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  1. A £50,000 reward is being offered for information about the murder of notorious criminal John "Goldfinger" Palmer in South Weald
  2. Essex Fire and Rescue says it has been dealing with a series of deliberate fires in Chelmsford overnight
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Jack Warren

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  1. Our live coverage across the week

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

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

    Have a great weekend. 

  2. Weather: Dry with light winds overnight. Remaining dry tomorrow

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be dry with cloud, but also some clearer spells with light winds throughout, allowing mist or fog patches to develop and a patchy frost to form in places by dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather chart

    Tomorrow any fog will slowly lift and clear during the morning to leave a fine and dry day tomorrow with some sunny spells and light winds. You can get the latest forecast here

  3. Yellow weather warning issued over fog

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fog overnight in Essex.

    Foggy lake

    Fog patches are expected to form in the early hours of Saturday, becoming dense in some places.

    Drivers are being warned about possible travel disruption and difficult driving conditions.

  4. Headlines: Sixteen suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Halstead... Assistance dog attacked in Clacton

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from Essex:

    • Essex Police has arrested 16 people on suspicion of immigration offences after they were found in a lorry in Halstead
    • An assistance dog has been left with puncture wounds after he was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier in Clacton
    • More than 6,000 motorists were caught not wearing seat belts in Essex last year, new figures have revealed 
  5. Sixteen suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Halstead

    A total of 16 people have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences after they were found in a lorry in Halstead.

    Bluebridge Industrial Estate

    Essex Police says the ten men and six women were discovered inside the vehicle, which was parked on the Bluebridge Industrial Estate yesterday after reports of voices coming from inside. 

    The force says the group will now be handed over to immigration enforcement officers.

  6. Assistance dog requires stitches after Staffordshire bull terrier attack

    An assistance dog has been left with puncture wounds in his chest after he was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier in Clacton.


    Kubuli, a black Labrador, was walking with his owner, who uses a wheelchair, on Monday in Langham Drive when he was bitten by the brownish-coloured dog. 

    Tendring District Council says it is working with the police to trace the Staffordshire bull terrier's owner - who apologised before running off. Kubuli required five stitches and a course of antibiotics.

  7. Your pictures: A view along Holland-on-Sea seafront

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Alan Conran who emailed us this great photo from Holland-on-Sea this afternoon. 

    View from Holland-on-Sea

    It's a nice sunny afternoon in Essex - we'll bring you a full weather forecast a bit later. 

    In the meantime feel free to email us or tweet us any pictures of Essex you'd like to show off.

  8. Essex weekend football preview

    Sadly there are no Essex teams in the FA Cup this weekend - however there is still plenty of action from our sides in the county.

    A football in the back of the net
    • Southend United look to get their play-off push back on track as they travel to promotion rivals Barnsley
    • Bottom of the table Colchester look for three points as they take on Wigan who sit second in League One
    • Bowers & Pitsea take on Morpeth Town in the semi-finals of The FA Vase
  9. No charges for men arrested over Grays death

    Five men arrested after a man died in Grays last month have been told they'll face no further police action

    Thurrock Trade Park

    Officers were investigating after Kane Reading, 27, was found with serious injuries on the Thurrock Trade Park on 7 February.

    It was thought he'd been involved in a road crash while riding a quad bike.

  10. Crimewatch reconstruction of the shooting of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer

    If you missed last night's Crimewatch, you're able to see the reconstruction of the shooting of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer below.

    A £50,000 reward is being offered for information about the 65-year-old's murder.

  11. More than 6,000 motorists caught not wearing a seat belt in Essex

    More than 6,000 motorist were caught not wearing a seat belt in Essex last year, new figures have revealed.

    Seat belt

    Essex Police say many people are still putting their lives at risk by not buckling up - 50 years since the first law on wearing seat belts was passed.

    Nationally, more than 3.3 million drivers were caught in 2015.

  12. Your pictures: Daffodils in Tiptree Heath

    BBC Weather Watchers

    You'd think it was summer looking at this picture from BBC Weather Watcher, judy.


    She sent it to us from Tiptree Heath - and it's a little less overcast there than it is here in Chelmsford. 

    If you'd like to submit a great picture of Essex, you can drop us an email or a tweet.

  13. GP hits out over £2.5m scanner lying idle for 18 months

    Southend Echo

    A GP has called for the NHS bosses who presided over a political wrangle, which has kept a £2.5m scanner mothballed for 18 months, to be sacked.

  14. Weather: Dry but cloudy, with some sunny spells

    This afternoon will be cloudy with some bright or sunny spells developing in places. 

    Feeling slightly cooler than yesterday although winds remaining light through the day. 

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).


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

  15. Headlines: Ronald King denies care home murder... Essex sign Australian bowler Matt Dixon

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex this lunchtime: 

    • An 86-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife who was shot dead in a care home in Walton-on-the-Naze
    • A £50,000 reward has been offered to help catch the assassin of notorious criminal John "Goldfinger" Palmer
    •  Essex County Cricket Club have signed Australian fast bowler Matt Dixon on a two-year deal
  16. Essex cricket sign Australian fast bowler Matt Dixon

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Essex County Cricket Club have signed Australian fast bowler Matt Dixon on a two-year deal.

    Matt Dixon

    The 23-year-old, who holds a British passport, will be available to play across all three formats. 

    The right arm fast bowler has played for the Australia U17s & U19s in his short career to date.

  17. Police have 'number of new leads' following 'Goldfinger' Crimewatch appeal

    Police investigating the murder of convicted conman John "Goldfinger" Palmer say they've had a number of new leads following a Crimewatch appeal last night.

    John Palmer

    The 65-year-old was found dead in his back garden in June last year. Officers say the killing had "all the hallmarks" of a professional hit.

    Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings said the force had a "really positive response" from the public, but are still appealing for more information.

  18. Walton care home murder investigation: Timeline of events

    Here's what we know about the De Le Mer House shooting to date:

    De La Mer House
    • Monday 28 December: Rita King, 81, was found dead at the De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze
    • On the same day, Mrs King's husband, Ronald, 86, is arrested on suspicion of her murder
    • Tuesday 29 December: Ronald King is charged with the killing of his wife Rita King
    • Friday 11 March: Ronald King pleads not guilty to murder
    • Monday 4 July: The date set for Mr King's trial 
  19. Pensioner Ronald King 'looked frail' at murder plea hearing

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    Pensioner Ronald King looked frail as he entered Chelmsford Crown Court on crutches today. 

    He was helped by two prison officers and told he could remain seated during the 10 minute hearing. 

    He wore a grey coat and top as he pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife. 

  20. Ronald King remanded in custody after denying wife's murder

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    Ronald King has been remanded in custody after he denied murdering his wife at her care home. 

    During a brief hearing, which lasted 10 minutes, the 86-year-old of Cedar Close, Walton-on-the-Naze, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea. 

    Mr King will stand trial on 4 July. There was no application for bail.