Marshall Public Schools students in grades K-12 are required to wear masks indoors starting Tuesday, the first day of the district's 2021-2022 school year. The school board voted 4-3 for the mandate, district representatives announced in a Facebook post late Monday. Mask debate: Parents divided over mask mandate at Portage Public Schools
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter TRAFFIC had to be diverted after a van carrying traffic lights got stuck in a ditch. The white van came off a road and ended up tipped on its left side in a grassy ditch in Mersea this morning. Pell Sutherland came across the van at about 10.55am when he was returning from picking their daughter's GCSE results up.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter THE search is on to find Essex heroes who have sacrificed their time to help family, friends and neighbours. Newsquest is running the Essex Hero Awards 2021 to show recognition to all who have become pillars of the community over the past year.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter A RECYCLING centre has needed to close following a car fire. Essex Fire and Rescue Service was called to a car fire in Malting Lane at 3.14pm today. The car's engine was described as "smouldering", but no action was needed and firefighters from Frinton made the scene safe by 3.35pm.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter DRIVERS are being urged to avoid a busy road following an accident. Traffic is building up on the A134 in Colchester after an accident earlier this afternoon. A lane is blocked due to the accident on the A134 Southway Westbound from the B1025 Mersea Road to the B1022 Maldon Road.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter DRIVERS are being urged to avoid the A12 following an accident. The A12 northbound between Colchester United's Football Ground and the Crown Interchange is partially blocked after an accident earlier this morning. Traffic is heavy and congestion is heading back to the Eight Ash Green interchange.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter A FIREFIGHTER who spotted two dogs “frantically running” near a busy dual carriageway managed to rescue them and take them home. Millie Sibley, an on-call firefighter at Wivenhoe Fire Station, saw the two Labradors running near a busy dual carriageway on Sunday, when she was returning to the fire station after attending an incident.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter A PAIR of paddleboarders in distress, very cold and without lifejackets, were rescued by Essex Police's Marine Unit. The unit was called on Sunday to help two paddleboarders stuck in the River Colne off the coast of East Mersea. A spokesman for the unit said: "Planning and preparing for your trip is so important.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter JET ski drivers causing disruption along a river have been identified by police officers. Essex Police's Marine Unit has been made aware of jet ski drivers speeding along the River Colne causing both antisocial behaviour and disrupting wildlife. A spokesman for the force said: "We have identified this rider and will be dealing with them in due course but encourage any similar antisocial behaviour to be reported to us.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter DOGS, their owners and police officers teamed up to offer advice on looking after canines. PC Jed Raven, who is Essex Police's rural wildlife and heritage crime officer, accompanied the community policing team in Dovercourt on Wednesday for the public dog advice event.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for a 'football club legend' in a special memorial service. Little Oakley Football Club members and well-wishers joined together to hold a charity event to mark the death of much-loved club member and well-known character Tim Gooch.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter A BUSY road is partially blocked following an accident near a roundabout. Traffic is building up on the A134 Southway westbound in Butt Road, Colchester, due to a crash. The accident was first reported at 12.17pm today by AA Travel. The nature of the incident is not yet known, and it is not clear if anyone has been injured.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter Updated FOUR police officers attended an incident at an address in Harwich last night. In pictures, sent to the Standard, police officers can be seen escorting a man into a car. An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said the officers were armed.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter AN off-road quad bike was spotted being driven in Lawford in an "antisocial manner", so police officers issued the rider with a warning. The Harwich Community Policing Team was on high visibility patrol in Lawford during the weekend, this was part of the antisocial awareness week.
TWO people have been taken to hospital following an accident on the A12. The East of England Ambulance Service was called at 11.31am with reports of a crash on the A12 in Colchester. It sent two ambulances and an ambulance officer to the scene. Two people had to be taken to Colchester Hospital for further care.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter POLICE stopped a group gathered around an uninsured moped seen being ridden around public roads. On Sunday, officers stopped a number of people around Harwich, Dovercourt and Pakreston Swimming Club, in Dovercourt, talking around a black moped. A spokesman for the service said: "The moped did not have insurance, was originally orange but sprayed black and shown as having no owner, for some bizarre reason the rider didn't want to reveal themselves to us.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter DRIVERS are being urged to avoid the A12 following an accident. Traffic has come to a standstill on the A12 London bound between Junction 29 A120 (Crown Interchanged) and Junction 28 A1341 (Colchester United's Football Stadium). The traffic goes back to Junction 30, in Stratford St Mary, Suffolk.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter THE cause of a devastating fire which engulfed an indoor play area at a holiday park is still unknown. Firefighters from Dovercourt, Clacton, Manningtree and Colchester tackled a blaze at Dovercourt Holiday Park, in Low Road, last Thursday morning. They managed to extinguish the fire within an hour, and no-one was hurt.
By Rebecca Jones Chief Reporter AN Italian restaurant has been forced to close its doors after a member of staff tested positive for Covid. Lucca Enoteca, in High Street, Manningtree, announced it has needed to close with immediate effect this afternoon (Wednesday, July 21).