Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Colchester: Zoo Sorry After Owl Killed
Colchester Zoo has apologised after a barn owl was killed by a lion during a falconry demonstration.
It happened when the owl, named Ash, became spooked during the display and flew out of the falconry area, hitting the window of another enclosure before losing her footing and falling into the lion enclosure.
Zoo staff cleared the area of visitors. Alex Downing from Colchester Zoo told Heart: "Everyone involved is obviously extremely upset about such a combination of events, and it was obviously very distressing to see, but there is nothing that anyone could have done at the time to avoid such an awful outcome.
"In twenty five years of falconry displays a fatality has never occurred as the birds do normally instinctively know that this isn’t a safe place to go. Unfortunately, we can only assume that it was because she was dazed that she flew across the enclosure."
A man has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years for murdering an uncle as he attempted to protect his niece from unwanted advances in Basildon.
Tributes have been paid to a woman who died following a collision in North Weald.
Stansted Airport is predicting its busiest Easter weekend on record.
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