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Will Lodge

Will Lodge.

Will Lodge has been reporting on north Essex news for more than seven years, and now oversees the Essex edition of the East Anglian Daily Times. Born and bred in Essex, outside of work Will is a scout leader and has a keen interest in politics, as well as enjoying spending time with his wife and four children.

The hunt to find a new chief executive for Suffolk County Council is set to resume at the end of this month, after an attempt to recruit for the role failed last year despite a £32,000 campaign.

Air traffic controllers have one of the most high pressure jobs in the world, but for those at Stansted Airport at least they also have one hell of a view.

Health chiefs are again urging patients to consider alternative treatment options as a warning has been issued over ‘unprecedented levels of demand’ for Accident and Emergency (A&E) and GP services.

As many prepare to wrap up working for the festive break, we bring you live travel updates for Suffolk and north Essex ahead of the great Christmas getaway – which has been dubbed as Frantic Friday.

A new running race has been added to the north Essex athletics calendar – with plans for a jelly baby station in the village event.

Army chefs from Colchester Garrison helped serve up platefuls of festive cheers to homeless people in the town.

An 11-year-old from north Essex who appeared on the X Factor live final has described the experience as “the best thing in my life” – but he still wants to be a footballer.

Ed Sheeran’s newly released single – a duet with Beyonce – has reached number three in the UK charts.

A lost toy has been getting up to mischief at Stansted Airport – in a bid to find his owner.

An historic Suffolk pub which was saved from closure after the community took it over has unveiled its new look.

Two children witnessed a man committing a lewd act in an Ipswich park, police have revealed.

Witnesses are being sought after cash and jewellery were stolen during a daytime burglary in Capel St Mary.

A senior councillor who will decide which preferred routes for a dualled A120 are recommended to Government has pledged to take people’s views on board – but warned them it will not be an “X-Factor public vote”.

Traffic on the northbound A12 on the Essex and Suffolk border is being held due to an accident.

A report on feasibility studies for a new dualled A120 in Essex suggests a new junction with the A12 at Rivenhall would be the preferred option – but cannot be committed to at this stage in the project.

A new dual carriageway A120 across Essex is unlikely to use any of the existing route after highways chiefs recommended it is dropped from consideration.

Bikeology is not for everyone - but it’s a don’t miss for cyclists.

A top Essex music festival has lost its main sponsor after 22 years.

Emergency services workers in the region have been preparing for the threat of a major incident – such as a terrorist attack.

A study has revealed Stansted Airport has the highest drop-off parking fees of any airport in the country.

The number of speeding drivers sent on awareness courses in Essex has increased by around 8,000 in the past year.

A taster session for blind people who want to try running takes place next weekend.

Proposals to create extra parking spaces for commuters in Manningtree have been given the go-ahead.

Construction has begun on a £3.1million roundabout on the A120 in Essex in a bid to improve safety.

GPs in training could be offered a so-called ‘golden hello’ of £20,000 to begin their careers in rural or coastal areas in a bid to boost doctor numbers in places with recruitment issues.

Landmark buildings in Ipswich and Colchester are being lit up this week as part of a national awareness event.

How to describe Jon Richardson? Well he’s certainly better than poo on a bouncy castle!

Flying from Stansted Airport this winter? Then there’s snow reason to be worried.

Insurers across Suffolk and north Essex have raised £4,600 for charity with a whole host of events.

A £3.8million funding boost has been given to the NHS in Essex and Suffolk for three major projects.

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