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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 7 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 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

    That's it from us at Essex Live today - thanks for joining us. 

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

    Enjoy the rest of your Monday.

  2. A look at other unusual classrooms around the country

    A space-strapped primary school in Westcliff-on-Sea has bought a private jet to use as a classroom. It isn't the only time schools have had to be creative with their work spaces... 

    Private jet being lifted into position at Milton Hall Primary School
  3. Weather: Wintry showers clearing away

    BBC Weather

    Some isolated wintry showers are possible for a time, mostly dispersing by midnight. Otherwise, a dry night with skies clearing and a widespread frost developing. 

    There is a risk of icy patches where late showers have fallen. Minimum Temperature: -2C (28F).

    Weather map

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

  4. Phil Brown: Southend United not thinking about the League One play-offs

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Southend United manager Phil Brown is urging his side not to think about the League One play-offs.

    Phil Brown

    The Blues are in the thick of a battle to finish in the top six - but have only secured one win in their last six matches.

    Brown told BBC Essex: "As far as we're concerned we just need to win the next game - it's as simple as that".

  5. Your pictures: Harwich Port on a Monday afternoon

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher, East Egg, who has submitted this great photo from the Port of Harwich today. 

    Harwich Port

    If you'd like to join our ever-growing army of photographers, you can find out more information here

  6. Man charged over Chigwell jogger death

    A 19-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a jogger died in Chigwell last year. 

    Chigwell Rise

    Alexandra Weatherley, 41, and from the town, was running in Chigwell Rise on 31 May when she was hit by a blue Skoda. 

    The man from Chigwell has been released on bail to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 6 April.

  7. Headlines: Essex libraries could close to 'balance the books'... Space-strapped school turns jet into classroom

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from the Essex newsroom: 

    • The Conservative leader of Essex County Council says he may have to consider closing some libraries in order to "balance the books" in the future
    • The risk of 200 jobs at a milk plant in Essex is "sour news for workers", the union Unite says
    • A primary school in Westcliff-on-Sea which was running out of teaching space is turning a disused private jet into a new classroom
  8. Essex libraries could close in order to 'balance the books'

    The Conservative leader of Essex County Council says he may have to consider closing some libraries in order to "balance the books" in the future.

    David Finch

    The local authority is facing a £50m gap in its budget, largely caused by rising costs in caring for the elderly. 

    David Finch told BBC Essex: "We will be closing libraries, we will be closing children's centres, and reducing our investment in country parks in order to fund the appropriate level of care". 

  9. Essex milk plant closure is 'sour news' for workers, says Unite

    The risk of 200 jobs at a milk plant in Essex is "sour news for workers", says the union Unite.

    Arla factory

    It was announced earlier that Arla's processing factory in Hatfield Peverel could be closed, with a site in Buckinghamshire taking on the bulk of its work.

    Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: “There is not much similar employment in the area and the commute to Aylesbury would be far too much on a daily basis."

  10. Thieves steal 45 copies of new James Bond film from Colchester HMV

    Thieves have stolen 45 copies of the new James Bond film, Spectre, from a HMV store in Colchester.

    Spectre

    Police said three suspects entered the Culver Square shop on 24 February. One distracted staff, while two others put the Blu-ray discs into a black bag.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Police.

  11. Theydon Bois murder: Family tribute to 'most wonderful mummy'

    The family of a woman who died in Theydon Bois last month have paid tribute to the "most wonderful mummy in the world".

    Maria Byrne

    Maria Byrne, 34, had sustained burns and was found dead at a house in Morgan Crescent on 13 February. Darren Byrne, 39, also of Morgan Crescent, has been charged with her murder.

    Her parents, Chris and Linda Biggs, said: "We have lost our darling daughter in the most horrific way possible. Her two darling boys have lost the most wonderful mummy in the world."   

  12. Braintree Town: Simeon Akinola lauds team's 'togetherness'

    BBC Sport

    Braintree Town striker Simeon Akinola says the club's current league position is "unbelievable" as they look to clinch a place in the play-offs.  

    Simeon Akinola

    The Iron are fourth in the National League table following a 2-0 win over Eastleigh, in which 23-year-old Akinola scored both goals.

    "It's unbelievable for us to be fourth in a league of mostly full-time teams. The togetherness is good and we think we can do something special this season," he told BBC Essex.

    Akinola lauds Braintree 'togetherness'

    Simeon Akinola

    Braintree striker Simeon Akinola says their league position is "unbelievable" as they look to clinch a play-off spot.

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  13. National Live Wage 'will benefit hundreds of thousands of care workers'

    The Department of Health says the introduction of the National Living Wage next month will benefit "hundreds of thousands of care workers". 

    An elderly woman holding a walking stick

    It comes after a BBC Essex investigation found residential home bosses in the county were worried the increased wage bill could force them to go under. 

    A Department of Health spokesman said: "We have given local authorities access to up to £3.5bn to spend on social care. Councils will have almost £200bn to spend on local services over the lifetime of this parliament."

  14. Uttlesford sees big rise in household waste

    Uttlesford has seen one of the biggest rise in household waste in the whole of the East of England, an investigation by BBC Essex has found.

    Landfill

    The district now throws out 25% more black bin rubbish that heads to landfill than it did three years ago.

    The increase is being put down to a rise in wages and new homes being built there. Thurrock residents bin the most waste, though, at 620kg per house a year.

  15. Weather: Largely dry today with some bright or sunny spells

    Today will be largely dry, although there will be a few showers for some which may turn wintry at times. Away from the showers, we will see some bright or sunny spells.

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather chart

    Get the latest forecast for Essex here.

  16. Headlines: Up to 200 jobs to go at Hatfield Peverel dairy plant... Westcliff school to turn private jet into classroom

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from Essex this lunchtime: 

    • Up to 200 jobs could be lost after the dairy company, Arla Foods, announced it is to close its processing production facilities at Hatfield Peverel
    •  A number of Essex care homes could be forced to close when the National Living Wage is brought in next month, a BBC Essex investigation has found  
    • A school in Westcliff-on-Sea has found an unusual way to tackle limited space, by turning a private jet into a classroom
  17. School pupils to be taught inside a private jet

    Pupils at the Milton Hall Primary School in Westcliff-on-Sea will soon be taught inside a private jet.

    Milton Hall Primary School

    The school bought the Cessna Citation fuselage which will be kitted out with benches, sensory lights, and a 3D screen on the windows to give children the experience they're flying.

    Business manager Claire Reynolds said: "It's hard for us to expand, and this provides a space for about 15 pupils... We want children to be able to write about things they might not get to experience otherwise".

  18. Arla Foods to help staff find 'suitable alternative employment'

    The vice president of Arla Foods, which is planning to close its Hatfield Peverel base, says the company will help support employees find "suitable alternative employment".

    Arla milk truck

    Production at the Essex plant will be transferred to a site in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, with the potential loss of 200 jobs.

    Dan Kolding from the company said it would help staff during this "difficult time" to find work "either within Arla or elsewhere.”

  19. Travel: A120 partially blocked after lorry and bus crash

    BBC Travel

    The A120 Coggeshall Road in Little Tey is partially blocked due to an accident involving a bus and a lorry.

    The crash happened at Salmons Corner, with congestion back to Asbury Drive and Colchester Road.

  20. Arla Foods closure: 200 Essex jobs at risk

    It's been announced that up to 200 jobs could be lost with the proposed closure of a milk processing plant in Hatfield Peverel.

    Arla

    Arla Foods says it is planning to shut its Essex dairy at the end of July. 

    Some of the posts could be transferred to the firm's facility in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. A consultation is now under way involving workers and trade unions.