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Colchester Hospital to be removed from special measures

For the past four years Colchester General Hospital has been in special measures. Now following a Care Quality Commission report, it is to be taken out, as most of the services patients get are rated as 'good'.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.

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Girl sexually assaulted in woodland in Colchester

Police investigate sexual assault in Colchester. Credit: PA Images

Police are appealing for information following a sexual assault on a girl in an area of woodland off Gavin Way, Colchester.

The incident occurred between 8.30am and 9am on Monday, October 30.

An area search was carried out and the girl is currently being supported by specialist officers.

The suspect is described as a white man who is over 5ft 9in tall, of medium build with short brown, scruffy hair.

He was wearing a navy blue or black thigh length zipped coat with dark coloured trousers (not jeans) and dark brown leather gloves.

If you have dash cam footage or witnessed the assault contact police on 101.

Bob Champion: Former jockey enjoys 'Oyster Feast'

The Grand National winning jockey Bob Champion has been sampling the delights of Colchester's traditional Oyster Feast.

The event, which dates back to 1845, is one of the top dates in the town's civic calendar.

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Colchester's Jumbo water tower to get new lease of life

Colchester's Jumbo water tower dominates the skyline but stopped being used as a water tower back in 1987 and has since had a string of different owners.

The Grade Two listed Victorian building has fallen into disrepair but now there are plans to convert it into a restaurant.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report.

Man, 55, killed in Essex A12 collision named

Man named after collision on A12 at Dedham.

A man who died after he was hit by a car in a layby on the A12 near Colchester has been named by police.

Officers were called to the collision on the northbound stretch near Dedham at around 9.45pm on Tuesday, September 26.

A man left his vehicle, which was parked in a layby, and was then in collision with at least one vehicle on the carriageway.

Darius Lapotka, 55, a Polish national, died at the scene.

No-one has been arrested and the road was closed until around 3am while officers investigated.

Police are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage.

Witness appeal after woman sexually assaulted in Essex

If you witnessed anything in this area call Essex police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a report of a serious sexual assault in Colchester.

It happened in Layer Road in the early hours of Sunday (1 October) morning.

Investigations into the attack are continuing and police have increased patrols in the wider area on Friday and Saturday nights to ensure the safety of people walking home.

This type of incident is very rare and we have safeguarded the woman who is being supported by specially trained officers.

There will be an increased visibility of patrols in the wider area on Friday and Saturday nights to ensure the safety of those walking through the town centre.

– Detective Inspector Tony Benjamin, Essex Police
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