Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
In what is thought to be a world first, monkeys at Colchester Zoo have developed their own sign language.
The Mandrills put their hands over their eyes when they want to be left alone, a gesture never seen anywhere else.
At first zoo keepers thought there was something wrong with the monkeys eyes, but after studying them for a while scientists worked out they were creating their own 'do not disturb' sign.
It is the first time monkeys have taught themselves their own gestures.
Other monkeys have also been taught to open their mouths on command so zoo keepers can check their teeth.
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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