A man has been convicted of conspiring to murder his stepfather in a dispute over the sale of the family home in Colchester.
Braintree: Biggest Losers Are Winners
A Braintree couple who lost more than 15 stone between them have won the title of Slimming World's Couple of the Year 2012.
Simon and Tracy Bartlett had struggled to lose weight since they were teenagers.
Their size crept up after Mrs Bartlett, 42, was diagnosed with Churg-Strauss syndrome, an auto-immune disease which badly affected her lungs.
Taking daily steroids to manage the condition increased her appetite, while Mr Bartlett, 33, turned to comfort eating.
At their heaviest, Mr Bartlett weighed 18 and a half stone and Mrs Bartlett weighed 18 stone. On top of Mrs Bartlett's illness, they both suffered high blood pressure and painful joints.
In January 2011 Mr and Mrs Bartlett joined their local Slimming World group in Braintree. By December 2011 Mrs Bartlett had lost 8st 8 1/2lb and Mr Bartlett was 6st 12 1/2lb lighter.
Speaking about their combined weight loss, Mrs Bartlett said: "We want to make up for lost time. We've booked camping trips for the summer and I'm dying to try weird and wacky things like zorbing and bungee jumping, things I'd never have dreamed of doing before.''
People in Essex are being asked to vote for Princes Alexandra Hospital's children's ward to be the winner of a competition to get a new state of the art cinema.
The Cliffs Pavilion has confirmed the stars heading to Essex for this year's festive panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Anglian Water has become the first water company to trial thermal imaging drones to detect leaking water pipes.
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.