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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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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, thanks for joining us.

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

    Enjoy your evening.

  2. Weather: Cloudy tonight, with heavy rain at times

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be cloudy overnight, with outbreaks of heavy rain at times. The rain may turn wintry over higher ground. 

    Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather map for tomorrow at 15:00

    Tomorrow will be a cold and cloudy day, with outbreaks of rain, sleet and perhaps a little wet snow during the morning. 

    This will clear during the afternoon, with drier and brighter conditions following.

  3. Colchester United: FA Cup game date announced

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex Sport

    It has been confirmed this afternoon that Colchester United's FA Cup fourth round match against Premier League opponents will be held on Saturday 30 January.

    FA Cup

    The U's face either Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City in the 12:45 fixture, which will be broadcast on BT Sport.

    Club officials say the first phase of ticket sales will "acknowledge the loyalty of Season Ticket and multi-game pack holders". Prices are yet to be announced.

  4. E-fit released after girl, 16, sexually assaulted on Thurrock bus

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    An e-fit has been released of a man police want to speak to after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a bus in Thurrock.


    Detectives say the suspect ran his hand up and down the victim's thigh as he got off the number 200 First bus, at about 10:40 on 15 December. 

    The man is described as white, around 5ft 8in (1.72m) tall with a large build. He was wearing glasses, dark brown boot cut trousers and a dirty faded green polo shirt.

  5. Police recover 31 suspected stolen watches in Colchester

    Paul Joslin

    BBC Essex

    Police have released photos of 31 suspected stolen watches recovered from a raid in Colchester last month.

    Six suspected stolen watches

    Officers executed a search warrant at an address in the town on Christmas Eve and want to return the wrist watches to their owners. 

    You can see the full gallery here.

  6. Overturned fuel tanker 'all cleared up'

    Yesterday we told you that a tanker carrying 5,000 litres (1,100 gallons) of fuel had crashed and tipped onto its side in Sible Hedingham.

    The Environment Agency tweeted this earlier. 

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  7. Headlines: Jordan Taylor trial jurors sent home... Company fined over forklift truck incident

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

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

    • Jurors considering their verdict against a man accused of murdering his girlfriend near a horse sanctuary in Pitsea have been sent home for the day  
    • A car has been damaged after a road sign was "deliberately" uprooted and left in the middle of a country lane in Manningtree 
    • A building supplies company from Colchester has been fined £63,370 after a customer was hit by a forklift truck 
  8. Jordan Taylor trial: Jurors sent home for the day

    Colleen Harris

    BBC Essex

    Jurors considering their verdict against a man accused of murdering his girlfriend near a horse sanctuary in Pitsea have been sent home for the day. 

    Laura Davies

    Jordan Taylor, 22, of Pitsea Hall Lane, denies stabbing Laura Davies, 21, near the entrance of the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society in July last year.

    Deliberations will continue at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow morning. 

  9. Manningtree road sign: Driver had 'lucky escape'

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A driver who hit a road sign "deliberately uprooted" and left in a country lane is said to have had a "lucky escape". 

    The debris caused damage to the front wheels and underside of the 50-year-old's car, on the B1305 in Manningtree on Saturday evening.

    PC Jon Haslip said: "Fortunately the driver was not injured. However, the consequences could have been far more serious and she had a lucky escape."

  10. Car hits uprooted road sign 'deliberately' placed in country lane

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A car has been damaged after a road sign was "deliberately" uprooted and left in the middle of a country lane in Manningtree.


    Essex Police says the sign for Dead Lane, including metal posts and concrete, was left on the bend of the B1035 at 21:30 on Saturday. 

    A woman, 50, was unable to stop before hitting the objects. Police say it is not linking similar incidents of debris left in the road in Tiptree.

  11. Thirty-seven stone man recalls rescue

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Eddie Sawyer weighed 37-stone (234kg) when he collapsed at his flat in Southend in 2000. 

    Essex Fire and Rescue has told us it has been called out almost 40 times in the past three years to deal with people who are seriously overweight.

    Mr Sawyer has since lost 11 stone with help from a gastric sleeve. He has been recalling the day he fell.

  12. Southend Airport sets sights on passenger growth

    Gavin Fischer

    BBC Essex

    The boss of Southend Airport says he intends to expand passenger capacity to 2.5 million by 2019 - an increase of a million from present levels.

    Southend Airport sign

    Glynn Jones said he wants the airport to remain an "extremely pleasant experience" for passengers, and is committed to keeping security queues below four minutes.

    "We don't intend to make the airport bigger and worse, we intend to make it bigger and better", he said.

  13. Jordan Taylor trial: Jurors retire to consider verdict

    Colleen Harris

    BBC Essex

    Jurors in the trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend near a horse sanctuary in Pitsea have retired to consider their verdict.

    Laura Davies

    Jordan Taylor, 22, from Pitsea Hall Lane, is accused of stabbing 21-year-old Laura Davies 80 times in July last year. 

    Mr Taylor, who is on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, denies the murder.

  14. Colchester company fined £63k after woman hit by forklift

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    A building supplies company from Colchester was yesterday fined £63,370 after a customer was hit by a forklift truck.

    Kent Blaxill and Company Limited

    Colchester Magistrates' Court heard Christina Wallace was struck by the vehicle when crossing the rear yard at Kent Blaxill and Company Limited in September 2014. 

    It resulted in a serious head injury which left her without a sense of taste or smell. The company admitted three breaches of Health and Safety regulations.

  15. Hatton Garden heist: Who's on trial?

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    As the jury have gone out in the Hatton Garden trial, here are details about the four defendants, who all pleaded not guilty.  

    Drilled hole at the Hatton Garden raid

    They are: 

    • Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
    • Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
    • William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
    • Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield: Charged with conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property and faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property
  16. Essex firefighters freed overweight patient 'stuck in staircase'

    As Essex Fire and Rescue tells us it has been called almost 40 times in three years to help assist with seriously overweight patients, we've been looking at some of the cases over recent years.

    Overweight lady
    • In December 2011 firefighters were called to free somebody who was wedged between a bed and a wall
    • In June 2012 crews used electric saws to free a person who became stuck in some railings 
    • In September 2014 the fire service were asked to assist paramedics free a person trapped in a staircase
  17. Work begins on cycling schemes in Essex

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Two cycle paths in Essex are getting an upgrade as part of a £100m Highways England scheme.

    Cycle path

    The A12 from Witham to Marks Tey and the A120 at the Parkeston Roundabout in Harwich are among 17 improvements in the East of England.

    Transport Minister Andrew Jones said the projects were being introduced to make "travelling by bike a more attractive option".

  18. Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats to headline Brentwood Festival

    Brentwood Gazette

    One of the most famous musicians of the past three decades, who has helped raise millions for charity, will step on to the Brentwood Festival stage this summer.

  19. Weather: Bright or sunny day, with rain later

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry across Essex this afternoon with good spells of sunshine. However, cloud will be increasing from the west towards the evening. 

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather chat for Essex