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  1. The Crown Prosecution Service is intending to go ahead with a murder trial of a teenager charged with killing two people in Colchester
  2. A 13-year-old boy dies after being hit by a car in Basildon
  3. Several army families in Colchester have been without heating or hot water on one of the coldest nights of the year
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Charlie Jones

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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. Flowers left at crash scene where boy, 13, died

    Robby West

    BBC Essex

    Tributes have been paid to a 13-year-old boy who died after he was knocked down by a car in Basildon last night.

    flowers at scene

    I've been to the part of the A127 where the accident happened, and several bunches of flowers have been left, with messages saying "rest in peace" and that the teenager was "taken way too soon".

    Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

  3. Police investigate alleged attack on Tommy Robinson

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Essex Police is investigating an alleged attack on the former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson.

    Tommy Robinson

    Officers were called to man with a head injury on the High Street in Epping over the weekend. 

    Mr Robinson's spokesperson posted on Facebook to say he'd been on a night out with his wife when he was assaulted.

  4. Headlines: Teen set to face murder trial... Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

    Claire Gregory

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories we're covering this evening:

    • A teenager is set to face a murder trial over the deaths of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester
    • A man has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving after crashing into telegraph pole in Rayleigh
    • Police are investigating an alleged attack on the former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, in Epping 
  5. BBC Essex listeners meet MEP

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    David Cameron is in Brussels to drum up European Parliament support for his EU reform demands, ahead of a key summit.  

    And he's not the only one - I've taken two BBC Essex listeners there to find out what reform would mean to them.

    Here they are meeting Richard Howitt, MEP for East of England. We'll bring you more on their adventure here on the Essex Live page and on BBC Essex.

    MEP and BBC Essex listeners
  6. Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been jailed for three years and eight months after being convicted of causing the death of his 22-year-old friend by dangerous driving in Rayleigh last year.

    Scott and King

    Christopher Scott, 32, from Rochford (pictured left) drove his BMW into a telegraph pole in January last year, killing Oliver King (pictured right) who was his passenger.   

    Mr King's mother described her son as "handsome, with a beautiful physique, a tremendous wit and so caring".

  7. Man charged after car crashes into kitchen

    Claire Gregory

    BBC Essex

    A man has been charged after a car struck a house in Braintree, causing serious damage. 

    damage to house

    Homeowner David Skeates was sitting in his lounge with his family in Twelve Acres, Braintree, when a car smashed into his kitchen on 17 December.  

    A 24-year-old man from Laindon was arrested yesterday and charged with careless driving, failing to report an accident, failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance - he'll appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court next month.

  8. CPS made decision to pursue trial after psychiatric report

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    A source from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been talking to me about the decision to put a teenager on trial for two murders in Colchester.

    James Attfield, 33, was stabbed to death near the town's Castle Park in March 2014, and student Nahid Almanea, 31, was fatally attacked a few weeks later near the University of Essex, triggering one of Essex Police's biggest investigations.

    Colchester map

    A 17-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey last month, where Mr Justice Spence told the CPS it needed to decide whether to accept the defendant's plea of manslaughter or to put him on trial for murder.

    The trial will take place in Guildford in April, after the CPS decided to pursue the murder charges following a report from its own psychiatric expert.

  9. Two men sought after hammer robbery at Westcliff corner shop

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Police are looking for two men who robbed a newsagent's shop in Westcliff on Monday evening, threatening staff with a hammer.

    Ronald Park News

    Hundreds of pounds were taken from the till by suspects described by police as white, aged about 25 to 30 years old, and about 6ft tall. 

    They fled from the robbery scene in Ronald Park Avenue in the direction of Roots Hall Stadium.

  10. Grays' littered beach condemned as one of 'dirtiest' in UK

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    Grays beach in Thurrock has been named and shamed by campaigners Clean for The Queen as one of UK's dirtiest areas. 

    Grays Beach at Thurrock

    Campaign director Adrian Evans said it was a local eyesore because rubbish was being dumped by people "who can't be bothered to dispose of it responsibly".

    In order to clear up the mess, the team wants to hear from individuals, groups, schools, companies or sports teams keen to pick litter.

  11. Driving instructor calls for more patience on the roads

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Driving instructor Christopher Barnett says people need more patience on the road, after he was attacked during a road rage incident when his learner driver stalled.

    Christopher Barnett

    "As I went to phone the police, he slammed the door on my arm and then he walked away," he said.

    "I've been doing this for 36 years now, and there's always been mild aggression, but I think it has got worse because there's more traffic on the road."

  12. Southend travel to Bradford as boss marks 150th match in charge

    Southend are going to take on Bradford City at Valley Parade tonight as manager Phil Brown marks his 150th match in charge.

    Phil Brown

    Brown said he would make changes to his team to ensure "energy and quality levels" were better than on Saturday when the Blues lost 1-0 away to Scunthorpe.

    "We're looking for a side that's going to go out there and represent Southend United to the best of their ability," he said.

  13. Travel: Delays on M25 after lorry crash

    BBC Travel

    An accident involving a number of lorries means two lanes on the M25 have been closed anti-clockwise at junction 31 for West Thurrock.

    Delays are back to junction three for the M20 in Kent.

  14. Weather: Dry with sunny spells this afternoon

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    A fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine but chilly this evening with a frost developing once again. 

    Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather Tuesday
  15. Lunchtime headlines: Charges set to be brought over Colchester stab murders... Boy dies after car crash on A127

    Claire Gregory

    BBC Essex

    If you're catching up, here are the stories we've been looking at: 

    • A teenager is set to face a murder trial over the deaths of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester
    • Boy, 13, dies after being hit by a caron the A127 in Basildon
    • Man jailed for fracturing Chelmsford pub-goer's skull with pool cue 
  16. Driving instructor concerned about road rage

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    A driving instructor from Braintree says road rage incidents are on the rise, after he was attacked during a lesson.

    Dashcam footage of Christopher Barnett being attacked

    Christopher Barnett's arm was broken in the attack, after another driver, Jamie Kilmurray, (not pictured) slammed a car door on it. A dashboard camera captured the incident.

    Kilmurray admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay compensation. 

  17. Time running out for Colchester

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Colchester United take on Chesterfield at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight, in a match rearranged from the end of January.

    Weston Homes Community Stadium

    Both teams know they need three points to help pull them clear of trouble, with the season entering its final third.

    The U's are still without Alex Gilbey, who serves the second game of his suspension, along with Alex Wynter and Marvin Sordell, who are absent through injury.  

  18. Man jailed for fracturing pub-goer's skull with pool cue

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    A 27-year-old man who attacked a pub-goer with a pool cue, leaving him with a fractured skull, has been jailed for six years and eight months.

    Lloyd Kenlen pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm in relation to the attack on a 34-year-old man at the Red Beret pub, in Chelmsford, last July.

    Lloyd Kenlen

    In an unprovoked attack, Kenlen followed the victim out of the pub and struck him on the head with a pool cue and then kicked and punched him to the ground.

  19. Teenager set to face murder trial over James Attfield and Nahid Almanea deaths

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    I understand the Crown Prosecution Service is set to pursue murder charges against a 17-year-old boy over the deaths of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester.

    Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

    Mr Attfield, 33, died after being found with more than 100 knife wounds near the town's Castle Park in March 2014. University of Essex student Ms Almanea, 31, was stabbed 16 times as she walked to a lecture weeks later.

    The Daily Gazette, which reported the story earlier today, said the trial of the teenager, who denies murder but admits two counts of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, would take place in April.