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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 12 January 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

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. 

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

  2. Weather: Showers tonight, skies clearing towards dawn

    BBC Weather

    Showers will push through the first part of the night, clearing to leave patchy cloud and clear spells. Under the clearer skies we may see some frost or the odd icy patch. 

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather map for Essex

    It will be a fine start to the day tomorrow with plenty of sunshine, though it will feel cold. 

  3. Essex MP raises concerns over Stansted Airport rail links

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Stansted Airport will "struggle" to cope with increasing passenger demand unless the government improves the rail link to London, an Essex MP says.

    Sir Alan Haselhurst

    The Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Sir Alan Haselhurst, has been leading a debate on the issue in Parliament.

    He told the Commons "years of neglect" in the rail line also posed a threat to the economy of the entire region.

  4. Thai beach murders: Hannah Witheridge's sister criticises police

    The sister of a Thai murder victim has criticised the police inquiry into the case and says she got death threats.

    Hannah Witheridge

    Two Burmese migrants were sentenced to death for the murders of University of Essex student Hannah Witheridge (pictured), 23, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey, on Koh Tao. 

    Laura Witheridge said police "bungled" the investigation and feels frightened after being sent defaced photographs from people in Thailand. The Thai Embassy and Royal Thai Police have been asked to comment.

  5. Your pictures: Sunset over Thurrock

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Rob who tweeted us this photo of the sunset over Thurrock this evening. 

    Sunset over Thurrock

    You can send us your Essex pictures by email, or tweet them to us.

  6. Headlines: Thai murder case 'led to death threats'... Fuel tanker crashes

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories for Essex:

    • The sister of a Thai murder victim has criticised the police inquiry into the case and says she got death threats
    • A judge has been summing up at the trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Pitsea
    • A tanker carrying 5,000 litres (1,100 gallons) of fuel has crashed and tipped onto its side in Sible Hedingham
  7. Tanker carrying 5,000 litres of fuel crashes

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A tanker carrying 5,000 litres (1,100 gallons) of fuel has crashed and tipped onto its side in Sible Hedingham.

    Delvin End

    It happened at Delvin End at 14:20 and it's understood hundreds of litres of kerosene entered the watercourse.

    Highways officers, the Environment Agency and Essex Police remain at the scene. The driver is in the care of paramedics.

  8. Witham FC fan James Beardwell lucky in love after starring in The Undateables

    Braintree & Witham Times

    A football club’s number one fan believes he could be on the path to true love after appearing on a TV show.

  9. Colchester United 'realistic' about FA Cup chances

    BBC Sport

    Colchester United assistant manager David Wright says the club must be realistic about their chances of overcoming Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    David Wright

    The League One side beat Championship club Charlton in the last round.

    "Both sides are flying at the top of the Premier League, they're aiming for the top four and maybe even the title," Wright told BBC Essex.

  10. Family robbed while waiting for takeaway

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Three men have forced their way into a home in Benfleet, demanding money from a woman and her three children, police say.

    Parkstone Avenue

    They were inside the property in Parkstone Avenue waiting for a takeaway delivery at 19:30 on Sunday when the incident happened.

    The men are said to have forced their way inside and made the victim, who is in her 20s, hand over cash she had left aside to pay for the food. Nobody was injured. 

  11. What happens when you recycle your Christmas tree?

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Ever wondered what happens to your Christmas tree after the festive period has past? Uttlesford District Council has posted the process on its Facebook Page.

    Man recycling a Christmas Tree

    The authority says over the weekend six tonnes of trees were recycled across the district, the equivalent weight of an adult African elephant.

    The greenery will now be taken to a composter in Suffolk, where it's screened, shredded, and left to compost for six to nine months. After all that it's bagged and sold as soil improver.

  12. Watch: Why junior doctors are on strike

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    About 180 junior doctors at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford have joined an England-wide 24-hour strike in a row with the government over a new contract.  

    They have been urged to return to the negotiating table by the health secretary, who described their strike as "completely unnecessary".  

    Simi Bansal, who is a junior doctor at Broomfield Hospital and a British Medical Association representative, explains to me why she walked out...

  13. Jordan Taylor trial: Judge begins summing up

    Colleen Harris

    BBC Essex

    A judge has begun summing up at the trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend at a Pitsea horse sanctuary.

    Laura Davies

    Chelmsford Crown Court heard Laura Davies, 21, was stabbed more than 80 times outside the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society in July last year. 

    Jordan Tayor, 22, from Pitsea Hall Lane in the town, denies the charge.

  14. Weather: Becoming increasingly windy and showery

    BBC Weather

    It will turn increasingly showery into the afternoon but still with some sunny spells. The showers may be heavy at times, and it will feel cold as the wind picks up. 

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map for Essex
  15. Headlines: Junior doctors strike... Southend Hospital steps down 'critical alert'

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories this lunchtime:

    • A number of operations have been cancelled at Essex hospitals as junior doctors strike over proposed contract changes
    • Southend Hospital says it has now stepped down from its "critical internal incident" status
    • Firefighters are warning motorists not to drive on flooded roads after a man had to be rescued from his car in Shalford
  16. Fourth successive Braintree match postponed

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex Sport

    The National League game between Braintree and Kidderminster Harriers has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

    The decision was taken following an inspection at the Amlin Stadium a short while ago.

    Braintree have now had four successive fixtures postponed.

  17. Junior doctors dispute explained

    What has caused junior doctors to walk out in a 24-hour strike?

    Contract changes chart
    • Junior doctors' leaders are objecting to the prospect of a new contract in England
    • The new contract includes an 11% rise in basic pay for junior medics, but also cuts the number of hours during the working week that are classed as unsociable - and therefore attract an extra payment - by 25%
    • The government has described the current arrangements as "outdated" and "unfair", pointing out they were introduced in the 1990s
  18. Man rescued from flooded car

    Laura Safe

    BBC Essex

    A man had to be rescued when he got trapped in his car in floodwater in Shalford.

    Man being rescued

    Essex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 09:20 this morning to Cobham Mill. 

    Crews had to use a rescue boat to bring the man safely back to dry land. Firefighters are warning motorists not to drive on flooded roads.

  19. Junior doctors' strike: Former patient joins picket line

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    A former Broomfield Hospital patient has joined junior doctors on the picket line in Chelmsford as medics walk out over proposed contract changes

    Former patient joins picket line at Broomfield Hospital

    Sue Moorhall from Great Waltham was treated for a broken leg a couple of years ago, telling me "more staff and money" was needed in the NHS.

    "I know I will need these people, and we need to treat them properly," she said.