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  1. The UKIP MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, exclusively tells BBC Essex the party needs a "fresh face" as leader
  2. Essex firefighters deal with a blaze at a derelict industrial building in Wickford
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Jack Warren

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Essex have finished for this week.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Harlow estate named in memory of fallen WW1 brothers

    A new council housing development in Harlow named in memory of three brothers killed during WW1 has been unveiled today.

    Riley Mews being unveiled

    Cyril, Francis and Thomas Riley, whose family ran a greengrocer's and a post office in Burnt Mill, lost their lives during the conflict more than 100 years ago. 

    The estate is the second in recent weeks to be named after fallen Harlow soldiers.

  3. Forensic investigations carried out after Clacton murder

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Forensic investigations of a property where the body of a woman was found earlier today are still being carried out, police say.

    A post mortem examination has not yet taken place, but detectives believe the woman - who was in her 50s - was killed.

    The force is also carrying out house-to-house enquiries and is examining CCTV footage from nearby properties.

  4. Police deploy stinger to stop thieves

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A stinger was deployed following a police pursuit on Canvey Island night. 

    Car crashed into a barrier

    Essex Police tells us it followed the car after investigating a robbery in Leigh-on-Sea earlier that evening. 

    Three men were arrested after the vehicle came to a crashing halt on Somnes Avenue. 

  5. Clacton murder: Police 'urgently' looking for man

    Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Clacton say they're urgently trying to find a 25-year-old man, Scott Hilling.

    Scott Hilling

    He's 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall with short brown hair, a goatee beard and a moustache.

    Police say he has a tattoo of the word "Hillen" on his neck and a tattoo of a cross on his left hand. Anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him and to call police immediately.

  6. Clacton murder: Woman in her 50s found dead

    Essex Police says the body of a woman in her 50s was found at a property in Old Road, Clacton (pictured), at 10:50 this morning.

    Old Road, Clacton

    Officers were called following reports of concern for the welfare of a resident, a police spokesman said.

    The force has started a murder investigation and detectives are urgently trying to find Scott Hilling, 25.

  7. BreakingMurder investigation started in Clacton

    Police have started a murder investigation after a woman's body was found in Clacton.

    More to follow.

  8. Weather: Cloudy and mild tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be cloudy and very mild with most places staying dry overnight. The winds will be strong and gusty in coastal spots such as Clacton-on-Sea. 

    Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather forecast for Saturday afternoon

    Tomorrow most places will be dry with a good deal of cloud, but with some sunny spells. It will be windy, but exceptionally mild and remaining dry overnight.

  9. Headlines: Car smash wrecks home in Braintree and Carswell not considering leaving UKIP

    Laura Safe

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories for Essex this afternoon:

  10. Police officer attacked in Clacton disturbance

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    Three men have been arrested after a police officer was assaulted in Clacton this morning.

    Colne Road, Clacton

    Essex Police says it was contacted in the early hours with reports of a large disturbance in Colne Road. 

    When a male police constable arrived he was attacked causing a head injury. Three local men aged 27, 23 and 19 were arrested and taken into custody for questioning.

  11. Emergency services attend M11 lorry crash

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Essex Fire and Rescue says it is sending four fire crews to deal with a crash between two lorries on the London-bound M11

    One lane is currently closed between J7 for Harlow and J6 for the M25.

    The service says paramedics and police are also attending.

  12. Picture of the day: A bee at Beth Chatto Gardens

    Thanks to Chrissie Alexander who added a little sunshine to our Local Live page today with this bee at the Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market.

    A bee at Beth Chatto

    You can share your pictures with us via email or by heading to our Facebook page.

  13. Kevin Keen favourite to be next Colchester manager

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex Sport

    Former West Ham caretaker manager and Reading assistant boss Kevin Keen has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to be named as the next manager of Colchester United.

    Kevin Keen

    The U’s are on the hunt for a new boss after parting company with Tony Humes last month.

    Current caretaker manager Wayne Brown ruled himself out of the job yesterday.

  14. Delivery driver robbed of parcels in Stanford-le-Hope

    Laura Safe

    BBC Essex

    A delivery driver has been threatened with a knife and robbed in Stanford-le-Hope.

    Coleman Close

    Essex Police says the victim was approached by a man in Colman Close at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon who made him open his van. 

    The suspect stole a number of parcels before running away. He is described as mixed race, aged between 18 and 23, with dark stubble.

  15. Sir David Amess appeals to government to bring home his tortoise

    Southend Echo

    Southend West MP Sir David Amess has appealed to his government to help him bring back a pet tortoise he was given as a gift in Cyprus.

  16. Brother and sister jailed after burgling spree

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A brother and sister from Colchester have been jailed after a series of burglaries across five counties earlier this year.

    Chelmsford Crown Court

    Rosanna and George Ruffell, both from Barrack Street, were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal between April and June. 

    • Rosanna Ruffell, 23, jailed for two years and six months
    • George Ruffell, 18, jailed for four years and three months
    • A 16-year-old boy - who can't be named becuase of his age - given a youth rehabilitation order
  17. Waterlogged pitch postpones Braintree game

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex Sport

    Tonight's National League match between Braintree Town and Wrexham has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

    National League ball

    The surface passed an initial inspection on Thursday, but a further inspection today deemed parts of the pitch unplayable.

    Braintree Town P-P Wrexham

    National League ball

    Friday's National League match between Braintree Town and Wrexham is postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

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  18. Watch: Braintree car smash brings home to 'rack and ruin'

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    David Skeates describes the moment his family home in Twelve Acres was reduced to "rack and ruin" when a car smashed through the front wall last night.

  19. How do you see Southend's future?

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Have you got a view on how you want Southend to be developed in the future? 

    Residents and businesses are being asked for their thoughts on the council's plans over the next five years.

    Southend beach huts

    You can check out the proposals here.