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  1. Updates for Thursday, 4 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Updates for Essex have finished for today - thanks for joining us.

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

    Have a great evening.

  2. Police hunt two men after assault on police officers

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    Police want to identify two men after two plain clothed officers were assaulted in Springfield Road in Chelmsford.

    CCTV pictures of the two men

    Both are around six foot tall; one is of slim build, has short light brown hair and was wearing a quilted body warmer and jeans. The other is of a stock build, has a bald head and was wearing a dark jumper and jeans.

    Four people have already been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened on 21 December. 

  3. Colchester United 'not panicking'

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex Sport

    Colchester United boss Kevin Keen says his side is not panicking despite failing to win a league game since 20 October. 

    Kevin Keen

    Colchester are bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety.

    "There is a gap but there is still a considerable amount of games left," Keen said. "If there was only five or six left we can start panicking."

  4. Weather tonight: Breezy but mild

    BBC Weather

    It will stay largely cloudy throughout tonight, with further patchy outbreaks of rain from time to time. A breezy night, though it will be mild. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    weather map
  5. Woman airlifted to hospital after crash

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    A woman in her 60s has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash in Buckhurst Hill. 

    Roding Lane

    A man in his 80s also suffered serious injuries to his arm in the collision, which happened in Roding Lane at 11:20 this morning. The road has been closed for most of the day but is expected to reopen shortly.

  6. Headlines: Couple knifed in Basildon... Taxi driver stabbed by customer

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Here are your headlines for this evening:  

    • A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a couple in their 60s were stabbed in a property in Basildon  
    • A taxi driver's recovering after being stabbed in the arm by a customer in Chelmsford
    • Tendring District Council says it's clamping down on people who are living in holiday homes all year round 
  7. Couple suffer knife wounds in Basildon attack

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man and woman, both aged in their 60s, were attacked inside a property last night in Corona Road, Basildon.

    Corona Road map picture

    They suffered serious but not life threatening knife wounds and are still in hospital, police said.

    A 31-year-old man, who officers say is known to the victims, was arrested in Grays and is being questioned on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.

  8. Caravan owners could be evicted

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Tendring District Council says it's clamping down on people who are living on holiday parks all year round, after monitoring sites in Clacton for the past three winters.

    caravan park stock photo

    The council says it's not ruling out evicting people from caravans and chalets for breaching the conditions of their lease, especially in high-risk flood areas.

    Cath Bicknell, head of planning, said: "Our first step will be to try to resolve the situation and we will only use formal action as a last resort.”

  9. Foal's 'second chance' after rescue

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    A foal has been rescued from a field in Tilbury after she was found with an untreated leg wound.


    Violet, who is just a few months old, is recovering at Redwings Horse Sanctuary after her owner could not afford veterinary treatment, and agreed to hand her over.

    Lynn Cutress, the charity's chief executive, said: "We’ve all fallen in love with Violet and we’re looking forward to seeing her enjoy a happy life with fellow youngsters at the sanctuary, and hope she may be able to have a second chance through our rehoming programme."

  10. Kennel Club sceptical of DNA plans

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Dog owners' group the Kennel Club has said it's sceptical of the plans approved in Alresford to test the DNA of dog mess.

    dog litter sign

    In a statement, the group said: "It would be difficult to make this compulsory and enforceable, which would likely mean that only responsible owners, who already pick up after their dogs, would register.

    "The irresponsible minority who do not pick up after their dogs would simply continue to flout the law."

  11. Travel: M25 delays due to emergency repairs and queues on A12

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays and two lanes are closed on the M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise, between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of emergency repairs. 

    Congestion is to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange). 

    Elsewhere, one lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A12 London-bound between J14, Wantz (Margaretting) and J13, B1002 (Ingatestone), because of a car fire.    

  12. Missing teenager found in Basildon

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Police are no longer searching for a 15-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Pitsea, near Basildon. Shelbie Potter was found in Basildon this afternoon.

  13. Southend United's Hunt might not play in derby

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Southend United striker Noel Hunt is a doubt for the Essex derby against Colchester on Saturday.

    Southend training

    He picked up a back injury in the midweek win at Shrewsbury.

    Tyrone Barnett is likely to replace him. Hunt missed Tuesday’s match as he couldn’t play against his parent club.

  14. Seafront to benefit from revamp

    Claire Sawyer

    BBC Essex

    A million pound revamp of a site on Clacton seafront has been given the green light by councillors.

    Pavilion Bowl

    A children's water park, a new adventure golf facility and the conversion of a redundant toilet block into a restaurant have all been planned.

    The revamp will create more than 20 full time jobs, councillors say.

  15. Essex golfers make solid start

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Basildon's Dan Brooks (left) and Chigwell's Oliver Fisher (right) have made a solid start to the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament.

    They both shot a first round 69, three under par.

    Swede Alex Noren leads the way, with Rory McIlroy two shots further back.

    Basildon's Dan Brooks (left) and Chigwell's Oliver Fisher (right)
  16. Families waste £700 of food every year, research reveals

    Essex peer Baroness Anne Jenkin is leading a debate in the House of Lords later on the issue of food waste.

    Basket of food

    Figures published today suggest the average family wastes around £700 worth of food every year.

    The research says one in four people in the UK discard food that is safe to eat.

  17. Weather: Cloud and spots of rain

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will remain rather cloudy, with perhaps the odd spot of rain and drizzle in places. A few brighter spells may also develop at times and where these occur it will feel very mild for the time of year. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

    Thanks to Weather Watchers user Jacqui for this photo showing how things are looking in Ramsey today.

  18. Attitudes harden towards refugees from Syria and Libya, BBC poll suggests

    BBC News UK

    Attitudes towards allowing refugees into Great Britain have hardened, a ComRes survey for BBC Local Radio suggests.

    Two in five (41%) of the 2,204 people interviewed say Britain should accept fewer refugees from Syria and Libya. The figure was 31% in September 2015.

    Here you can see where attitudes in the East stood in the survey compared to other regions.

    Regional attitudes to refugees graphic
  19. Headlines: Taxi driver stabbed by customer... Concern grows for missing teenager

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are your headlines this lunchtime:

    • A Chelmsford taxi driver has been stabbed by a customer
    • Concern is growing for a missing 15-year-old girl from Pitsea 
    • Alresford has become the first area of the county to approve DNA testing for dogs in an attempt to clampdown on fouling