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  1. Updates on Monday, 8 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Jodie Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage through the day

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

    Until then, have a great evening and stay safe as Storm Imogen moves across us!

  2. Weather: Windy night with temperatures dropping

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    A windy night with a few scattered showers, but these becoming more isolated with clear spells developing. Winds will gradually ease, and it will become cold as temperatures fall to 1C (34F).

    Overnight weather

    Much of Tuesday will be dry with sunny spells, but it will turn cloudier through the afternoon, with the chance of one or two showers, especially towards the evening. 

    It will feel chilly in the breze with temperatures peaking at 7C (45F).

  3. 'Our brand new home could be demolished'

    BBC 5Live

    Alex Hayden and John Venables moved into their new home two weeks ago, but have been told their estate might be demolished to make way for a new Thames crossing. 

    Highways England says this is the start of a consultation and a number of different routes are still being considered for the new crossing.    

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    Video caption: Families moving into brand new homes in Essex have been warned they could be demolished.
  4. Club condemns Essex derby fan violence

    Southend United said a scuffle that broke out during the side's derby against Colchester was "completely unacceptable".

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    Video caption: Southend United condemns fan violence during Colchester derby.

    A handful of Blues fans spilled onto the pitch towards the end of the match on Saturday, and appeared to throw punches at rival supporters. 

    In a statement, Southend said it would take "very strong action" against fans who invade the pitch or attack others. This footage was taken by Colchester United fan Miles Reed, whose team lost the game 3-0.

  5. Southend Hospital's deficit set to spiral to £17.6m

    Southend Echo

    Southend Hospital's deficit is set to spiral to £17.6m within the next two months, sparking fears some services, like fertility treatment, could be at risk.

  6. Travel: A126 in West Thurrock blocked by crash

    BBC Travel

    An accident involving two lorries and a car is partially blocking the A126 in West Thurrock between Lancaster roundabout and Stoneness roundabout.

  7. South Essex residents to form anti-Thames Crossing group

    More than 100 people who live in south Essex have met to try to find a way of "pushing a new Thames Crossing out of Thurrock".

    Meeting about Thames Crossing location

    Many residents have just moved into brand new homes on the estate in Orsett, only to receive letters warning of compulsory purchases by Highways England. 

    The residents are aiming to consolidate their efforts into one campaign group to organise fundraising and protests against the move.

  8. Headlines: Southend promise 'strong action' over fan violence... Strong winds close QE2 bridge

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    The top stories in Essex this evening:

    • Southend United are promising to take "strong action" against anyone involved in the crowd trouble on Saturday
    • The QE2 bridge on the M25 remains closed because of high winds, as Essex feels the impact of Storm Imogen
    • A seven-week-old dachshund puppy has been stolen during a break-in in Stanford-le-Hope
  9. Illegal trade in steroids revealed

    Jo Taylor

    BBC Inside Out East

    Dealers offering illegal performance-enhancing drugs that can cause severe side effects are selling their products via Facebook, the BBC can reveal.

    Here's a sneak preview of my report - you can find out more on tonight's Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30.

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    Video caption: Illegal trade in steroids on Facebook uncovered
  10. Seven-week-old puppy stolen in Stanford-le-Hope burglary

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A seven-week-old puppy has been stolen in a burglary in Stanford-le-Hope.

    Ralph the dachshund puppy

    Chocolate-and-tan dachshund Ralph was taken from his home in Thors Oak along with a three-figure sum of cash on Saturday morning.

    The suspects are three white men aged between 18 and 22.

  11. British Airways planes diverted to Southend Airport as storm Imogen hits Essex

    Southend Echo

    British Airways planes have been diverted to Southend Airport as strong winds caused by Storm Imogen hit Essex.

  12. Storm Imogen: QE2 bridge to remain closed

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    The QE2 Bridge is likely to stay closed for the rest of the afternoon because of high winds, Highways England said.

    QE2 bridge

    Drivers going from Essex to Kent are being diverted through the Dartford Tunnel, causing long queues.

    Elsewhere, a flood alert has been issued for the Suffolk and Essex coast from Felixstowe to Clacton, where the Environment Agency says flooding is possible.

  13. FA to contact Southend and Colchester over derby scuffle

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    The Football Association says it will be contacting both Southend United and Colchester United following crowd trouble that marred the Essex derby.

    A handful of Southend fans spilled onto the pitch towards the end of the game on Saturday. One appeared to throw punches at rival supporters. 

    The FA is also waiting for its crowd advisor's report before deciding if it's to take any action.

  14. On a bear hunt: Mystery toy fan bemuses residents by scattering teddy bears around estate

    Daily Gazette

    If you went down to Monkwick on Friday, you would have been in for a big surprise.

    A mystery toy fan recreated a giant teddy bear's picnic in The Willows by scattering hundreds of soft toys on people's cars, gardens and windowsills.

  15. Storm Imogen: Tree down in Brentwood

    Essex PCSO Matthew Grimwood has tweeted this photo of a fallen tree in Weald Road, Brentwood.

    He said two "top guys" had stopped to help move the tree, which is no longer blocking the road at the junction with Weald Park Way.

    Elsewhere in Essex, effects of Storm Imogen include the closure of the QE2 bridge on the clockwise M25. 

    Fallen tree
  16. Police officer receives postal order to cover stolen shopping cost

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    You might remember a couple of weeks ago we told you about an off-duty police officer whose shopping was stolen while he was chasing a supermarket thief in South Woodham Ferrers.


    Well, turns out one kind-hearted woman who read the story decided to put things right and sent a postal order to the officer, PC Graham Thomas, to cover the cost of his shopping.

    PC Thomas - who was reimbursed by Asda for his stolen goods - is planning on writing a thank you letter and returning the postal order to the lady, who is from Margate in Kent.

  17. Basildon detective denies county has a cannabis-growing problem

    Robby West

    BBC Essex

    A Basildon detective says cannabis-growing is no more of a problem in Essex than in the rest of the country.

    Det Supt Stuart Hooper

    A long-term cannabis addict who was convicted of selling the drug told BBC Essex the plant is grown on every street in Southend.

    Det Supt Stuart Hooper, Basildon district commander, said the force was taking action and had arrested someone overnight in Southend after getting "information to suggest there was a cannabis factory there".

  18. Cannabis 'grown on every street in Southend', former dealer claims

    Robby West

    BBC Essex

    A long-term cannabis addict and former dealer has told BBC Essex he's sure the narcotic is being grown in every street in Southend. 

    Cannabis plant

    John, who did not want to give his surname, is warning others to stay clear of the drug which he says destroys lives.  

    "You can't walk down the road without walking through that smell. It's everywhere, I smell it all over the place," he told me. We'll tell you what Essex Police had to say about the matter shortly.

  19. Southend assessing midfielder Ryan Leonard's injury

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Southend United are assessing an injury to their midfielder Ryan Leonard. 

    He was forced off at half time in the Essex derby, which his team won 3-0, and left Roots Hall on crutches.  

    Ryan Leonard

    "He could be out for a while, but we'll see. I don't want to make any snap judgements," Blues boss Phil Brown said.