing Doreen

Doreen Allum has gone missing from her home in Essex. Credit: Essex Police.

Police are appealing for help to trace a 78-year-old woman from Colchester who has gone missing from her home in Little Horkesley.

Doreen Allum was last seen by her husband at 12.30pm on Friday.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for Doreen, who has health problems.

She is described as white, 5ft tall, with short, grey hair.

Doreen, who has links to Suffolk, was last seen wearing a blue jumper with black tracksuit bottoms.

Police are urging anyone who can help to contact Essex Police on 101.

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Teenager charged over bus theft

Essex Police Credit: PA

A teenager has been charged with drunkenly driving a bus out of a depot.

The incident took place early yesterday morning. Police were called after reports a single-decker bus had been driven away from the depot in Magdalen Street, Colchester.

The vehicle was stopped by officers about 20 minutes later at Avon Way.

Ashley Barrell 19, from Colchester, was charged with aggravated vehicle taking, drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving with no insurance.

He was bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on September 9.

Man re-arrested on suspicion of murdering James Attfield is released on bail

James Attfield, who was killed in Castle Park in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police.

An 18-year-old man who was re-arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Attfield in Colchester earlier this year has been released on bail.

James, 33, was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road on Saturday March 29. He died a short time later at the scene.

So far nine people have been arrested and they are all on bail until various dates next month.

Man re-arrested on suspicion of James Attfield's murder

James Attfield, who was killed in Castle Park in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police.

A man has been re-arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Attfield in a Colchester park earlier this year.

The 33-year-old was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park, off Guildford Road, shortly before 6am on Saturday March 29.

Yesterday, an 18-year-old man was arrested in Southend and is currently being questioned by detectives at a police station in Essex.

He was one of seven people arrested in connection with Mr Attfield's killing five days earlier.

The other six people - a 27-year-old woman from Colchester, a 27-year-old man from Colchester, a 57-year-old man from Colchester, a 25-year-old woman from Southend, a 23-year-old woman from Ipswich in Suffolk and a 31-year-old man from Colchester - were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Two other men, both aged 33, also remain on police bail until late September pending further enquiries after they were arrested in connection with Mr Attfield's death earlier this summer.

In total, nine people have been arrested as part of the murder investigation.

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Man suffers "significant injuries" after being trapped under branch

A man was trapped under a tree branch in Cowdray Avenue in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man's been left with significant injuries after a branch weighing half a tonne fell on to him in Essex this evening.

Fire crews said the man was lucky to be alive after the accident at Cowdray Avenue in Colchester.

The branch - which was the width of an average man - is thought to have fallen about 20 feet from a tree.

The man's bike took most of the impact.

James Attfield Murder: Police arrest six people

Six people in Essex and Suffolk have been arrested today in connection with the murder of a man in Colchester earlier this year.

James Attfield

James Attfield was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road at around 6am on Saturday 29 March. He died a short time later.

On Thursday 7 August, six people were arrested at residential properties in Colchester, Ipswich and Southend.

Two of these six people, a 27-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man from Colchester, were on police bail after having been previously arrested in connection with the murder and have been rearrested.

A 25-year-old woman from Southend, an 18-year-old man of no fixed address, and a 57-year-old man from Colchester were arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 23 year old woman from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

All six people are being questioned by detectives at police stations across Essex and Suffolk. A number of properties in Suffolk and Essex are also been searched by police.

Two men, aged 33 of no fixed address, remain on police bail pending further enquiries until Wednesday, September 17 after also having been arrested in connection with James Attfield’s murder.

Colchester: Police slam "horrible crime" after family mourning the death of stillborn baby are attacked

The family were in Highwoods Country Park when they were attacked. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating a brutal attack on a family grieving for their stillborn daughter in a Colchester park.

A man, his three children and a female family friend were in Highwoods Country Park on 23 of July when they were assaulted by a group of people.

The father was kicked and punched - the children also received minor injuries.

They were trying to release some balloons to remember the baby girl when the incident happened.

The balloons were also burst in the attack.

Six people, including two teenagers, have been arrested and bailed.

"Highwoods Country Park was obviously a place that meant a lot to them.

The reason that they were there was to remember the passing of a child.

So, an absolutely appalling attack and one that has certainly struck well in my mind and I'm sure it will with other people.

This will very much stick in people's throats as being a horrible crime."

– Det Insp Stuart Truss, Essex Police

Colchester Zoo named one of UK's best

Rhinos at Colchester Zoo Credit: PA

Colchester Zoo's been ranked in the top 10 in Europe according to travel website Tripadvisor.

The ratings are based on feedback from visitors. The Essex attraction was named second best in the UK and eighth in Europe. Chester Zoo in Cheshire took the top spot, voted number one in the UK and sixth best in the world.

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