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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 5 April 2016
  2. Seven men arrested after Chelmsford knife fight
  3. Thirty cows escape on to busy road in Colchester
  4. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn uses Harlow visit to call for action over tax dodgers
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

    Have a great evening. 

  2. Essex Live recap: Cows loose... Large-scale knife fight... Football selfies

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    It's been a busy day here on Essex Live. If you haven't had a chance to stay with us the whole time - here's a recap on Tuesday's three biggest stories:

    A recap of pictures
    • Thirty cows stopped traffic moving on one of Colchester's busiest roads during this morning's rush-hour. Essex Police managed to secure the herd but are still looking to trace the owners
    • Seven men were arrested because of a knife fight in Chelmsford overnight which left three of them in hospital. Officers think there could be even more arrests made
    • Finally - we spoke to a bunch of Braintree fans who are spending most of their day in a mini bus as they travel 310 miles to watch their team play in Barrow
  3. Police 'anticipate further arrests' following Chelmsford knife fight

    Essex Police says it anticipates further arrests following a large-scale fight in Chelmsford last night that left three people with suspected stab wounds. 

    Readers Close

    Seven men have been detained following the incident in Readers Court at about 21:30 yesterday.

    Det Sgt Phil Greaves told BBC Essex: "We will not permit anyone to behave like this in our city. Anyone taking part in such incidents can expect to find themselves subject to questioning as part of our inquiries."

  4. Barrow pitch 'looking good' ahead of Braintree match

    If you're one of the Braintree fans travelling 310 miles to Barrow this afternoon there's good news - it looks as if the game will be on this time!

    In February the match was postponed two hours before kick off after heavy rain waterlogged the pitch. 

    View more on twitter

    The latest weather forecast for the Cumbria area is not predicting any rain until 02:00 tomorrow morning... phew. 

  5. Weather: Chilly but mostly dry tonight with some showers tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be largely dry with some clear spells during the evening which will make it quite chilly. During the early hours, it will turn cloudier and there is a chance of some light patchy rain moving.

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map for the East of England

    Tomorrow morning the cloud and rain will clear eastwards, leaving a mixture of sunny spells and showers.

    You can stay up to date with the weather here

  6. Braintree Town hope to get play-off push back on track

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley says the team need to lift themselves after losing their last two games.

    Danny Cowley

    The Iron travel 310 miles to Barrow tonight knowing victory would move them into the National League play-off places. 

    "Success doesn't happen in a straight line, all season we've had disappointment but then we've gone again", Cowley told BBC Essex.  

  7. Headlines: Police 'anticipate further arrests' following Chelmsford knife fight... Fundraiser for bouncy castle death girl

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex:

    • Essex Police says it anticipates further arrests following a large-scale fight in Chelmsford that left three people with suspected stab wounds
    • A fundraising event has been held in Harlow today following the death of a seven-year-old girl at a local fun fair
    • Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants May's council elections to mark a "turning point" in Labour's fortunes, during a speech in Harlow
  8. Your pictures: A nice afternoon in North Fambridge

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's quite a pleasant afternoon in Essex isn't it? BBC Weather Watcher edie sent us this nice picture from North Fambridge.

    North Fambridge

    He reported sunny spells with temperatures at about 12C (53.6F).

    We love seeing your photographs of the county, you can send them to us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

  9. Travel: Braintree rail services delayed by signalling fault

    There are cancellations and delays on trains running to and from Braintree this afternoon.

    Greater Anglia says Network Rail engineers are "working as quickly as possible to resolve the problem". 

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  10. Outrage after Colchester Council worker puts body of pet cat in a wheelie bin 'like rubbish'

    Daily Gazette

    Devastated pet-owners trawled through 13 bins to recover the body of their cat who was "chucked away like rubbish".  

  11. 'High demand' closes minor injuries unit temporarily at Princess Alexandra Hospital

    The minor injuries unit at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital has temporarily closed. 

    Princess Alexandra Hospital

    The hospital posted on social media to say it's also experiencing "high demand" at its accident and emergency.  

    It's urging people to use alternatives if they can.

  12. Family tribute to 'dearly loved mother' who died in Basildon double fatal crash

    The family of a 30-year-old woman hit by a car in a double fatal road crash last month have paid tribute to a "dearly loved mother".

    Carli Scott

    Carli Scott (pictured), 30, from Basildon, and Dean Evans, 35, also from Basildon, were killed while walking at the Roundacre in the town on 22 March. 

    In a statement, Ms Scott's family said: "Carli will be dearly missed by all family and friends and was loved by everyone that knew her."

  13. Jeremy Corbyn's attack on disability benefit changes 'went down well'

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    Jeremy Corbyn's attack on George Osborne's now quashed changes to disability benefits went down well with the Harlow audience - he was however preaching to the converted at his local campaign launch.

    Harlow gathering

    While the Conservative government backed down on the disability benefit changes, it plays well here in the west of Essex.

    Both the Tories and Labour tell me the issue comes up regularly on the doorstep when speaking to Harlow residents. People here are against welfare and tax credit cuts.

  14. Bouncy castle death Harlow: Fundraising event takes place for Summer Grant

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    There's a show of support this afternoon for the family of a seven-year-old girl who died in Harlow, after the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away.

    Summer's family

    Summer Grant suffered multiple injuries at a fair in the Town Park 10 days ago. In the atrium of the Harvey Shopping Centre today, helium balloons border a raffle full of prizes.

    Some of the organisers, including family and friends, are wearing T-shirts bearing a photo of a smiling Summer. Money raised will pay for a memorial plaque and bench. 

  15. Braintree fans take selfie during 310 mile trip to Barrow

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A group of Braintree fans are currently three hours into a 310 mile trip to Barrow in Cumbria.

    Braintree fans

    The Iron supporters left the town at 11:15 and hope to arrive by about 16:45. 

    Daniel Turner, 18, who's making the journey for the second time after the National League fixture was postponed in February, predicts Braintree will win tonight's game 2-1. 

  16. Weather: Most places will stay dry this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It will be staying largely dry this afternoon and as we go through the rest of the day we will see increasing amounts of sunshine, which will make it feel quite pleasant. 

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

    Weather chart for Essex

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

  17. Braintree Town fans face 620-mile mid week round trip tonight

    Away fans are often lauded for their efforts in supporting their team. The travel costs, expensive away seats... it all adds up. But spare an extra thought for the Braintree faithful travelling to Barrow tonight.

    Braintree and Barrow

    Fans of the Iron face a mid-week 620-mile round trip, travelling from Essex to Cumbria, and back, to support their side. The journey, according to Google Maps, takes over five hours each way.

    Here's hoping the result is worth the effort.

  18. Stolen museum artefacts 'worth up to £57m on Chinese market'

    Members of the organised crime gang which stole up to £57m from museums and an auction house were found guilty by jury after a series of trials at Birmingham Crown Court. Six members, from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands have been jailed today.

    Chinese artefacts stolen from Fitzwilliam

    They were involved in organising two thefts and an attempted theft at Durham University Oriental Museum, as well as further incidents at Gorringes Auction House in Lewes, Norwich Castle Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

    Jurors heard exhibits stolen in Durham and Cambridge were valued at about £17m but detectives believed they could have fetched up to £57m on the "booming" Chinese auction market.

  19. Gang members jailed for museum thefts

    The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.

    (top, l-r) Richard Sheridan, Michael Hegarty, Richard O'Brien Jnr, John O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Alan Clarke; (bottom, l-r) Patrick Clarke, John O'Brien, Daniel Flynn, Ashley Dad, Paul Pammen, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Terence McNamara

    Chinese jade and rhino horn were targeted in Cambridge, Durham, Norwich and Lewes, East Sussex.

    The 14 men, from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands were convicted of conspiracy to steal between November 2011 and April 2012.

    They were jailed for between 15 months and six years, eight months.

  20. BreakingFinal members of £57m theft gang jailed

    The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.