Public News Updates 18th October 2021

News Updates from Police, Highways & Wellbeing Service on 18th October 2021

News on 18th October 2021 from Local Police, Highways & the Essex Wellbeing Service:

Essex Police - Protecting against Rogue Traders

Essex Police Local Update 14

Linked below is the full newsletter, this is one of a series which focusses on:

  • The work of the Community Policing Team and Local Policing Team.
  • Crime trends.
  • Crime prevention.
  • How you can contact them.

Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston starts with an overview addressing dispersal orders in the town centre & speeding. A member of the public reported a crime which led to a speedy arrest by police. Leaders of a county line supplying drugs into Colchester have now been locked up. Two police officers received commendations. There is also an explanation of officers’ work undertaken with Essex University.

Safeguarding Children

There is a brief snippet about the risks to children using online games & social media. This week coincides with the Essex Safeguarding Children Board running a week of action from to raise awareness of a number of online safety topics, including online gaming, sending nudes images, keeping your details safe and age appropriateness. To find more details and further resources to help keep you and your children online visit their website.


The newsletter updates on statistics, upcoming events and some seasonal tips to help keep you safe at home, shopping, visiting, and after Christmas.

Closure of New Church Road

New Church Road will be closed for approximately 450m between its junction with Lexden Road to its junction with Chapel Road from 20th October . Essex County Council will be undertaking draining works during the closure. The closure is expected to last until 26th October.

An alternative route is available via Lexden Road, The Crescent, Colchester Road, Chapel Road and vice versa. Emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will have access at all times during the closure.

Digital Champions

Essex Wellbeing Service

The Essex Wellbeing Service are looking for community volunteers to help with an array of tasks such as:

  • Buddy support for e.g. shopping, dog walking, physical activity, IT issues
  • Food shopping
  • Dog walking
  • Keep a garden accessible (grass gutting and weed control)
  • Medicine collecting
  • Posting Mail
  • Phone Friend
  • Safeguarding door-step check
  • Transport to hospital or GP

If you wish to become a ‘Digital Champion’ you will need to sign up with the EWS as a volunteer. You can do so here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for ‘jobs.’ Then you can select for yourself what is most appropriate.