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  1. Updates on Monday, 29 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 today - thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news for the county.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2. Weather: Mild, wet and windy weather arriving tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be dry this evening with clear spells which will give a chilly start to the night as temperatures begin to fall away. 

    However, thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain, accompanied by strengthening winds, will spread in from the west after midnight, which will introduce milder conditions. Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather map for the East

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Guiseley v Braintree events around Ollie Norburn goal 'regrettable'

    BBC Sport

    Guiseley have called events in the draw against Braintree "regrettable", following an equaliser which was scored after the Essex side had kicked the ball out of play for an injured player.  

    Guiseley AFC Nethermoor

    The Guisely manager initially stood by his players but this afternoon, chairman Phil Rogerson released a statement: "Having had time to sleep (or not) on the incident on Saturday myself, Mark and the Club find the situation most regrettable and not in line with the general ethos of Guiseley AFC." 

    Goal events 'regrettable' - Guiseley

    Guiseley AFC Nethermoor

    Guiseley say events surrounding their equaliser in Saturday's National League draw with Braintree were "regrettable".

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  4. Your pictures: Clacton-on-Sea on a sunny February afternoon

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There have been some great pictures uploaded on to the BBC Weather Watchers page today. This one was taken by Nugget in Clacton-on-Sea earlier.


    If you'd like to get involved with our Weather Watchers scheme you can find out more information here.

  5. Headlines: Pitsea burned car murder victim named locally... Running friend of Mike Freeman 'devastated'

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from the Essex newsroom: 

    • A man who was found dead inside a burned car in Pitsea has been named locally as Vilson Meshi
    • A fellow running friend of Mike Freeman, who died while taking part in the Malta marathon yesterday, says he's "devastated"
    • Guiseley have called events in the home draw against Braintree "regrettable", following an equaliser which was scored after the visitors had kicked the ball out of play for an injured player  
  6. Get involved: Russian TV uses Jaywick to show off worse parts of Britain

    Thanks to everybody who has been in touch about Jaywick on our Facebook page. 

    It all started following a Russian television report that used the north Essex seaside town to highlight the worse places in Britain.


    Ivor wrote: "I like Jaywick. Holidayed there many times in the 60s and 70s. Even had a weekend there recently. Still some lovely people living there."

    James said: "I spent many childhood holidays there in the 60s and 70s and it was so peaceful and beautiful. Those who allowed it to get into this state should feel thoroughly ashamed."

  7. Sea-Life Adventure expansion called off

    Southend Echo

    The planned expansion to the Sea-Life Adventure attraction on Southend seafront has been called off.  

  8. Southend United captain looks for return to squad

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Southend United captain John White is hoping to regain his place back in the side tomorrow. 

    John White

    The defender hasn't played for two months because of hamstring and calf injuries. He's hoping to "get the nod" for tomorrow's League One match against Crewe.

    "I'm waiting for my chance to push myself back into the team," White told BBC Essex Sport. 

  9. Running friend pays tribute to 'chatty' Mike Freeman who died in Malta marathon

    A fellow running friend of Mike Freeman who died while taking part in the Malta marathon yesterday says he's "devastated".

    Des Brooks

    It's understood the 55-year-old West Ham fan collapsed about one mile from the finish line. Des Brooks (pictured), last saw him at a park run and says his death is a complete shock.

    "I'm devastated, every time I saw him there was a smile on his face and he was always chatty," Mr Brooks said. 

  10. Lakeside becomes scene of major security training exercise

    Last night 700 volunteers joined emergency services in a major security training exercise at Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock.

    Two police officers with guns

    The drill was to test crews responding to a large incident, part of ongoing national emergency planning.

    Ch Insp Ed Well, from Essex Police, said: "Our job is to prepare for an armed response to incidents that we are working tirelessly to prevent from happening, but I urge the public to be alert not alarmed."

    You can see a full photo gallery of the exercise on the Essex Police Facebook page

  11. Man found inside burned car named locally as Vilson Meshi

    A man who was found dead inside a burned car in Pitsea has been named locally as Vilson Meshi.

    Crime scene

    The 30-year-old was discovered in a grey Audi A4 in Pincey Mead on Saturday afternoon. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from smoke inhalation. 

    Essex Police is continuing its investigation. No arrests have been made. 

  12. Travel: Overturned car blocks A12 London-bound

    BBC Travel

    The A12 is blocked London-bound between J20A (Hatfield Peverel South) and J19 (Boreham Interchange) due to an overturned car. 

  13. Danny Cowley: Controversial goal 'worst thing I've seen on a football pitch'

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Braintree Town manager, Danny Cowley, says he's disappointed a controversial equaliser against his side was allowed to stand at the weekend. 

    Danny Cowley

    The Iron knocked the ball out of play so an injured player could receive treatment, however when the game resumed, Guiseley's Oliver Norburn lobbed the keeper from 40 yards to level the scores

    Security staff were needed to separate the players and management of both sides, but the goal was allowed to stand. Cowley said it was "the worst thing I've seen on a football pitch". 

  14. Man found inside burned-out car died from 'smoke inhalation'

    A man who was found inside a burned-out car in Pitsea died from smoke inhalation a post-mortem examination has found.

    DCI Stephen Jennings

    Essex Police was called to Pincey Mead at about 17:00 on Saturday and found a 30-year-old's body inside a grey Audi A4. 

    Speaking from the crime scene earlier, Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings said the fire came from "inside the vehicle" and inquires are ongoing. 

  15. Weather: It'll be mostly dry and bright, with outbreaks of rain arriving

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a dry and bright afternoon, with some decent spells of sunshine for many. 

    Winds will be lighter compared to recent days, so it should feel a little more pleasant out and about with a maximum 7C (45F).

    A bird on a man's hand

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Spud who sent us this great picture from Waltham Abbey this morning. They reported temperatures of about 6C (43F). 

  16. Get involved: Is Russia right to use Jaywick to show worse parts of Britain?

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Many of you have been reacting to our story about a pro-Kremlin TV report using Jaywick to show parts of the UK "worse than Russia".

    Jaywick beach

    Helen got in touch, she wrote on our Facebook page: "People should stop judging!! I know some lovely people who live there". 

    Jacqueline said: "Bet there are some pretty rough places in Russia, but they happen to choose a beautiful city as a comparison!"

  17. Witness appeal for Chelmsford road crash that left woman in hospital

    A woman was hospitalised after she was hit by a car in Chelmsford last week, police say. 

    Longmead Avenue

    The 52-year-old was taken to hospital following the incident in Longmead Avenue at about 18:05 last Monday. She has since been discharged. 

    Essex Police is now looking to trace the driver of a small red hatchback who stopped, but left before leaving his details.

  18. Headlines: Essex man dies in Malta marathon... Pitsea burned-out car murder investigation continues

    Here are the top stories from Essex this lunchtime: 

    • The Foreign Office says it's "standing by" to help the family of an Essex man who died while taking part in a marathon in Malta
    • A murder investigation is continuing after a man's body was found in a fire-damaged car near Basildon
    • An Jaywick resident has accused Russian television of using Jaywick as "media porn" for showing the north Essex seaside town as place "worse than Russia"
  19. The search is on to find a Clacton marching band

    The search is under way to find a marching band to lead the Clacton Sea and Beach Festival later this year. 

    Clacton Sea and Beach Festival

    Attempts to sign a group for the event last year proved unsuccessful - but councillors are hoping to put the "icing on the cake" this year. 

    About 50,000 people attended the festival last year. If you're able to play, you're asked to contact Tendring District Council.