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New Chief Operating Officer appointed at Colchester Hospital

Dr Shane Gordon.

The trust which runs Colchester Hospital has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer.

Dr Shane Gordon starts in a few weeks and will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of clinical services in terms of quality, performance and finance.

He is the fifth senior appointment at the Trust in recent weeks.

The hospital was branded 'inadequate' by the care quality commission last month.

Police appeal after fatal collision between a bus and a pedestrian

Essex police say a woman in her 90s has died after she was involved in a collision with a bus.

It happened in East Hill in Colchester at around 5pm this evening.

The woman who is from the town, died at the scene.

The road has been closed since the accident and Essex police hope to re-open it at around 10pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision to contact them through the 101 number.


Man charged with attempted murder over stabbings

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two women were stabbed in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man is due to appear in court charged with attempted murder and common assault after two women were stabbed in Colchester.

Roy Hensley, of no fixed address, was arrested on Monday January 12 after two women were attacked at properties in Kerry Court.

A woman in her 50s was stabbed in one property while a woman in her 20s was injured at a neighbouring address.

The younger woman was treated for her injuries in hospital and later discharged. The older woman remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Hensley has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one of common assault.

10-year-old schoolgirl assaulted and robbed

Police are appealing for information after a schoolgirl was robbed and assaulted in Colchester. She was walking in the area of Hakewill Way at around 3.30pm on Thursday, January 8, when a man approached her from behind and attempted to take her rucksack from her back.

During the struggle, he assaulted the 10-year-old causing bruising to her face. He then ran off into the park with the bag.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 18 years of age, around 5 ft 11 ins tall, with short blonde hair and wearing a checked shirt with tracksuit bottoms. He had a slight Scottish accent.


Delays on Greater Anglia trains after person hit by train between Colchester and Manningtree

A person has been hit by a train between Colchester and Manningtree.

Abellio Greater Anglia train services between Liverpool Street and Norwich via Ipswich are currently suspended between Colchester and Ipswich.

A rail replacement bus service is running from 12:45hrs between Colchester and Ipswich via Manningtree.

Journey times will be extended by up to 90 minutes.

Prince joins budding scientists in Essex

The Prince of Wales will join a thousand budding young scientists in Essex today.

Prince Charles Credit: PA Wire

He'll be at the Big Bang Fair in Colchester which demonstrates the importance of science to youngsters.

Prince Charles will get to see how cow-tracking technology can improve the animals' welfare and a computer game is being used to model Alzheimer's Disease.

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