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Summary

  1. Essex has the highest number of so-called 'revenge porn' incidents in the East of England
  2. Rail operator c2c introduces more timetable changes following passenger feedback
  3. Updates for Monday, 4 January 2016

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By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Essex have finished for today. 

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all the latest news for the county.

    Have a great evening.

  2. Weather: Occasional showers, perhaps heavy in places

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Occasional showers will continue across the county overnight, turning heavy at times, but the winds will drop overnight to allow isolated mist or fog patches to develop towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map for Essex for 05:00 tomorrow morning

    Tomorrow any early mist or fog will soon clear, leaving otherwise a day of bright or sunny intervals and occasional showers.

    You will find more forecast information where you live from BBC Weather.  

  3. Colchester's Dan Holman loan spell ends

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex sport

    Colchester United striker Dan Holman's loan at National League side Woking has ended.

    Dan Holman

    He scored 14 goals in 26 games.

    BBC Essex understands he has another move lined up to a Football League side.

  4. Two girls aged 10 hit by car in Chelmsford

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Two 10-year-old girls have been hit by a car in Chelmsford.

    Arbour Lane

    It happened at about 12:15 this afternoon in Arbour Lane.

    Police say the girls sustained slight injuries and inquiries are ongoing.

  5. Conservative Bill Sharp 'delighted' at not guilty assault verdict

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    Bill Sharp (pictured centre), a Conservative member of Castle Point Borough Council, says he is "delighted" to be acquitted of assaulting a UKIP activist

    Bill Sharp (centre) and three Tory councillors

    At Southend Magistrates' Court today, the 68-year-old was found not guilty of beating James Parkin, who was campaigning outside Mr Sharp's surgery in the run-up to the elections.

    He said the stress of the court case had taken its toll: "I'm a big guy, I'm 6ft 5in and was 18st. I am now 17st - I'm still 6ft 5in, thank God - because of the huge stress I've been under."

  6. Phone charger causes Shoeburyness bedroom fire

    Essex Fire and Rescue says it was called to a blaze caused by an unattended phone charger in Shoeburyness this afternoon.

    Frobisher Road

    Emergency crews attended the first floor bedroom at a home in Frobisher Way (pictured) at about 13:50.

    The fire was extinguished around 30 minutes later, there are no reports of any injuries.

  7. Headlines: Tory cleared of assaulting UKIP rival... Bedroom fire caused by phone charger

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here's are the top stories we're currently looking at in Essex:

    • A Conservative Castle Point borough councillor has been cleared of assaulting a UKIP activist in the run-up to elections last year
    • Jewellery found in the house of a Benfleet man accused of taking part of the Hatton Garden burglary was not from the raid, a court has heard
    • Essex Fire and Rescue is blaming an unattended phone charger for causing a house fire in Shoeburyness this afternoon
  8. Pitsea horse sanctuary worker murder trial to begin tomorrow

    Colleen Harris

    BBC Essex

    The trial of a man accused of murdering a horse sanctuary worker in Pitsea is expected to begin tomorrow.

    Chelmsford Crown Court

    Laura Davies, 21, died after being found with several stab wounds near the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society on 3 July last year.

    Jordan Taylor, 22, of Basildon, who she had been in a relationship with, is charged with murder and due to stand trial at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading not guilty.

  9. Hatton Garden raid: Benfleet man 'hid jewellery as he was security-conscious'

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Jewellery found in the house of a Benfleet man accused of taking part of the Hatton Garden burglary was not from the raid, a court has heard.

    A drawing of Taxi driver Jon Harbinson

    Cherie Wright, partner of Jon Harbinson, today told Woolwich Crown Court that valuable items found by police hidden behind cupboards in their house were more than 15 years old.

    She said Mr Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, had also been "acting normally" at the time of the raid. He denies conspiracy to commit burglary.

  10. Fire service calls for 'common sense' after driver becomes stranded in floodwater

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Essex Fire and Rescue says drivers should "exercise a little common sense" when faced with floodwater after a woman had to be rescued near Braintree earlier this morning. 

    Woman being rescued from a car

    The motorist had to be taken to dry land in a rescue boat after her car became stuck in Shalford Green.

    "Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars", a spokesperson said. 

  11. Man arrested over betting shop robbery

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A 32-year-old man is being questioned by detectives following a robbery at a betting shop on Canvey Island.

    Futherwick Road

    Essex Police launched an investigation after an incident at the Paddy Power bookmakers in Furtherwick Road on Saturday. 

    The arrested man is being held on sususpicion of robbery.

  12. Driver rescued from Braintree flood

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A woman has been rescued by Essex firefighters after driving her car into floodwater near Braintree.

    A woman being rescued for her car in a boat

    Emergency crews were called to Shalford Green just before 09:00 this morning. 

    The motorist was taken to dry land in a rescue boat.

  13. Conservative Bill Sharp not guilty of UKIP assault

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    A Conservative councillor at Castle Point Borough Council has been found not guilty of assaulting a UKIP activist in the run-up to elections last year.

    Bill Sharp (left) and Hadleigh fire station (right)

    Bill Sharp, 68, (pictured) was accused of beating James Parkin, who was campaigning outside Mr Sharp's surgery in Hadleigh on 14 March 2015.

    Following a one-day trial at Southend Magistrates' Court the councillor was acquitted.

  14. Police describe Witham river attack as 'nasty'

    Laura Safe

    BBC Essex

    An attack on a 60-year-old man who was left "lying face-down" in a river in Witham has been described as "nasty" by the investigating officer.

    Essex Police say the victim was punched and then pushed into the water on Guithavon Road on 29 December at about 22:10.

    Det Con Alan Lewis said the victim had been "left shaken" and was unable to get a description of the men as "the incident happened very quickly". 

  15. Man, 60, 'left lying face-down' in river after being attacked

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A 60-year-old man has been pushed into a river in Witham after he was assaulted by a group of men.

    Guithavon Road

    Essex Police said the victim was asked to lend his mobile phone by four men in Guithavon Road at about 22:10 on 29 December. 

    When he declined he was assaulted from behind before being pushed into the river, where he was left lying face-down. He suffered bruises, grazes and swelling.

  16. Islamic State video shows 'cowardly nature' of terrorists

    A former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, who is based near Colchester, says he thinks a new Islamic State group video shows the "cowardly nature" of terrorists.

    Col Richard Kemp

    Security services are trying to establish the identity of a masked man, with a British accent, who appears in the 10-minute film.

    Col Richard Kemp said the video showed "an English-speaking terrorist waving a pistol but terrified to show his face".

  17. Weather: Bright with scattered heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Generally dry and bright initially but scattered showers are likely to become more frequent during the afternoon, with some turning heavy at times, especially towards evening. 

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather chart for Southend-on-Sea up until 23:00
  18. What is the 'revenge porn' law?

    Jenni Hulse

    BBC Essex

    As BBC Essex exclusively reveals, our county has the highest number of reports of so-called revenge porn in the East of England. Here's what the law says:

    • Sharing sexual photos or videos of another person without their consent came became an offence in England and Wales on 13 April 2015
    • The law is covered under an amendment in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015
    • It can include images posted on social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and those sent by text without permission
    • Convicted offenders could face up to two years in prison
    • Scotland and Northern Ireland are considering similar laws
  19. Headlines: Man attacked and pushed in river... Southend United 'playing like individuals'

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the stories we're looking at this lunchtime: 

    • An investigation has been launched after a 60-year-old man was attacked and "left lying face down" in a river in Witham 
    • A 32-year-old man is being questioned by detectives this lunchtime following a robbery at a betting shop on Canvey Island
    • Southend United boss Phil Brown says his team are "playing like individuals" following their second heavy loss at home in a row