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  1. Updates on Friday, 26 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 morning with the latest news for the county. 

    Have a great weekend. 

  2. Weather: Staying mainly dry through the weekend with some breaks in the cloud

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry this evening and overnight with some clear spells. Under these it will turn chilly meaning some frost is likely. 

    Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

    Weather map for Essex

    Tomorrow will be mostly dry and there should be some sunny breaks. A few showers cannot be ruled out, and the easterly breeze will make it feel cold at times. Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

    You can get the latest forecast for the weekend here.

  3. Football: Tottenham's Nathan Oduwa joins Colchester on loan

    It has been a busy day at Colchester United who have signed a second Premier League player

    Nathan Oduwa

    Tottenham winger, Nathan Oduwa, has also joined the north Essex side on a one-month loan. 

    Oduwa,19, spent the first half of this term on loan at Rangers, playing 15 times and had a previous loan at Luton. 

  4. Work to begin on Rivenhall waste plant 'within one week'

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    After a decade of decisions, about half a dozen resubmissions and thousands of pages of planning, one of Britain's largest incinerators is set to be built in Essex.

    Planning meeting

    Representatives of developers, Gent Fairhead, confirmed to me that work would begin at the site based at Rivenhall Airfield before 2 March. 

    The plant, once completed, will have capacity for 600,000 tones of waste to be burnt providing energy to the National Grid.

  5. Headlines: Man shot by police is jailed... Delays on rail services between London and Essex

    Samantha Dalton

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex:

    • A man from Great Dunmow, who was the first person to shot by Essex Police in over 30 years, has been jailed for for six years
    • Debris caught in overhead power lines at Brentwood is causing disruption to rail services between London and Essex this evening
    • Construction of a new waste plant and incinerator at Rivenhall is set to start within days after Essex County Council approved the controversial plans earlier
  6. Football: Colchester sign West Ham's Chambers

    League One side Colchester United have signed West Ham defender Leo Chambers on an initial one-month loan.  

    Leo Chambers

    The 20-year-old former England Under-19 international has made three appearances for West Ham's first team, all in the League Cup in 2013.

    Chambers may make his debut for the U's, managed by ex-Hammers coach Kevin Keen, against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

  7. Hospitals in the East face £441m deficit

    The deficit facing hospitals in the East of England has increased by 70% in a year to £441m, the BBC can reveal.


    The biggest deficit in Essex is faced by the trust that runs Colchester Hospital, with a predicted shortfall of £39.4m in 2015-16.

    The Department of Health said: "The government is committed to the NHS and its values, which is why we're investing £10bn to fund its own plan for the future - including nearly £4bn next year."  

  8. Greater Anglia services affected by 'debris' at Brentwood

    It's going to be a frustrating journey home for those leaving London. Greater Anglia is currently dealing with "debris caught on the overhead electric wires at Brentwood". 

    It's affecting services leaving the capital. 

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  9. Travel: Overhead debris at Brentwood blocks rail line

    Greater Anglia says debris on the power lines at Brentwood has blocked the line. 

    More details to follow.

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  10. Football: Colchester sign West Ham's Chambers

    League One side Colchester United have signed West Ham defender Leo Chambers on an initial one-month loan.

    Leo Chambers

    The 20-year-old former England Under-19 international has made three appearances for West Ham's first team, all in the League Cup in 2013.

    Chambers may make his debut for the U's, managed by ex-Hammers coach Kevin Keen, against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

    Colchester sign Chambers & Oduwa

    Leo Chambers

    Colchester United sign West Ham defender Leo Chambers and Tottenham winger Nathan Oduwa on one-month loans.

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  11. Travel: All lanes reopen on the QE2 Bridge - but queues remain

    BBC Travel

    All lanes have reopened on the M25 QE2 Bridge following an earlier accident. 

    There are still delays in the area, with reports of nine miles of queuing traffic.

  12. Rivenhall's large waste plant and incinerator gets the green light

    Essex County Council has granted permission for one of Britain's largest waste plants and incinerators near Witham.


    The site at Rivenhall Airfield, which is about 25 hectares (62 acres), will have the capacity to burn up to 600,000 tonnes of waste a year that would also provide energy. 

    Some local residents were against the plans, with more than 200 signing a petition over concerns about emissions. 

  13. Six-year sentence for Great Dunmow police shooting 'gunman'

    The first man to be shot by Essex Police in 30 years has been jailed for six years.

    Scene after the shooting

    Stephen Debley, 48,  was holding two fake guns in Knights Way, Great Dunmow, the street where he lived, when police shot him in the leg in September last year.

    At Chelmsford Crown Court today, Debley was jailed for two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent, affray and making threats to kill. 

  14. BreakingGreat Dunmow police shooting 'gunman' jailed

    The first man to be shot by Essex Police in 30 years has been jailed for six years.

    More details to follow.

  15. Man jailed for robbing pensioner of £4 on Christmas Eve

    A man who robbed a pensioner of £4 on Christmas Eve has been jailed for three years.

    Jason Blackham

    The 76-year-old victim was walking home after a Christmas drink in Harlow when he was approached and punched a number of times, causing him to fall to the ground.  

    Jason Blackham, 26, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to robbery.

  16. Southend Hospital big bill for interpreters

    Southend Echo

    Southend Hospital spent almost £100,000 on interpreters for foreign nationals, and the deaf and blind, in just two years - as it was revealed the hospital deals with patients who speak 25 differing languages.  

  17. Weather: Cold and dry, with some sunshine

    BBC Weather

    There will be sunny spells in places, with the best of the sunshine in and around Southend-on-Sea. It'll be dry and the winds will remain light, although it will feel chilly. 

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).


    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher, Simon, who sent us this shot from Blackmore earlier today. He reported cloud with temperatures at about -1C (30F). 

    You can stay up to date with the latest weather forecast here.

  18. Jimmy Savile victim 'still living with abuse' 35 years on

    An Essex victim of abuse by the TV presenter, Jimmy Savile, says the ordeal has affected her entire life. 

    Leisha Brookes

    A review led by the former High Court Judge Dame Janet Smith found dozens of young people had been sexually assaulted on BBC premises

    Leisha Brookes, from Southend, said she's still living with what happened 35 years on: "I have a very warped sense of self-being. I'm unable to hold down relationships and I have a massive mistrust of men and women."