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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.

Blast off at school rocket building championships in Essex

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

It's a combination that some might think could be tempting fate.

Students, eggs and all the ingredients needed to make a rocket.

But this isn't the latest reality TV show, instead it's the challenge facing students taking part in the UK's largest model rocket competition.

The winners will go up against teams from the UK, Japan and France in the international finals later this year. Liz Summers stood at a safe distance in Stow Maries airfield in Essex to see what's involved.

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