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  1. Updates for Monday, 15 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county. 

  2. O'Sullivan turns down 147 as Welsh Open prize 'too cheap'

    Samantha Dalton

    BBC Essex

    Chigwell snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan turned down the chance of a maximum 147 break at the Welsh Open because the £10,000 prize money was "too cheap".

    O'Sullivan, a five-time world champion, had potted 14 reds and 13 blacks, but went for an easier pink as he made a 146 to beat Barry Pinches 4-1.

    He told BBC Sport after his first-round win: "I knew it was £10,000. If it had been more, I'd have gone for the 147."

  3. Diabetic woman died waiting for ambulance

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A woman who died after waiting almost five hours for an ambulance could have been saved if she had been taken to hospital sooner, a coroner has found.

    Lisa Day

    Lisa Day, 27, a type 1 diabetic from Saffron Walden, fell severely ill in September last year, St Pancras Coroner's Court heard.

    When an ambulance arrived she had suffered a heart attack and never regained consciousness.

  4. Weather: Overnight frost expected

    BBC Weather

    Skies will mostly be clear so expect more frost and ice overnight. 

    There will be fog patches in some areas too, and lows of -2C (28F).

  5. Southend woman dies following crash

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    An 80-year-old woman from Southend has died after she was involved in a collision on Western Esplanade last week.

    She was taken to the Royal London Hospital following the accident at 15:00 on 11 February, and died the following evening. 

    A man in his 80s remains in hospital following the crash.

  6. Headlines: Diabetic woman died after ambulance wait ...Two men charged over stabbing

    Jenni Hulse

    BBC Essex

    Your headlines this evening:

    • A diabetic woman who died after waiting almost five hours for an ambulance could have been saved if she had been taken to hospital sooner, an inquest has heard
    • Two men have been charged over the stabbing of a 19-year-old in Southend
    • A film director from north Essex is celebrating after winning a Bafta
  7. Travel: Broken-down van causes M11 delays

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on an entry slip road for the M11 northbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of a broken down van.

  8. Braintree Town confounding expectations

    Samantha Dalton

    BBC Essex

    Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley says he's enjoying confounding the pundits. 

    The Iron are two points outside the National League play-off places with games in hand on all their rivals. 

    Braintree are hosting Borehamwood on Tuesday evening at their ground on Cressing Road.  

    Danny Cowley
  9. Essex director wins Bafta award for best short film

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A woman from north Essex is celebrating with the likes of Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet today after winning a BAFTA.

    Here's the moment she won:

    Video content

    Video caption: Essex director Caroline Bartleet wins Bafta award for best short film
  10. Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving

    Jenni Hulse

    BBC Essex

    A 41-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following an investigation into a collision on the M11 last March in which a man died. 

    Jonathan Bull, 47, from Chatham in Kent died during the three-vehicle collision near Stansted.

    An unemployed man from Sidcup, Kent, will appear before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court next month. 

  11. BBC Essex listeners heading to Brussels

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    I'm going to to Brussels tomorrow as David Cameron hopes to finalise a deal renegotiating Britain's membership in the EU.

    Pauline Edwards and Emily Blew

    Lots of people find the topic quite confusing, so I've decided to take two BBC Essex listeners along with me to find out what's actually going on - and see if they can explain why it matters so much. 

    Pauline Edwards is a a bar tender from Canvey Island and Emily Blew is a trainee agricultural trader from Chelmsford. We'll keep you updated on their progress here on the Essex live page.

  12. Weather: Sunny and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    There will be a mix of sunny spells and patchy cloud this afternoon. 

    It's still feeling cold, with a bitter northerly wind, especially near the coast.

    Highs of 6C (43F)  

  13. Headlines: Southend Hospital back on black alert... Two men charged over stabbing

    Jenni Hulse

    BBC Essex

    Here are your headlines this lunchtime:

    • Southend Hospital is urging patients to stay away from A&E unless it's a real emergency after announcing it's back on black alert
    • Two men have been charged over the stabbing of a 19-year-old in Southend
    • A film director from north Essex is celebrating after winning a Bafta
  14. Man struck around the head with scooter

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was struck around the head with a push scooter, causing a serious injury to his eye. 

    Tesco, Harlow

    The 27-year-old victim was involved in a disturbance with a group of between 10 and 15 teenage boys outside Tesco in Church Langley, Harlow, at 21:40 on 5 February. Police say the group followed him and struck him around the head with a black and orange children's scooter. 

  15. Col U players must not 'throw in the towel'

    Samantha Dalton

    BBC Essex

    The Colchester United manager Kevin Keen says he won't let his players "throw in the towel" in their battle to avoid relegation from League One.

    Kevin Keen

    The U's are eight points from safety and haven't won a league game since October.

    They lost at 1-4 at home against Swindon on Saturday.    

  16. Southend Hospital back on black alert

    Jenni Hulse

    BBC Essex

    Southend Hospital is back on black alert after a busy weekend put pressure on the A and E department. 

    Southend Hospital

    The hospital has issued a statement reminding the public only to visit the accident and emergency department if they are seriously unwell or critically injured. 

    Its status was last raised to black alert at the end of January.  

  17. 'All hell broke loose' during guide dog attack

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    This morning I've have been to meet Terri Sawkins, who is blind, and her dog Hufflepuff who was attacked outside a shop in Colchester.

    She said "all hell broke loose" during the incident, in which Hufflepuff suffered a "very deep puncture wound".               

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    Video caption: Blind woman describes 'horrendous' attack on guide dog in Colchester
  18. Travel: M25 lorry fire causing delays

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed and there's heavy traffic on the M25 anticlockwise before J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a lorry fire.

  19. Film director describes 'amazing moment' she won a BAFTA

    Jenni Hulse

    BBC Essex

    A woman from north Essex said she "cannot believe" that she won a BAFTA last night, and called it "an amazing moment." 

    Film director Caroline Bartleet (pictured right) from Great Tey near Colchester won the award for best short film.

    Caroline Bartleet

    Operator is based on a real 999 call from a desperate young mother, whose three-year-old son is trapped in a fire.