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Summary

  1. Top stories on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. A Colchester road worker has exclusively told BBC Essex they're constantly subjected to abuse by motorists - and claimed one of his colleagues was threatened with a knuckle duster
  3. Police have accused the Essex murderer Jeremy Bamber of "circumnavigating the formal process" of appeal by using the media and websites to fight his conviction
  4. A road in Chelmsford has been named after a soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2010
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 today - thanks for stopping by. 

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

    Have a great evening. 

  2. Weather: Patchy cloud overnight with showers tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Any showers will die away during the early evening to leave patchy cloud in places overnight and mist. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather map for Essex

    Tomorrow will be dry with variable cloud and some sunshine likely. A few light showers are possible in places.

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

  3. Dogs killed after eating food riddled with rat poison in Brentwood and Wickford parks

    Brentwood Gazette

    A dog has died after eating food laced with rat poison in a bush during a walk in a Wickford park, while a Brentwood dog's death was shrouded in mystery after a suspected poisoning.

  4. Leigh-on-Sea assault CCTV released

    Recognise these men? Essex Police wants to speak to them after an assault in Leigh-on-Sea last month.

    CCTV

    The force says two men tried to punch and chase a man in his 30s in Marine Avenue on the evening of 7 March. 

    Anybody with information is asked to call 101. 

  5. Hockley blind-fitters slogan 'takes the mickey' out of disabled people

    BBC Essex

    Do you think the slogan on this blind-fitting van is offensive or a clever play on words? 

    Well, one organisation that helps those who are visually impaired thinks it "takes the mickey" out of disabled people.

    Van driven in Hockley

    Paul Atkins from Support for Sight told BBC Essex he was "shocked" when he heard about the van, adding "I've had to to deal with these types of comments all of my life".

    But the boss of CK Blinds in Hockley, Ryan Sanderson, said the family-run business had been operating for eight years and only received "one complaint" about the "tongue-in-cheek" slogan. 

  6. Headlines: Two Essex men jailed over museum art thefts... Four charged over Maldon teenager kidnap

    Here are the top stories in Essex this afternoon: 

    • Two Essex men have been jailed for their part in a multimillion-pound plot to steal rhino horn and Chinese artefacts in museum raids across England
    • A man and three boys have been charged with kidnapping a teenager in Maldon last month  
    • A 15-year-old boy from Chelmsford who released a poignant song about his nan who has advanced dementia has been recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron  
  7. What caused last night's thunderstorm across Essex?

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    A warm and sunny Sunday afternoon soon turned into a thundery evening yesterday, didn't it? 

    But what caused the dramatic change in the weather? I've been taking a look... 

    Video content

    Video caption: Dan Holley explains Sunday's thunderstorm
  8. Woman injured in Epping M25 crash dies

    One of three women injured in a crash on the M25 in Essex last week has died.

    M25

    A 34-year-old from Leicestershire suffered life-threatening injures after a Nisson Note and a lorry crashed on the clockwise carriageway in Epping on 29 March. 

    Essex Police said she died at the Royal London Hospital on Saturday. A 61-year-old man from Telford was arrested and is on bail pending further enquiries until 27 June.

  9. Six more people being sentenced over museum raids tomorrow

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    A further six defendants will be sentenced tomorrow at Birmingham Crown Court over the museum raids.

    Detectives say the Chinese artefacts stolen were worth about £18m but could have fetched up to £57m, and the case dwarfed the more high-profile Hatton Garden heist in London. 

    You can read the full story here.

  10. Men jailed for museum raids

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    Seven members of an organised crime gang who arranged for precious artefacts to be stolen from museums and auction houses across England have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

    The plots saw multi-million-pound items including Chinese jade and rhino horn taken from sites including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and an attempted theft at Norwich Castle Museum. 

    The jailed men were:

    • Danny Flynn, 45, of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, jailed for four years
    • Paul Pammen, 49, of Alton Gardens, Southend, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
    • Donald Chi Chong Wong, 56, of Clapham Common South Side, London, jailed for five and a half years
    • Daniel "Turkey" O'Brien, 45, from Smithy Fen, Cottenham, jailed for six years and eight months
    • Richard "Kerry" O'Brien Junior, 31, of Dale Farm, Oak Lane, Billericay, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
    • Alan Clarke, 37, of Melbourne Road, Newham, London, jailed for five and a half years
    • John "Cash" O'Brien, 68, of Fifth Avenue, Wolverhampton, jailed for five years and three months
  11. BreakingMembers of museum raid gang jailed

    Seven men from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands, who were part of an organised crime gang, have been jailed for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums across England, including in Norwich and Cambridge.

  12. Four charged over Maldon teenager kidnap

    A man and three boys have been charged with kidnapping a teenager in Maldon last month.

    Hurrels Lane

    A 17-year-old boy was found dumped in Hurrels Lane, Little Baddow, at 00:30 on 27 March with serious injuries including a fractured leg, stab wounds and broken teeth.

    A man, 19, from Boreham, a boy, 17, from Hatfield Peverel and two other boys, aged 15 and 16, both from Boreham, have been charged with kidnapping, GBH and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

  13. Teenager who released song for his nan who has dementia gets Point of Light award

    A 15-year-old boy from Chelmsford who released a poignant song about his nan who has advanced dementia has been recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Harry and his nan Maureen

    Harry Gardner said he was "so shocked" by how his nan Maureen McGuinness, 76, had deteriorated after a recent visit that he immediately went home and wrote a song, Not Alone.  

    Mr Cameron said Harry's song was a "wonderful tribute to his grandmother" and he was "delighted to recognise Harry as the UK's 510th Point of Light".

  14. New Chelmsford viaduct opens to motorists

    A £32m road bridge has been opened to motorists in Chelmsford today.

    Chelmer Viaduct opens to traffic

    The 900m (2,953ft) A138 Chelmer Viaduct, which has taken 13 months to build, will have three lanes of carriageway, a shared pedestrian and cycleway and a footpath once fully complete later this month. 

    Allstair Stout from Highways England said the new road will "prevent further disruption in the area". 

  15. Girl, 12, assaulted on way to school in Colchester

    A 12-year-old girl has been assaulted on her way to school in Colchester, police say.

    Cowdry Avenue

    The St Helena School pupil was walking along Cowdray Avenue on 23 March when she was pushed, punched and kicked by two boys aged about 14.

    The girl required hospital treatment after she was left with a bloodied nose, swollen lip and bruised ribs.

  16. Weather: Cloudy with occasional showers, and some sunshine too

    BBC Weather

    Although there will be some sunny breaks this afternoon, it will be rather cloudy with a few showers. 

    Some of these may be heavy, with the odd rumble of thunder possible. 

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather chart for Essex

    Get the latest forecast for wherever you are here.

  17. Teacher battles council over £1,400 homemade garage made from shipping container

    Daily Gazette

    An art and design teacher is battling with council planners over a homemade garage in his back garden.  

  18. Delivery driver robbed of three-figure sum and pizzas by armed men

    A delivery driver was robbed of a three-figure sum of cash and pizzas by men armed with hammers and what appeared to be a gun in Brentwood.

    St Stephens Crescent

    A 32-year-old man was making a delivery in St Stephen's Crescent early on Saturday when he was approached by a group of seven or eight men.

    A man, 18, and 17-year-old boy have been questioned as part of the investigation and bailed until May. A third teenager remains in custody.

  19. £5,000 reward offered in Vilson Meshi murder probe

    A £5,000 reward has been offered by charity Crimestoppers for information over the murder of a 30-year-old man in Pitsea.

    Vilson Meshi

    Vilson Meshi (pictured) was discovered in a burned-out car at Pincey Mead near Pitsea Road, on 27 February. A post-mortem examination found he died from smoke inhalation.

    Three 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from Basildon, are on bail following their arrests on suspicion of murder.

  20. Road workmen 'shot at with air rifles'

    A safety adviser for road workers says he has dealt with a number of staff who have been abused - with one man being "shot at with an air rifle".

    Pat Sheehan

    It comes as BBC Essex is told workmen are constantly subjected to abuse by violent motorists. CCTV warning signs have even been erected at one site in Wivenhoe. 

    Pat Sheehan (pictured), from Colas, said: "There are a number of issues like people being punched, shot at, threatened with guns and knives, you name it it has happened".