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  1. Closing headlines on Monday, 22 February 2016
  2. A kite surfer has died from 'traumatic injuries' suffered in high winds off the Essex coast
  3. Justin Bieber and Rihanna are announced as headliners for this summer's V Festival
  4. Olly Murs quits The X Factor to concentrate on his own music
  5. Ronnie O'Sullivan says he was 'shattered' after his Welsh Open snooker win
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Charlie Jones

All times stated are UK

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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 for the county.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Clear spells but a risk of showers

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be mainly dry tonight with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, which may bring a few isolated showers.

    Becoming cold with just a light westerly breeze allowing a touch of frost to form locally, as temperatures dip to 0C (32F) in the countryside.

    weather map

    You can get a detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Police search for missing Tiptree man

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    Officers are searching for a 23-year-old man missing from Tiptree since 13:15 this afternoon.Ryan Beattie's family and police are concerned for his welfare. 

    He is described as 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall, of slim build, with dark, closely-cropped hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a grey hooded top and a black jacket.

    Ryan Beattie
  4. Third man arrested after Sible Hedingham shooting

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Sible Hedingham, where the victim was shot as he hid in his bedroom, have arrested a third man. 

    A 22-year-old man from Halstead was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated burglary. Two other men aged 27 and 23, arrested last week, were released on bail until April.

    scene of burglary
  5. Haselhurst tells Commons that UK must remain in EU

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Sir Alan Haselhurst, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, has reiterated his opinion that the UK should stay in the EU, telling the Commons that the free market gives us the ability to trade throughout the world. 

    "If we were to leave, do we think our former partners would give us access to that free market?" he asked.

    On the other side of the argument, the Conservative MP for Maldon and Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has told BBC Essex that Britain should leave the EU, which is moving ever closer to becoming "the United States of Europe".

  6. Headlines: Third man arrested after shooting... Lorry accident shuts road

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Here are your headlines this evening:

    • A third man has been arrested by police investigating a shooting in Sible Hedingham
    • The wife of a football fan, who was left brain-damaged following an attack after an away game at Southend United, hopes to have him home from hospital this week
    • Police say a stretch of the A130 is likely to be closed through rush hour after a lorry overturned 
  7. Attacked fan's wife 'apprehensive' at prospect of him coming home

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The wife of Simon Dobbin, the Cambridge United fan attacked outside a pub in Southend after watching his team play, admits she's "apprehensive" at the prospect of her husband coming home. During the attack last March, Mr Dobbin suffered a cardiac arrest and it took emergency services seven minutes to get his heart restarted, which caused hypoxic brain damage.Nicole Dobbin, pictured with daughter Emily, said she would worry about leaving her husband, even with a carer, but hoped returning home would lift his spirits. "I do believe once home, he'll start talking," she said.

    Nicole and Emily Dobbin
  8. Kite surfer's friend says death is 'unbelievable'

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    The chairman of the Essex Kitesurfers' Club says it is "unbelievable" that his friend Mark Paxton has died in an accident.

    Simon Mudd (pictured) said Mr Paxton was "a very competent surfer" and a "really genuinely lovely guy".

    "His death has left everyone in a state of shock," he said.

    Simon Mudd
  9. Overturned Basildon lorry: Road to be partially closed during rush hour

    Officers are currently at the scene of an overturned lorry on the A130 at the junction with the A127 in Basildon. 

    Motorists have been warned the road will be closed southbound between Rettendon and Basildon from 21:00, and one lane is currently closed. 

    Police say a diversion is in place via the A1245.   

    overturned lorry
  10. New hope for tackling ash dieback

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Researchers in Essex have discovered that trees could be protected from ash dieback disease with the help of a natural soil treatment. 

    tree affected by ash dieback

    They found a combination of charcoal, fungi, seaweed and worm casts could help fight the disease, which experts fear could kill millions of trees.

    The three-year study, by tree and shrub care company Bartlett Tree Experts, involved 2,000 ash trees in Essex. 

  11. EU referendum: Cameron gives statement

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    The prime minister is outlining details of last week's deal with EU leaders to MPs in a Commons statement.

    David Cameron

    Opinion polls suggest that between 20% and 30% of people are currently undecided about whether the UK should remain part of the European Union or leave. 

    In the last Euro referendum in 1975, 67.7% of people in Essex voted to stay, which was the lowest percentage in the East of England. How different will it be this time?

  12. Preparations under way to bring football assault victim home

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The family of a football fan, seriously injured in an assault almost a year ago, is getting ready to welcome him home. 

    Simon and Nicole Dobbin

    Simon Dobbin was left with life-changing brain injuries when he was assaulted following a football match at Southend United last March.He's currently being treated at hospital, but preparations are under way to prepare his home in Mildenhall, Suffolk for his return.   

  13. Bowers & Pitsea's potential semi-final opponents announced

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Bowers & Pitsea will play either Morpeth or Bristol Manor Farm in the semi-final of the FA Vase if they win their quarter-final replay against Kidlington. Bowers & Pitsea and Kidlington shared a 3-3 draw at the weekend and will replay the match on 27 February, the same date that Morpeth Town and Bristol Manor Farm will play their re-arranged tie.

    The semi-finals are two-legged, with the first ties taking place on 12 March and the return fixtures seven days later.

  14. Attacked football fan Simon Dobbin 'is alive but doesn't have a life'

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The wife of Simon Dobbin, who was left with life-changing brain injuries after an assault in Southend last March, says it's been "totally and utterly devastating".  

    Simon Dobbin

    Nicole Dobbin said: "Simon is alive but doesn't have a life, our futures are completely changed. We’ve missed quite a lot over the year, and it's been really heartbreaking."

    Preparations are being made to get the family home ready for Mr Dobbin's return from hospital, which it's hoped will take place later this week.

  15. Weather: Cloud and rain

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Look East weather

    It's cloudy with the odd spot of rain this lunchtime, but there may be one or two brighter spells later this afternoon. 

    Highs of 9C (48F).

  16. Headlines: Kite surfer killed in accident identified... Olly Murs quits The X Factor

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    • BBC Essex understands that a kite surfer who died near St Osyth yesterday was a man named Mark Paxton
    • A driver arrested following a fatal road crash near Clacton has been released on bail
    • Essex singer Olly Murs has quit as the presenter of The X Factor
  17. Kite surfer named as Mark Paxton

    Samantha Dalton

    BBC Essex

    BBC Essex understands that a kite surfer who died near St Osyth yesterday was a man called Mark Paxton. Tributes have been paid on a kite surfing website following the accident at Ray Creek. It's believed high winds pulled him into the sea wall yesterday morning.

  18. EU referendum: East region at the forefront of the in/out debate

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    With it's geographical proximity to Europe, our trading links with the EU and many of our local MPs in the leave campaign - the East of England will be at the forefront of this debate.

    European flag

    Those who want to leave will keep telling us that in the East of England we send £1.9bn a year to Brussels in taxes - but have had just £1.5bn from the EU in grants over the last seven years. 

    The stay campaign will argue the benefits of EU membership are worth far more than just what we get in grants. They will talk about the £14bn of trade we do with the EU a year and the open borders policy which allows people to freely travel and work across the continent.

  19. Colchester United forward 'can't explain' capitulation

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Colchester United forward Gavin Massey says he's at a loss to explain how the side capitulated in Saturday's heavy loss at Bury

    club badge

    The U's lost a 2-0 lead in spectacular fashion, with a final score of 5-2.

    It means they have now equalled a club record of 18 league games without a victory, set during the 1988-89 season.