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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 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 from 08:00 with the latest news for the county.

    Have a great weekend. 

  2. Weather: Mainly dry overnight. Cold and wet for Saturday

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Broken cloud and also some clearer intervals this evening and overnight with perhaps one or two light wintry showers this evening though most places will stay dry. 

    Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

    Essex weather map for Saturday at 15:00

    Cold with a good deal of cloud on Saturday, the best of any brightness across north Essex. The south likely to see patchy rain or sleet at times. 

  3. What you need to know about our relationship with the European Union

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Ahead of the Prime Minister's crunch meeting in Brussels, Look East and the Sunday Politics will be spending the next week trying to explain why the forthcoming referendum is so important to our region.

    I've been looking at the main arguments in the debate...

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    Video caption: What you need to know about our relationship with the European Union.
  4. Headlines: Man guilty of manslaughter following Anton Levin death... Jail for kidnapper

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories for Essex this evening: 

    • A man has been found guilty of manslaughter following the death of university student, Anton Levin, in Southend in 2014
    • A man has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of kidnapping and assaulting a 50-year-old man in Basildon
    • Twenty brand-new ambulances have arrived in the region as part of a £53m vehicle investment programme  
  5. Braintree sign Concord winger Gardner

    BBC Sport

    Braintree Town have signed winger Joe Gardner after his Concord Rangers deal was terminated, according to the National League South club.  

    Joe Gardner

    The 25-year-old made 72 appearances for the Beach Boys, scoring 11 goals, and reportedly turned down a deal to join Welling United last season.

    He previously played under Iron boss Danny Cowley at Concord.

    Braintree sign Concord winger Gardner

    Joe Gardner

    Braintree sign winger Joe Gardner after his Concord Rangers deal was terminated, according to the National League South club.

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  6. Horse rescued after falling over at Tilbury Fort

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A horse has been rescued from inside the grounds of Tilbury Fort.

    Tilbury Fort

    Staff from an animal rescue charity called Essex Fire and Rescue Service at 14:45 to report a horse had fallen on its side and was in need of help.

    It took three fire crews more than 90 minutes to pull the horse to its feet. It has been left in the care of its owner.

  7. Man jailed for kidnapping and assaulting Basildon man

    A man has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of kidnapping and assaulting a 50-year-old man in Basildon in July 2013.

    Bakall Ahmed

    Bakall Ahmed, 28, of no fixed address was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court yesterday having spent two years on the run. 

    He was eventually found in Sweden, where he was bor,n and extradited back to the UK to face trial.   

  8. Watch: Family claim 86-year-old mother was neglected by social services for three weeks

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    The family of 86-year-old Joan Shelley of Burnham-on-Crouch claim she was neglected by social services for three weeks after leaving hospital.  

    I've been to meet her son Simon, who usually lives in West Yorkshire. He says Mrs Shelley was left lying in excrement as his nearly 98-year-old father Tom Shelley struggled without carers.

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    Video caption: The family of an Essex elderly woman claim she was neglected by social services
  9. Leicester City bet: What else is priced at 2000/1?

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    As two Essex firefighters are on for £20,000 after backing Leicester City to win the league at the start of the season, we asked Betfred what bets are also priced at 2000/1. 

    Jamie Carragher and Andy Murray
    • Jamie Carragher to be the next Manchester United manager
    • Andy Murray's new baby daughter to become a Wimbledon winner
  10. Man guilty of manslaughter following Anton Levin stabbing

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    A man who was extradited from Norway following the death of a university graduate in Southend in 2014 has been found guilty of manslaughter. 

    Anton Levin

    Anton Levin (pictured), 24, from Dagenham was stabbed at a house in St Anns Road, Southend on 19 November 2014, and another man was injured.  

    Abdulfatah Suleiman, 28, of no fixed address, was cleared of murder, but was convicted of manslaughter as well as robbery and unlawful wounding at Chelmsford Crown Court today. He will be sentenced next month. 

  11. Missing Harlow teenager found in Suffolk

    Good news - police searching for Katie Grimes, 17, from Harlow say she has now been found in Suffolk.

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  12. Police investigate if bus passenger verbally abused special needs teenager

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    We have an update on a story we brought you last week: Essex Police says it is now investigating whether a member of the public verbally abused a teenager with special needs on a bus in Colchester.

    William Wragg and his family

    It was initially thought a driver may have used an abusive term to 18-year-old William Wragg on a journey to his school in January. 

    Officers are now examining whether a passenger made the comments. First Bus have told BBC Essex that it's no longer looking into the matter.

  13. Number-crunching the cost of new ambulances

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Twenty brand-new ambulances have arrived in our region as part of a £53m vehicle investment programme, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust says. But how much do they cost?  

    Fact box on the cost of ambulances
  14. Firefighters work to stop Loughton blaze spreading to nearby properties

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    We're being told firefighters are currently trying to stop a blaze at a house in Loughton spreading to nearby buildings. 

    Essex Fire and Rescue says it was called to Newmans Lane just before 13:00.

    Crews are trying to contain the fire which appears to have got into the loft and roof space. There are no reports of any injures. More updates as we get them. 

  15. Surface improvements scheduled for A127 to begin this month

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    Surface improvements to the A127 will begin two months earlier than planned, Essex County Council has announced.


    The road, which runs between Southend and London carrying 74,000 vehicles per-day, will be repaired in phases at 16 sites starting this month.

    The authority says any lane closures will be advertised in advance on the Essex Highways website

  16. Essex firefighter would use £10k Leicester City winnings on 'Vegas trip'

    An Essex fireman who could win £10,000 if Leicester City become champions says he'll use the winnings as spending money for his holiday in Las Vegas. 

    Leicester City flags

    Mitchell Baldock, 25, from Thurrock, who is actually an Arsenal fan, backed the Foxes after his colleague accidentally bet £5 on Leicester to win the league. 

    "If [they] do become champions I will have plenty of spending money. We’re watching all the results now, of course, with Leicester having only 13 games to go", Mr Baldock said. 

  17. Weather: Mostly fine and dry today, chilly again tonight

    BBC Weather

    A generally fine and dry afternoon ahead with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny spells. The odd shower may affect Harwich and other coastal areas at times.

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

    Thorpe Bay

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher, Vron's Views, who took this snap in Thorpe Bay earlier, reporting sunny spells.

  18. Headlines: Man arrested over Canvey stabbing... Firefighters in line to win £20k after mistaken Leicester City bet

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Here are your top stories for Essex this lunchtime:

    • A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a man, 34, was stabbed on Canvey Island last month
    • The leader of the opposition at Essex County Council has described a man's allegations of neglect by social services in the county as heartbreaking  
    • Two firefighters from Essex are in line to win £10,000 each after a betting shop mix-up left them backing Leicester City to win the Premiership this year
  19. Anthony McGrath: What do we know about the new Essex assistant head coach?

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex Sport

    As Essex County Cricket club appoints Anthony McGrath as their assistant head coach, here's what we know about the 40-year-old's history in the game:

    Anthony McGrath facts