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  1. Anti-tank rockets found at bus stop
  2. Multi-vehicle crash blocks the A12
  3. Updates on Friday, 1 April 2016

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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 this week - thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back on Monday morning with the latest news for the county. 

    Have a great weekend. 

  2. Weather: It'll be a dry night, with some sunshine tomorrow morning

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be cold and dry overnight with clear spells, leading to a touch of ground frost in sheltered areas. There may also be some mist or fog patches forming in prone locations. 

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather map for East

    The mist or fog patches will clear quickly to leave a sunny morning with clear blue skies for some. As we go through the day though, skies will become cloudier with rain arriving during the evening.

  3. Headlines: Maldon death tribute to 'lovely and gentle person'... 'Van' Gogh creates art to 'put smiles' on drivers' faces

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex this afternoon:

    • The children of a woman who was found dead in Maldon last month have paid tribute to a "lovely and gentle person"
    • Essex Police is appealing to find the person who left six anti-tank rockets at a bus stop in Coopersale
    • The man behind artwork drawn into the dirt of vans around Essex says he did it to "put smiles" on the faces of delivery drivers
  4. Graham Gooch: Ex-England batsman looks forward to 'new era' at Essex

    BBC Sport

    Essex's new head coach Chris Silverwood can bring success back to the club after years of "flat-lining", according to ex-opening batsman Graham Gooch.

    Chris Silverwood

    The county has not won any silverware since 2008 when they won the One-Day Cup and Division Two of the Pro40.

    "He's a very balanced guy, he's passionate about leading Essex into a new era... I'm confident he can start something special for Essex," former England opener Gooch told BBC Look East.

  5. Six live anti-tank missiles were blown up in a nearby field

    Six anti-tank missiles found behind a bus stop in Coopersale were blown up in a nearby field.

    Essex Police says the World War Two rockets were found on Tuesday evening in Epping Road. 

    The Army Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit confirmed the devices were live and they were destroyed.

    Six anti-tank rockets
  6. Police front counter closures will have 'no effect' on police's ability to respond

    Today's closure of six Essex Police front counters will have "no effect" on the force's ability to respond to calls for help, the assistant chief constable says.

    Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason

    Members of the public will no longer be able to use South Ockendon, Brentwood, Loughton, Epping, Rayleigh and Canvey stations from today. Nine others in the county have already closed. 

    Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason said: "I want to reassure people living in those towns that the commitment to keep them safe remains our absolute priority."

  7. Stuart Bingham defeated in China Open quarter-final

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Basildon's Stuart Bingham is out of the China Open Snooker after losing his quarter-final. 

    Stuart Bingham

    Bingham was defeated 5-1 by fellow Englishman Ricky Walden.

    He now flies back to the UK to defend his World Championship title in Sheffield later this month.

  8. Police dog catches suspected Southend burger van thieves

    It was a busy start for Essex Police dog Studs this morning after four suspects were caught trying to break into a Southend burger van.

    Police dog studs

    Officers, including a dog unit, were called to Aviation Way just after 01:00. On arrival they found three people trying to force open the shutters of S & G Lunchbox. 

    A Ford Fiesta laden with drinks, chocolate and frozen burgers was discovered nearby. Two women, aged 48 and 42, plus two men, aged 24 and 24, have been arrested. 

  9. 'Van' Gogh of Essex shares more van art with us

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A man we've dubbed the "Van" Gogh of Essex, or Mr Konjusha as he is now known, has shared more of his van artwork with us. 

    Two pieces of van art

    The 22-year-old from East London, who works at a warehouse in Essex, turns dirty vehicles into works of art to "put smiles" on the faces of delivery drivers. 

    "Sometimes they can be a bit grumpy in the mornings when I speak to them, so I just thought I'd do something to cheer them up," he said.

  10. Maldon death: Family tribute to 'dear mum'

    The family of a woman who was found dead in Maldon last month have paid tribute to a "lovely and gentle person".

    Murder scene

    Amina Begun 47, of Fambridge Close was discoverd by police in Fambridge Close on 24 March. She was declared dead at the scene. Javid Ahmed, 25, of the same address, has been charged with her murder.

    In a statement, her children said: "Our whole family are devastated by the loss of our dear mum... She cared for and adored her children and her wider family." 

  11. Weather: Cloud will thicken through the afternoon, but it'll be staying dry

    BBC Weather

    Skies will become hazier from the west through the afternoon as cloud begins to thicken. It'll remain dry, though it will become rather breezy later. 

    Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather chart for the rest of the day

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

  12. National Living Wage 'forces' Essex nursery owner to increase prices

    A Sible Hedingham nursery owner says she is having to put her prices up to in order to cover an increase in staff wages.

    Helen Palmer

    From today anyone aged 25 and over must be paid at least £7.20 an hour as the National Living Wage is introduced.

    Helen Palmer, who runs Cheeky Monkey's Day Nursery, said: "Our parents are the people paying our fees, so if you put up our bills we have to put up our prices in order to pay our staff." 

  13. Police appeal to find person who left anti-tank rockets at bus stop

    Essex Police is appealing to find the person who left six anti-tank rockets at a bus stop in Coopersale.


    The missiles were discovered on the B181 Epping Road at about 16:55 on Tuesday. 

    The force has confirmed it is not an April Fool's joke and asks anybody with information to call 101. 

  14. We've tracked down the 'Van' Gogh of Essex!

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Remember yesterday we told you about a van that had been spotted in Chelmsford with an amazing picture drawn in its dirt? Well we've managed to track down the artist who has claimed responsibility. 

    Van art

    The 22-year-old man, known only as Mr Konjusha from East London, told me he works at a warehouse in Essex, and created the artwork to "put a smile on the delivery drivers' faces".

    He said he started the van art murals three weeks ago and has since created about 10 - each taking 10 minutes to make. 

  15. Mother of murdered Laura Davies wants to meet her daughter's killer in prison

    Basildon Echo

    The heartbroken mum of a murdered horse groom intends to visit her daughter's killer in prison to finally come to terms with the savage attack.  

  16. Man sustains 'life-changing' injuries in Harlow bottle attack

    A man has been left with life-changing injuries after he was attacked outside a bar in Harlow in the early hours of this morning.

    Post Office Walk

    Essex Police says the 22-year-old victim was assaulted near Bar 21 in Post Office Walk. He is now being treated in Broomfield Hospital. 

    Officers are looking for three male suspects who are all described as white.

  17. A12 crash involved seven vehicles

    Long delays are continuing on the A12 this lunchtime after a crash involving seven vehicles.

    Six miles of queues are reported on the northbound carriageway after the incident that happened at Kelvedon. 

    Essex Fire and Rescue says nobody was trapped but crews helped clear the road. One lane is closed.

  18. Headlines: Fifteen assessed in A12 crash... Man sustains 'life-changing' injuries in Harlow attack

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from the Essex newsdesk this morning:

    • Paramedics have assessed 15 people after a multi-vehicle crash which blocked the northbound A12 this morning
    • A man has been left with life-changing injuries after he was attacked outside a bar in Harlow 
    • Six World War Two anti-tank rockets have been found behind a bus stop in Coopersale
  19. Fifteen people involved in A12 crash

    Paramedics have assessed 15 people after a multi-vehicle crash which blocked the northbound A12 this morning.

    A12 at Kelvedon

    The East of England Ambulance Service says most involved have been treated for minor injuries 

    Three patients, two women and a man, are likely to be take to hospital. One lane remains closed following the crash at Kelvedon.