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Police hunting gunman who threatened officers

Police in Essex are hunting a man armed with a firearm who threatened officers in Wivenhoe. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex are hunting a man armed with a firearm who threatened officers in Wivenhoe near Colchester.

Police went to Stanley Road in the town following reports of break-in at around 9.35pm on Tuesday evening.

They found a man who appeared to have a firearm and he threatened the officers before making off on foot.

An extensive search involving specialist officers took place.

Police have issued a description of the man they are trying to trace.

  • White with a slim build
  • Short light/ash blond hair
  • Around 6ft/6ft 1ins tall
  • Wearing a navy blue quilter bomber-style jacket

"We have a significant amount of resources, including specialist officers and the dog unit, dedicated to looking for this man and we are doing everything we can to locate him.

"No-one was injured in this incident and there is no indication there is any threat to the public so I would urge the residents of Wivenhoe to go about their normal daily routines.

– DCI Steve Jennings

Police are asking the public to contact them if they see anything suspicious by calling 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tributes to 'loyal and caring son' killed in Essex

The family of a man killed in Essex on Monday have today paid tribute to him and described him as a loyal and caring man.

Paul Olney, 35 from Denham Close, Wivenhoe, was a keen tattoo artist and painter.

"This is heart breaking and his death has devastated our whole family. Paul may have had some recent troubles but he did not deserve to die. We will really miss him.”

– Paul’s mother, Joyce

Richard Waterhouse, 30, from Golden Noble Hill in Colchester appeared in front of magistrates this morning accused of murder. He was remanded in court custody and and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow (June 9).


Two arrested and murder investigation launched after man found dead in Essex town

General view of Denham Close in Wivenhoe where a man's was found dead inside a property. Credit: Google Street View

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of man in Wivenhoe.

Officers were called to Denham Close, shortly before 3.50pm today (Monday, June 6) following reports that a man, aged in his 30s, had been found dead inside a property.

Ambulance crews attended and found the man was deceased. A 30-year-old man from Colchester was arrested by officers near the scene shortly after on suspicion of murder. A second man aged 37 and also from Colchester has also been arrested.

Police enquiries are on-going and both the property and Denham Close have been cordoned off for forensic examinations.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is leading the investigation.

He said: "Our enquiries are continuing and I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area of Denham Close this afternoon to come forward and speak to my officers. They may have some vital information which could assist the investigation.”

He added: "We have made two arrests and are not looking for anybody else in relation to the incident at this time but are still keen to talk to any potential witnesses. We believe all the people involved were known to each other.”

Anybody with any information or anybody who witnessed anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact Essex Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Toby Freeman runs a charity set up after his brother's death from a rare form of cancer

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region


Toby Freeman's brother Robin died of cancer at the age of 24.

He's the chair and leading light in a charity, The Robin Cancer Trust, set up by the family, from Wivenhoe in Essex, to raise awareness of germ cell cancer which usually presents itself as testicular or ovarian cancer.

As well as being a tireless fundraiser he's made videos to help young people check themselves for signs of the disease.


Young footballer speaks about his attack ordeal

A young Essex footballer beaten in a savage attack has been speaking about his ordeal.

Richie Robins, the first team goalkeeper for non-league Wivenhoe Town, was attacked during a night out in Colchester in the early hours of the Saturday before Christmas.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Essex man has something to shout about after winning town crier competition

Steve Godwin Credit: University of Essex

A man from Essex is celebrating winning the East of England Town Criers Competition.

Steve Godwin, who became the Wivenhoe Town Crier last year, beat 16 other town criers from around the UK.

Steve, who works as a traffic officer at the University of Essex, said: “The competition was great fun and I am just glad to keep a great old tradition going.”

Steve will be using his town crier skills later this year, when he will announce the 11 degree ceremonies taking place as part of the University’s graduation celebrations.

Police investigate unexplained death

Essex Police are investigating the unexplained death of a women in Wivenhoe.

The body of a woman in her thirties was found at an address in Charles Court on Sunday 6th August.

The preliminary results from the post mortem were inconclusive and further tests are to be carried out. A 30-year-old man from Colchester was arrested, but has now been released on bail until October.

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