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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 9 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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 tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news for the county. 

    Have a great evening. 

  2. £500,000 bogus ticket fraud probed by Essex detectives

    A £500,000 fake ticket scam has racked up more than 500 victims, according to Essex Police.

    The UEFA Euro 2016 football

    Eight people have been arrested over the alleged fraud after sports fans paid for tickets but never received them or a refund.

    An inquiry, launched last summer but only just publicised, into firm Touchline Tickets has led to another three people being interviewed as the force probes allegations of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

  3. Weather: Cold tonight but dry and bright tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will become mostly dry overnight, with just the odd spot of light rain or drizzle possible. It will feel chilly, but with cloudy skies we should escape a frost. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather chart

    Tomorrow will be rather cloudy, but mostly dry after any early light rain or drizzle fizzles out. However, we should see some sunny spells breaking through.

    A full forecast can be found here.

  4. Headlines: Thurrock Council 'owed' £420k for child refugees... Police probe alleged ticket fraud

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex: 

    • Thurrock Council claims the Home Office has not reimbursed it £420,000 for taking in unaccompanied child migrants 
    • More than 500 people have become victims of a £500,000 fake ticket scam, according to Essex Police
    • Police are looking to trace a 21-year-old man wanted for questioning, following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Southend  
  5. Thurrock Council 'owed' £420k for taking in child refugees

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    Thurrock Council is claiming that the Home Office has not reimbursed it correctly for taking in unaccompanied child migrants, BBC Essex has learned. 

    A child refugee

    The Labour leader, John Kent, says the authority is owed £420,000 for taking in young refugees, and is raising the issue at Thurrock's cabinet meeting tonight.

    The Home Office has written to the council saying it cannot satisfy the request. 

  6. Colchester MP calls for drivers' first aid course

    Deborah McGurran

    BBC Political editor, East of England

    An Essex MP is calling for all new drivers to take a four-hour first aid course in the hope of reducing the number of deaths on roads.

    Will Quince

    Will Quince's Driving Licence (Mandatory First Aid Training) Bill has been unveiled in the House of Commons, and has the support of St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross.

    "50% of deaths from road collisions occur within a few minutes of a crash, so there is often not time for an ambulance to arrive," the Conservative MP for Colchester told the Commons. 

    MP calls for drivers' first aid course

    Will Quince

    An MP calls for all new drivers to take a four-hour first aid course in the hope of reducing the number of deaths on roads.

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  7. Basildon company wins ride-on animal suitcase court case

    An Essex business has won a legal battle after it was accused of copying the design of a ride-on suitcase by a rival company.

    Kiddee Case (left) a Trunki (right)

    The Supreme Court ruled that the Kiddee Case range (left), made by PMS International in Basildon, didn't infringe registered design rights of the Trunki - which is sold by Magmatic. 

    Rob Law, creator and CEO of Trunki, tweeted he was "devastated". 

  8. Man, 21, wanted in connection with Southend murder investigation

    Police are looking to trace a 21-year-old man wanted for questioning, following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Southend.

    Allcie Houlder

    Nico Ramsay, 19, was found wounded in Napier Avenue on 13 February. He died from his injuries a few days later. 

    Allcie Houlder was last known to be living in Stratford. It's believed he may have left the UK and travelled by ferry to France. He is described as 5ft 11in (1.8m) and has the word 'Tarnia' tattooed on his neck.

  9. Man arrested after M11 multi-vehicle crash

    A man has been arrested following a multi-vehicle crash on the M11 earlier today, Essex Police says.

    The force said four vehicles were involved in the collision at about 09:45. It happened on the London-bound carriageway at J8, just before the sliproad to Stansted Airport. 

    A 36-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs and possession of class A drugs. He is currently in custody awaiting questioning.  

  10. Travel: Trains suspended in Colchester due to signalling fault

    Trains in Colchester are currently delayed due to a signalling fault at Colchester. 

    Services from Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze, and Liverpool Street to Colchester are affected in both directions. 

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  11. Harlow murder: Tributes paid to 'loving father' Hassan Mohamed

    A man who died after being stabbed on a pathway in Harlow has been described as a "loving father" by his partner.

    Hassan Abdi Mohamed

    Hassan Abdi Mohamed, 48, was found collapsed close to Holly Field at about 10:45 on Saturday. A post-mortem examination found the father-of-two died from a single stab wound to the chest.

    In a statement, his partner said: "What happened to our beloved Hassan has come as a complete shock to us. We need to know why this happened.”

  12. Bus on training lesson crashes through wooden fence

    A bus being used to train a new driver has crashed through a wooden fence off the A127.

    Fortune of War

    Essex Fire and Rescue says the vehicle left the carriageway between Noak Bridge and the Fortune of War roundabout at about 13:14. The driver and two instructors were the only people on board. 

    Two casualties were assessed - their injuries are not thought to be serious. A spokesman from the service said: "Both were extremely lucky because the wooden fencing had impaled the bus either side of them."

  13. Isobel Parker murder trial: Former partner told of pregnancy before death

    A factory worker accused of murdering his former partner says he was told she was pregnant with another man's child on Christmas Eve. 

    Isobel Parker

    Matthew Smith, 24, of Wood Corner Caravan Park, near Maldon, admits killing mother-of-two Isobel Parker, 23, but denies murdering her at her flat in Burnham-on-Crouch in July 2015. 

    Giving evidence at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Mr Smith told a jury he felt "ugly, upset and ashamed" when he discovered Ms Parker was having a baby with another man. The trial continues. 

  14. Ronnie O'Sullivan: Welsh Open champion unhappy with form

    BBC Sport

    Ronnie O'Sullivan says he is unhappy with his displays in 2016, after being knocked out in the first round of the World Grand Prix in Llandudno yesterday.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Five-time world champion O'Sullivan, from Chigwell, won his sixth Masters in January and his fourth Welsh Open title in February.

    "I know I won the Welsh Open and the masters but, the masters, I only won it because everyone played pretty abysmal against me," he told the BBC.

  15. Travel: All lanes reopen on southbound M11

    BBC Travel

    All lanes have reopened following a five-vehicle crash on the southbound M11, near Bishops Stortford. 

    The road was blocked for a number of hours this morning while emergency services attended the scene. 

  16. Family tribute to 'hero' Ryan McNamara

    A man who died after his car crashed into a tree in Warley last week has been described as "everybody's hero" by his family.

    Ryan McNamara

    Ryan McNamara, 20, of Brentwood, was killed when his Peugeot 206 left the road at the junction of Eagles Way and Hartswood Road on 1 March. 

    In a statement, his family said: "He would always light up a room with his sense of humour and wicked smile. He was the joker, the ray of sunshine when you were feeling down."

  17. Weather: Cloudy and windy, with occasionally heavy rain

    BBC Weather

    It will remain cloudy with outbreaks of rain this afternoon, which could be heavy at times.

    Later on it will turn lighter and patchier, with winds continuing to ease.

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather chart for Essex

    You can get the latest forecast for wherever you are in the county here.

  18. Headlines: Two die in Howe Green rush-hour crash... Southbound M11 blocked by five-vehicle collision

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from Essex this lunchtime:

    • Two people have died following a three-vehicle crash in Howe Green last night
    • Emergency services have been dealing with a five-vehicle collision on the southbound M11 near Bishops Stortford
    • The Red Arrows have been confirmed for both days at this summer's Clacton Airshow
  19. Your pictures: A grey day in Harwich

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The weather has been a bit grey today hasn't it? It should hopefully brighten up later, we'll have a full weather forecast shortly.


    In the meantime, thanks to BBC Weather Watcher, Johnboy, who took this photo from Harwich earlier.

    You can share your pictures with us at any time, either by email or Twitter.