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Colchester double murderer to appeal 'excessive' sentence

James Fairweather. Credit: Facebook

A teenager who murdered two strangers in Colchester is to appeal against his sentence 27 year jail sentence.

17-year-old James Fairweather was given two life sentences for stabbing to death James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

He has now claimed that the sentence handed down to him was "excessive".

A date has not been set for the appeal hearing which will be before a high court judge.

Nine teenagers among 14 summonsed to court for football brawl

The fight broke out at Abbey Gate, just before Colchester United's match on Boxing Day. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Fourteen people - including nine teenagers - have been summonsed to court after a brawl ahead of an Essex football match.

The fight broke out at Abbey Gate just before Colchester United's match against Southend last Boxing Day.

The group is accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.


Disruption on Norwich to London line due to 'incident'

Rail replacement buses at Colchester today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail passengers on the Norwich to London line are facing disruption this morning as emergency services deal with an 'incident' between Colchester and Ipswich.

There are currently delays of up to 90 minutes and the problems are expected to last until midday.

Trains from London will terminate at Colchester, while trains in the opposite direction will stop at Ipswich or Manningtree.

Passengers are being advised to travel via Cambridge instead.

Inquest into death of Paris victim Nick Alexander begins

Inquest into the death of Nick Alexander, killed in the Paris attacks, begins. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An inquest begins today (May 19) into the death of Nick Alexander from Weeley near Colchester who was shot during the Paris attacks last year.

Nick, who was 35, was killed along with 88 others at the Bataclan theatre in November, where he'd been selling merchandise for the band Eagles of Death Metal.


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.

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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