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Summary

  1. Ramsden Heath stabbing: Woman charged with attempted murder
  2. School children are rescued from bus which became trapped in flood water near Bishops Stortford
  3. Essex all-rounder Graham Napier has announced he will retire from cricket at the end of the 2016 season
  4. Updates for Monday, 11 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

    Updates for Essex Live have finished for today, but we'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

    Have a great evening.

  2. Weather: Clear spells later with ground frost

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Any evening showers will clear and the cloud will break tonight. This will allow a touch of ground frost to form in places with a minimum temperature of 3C (37F).

    Weather map for Essex

    Tomorrow will be mainly dry and bright during the morning but cloud will increase with showers developing from midday and through the afternoon.

    For more on the forecast where you live, head to BBC Weather.

  3. Elderly woman grabbed and attacked by cyclist

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    An 87-year-old woman has been left shaken after she was pushed, grabbed and shout at by a man on a bike in Clacton, police say.

    Alton Park Road

    The victim was walking in Alton Park Road on Christmas Eve when the male cyclist blocked the path, pushed his knee into her leg, grabbed her coat collar and shouted. 

    The suspect is described as white, aged about 50 and of heavy build.

  4. Southend Hospital declares 'critical' incident

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Southend Hospital says it has declared a "critical internal incident" because of the increasing pressures on its emergency services.

    Southend Hospital

    Bosses say the facility is losing the ability to deliver its critical services as it's already operating at full capacity. 

    The hospital is now calling on staff from other areas, such as the local Clinical Commission Groups, to assist.    

  5. Colchester United 'dream' of Premier League FA Cup draw

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex sport

    Colchester United's Alex Gilbey says he hopes the club will be paired with a big Premier League side in the next round of the FA Cup.

    Alex Gilbey

    The U's are ball number 7 in tonight's draw which is live on BBC One at 19:15. 

    The midfielder said: "I want Arsenal at home, I think that would be my dream".

  6. Stansted Airport records busiest year since 2007

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Stansted Airport has recorded its busiest year since 2007, with more than 22 million passengers passing through the terminal in 2015, an increase of more than 2.5 million on 2014.

    Stansted Airport passenger growth

    Andrew Harrison, the airport's managing director, said: "During the year we saw six consecutive months of two million-plus passengers.

    "We ended the year with the second busiest December in the airport's history", he added.

  7. Headlines: Four deny murdering lorry driver... Stansted Airport records busiest year

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories for Essex this afternoon:

    • Four people, including a 15-year-old girl, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Basildon lorry driver Darren Kelly
    • Stansted Airport has recorded its busiest year since 2007, with more than 22 million passengers passing through the terminal in 2015
    • Essex firefighters are warning about driving into flooded roads after several school children were rescued from a bus in Farnham
  8. Man threatened with samurai sword on Canvey Island

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been threatened with what is believed to have been a samurai sword. 

    Link Road, Canvey

    Essex Police was called to a house in Link Road, Canvey, at 04:00 on Saturday following reports a man was threatened.

    The suspect left the scene in a black VW Golf. Armed officers and police helicopter searched the area but he was not found.

  9. Basildon stabbing: Four plead not guilty to Darren Kelly murder

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Four people, including a 15-year-old girl, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of a man in Basildon.

    Darren Kelly

    Lorry driver Darren Kelly (pictured), 42, from Basildon, was fatally stabbed after a street row on 20 October last year. 

    Chris Carroll, 20, of Pevensey Close, Pitsea, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier alongside the girl and two boys aged 17 and 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The trial is due to start on 11 April.   

  10. No probe into Ferne McCann spider trial on I'm a Celebrity, Ofcom says

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! will not be investigated over a controversial episode that saw Essex contestant Ferne McCann eat a live spider in a Bushtucker Trial.

    Ferne McCann eating a live spider

    Ofcom received 1,448 complaints about the Bushtucker Bonanza task aired last month, which saw The Only Way Is Essex star McCann swirl the water spider around a glass before eating it. 

    A spokesman said: "In our view, this task was in keeping with the well-established format of this reality series and was unlikely to have exceeded audience expectations."

  11. Football: Braintree sign Ipswich keeper Crowe

    BBC Sport

    Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe has joined National League side Braintree Town on a one-month loan.

    Michael Crowe

    The 20-year-old Wales Under-19 international had a recent loan spell at Stevenage, but did not make a first-team appearance.

    Braintree are due to face Kidderminster at home on Tuesday after their weekend game at Torquay was postponed.

    Braintree sign Ipswich keeper Crowe

    Michael Crowe

    Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe joins National League side Braintree Town on a one-month loan.

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  12. Weather: Becoming brighter with some showers

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon the wind will become lighter everywhere and any showers will become less frequent and lighter too, with some bright or sunny spells developing. 

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Floods at Leigh-on-Sea

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Tractor Andy for this image from Leigh-on-Sea today.

  13. Children 'fine and at school' after bus became stuck in flood

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    I have spoken to the bus company whose vehicle became trapped in flood water in Farnham, near Bishops Stortford, earlier. Six schoolchildren had to be rescued, Essex Fire and Rescue says.

    Bus stuck in flood water in Farnham

    Robert Sinnott, from ACME transport services, told me it was in the process of recovering the bus and all the children were "fine and had got to school".

    "We notified the school that they would be late," he added.

  14. M25 slip road to remain closed into evening after fatal crash

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    The northbound M25 to the M11 will remain closed until "early evening" after a fatal crash late last night, police say. 

    We're told a lorry struck a bridge before overturning at J27 about 23:50. The driver died at the scene. 

    Essex Police says they want to speak to anybody who witnessed the collision, especially a male driver who stopped at the scene but left prior to the emergency services arriving. 

  15. Brown keeps Southend players inside dressing room for two hours after defeat

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex sport

    Southend United boss Phil Brown says his decision to keep his players in the dressing room for more than two hours after Saturday's defeat was a "high risk" strategy as it could upset people.

    Phil Brown

    The Blues let a two goal lead slip in the League One defeat at Swindon. The match finished just before 17:00, but the players didn't leave the dressing room until after 19:00. 

    Brown told BBC Essex: "You run the risk of falling out with people, but that's life".

  16. Chelmsford prisoner 'electrocuted', inquest hears

    Colleen Harris

    BBC Essex

    An inquest has opened into the death of a man who died at Chelmsford Prison a week ago.

    Dean Saunders with his son Teddy

    Chelmsford Coroners' Court heard a post-mortem examination on Dean Saunders, 25, suggested he was electrocuted. 

    The inquest has been adjourned until September.

  17. Headlines: Schoolchildren rescued from flooded bus... Chelmsford prisoner inquest opens

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories for Essex this lunchtime: 

    • Six school children have been rescued from a bus which became stuck in flood water near Bishops Stortford this morning 
    • An inquest has opened into the death of a man who died at Chelmsford Prison a week ago
    • A woman has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Ramsden Heath 
  18. Cricket: Essex all-rounder Napier to retire

    BBC Sport

    Essex all-rounder Graham Napier has announced he will retire from cricket at the end of the 2016 season.

    Graham Napier

    The 36-year-old made his Essex debut in 1997 and has gone on to play 157 first-class, 213 List A and 97 Twenty20 matches for the county.

    Napier will become director of the cricket academy named after him at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, an opportunity he said "he could not turn down". 

    Essex all-rounder Napier to retire

    Graham Napier

    Essex all-rounder Graham Napier announces he will retire from cricket at the end of the 2016 season.

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