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  1. Updates on Friday, 5 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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 this week - thanks for joining us. 

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

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Jeffery Archer novel tops 'most borrowed' Essex library list

    Gavin Fischer

    BBC Essex

    It's been revealed a Jeffrey Archer novel is the book most borrowed from Essex libraries. 

    Jeffery Archer

    "Be Careful What You Wish For" was published in 2014 and topped the list in the following year too.

    It beat "The Beach Hut Next Door" by Veronica Henry who came second on a list of the most loaned booked throughout Essex, Southend and Thurrock.  

  3. Essex County Council revises plans for Finchingfield Bridge

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Essex County Council has revised its plans for Finchingfield Bridge - which has been facing four months of closure to enable it to be strengthened. 

    Finchingfield bridge

    About 3,000 people signed a petition opposing the closure, which would have led to a 15 mile diversion. 

    A number of options are thought to have been developed. The plans will be be revealed to the people of Finchingfield during an exhibition later this month.

  4. Headlines: Weekend engineering works will make network 'more reliable'... Finchingfield Bridge closure plans revised

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from the Essex newsroom this evening: 

    • Network Rail says 10 weekends of engineering work affecting trains from Essex into Liverpool Street will help make the network "more reliable"
    • Essex County Council has revised its plans for Finchingfield Bridge - which has been facing four months of closure to enable it to be strengthened
    • The East of England Ambulance Service says last month was its busiest-ever January after dealing with more than 80,000 calls
  5. Rail disruption: How to get about during 10 weekends of works

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    If you're planning on travelling to London by train tomorrow or on Sunday, take note - for the next 10 weekends there'll be disruption on Essex lines due to Crossrail work between London and Shenfield. 

    Here's all you need to know about how it might affect you: 

    Service map
    • No trains will run between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone, and London Liverpool Street and Wickford from tomorrow up until and including Easter Sunday
    • Buses will go from the two Essex stations calling at Newbury Park
    • Transport for London is also putting on buses between Shenfield and Stratford 
  6. Weather: Staying cloudy and mild tonight with some rain

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It's going to stay cloudy this evening with some further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle. It should be mild but the winds will strengthen. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather map for Saturday afternoon

    Tomorrow's set to be cloudy and breezy. Heavy and persistent rain is expected to spread from the west during the evening.

  7. Essex derby: Who are the bookies backing?

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    With less than 24 hours to go until the Essex derby, the bookies are leaning towards a Southend win, but will they be right? 

    Roots Hall
  8. Man hurt in Grays chemical spill

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    A man has been taken to hospital after a tanker carrying hydrochloric acid spilled its load in Grays.

    Oliver Road

    Essex Fire and Rescue says seven crews attended Oliver Road at 07:50 this morning. 

    The man has been taken to Basildon Hospital after suffering the effects of chemical fumes.

  9. Ambulance service receives record number of calls in January

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    The East of England Ambulance Service says last month was its busiest-ever January.


    The organisation received more than 80,000 calls - a 12% increase on January 2015.

    Here in Essex more than 24,500 people dialed 999 for emergency help from paramedics in the first month of the year.

  10. Man in critical condition after Basildon crash

    A man is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Basildon early this morning.

    Great Knightleys Basildon

    Essex Police officers were called to Great Knightleys at about 06:30 following reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a blue Ford C-Max 

    The man remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

  11. Essex derby: Special bus service in place for travelling fans

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Abellio Greater Anglia is putting on a special bus service tomorrow for fans travelling to the Essex derby.

    Greater Anglia

    Crossrail work between London and Shenfield means there will be no train service between Ingatestone/Wickford and London Liverpool Street. 

    Football fans coming from Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester are being asked to change at Chelmsford where a replacement bus will take them directly to Wickford, so they can get the train from there to Southend.

  12. Travel: Roadworks cause delays on clockwise M25 at Lakeside

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the exit slip road of the clockwise M25 at J30 for the A13 Lakeside turn-off due to roadworks. 

  13. Police look to reunite stolen jewellery with owners

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Police in Vange near Basildon are trying to reunite jewellery recovered from a vehicle during a stop and search.

    A golden elephant

    The items, which are thought to have been stolen, were seized in High Road on 25 January. You can see a full gallery of the jewellery on the Essex Police Facebook page.

    A 24-year-old man from Pitsea and a boy, 16, have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

  14. Weather: Generally cloudy with outbreaks of light drizzly rain

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be largely cloudy with a little light rain or drizzle. Any brighter spells will be brief. It will be mild, but with brisk or strong southwesterly winds. 

    Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).


    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher, labrador lady, who shot this picture in Leigh-on-Sea earlier. She reported temperatures of 10C (50F).

  15. 'Mammoth tooth' handed to Douglas Carswell during MP surgery

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    The UKIP MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, has been handed a rather unusual object by one of his constituents.

    Mammoth tooth

    In a tweet, Mr Carswell said a "mammoth tooth from Holland beach" was brought to one of his recent MP surgeries.

    The social media post has left us intrigued - we're currently trying to contact him for more information! 

  16. Headlines: Ambulance service records 'busiest month'... Bus company investigates 'retard' verbal abuse claims

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex this lunchtime: 

    • The East of England Ambulance Service says last month was its busiest ever January after dealing with more than 80,000 calls
    • A Colchester mother says she's "disgusted" by a First Essex bus driver who allegedly called her special needs son a "retard" as he got off the vehicle in Lexdon
    • Abellio Greater Anglia is putting on a special bus service tomorrow to take fans to the Essex derby in Southend as some of the network will be affected by engineering works
  17. Colchester solider goes for Invictus Games UK team place

    A Colchester-based soldier whose left foot was shattered by a bomb in Afghanistan is in the running to represent the UK at this year's Invicitus Games.

    Maj Bruce Ekman

    Maj Bruce Ekman, of Headquarters 16 Air Assault Brigade, was one of more than 200 soldiers and veterans taking part in the trials for the games, launched by Prince Harry at Bath University.

    If successful it'll be the second time the 36-year-old has competed in the event - in 2014 he won silver in the 1,500m and bronze in the 400m.

  18. Essex derby: Fixture history

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Tomorrow the Essex derby returns to Roots Hall as Southend and Colchester go head-to-head. 

    But since their first meeting in October 1950, who has come out on top?

    Roots Hall
  19. Mother 'disgusted' over claims bus driver called son a 'retard'

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A Colchester mother has told us she's "disgusted" by a First Essex bus driver who allegedly called her special needs son a "retard" as he got off the vehicle in Lexdon.

    Quote Message: I want him to be part of the community and this incident has put a big barrier back in for us again" from Linda Wragg Mother of William Wragg
    Linda WraggMother of William Wragg

    First Essex says it is "very concerned" about the claims and has started an investigation.

  20. Snooker champion Stuart Bingham and gymnastics star Max Whitlock to be granted 'the freedom of Basildon'

    Basildon Echo

    World champions Max Whitlock and Stuart Bingham will be granted the freedom of Basildon in recognition of their sporting achievements.