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Essex woman on road to recovery after successful double mastectomy

Katie Mumford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A young woman from Essex is recovering well after having a double mastectomy to protect herself from cancer.

Like Angelina Jolie, Katie Mumford from Colchester has a genetic mutation giving her up to an 87% chance of developing the disease.

Angelina Jolie also had the surgery. Credit: PA

Katie's mother and her sister have both had breast cancer and survived.

Katie, who was 27 at the time of the operation three months ago, says it was a brave but sensible decision.

"Having to walk into theatre was really scary but as soon as I came around I felt really relieved and I just knew it was the right decision."

– Katie Mumford

Pakistan fast bowler Riaz joins Essex for T20 campaign

Wahab Riaz in action for Surrey in last year's T20 Blast. Credit: PA

Essex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz for their Natwest T20 Blast campaign this summer.

The 30-year-old will play the first seven games of the competition, before he's replaced by New Zealand international Adam Milne.

Riaz regularly bowls at speeds of 90mph and is likely to be part of Pakistan's squad to face England this summer.

"We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season.

He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

Giant Roman arcade found underneath block of Colchester flats

It's being described as one of the most exciting archaeological finds in this region in recent times.

A giant Roman arcade, found beneath a new block of flats in Colchester.

Longer than a running track and taller than two double decker buses - it's almost certainly the biggest of its kind in the whole of Britain.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Essex all-rounder Westley agrees contract extension

Tom Westley is staying with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Tom Westley has signed a new contract with the club and has also been named as the new vice-captain.

The 26-year-old appeared for England Lions this winter and has played 99 First Class games for Essex.

Westley's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

“Tom has been exceptional for us over the past few seasons, and it seems the logical next step in his progression to take on the role of vice-captain.

We are delighted he has signed his new contract. He has an excellent cricket brain, and I believe he will enjoy the added responsibility."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach


Junior doctors walk out for a second time as dispute with government rumbles on

Junior doctors stage their protest outside the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital earlier today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hospitals from across our region have been forced to cancel hundreds of appointments and non-emergency procedures as Junior doctors stage a 24-hour strike.

It's the second of three planned walk-outs after negotiations broke down between the government and doctors over a proposed new contract.

Jeremy Hunt insists the changes are needed to provide a seven-day NHS but the medics say they are dangerous and unfair.

"We hoped all of this would be settled by now. I am quite disappointed.

I think we are all very angry still about what's going on with all of the negotiations.

We fully believe that what they're trying to impose is a dangerous and unfair contract that really will be very difficult explain in 5 years time to the patients that will suffer from it."

– James Rowson, Junior Doctor

Archaeologists hail discovery of 'extraordinary' Roman arcade in Colchester

The Roman arcade was discovered in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Archaeologists in Colchester have found what could be the biggest Roman arcade ever built in Britain.

The arches and columns supported a massive gateway to a temple dedicated to the emperor Claudius.

It was eventually razed to the ground by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boadicea.

"The arcade is the largest thing of its kind that we know of in Britain.

In fact, there was a similar structure found in France very recently and that is about 70 metres long - ours is 120 metres long.

It's extraordinary."

– Philip Crummy, Colchester Archaeologist Trust
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