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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 September 2017
  2. Essex win County Championship
  3. Attempted murder charge following stabbing
  4. Stansted flight in emergency landing
  5. Cyclist killed on Canvey
  6. Stansted Airport boss calls on government to set out aviation strategy

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By Caroline Kingdon

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Our news updates have now come to an end for the day and for the week, and it's time for us to head off home.

Many thanks for your company - we hope you've enjoyed reading the stories we've brought you.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

The weekend weather outlook

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Any rain should clear tonight, with showers becoming confined to the Norfolk coast.

It'll be mostly dry by morning with clear spells and a few fog patches.

With temperatures falling as low as 4C (39F) there could be a touch of grass frost in rural areas.

Weather graphic for 06:00 Saturday

Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, which could turn heavy with hail and thunder.

Top temperature of 15C (59F).

Sunday will start cold, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Any mist and fog patches will clear to leave mainly dry conditions with sunny spells.

There's a small chance of an isolated shower, which could be heavy and thundery.

BBC Weather has more.

Essex celebrate innings victory against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Essex players and staff react to the county's first Championship title success since 1992.

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Cricket: A mixture of emotions for Jamie Porter

How does batsman Jamie Porter describe his feelings after Essex were crowned County Champions?

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Essex victory a 'fantastic achievement'

As we reported earlier, Essex have become county champions for the first time since 1992, with their closest challengers Lancashire losing to Somerset.

The cricketers are due back in Chelmsford this afternoon, but heard the result on board their coach travelling back from Birmingham.

Chief executive Derek Bowden says it's a fantastic achievement...

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Passengers on diverted flight set to take off

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Passengers on a Ryanair flight that had to perform an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport are due to depart for their original destination soon.

A spokesman for the airport said they're set to leave for Copenhagen at 13:46.

The Boeing 737 set off from Stansted at 08:07, and landed at East Midlands at about 10:15.

It was towed off the runway and the area was cleared an by 11:15.

East Midlands Airport said disruption to other services was "minimal", with one incoming flight forced to divert to Birmingham airport to refuel before it arrived in East Midlands.

East Midlands Airport Ryanair Stansted diversion
Stefan Kornas

BreakingAttempted murder charge following Ongar stabbing

An 18-year-old man from Leyton has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Ongar.

Officers were called to Cripsey Avenue at about 17:00 on Wednesday and found a man with a stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

The teenager is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court later.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man from Buckhurst Hill was arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.

An 18-year-old woman from Loughton, also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has been released without charge.

Air crash investigators sent to airport

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Investigators from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been sent to East Midlands Airport, where a plane made an emergency landing after losing a wheel.

Traffic was held on the nearby M1 motorway while the jet landed.

East Midlands Airport Ryanair diverted flight
Stefan Kornas

The flight from Stansted to Copenhagen was diverted soon after taking off.

In a statement, Ryanair said the aircraft "landed safely" and passengers were being put onto another flight.

BreakingEssex win 2017 County Championship

So that's it - Essex have won their first cricket County Championship title since 1992!

Ryan ten Doeschate's team put themselves on the brink of glory when they trounced Warwickshire by an innings inside three days at Edgbaston.

But after their eighth victory of a remarkable season, Essex had to wait for second-placed Lancashire's failure to win away to Somerset to be confirmed before they could start celebrating the silverware.

And it's been confirmed - Lancashire duly lost by seven wickets at Taunton, and Essex have therefore completed their task with two matches to spare in their first season back in the top flight.

Huge congratulations!

Keep an eye on BBC Sport for all the reaction.

Cyclist killed on Canvey

A 53-year-old cyclist has died after crashing with a red Volvo estate on Canvey.

It happened on Canvey Road shortly before 06:15.

Three men in the car were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are being questioned.

Anyone who saw the crash or who has dashcam footage has been asked to contact Essex Police.

Steven Croft

Essex become county champions for the first time since 1992 as closest challengers Lancashire lose to Somerset at Taunton.

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Cricket: Looking back to 1992

With Essex hoping to be crowned county champions, here's a look back to the last time they won...

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Stansted boss calls for government to set out airport's vision

The boss of Stansted Airport has called on the government to put in place a national aviation strategy to unlock air capacity.

Ken O'Toole says a lot more can be done to improve UK's connectivity with the rest of the world, as the country prepares to leave the UK and at a time when airport capacity is at a premium.

"The UK is going to need to the aviation industry to be at the top of its game over the next 10-15 years," he said.

Ken O'Toole
Stansted Airport

Mr O'Toole, who was appointed chief executive of the Essex airport last month, says it'll shortly be applying to raise the planning cap to allow it to make full use of Stansted's runway.

To get the most from our airports, he said the joined-up thinking on road, rail and aviation policies should be a priority for the government.

In the case of Stansted, a key priority is creating the best possible rail links from the airport to London and Cambridge... faster journey times will expand our reach and strengthen our ability to attract the increasing number of long-haul airlines that wish to serve London."

Ken O'TooleChief executive of Stansted Airport

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, before J30 for A13 Lakeside.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise before J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A130 Essex westbound

BBC News Travel

A130 Essex westbound severe accident, at Mulberry Road.

A130 Essex - A130 Canvey Road in Canvey Island closed westbound at the Mulberry Road junction, because of a serious accident involving a car and a motorbike. On the roundabout. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'A good all-round performance'

County Championship (play starts 10:30 BST)

Essex celebrate
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More from Essex batsman Ravi Bopara (see 10:21 entry).

He says the soon-to-be-champions' success is down to a "good all-round performance" rather than any individual.

"We have had Tom Westley come on a long way and play for England, Simon Harmer has been unbelievable and one of our youngsters Jamie Porter has come along with 60-odd wickets, that has been a massive help," Bopara told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I think eight of our batters have got hundreds, it has been a good all-round performance.

"A lot of the lads I have grown up with and with my best mate Ryan ten Doeschate leading the side, it is just nice to be playing cricket with him for this long."

Essex started to believe 'halfway through'

County Championship (play starts 10:30 BST)

Ravi Bopara
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Champions elect Essex have to wait a little longer for mathematical confirmation, but batsman Ravi Bopara says they only started to believe they could win the title halfway through the season.

"We didn't say "let's go out and win it", Bopara told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We just said we'd make our signings and enjoy every day and work hard but halfway through the season we started honestly saying to each other 'look we can win this'.

Cricket: Essex edge closer to title

The chairman of Essex County Cricket Club says he's thrilled that the club is on the verge of being crowned county champions for the first time since 1992.

Yesterday they thrashed Warwickshire by an innings and 56 runs, meaning their nearest rivals Lancashire need to win all their remaining matches - they're currently struggling in their game against Southend.

John Farragher says the trophy is within their grasp.

Essex cricket team celebrating after taking final Warwickshire wicket

It's a great feeling, I'm excited but I'm also a bit cautious... I've seen things happen in cricket, and when I know it's ours for certain I will be celebrating."

John FarragherChairman, Essex County Cricket Club

The latest forecast: Sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A bright and sunny start to the day, with showers developing through the late morning.

It's likely that some of these showers could be heavy at times.

Feeling chillier than yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 14C (57F).

The showers will fade overnight, leaving clear skies and a touch of ground frost.

You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

Weather graphic showing heavy showers mid-afternoon over parts of the east of England

Good morning Essex

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to a new day on Essex Live.

Throughout the day we'll bring you the latest news updates from around the county.

If you've a story you'd like to share, just lick on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

It's a nippy start to the day, but what about the rest of Friday? The weather forecast follows shortly.

Severe disruption: A130 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

A130 Essex southbound severe disruption, between A1114 Great Baddow Bypass and A132 Burnham Road.

A130 Essex - A130 closed and queuing traffic southbound between Howe Green and Rettendon Turnpike in Rettendon Place, because of a vehicle fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our live coverage today

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new plant at Peterborough

Richard Bond

Business correspondent, BBC Look East

The Centrica 'fast response' plant will provide back-up energy when renewable sources cannot, supplier says.

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Weather: Sun and showers ahead

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy with scattered showers across the BBC East region this evening, with the rumble of thunder possible across Norfolk.

Showers dying away after midnight for most, with clear spells later as the temperature dips to 6C (43F), although places like Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex could be lower.

Friday will see a mainly dry start, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain, and then a mixture of sunshine and scattered heavy showers later.

The temperature will peak at about 14C (57F).

BBC Look East weather map

Police officers injured in fail-to-stop

Two men have been arrested following an incident in Colchester yesterday where two police officers were injured.

A car failed to stop for officers in Barrack Street at about 20:30. The vehicle was then in collision with three police cars.

Two officers were injured, one suffered injuries to their wrist and hips, while another was left with cuts and bruises.

A 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man from London were arrested a short while later on suspicion of attempted assault, dangerous driving and drug offences.

They remain in custody.

Prince Harry: 'Almost an inspiration' says youngster

During his visit to a conservation project near Chelmsford, Prince Harry met children learning about the value of the countryside.

He also met youngsters taking part in a mentoring scheme, run by the Wilderness Foundation.

Its TurnAround project is designed to help them overcome family, social and personal problems.

One young girl said it was "nice to see somebody so high up admit they've still had their falls and got through to the other side".

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Cricket: Essex beat Warwickshire

Essex have bolstered their bid for a first Specsaver's County Championship crown in 25 years, with a victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston this afternoon.

They won by an innnings and 56 runs, with spinner Simon Harmer taking eight wickets in the match.

He said they'll enjoy their win tonight, but will be watching closely to see if Lancashire can keep the title race alive by beating Somerset.

Simon Harmer celebrates with team mates after taking the winning wicket
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If Somerset turn Lancashire over, then I think tonight is going to be a night filled with not a hell of a lot of sleep."

Simon HarmerEssex CCC

Woman attacked in cashpoint robbery

A woman is recovering after she was sprayed in the face during a robbery at a cash machine in Clacton-on-Sea.

The victim, who's in her 30s, approached by a man and a woman as she was withdrawing cash from a machine in Magdalen Road at about 00:15.

She was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance by the female assailant, who then demanded money.

Both the suspects punched the woman in the face before making off in a small red hatchback car.

Essex Police say there's nothing to indicate the substance was acid.

Jamie Porter took this season's haul to 63 County Championship wickets

Essex bowl out Warwickshire for 112 to win by an innings and stand on the brink of a first County Championship title since 1992.

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Simon, Emily and Nicole Dobbin

The investigation follows the jailing of 12 men connected with an attack on the woman's husband.

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Police investigation into mental health patient deaths

Essex Police say they're investigating the deaths of 25 mental health patients at nine different centres in the county since 2000.

The force initially announced that it was looking into several cases earlier this year, including the death of Matthew Leahy (pictured), at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford.

Matthew Leahy
Leahy family

Detectives have spoken to a number of people. So far no arrests have yet been made.

The new Essex Partnership University Trust offered their "deepest condolences to the parents, families and friends for the loss of their loved ones".

Matthew Leahy

Up to 25 deaths dating back to 2000 at North Essex Partnership University Trust are being investigated.

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River Colne

One theory is that Callum Brown went to the riverbank to urinate before he fell in and drowned.

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The latest forecast: Heavy showers later

Increasing amounts of showers will develop throughout the rest of the day, and these could be heavy at times.

Feeling cool in the breeze, with a top temperature of 17C (63F).

Here's a selection of photos from around the county, taken by our merry band of BBC Weather Watchers:

Poppies against a grey sky
A swimmer by a moored boat
A young puppy with a toy
M1 crash

Maria Rossi, know as Olga, and her husband Dario collided with a vehicle that crossed the barrier.

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Prince Harry arrives in Chelmsford

Prince Harry has arrived in Chelmsford...

He's here on a visit to a conservation project that teaches youngsters about the value of the countryside.

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The Chatham Green Project educates over 3,000 pupils each year.

As part of his visit, Harry will join a group of pupils from Felsted School who're taking part in a nature immersion programme.

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