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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for today and the week.

We'll be back again to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

Until then, here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've been covering:

  • Drug dealer is jailed for life for murdering Norwich man
  • Muslim students express anger over plans to close UEA prayer facility
  • Norwich City confirm five friendlies over the summer

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Essex Live team on Friday.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

These are some of the stories we've covered today:

  • Search for murdered teenager's body called off
  • Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint
  • PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend in between any showers.

That's it folks, we're signing off

The team here is starting the long (for some) journey home, but we hope you've enjoyed reading our news updates during the week as much as we've enjoyed writing them.

If you've been with us all day, you'll know exactly what's been going on across the county.

If you're just joining us, then scroll down and you can be equally well informed.

Enjoy your weekend - whatever you're doing.

We look forward to your company again from 08:00 on Monday.

Vulnerable man took own life after dressing gown cord overlooked

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A vulnerable man who died after hanging himself at a mental health unit in Essex was "failed by the state", an inquest jury has concluded.

Richard Wade, 30, died in May 2015 after being found on the floor of a shower room at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford.

His inquest heard how staff who should have looked after him failed to remove a dressing gown cord that he used to take his own life.

Linden Centre
Google

Essex Police is investigating a number of deaths at the centre since 2000.

The Essex NHS Trust said the history of serious incidents at the Linden Centre was of "great concern". It added it was "improving systems to ensure that investigations are carried out rigorously".

After an inspection of the Linden Centre in August 2015 by the Care Quality Commission, inspectors reported that "one patient attempted to strangle themselves with a ligature". A year later they found safety was still a concern.

"The trust must ensure that action is taken to remove identified ligature risks," a report said.

Communities urged to be vigilant after six burglaries in one day

Six properties in the west of the county were targetted by burglars yesterday, prompting police to remind communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

  • Rede: Resident returned home and disturbed offender, who fled in a dark-coloured hatchback car
  • Rede: Window forced open, not yet known if anything was stolen
  • Mildenhall: Jewellery and cash stolen
  • Barrow: Window forced open and laptop stolen
  • Hargrave: Window forced open and safe and computer stolen
  • West Row: Intruder alarm activated, police arrived to find a silver Land Rover Discovery had been stolen

The first five burglaries took place during daylight hours. Police say they're keeping an "open mind" about whether the crimes are linked.

Victim of Barnham collision named

A woman who died following a crash on the A134 at Barnham earlier this week has been named as 47-year-old Helen Lovegrove, from Thetford.

Ms Lovegrove, of Magdalen Street in the town, was a passenger in a Skoda Octavia that was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa, at about 10:45 on Wednesday.

A woman in her early 20s, from the Dereham area, who was the driver of the Corsa, remains in a serious condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining leg and internal injuries.

A man, in his 50s and from the Thetford area, was driving the Skoda and received treatment at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

ITFC 'aware' of motoring charges against Kevin Bru

A spokesman for Ipswich Town Football Club has told us: "We are aware of the motoring charges against Kevin and, with this being an ongoing court matter, we won't be commenting further at this point."

Mr Bru has been charged with a number of motoring offences, including speeding on the A12 and A14 on three separate occasions last year.

Kevin Bru
Getty Images

Search for murdered teenager's body called off

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A search for the body of Danielle Jones, who was murdered in 2001, has been called off, after nothing was found.

Police have been at a garage area in Stifford Clays, Grays, for five days since new information came to light about the 15-year-old's death.

Danielle Jones
Family photograph

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron said: "We were at this site acting on a credible line of inquiry following the information passed to us in February.

"Forensic searches have been completed along with investigations using ground penetrating radar and lastly searches using a specialist search dog.

"I completely stand by my decision to search this area. Not to search would have meant there would always have been a question mark over whether Danielle's body could have been buried here.

"I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this week has been for Danielle's family. Our activity here has reopened old wounds and thrust them in to the media spotlight again.

"The next steps for us will be to review the case and determine whether there are any other investigative avenues for us to take."

The girl's uncle, Stuart Campbell, was jailed for life for her kidnap and murder in 2002. He failed in an appeal against conviction three years later.

Danielle was last seen at a bus stop near her home in East Tilbury on 18 June 2001.

Fly-tippers are 'scum', deputy council leader says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The deputy leader of Basildon Borough Council, Kevin Blake, has told BBC Essex that fly-tippers are putting lives at risk, after asbestos was found in a large amount of rubbish dumped near to the Wat Tyler Country Park.

Other industrial waste was left along with used nappies and even human waste.

The offenders also knocked over two bee hives, killing more than 250,000 bees according to their keeper.

"These people could put lives at risk," he said. "Action should be taken because they're costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

"I make no apology for saying this but they are scum, the lowest of the low, and should be stopped."

Latest figures show during the 12 months to April 2016, there were more than 4,000 fly-tipping incidents in Basildon, costing over £125,000 to clear up, Mr Blake said.

Space rockers return to Ipswich for first time in 20 years

Veteran rockers Hawkwind return to Ipswich for the first time since 1996 this Sunday - a surprisingly long break considering they played at the town's Regent Theatre almost every year in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Hawkwind giglist shows they came to what was then the Gaumont annually between 1975 to 1986, with only a gap in 1983, which must be some sort of record.

Last time they played here was at Ipswich Corn Exchange in 1996, and that's where they are again this weekend in support of their new album Into The Woods.

Hawkwind
Hawkwind at the Mojo Awards in 2010, with mainstay Dave Brock in the centre

Protest at UEA over Muslim prayer space

A protest has been held at the University of East Anglia today against the closure of a Muslim prayer space.

Non-Muslim students linked arms nearby to show their support.

UEA Muslim prayers
BBC

The move comes just days before Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and religious focus for the Muslim community.

Muslim students at the UEA say they were given no notice of the closure - or offered an alternative area in which to worship.

In a statement, the UEA said it was in ongoing discussions with the Islamic Society to ensure appropriate faith provision on campus.

UEA mayor prayers
BBC

Davis makes weight at third attempt

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The American boxer Gervonta Davis has finally made the weight for his IBF World Super Featherweight title fight with Cromer's Liam Walsh - after three attempts.

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Davis took to the scale in London and weighed-in two ounces above the 130 pounds (59 kg) limit.

A second trip to the scales still showed him one ounce above. The third visit was successful.

There was no such drama for Walsh, who commented that it was "unprofessional" to not make the desired weight on the first attempt.

Illegal bus route drivers to face £60 fines

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Drivers illegally using the buses, bikes and taxis only route under the railway bridge in Duke Street, Chelmsford, will soon face fines of up to £60.

An enforcement camera is set to be installed next week to deter drivers from using the cut through, which has been illegal since October 2011.

Bus gate
Google

Signage and road markings are currently being upgraded to help make drivers more aware of the restrictions.

A section of Duke Street will be closed on 22 May, between 23:30 and 05:00, for 50 metres either side of the railway bridge.

Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Ipswich Town footballer faces motoring charges

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has been charged with a number of motoring offences, including speeding on the A12 and A14 on three separate occasions last year.

Kevin Bru
Getty Images

He's also been accused of refusing to say who was driving the car at the time, and three offences of driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The case has been adjourned until next month, when Mr Bru is due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich.

Ipswich Jazz Festival returns

The three-day Ipswich Jazz Festival, which is being held for the second time after the inaugural event in 2015, takes place next month at venues across the town.

Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band will open the festival at the Manor Ballroom on Friday, 23 June.

The venue for Saturday night is St Peter's by the Waterfront, where artists include John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe (pictured).

Vimala Rowe and John Etheridge
John Etheridge

The Back to Basie orchestra, who have been voted best British Big Band at the British Jazz Awards six times, will close the event on Sunday, 25 June.

There'll also be workshops, music photography, exhibitions and film screenings, as well as a variety of pub gigs.

PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A police officer who used "excessive force and abusive language" when restraining a man has received a final written warning for gross misconduct.

The incident happened in Braintree on 2 May and the officer, PC Grant Snow, was found at a hearing yesterday to have breached Essex Police's standards of professional behaviour.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: "I see police officers and police staff across Essex displaying professionalism, bravery and restraint in dealing with extremely challenging and often dangerous situations every single day.

"However, on this occasion, despite some provocation, the officer's actions fell below the very high standards the public and the force expect."

'Exhausted' racing pigeon lands on off-shore rig

A racing pigeon is recovering after it landed on an off shore oil rig, before it was shipped back to shore on a supply vessel.

The pigeon with one of the crew from the FS Kristiansand
RSPCA

Once the vessel had docked at the harbour yesterday morning, RSPCA Inspector Emily Astillberry met with the crew of the FS Kristiansand to collect the bird, before taking him up to the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital in East Winch, Norfolk.

Ms Astillberry said: "This poorly pigeon has had quite the journey.

"We suspect he had become lost and as he ventured further out to sea, became more and more exhausted.

"The oil rig was probably a welcome pit-stop to rest up, but when the crew found him, he was in a bad way and unable to fly."

She said she hopes the bird will be reunited with its owner soon. The RSPCA did not know the location of the oil rig.

The FS Kristiansand
RSPCA

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather Watchers

Showers will continue to hit different parts of the county throughout the afternoon, before bright intervals develop later.

This morning was characterised by angry skies, as our Weather Watchers' pictures show. Clouds gathered for the deluge which will gradually become lighter towards evening.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

More details from BBC Weather:

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