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  1. Former boyfriend found guilty of murdering Becky Parker
  2. Former MP Harvey Proctor says he has been told he faces no further action over claims of child abuse
  3. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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  2. Becky Parker: Ex-boyfriend told to expect long sentence

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A man who has been found guilty of murdering his ex-partner, who was six months pregnant, will be sentenced tomorrow.

    court sign

    Judge Charles Gratwicke said Matthew Smith, 24, could expect a substantial sentence when he returns to Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday. He was found guilty earlier of murdering Becky Parker.

    Det Ch Insp Martin Pasmore said: "The jury has today seen through his lies and convicted him of murder."

  3. Flare discovered in murder victim's car

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    Detectives investigating the murder of Vilson Meshi in Basildon are appealing for information after a flare was discovered in his vehicle.

    Flare

    Mr Meshi’s body was found in the back of his fire-damaged Audi in Pincey Mead last month. Police have now revealed they discovered a Hansson Ikaros red hand held flare.

    Three teenagers arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail.

  4. Colchester United fans praised for support

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    The Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilby has been praising the support from U's fans. 

    Alex Gilbey

    He says their backing has been impressive despite the team's lowly position at the bottom of the League One table.

    Gilby says the supporters' backing was particularly impressive at Walsall, where they were beaten 2-1 on Saturday.    

  5. Headlines: Maldon man convicted of ex-girlfriend's murder... Flare discovered in murder probe

    Claire Gregory

    BBC Essex

    Here are your headlines this evening:

    • A 24-year-old man from Maldon who strangled his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death has been convicted of her murder
    • Former Basildon and Billericay MP Harvey Proctor will face no action over claims that he was involved in child abuse 
    • A flare has been discovered in the car where a man's body was found in Basildon
  6. Travel: A1306 New Road in Rainham closed

    BBC Travel

    The A1306 New Road in Rainham is closed between the Marsh Way junction and the Manor Way junction, because of an accident.  

  7. Travel: Severe delays and one lane closed on M11 southbound

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays and one lane is closed on the M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of a serious accident involving a car and recovery work. Congestion to J11, A10 (Cambridge South).  

  8. Harvey Proctor: Former MP calls for police resignations

    Harvey Proctor has called for Scotland Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and a string of senior officers to resign, after he says he was cleared of child abuse.

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

    The investigation, looking at claims that boys were sexually abused by a number of public figures more than 30 years ago, saw raids on the homes of 92-year-old D-Day veteran Lord Bramall and the late Lord Brittan

    Mr Proctor said: "I consider that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, (Assistant Commissioner) Pat Gallan, (Deputy Assistant Commissioner) Steve Rodhouse and (Det Supt) Kenny MacDonald should tender their resignations from the Metropolitan Police Service forthwith." 

  9. Sponsored walk raises £2,000 for attacked football fan Simon Dobbin

    Jeremy Sallis

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Friends and family of football fan Simon Dobbin, who was left with brain damage after an attack, have raised £2,000 with a 12-mile sponsored walk.

    The Cambridge United fan was attacked following a match in Southend a year ago today.

    He returned to his home in Mildenhall last week. The money will be used to pay for equipment to help provide him with care.

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    Video caption: A sponsored walk for Simon Dobbin raises £2,000
  10. Union condemns proposed changes to meal breaks for paramedics

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The union Unison has "condemned" the East of England Ambulance Service over proposed changes to meal breaks and end of shift arrangements.

    Ambulance

    It says the proposals will end the right of staff to have a meal at base, and crews will be expected to answer non-emergency calls at the end of their shifts.

    Fraer Stevenson, Unison branch secretary at the trust, said the plans were "a huge risk for patient safety and staff welfare". In a consultation document the trust says it intends to trial a number of measures to reduce the number of late finishes and "better support colleagues".

  11. Killer Matthew Smith 'destroyed a loving family'

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    The murder of a pregnant mother of two by her ex-boyfriend has been described as "sickening" by police.

    Becky Parker

    Det Ch Insp Martin Pasmore, who led the investigation into the murder of Isobel Parker, known as Becky, said:  "Despite overwhelming evidence, Smith chose to put Isobel’s family through the ordeal of a court case. The jury has today seen through his lies and convicted him of murder. 

    "Isobel had everything to live for, but Smith took it all away and destroyed a loving and supportive family in the process. My thoughts are very much with them today."

  12. Becky Parker: Pregnant mum found dead in the bath

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A man who has been found guilty of murdering the mother of his two children is thought to have strangled her in the kitchen before placing her in the bath.

    Becky Parker

    Becky Parker’s sister called 999 after finding her lying in the bath with cable ties around her neck. She was pronounced dead along with her unborn daughter.

    Ms Parker's former boyfriend Matthew Smith, 24, has been found guilty of her murder.

  13. Becky Parker: Killer Matthew Smith 'upset' after relationship ended

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A man who has been found guilty of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend at her home in Burnham-on-Crouch was upset that she had ended their relationship, the court heard.

    Matthew Smith

    Factory worker Matthew Smith, 24, had been in a relationship for some years with 23-year-old Becky Parker. They had two children together, a three-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl. 

    The court heard that Smith did not want their relationship to end and felt distressed after finding out she was pregnant with her new partner.

  14. Travel: M11 partially blocked

    BBC Travel

    The M11 is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic southbound between J9 (A11 Saffron Walden) and J8 (A120 Bishops Stortford) because of a crash.

  15. Becky Parker: Former boyfriend strangled her to death

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    The former boyfriend of 23-year-old Isobel Rebecca Parker, known as Becky, was found guilty of her murder by a majority verdict of 10-2 after two days of deliberations.

    murder scene

    Matthew Smith, 24, of Wood Corner Caravan Park, Maldon, strangled the pregnant mother of two to death with cable ties, the three-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

    She was found dead at a flat in Booth Place, Burnham-on-Crouch, last July.

  16. BreakingBecky Parker: Former boyfriend guilty of murder

    The former boyfriend of a mother who was strangled to death has been found guilty of her murder.

  17. Harvey Proctor: Former MP calls for public inquiry

    Former Basildon and Billericay MP Harvey Proctor, who says he has been cleared of child abuse, had strenuously denied allegations that he was part of a VIP paedophile ring that murdered three boys.

    Harvey Proctor

    He is understood to be the last living person who was under investigation.

    Mr Proctor has called for a public inquiry into Operation Midland, the £1.8m probe into the claims. The Met is expected to make an announcement shortly.

  18. Harvey Proctor: Ex-MP 'faces no further police action'

    Harvey Proctor, who says he has been cleared of child abuse, was twice interviewed under caution as part of Operation Midland. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing, claiming he was the victim of a homosexual witch hunt. 

    Harvey Proctor

    The 69-year-old said: "I have been advised that the Metropolitan Police Service has informed my solicitors that they intend to take no further action with regard to my involvement with Operation Midland." The development comes amid mounting speculation that the Met is poised to announce the winding-up of the investigation, which was launched in November 2014. The force has yet to comment.

  19. BreakingHarvey Proctor 'faces no further action over child abuse claims'

    Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor says he has been told he will face no further action in relation to Scotland Yard's investigation into historical child abuse allegations.

    He represented Basildon from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay from 1983 to 1987.