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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday: January 12

This Week's News and Sport

   Braintree Council planning officers have given the thumbs-up to plans to build a new three-storey office building in Great Notley ahead of the final decision by Braintree Council planning officers.
The scheme will see a large building put up in a meadow area off Seybourne Park, along with a new car park for up to 266 vehicles. There will also be spaces created for motorcycles and bicycles.
The new offices will accommodate the employment of 320 staff and further growth in the area as the existing nearby site on Springwood Industrial Estate is full.

   A missing16 year-old teenager not seen since December 27 has been found safe and well. Officers had appealed for information to help find the youngster, who has links to Kelvedon and Witham, but police have now confirmed the boy from Colchester is safe, and thanked people for their help.

And now for the sport


   Braintree made the long journey up the A1 to visit Yorkshire side, FC Halifax Town, and came home with a point from a goal-less draw.
Iron were arguably the better of the two sides during a cagey first forty-five minutes but after the interval the home side took the initiative. Braintree weathered the early second half pressure and forced their way into the game and it was to Amaluzar again who nearly opened the scoring when his effort from the edge of the 18-yard box skimmed the far upright. But defences proved to be on top and Iron had to settle for a point.
Braintree were the victims of a FA Trophy 'giant-killing' - bowing out of the competition at the First Round stage in the twice-rearranged tie at Salisbury on Tuesday evening, going down 2-1.
Witham Town limped off the pitch battered and bruised after their 2-1 win against Brentwood Town, but a further three 'Bostik League Division North' points had a remarkably soothing effect.
Manager Mark Ashford felt Danny Norton, Town's captain, showed exactly why he has been picked to be captain as he took over as goalkeeper after keeper Luca Collins limped from the field with a groin injury just before half-time


   Braintree Rugby Club side were the architects of their own demise as they were unable to make a winning start to 2019 at Canvey Island.
Having won all of their final four London League division three Essex games of 2018, the Black and Ambers paid the price for some carelessness as hosts Canvey edged a close game in blustery conditions to win 10-8.
It was the first game back after a three-week break for the festive period and head-coach, Jamie Clarke is looking for his players to bounce back now to make sure they stay in the promotion race.

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