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Calls for Health Secretary to investigate hospital

The hospital is under increasing scrutiny Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex MP Sir Bob Russell is to contact the Health Secretary to ask for a thorough investigation into Colchester General Hospital.

It comes after health bosses announced a major incident at the Essex hospital after the Care Quality Commission raised safeguarding concerns during an inspection.

The hospital said it was facing unprecedented demand.

Meanwhile the hospital has warned people to stay away from its Accident and Emergency department, unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition - restrictions which are expected to last for at least a week.

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Colchester A&E restrictions will last for about a week

Colchester hospital has warned people to stay away from its accident and emergency department, unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition - restrictions which are expected to last for at least a week.

The announcement follows a surprise inspection by health regulators as ITV news reporter Harry Smith reports:

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Police investigating Colchester murder 'still need to identify more people'

More than a quarter of the images released by detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea in Colchester have been identified.

CCTV image captured at University of Essex Credit: Essex Police

The CCTV stills and moving footage were released to the public last Wednesday. As of today officers have:

  • Eliminated 49 images of the 161 published
  • Eliminated eight videos of the 38 which are currently live on the website
  • Identified 27 people out of a possible 90

We have had a great response from the public but we still need to identify more people. I would urge people to continue to come forward. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help us find the person or the people responsible for Nahid’s death.

– Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Mark Hall

Nahid, was murdered on Tuesday 17 June on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester. The 31-year-old, who was studying at the University of Essex, died as a result of stab wounds.

She was attacked at around 10.40am as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way along the trail to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

The CCTV images show potential witnesses. They are from cameras at the barrier on the Capon Road at the University of Essex, and from cameras at Avon Way, Purcell Close, and the Hunwicke Road shops on the Greenstead estate.

Click here to see the images on the Essex Police website.

Anybody who recognises themselves or anyone else in the images are asked to get in touch by calling Essex Police on 01245 282103 quoting the image reference number that they recognise.

People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Nahid’s murder.

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Five people identified after CCTV images released

Police say five people have been identified after more than 70 CCTV images were released in connection with the investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea.

In total the investigation team has received 24 calls and 21 emails from members of the public.

In addition 33 names of people who may feature in the CCTV images have been provided.

More on this story here.

Battle to save two specialist maternity units in Essex

The units at Clacton and Harwich are part of the Colchester Hospital Trust. Both closed temporarily in March because of staff shortages at the main hospital.

Both are now open again - although a consultation to decide their permanent future is ongoing - and at Clacton they held an open day for prospective parents to have a look around.

Click below to watch Jim Rice's report:

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