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  1. Updates on Friday, 15 April 2016
  2. The trial of a teenager accused of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester two years ago enters its fifth day
  3. A sofa is hurled at a police car during a chase with a builder's van in Ingatestone
  4. People living near Chelmsford Prison receive letters asking them to keep an eye out for people trying to smuggle drugs in to the jail
  5. There are warnings the Essex coast faces being targeted by migrants after two Iranians were rescued from an inflatable dinghy off the coast of Dover
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Thanks for joining us for Friday's live page for Essex - if you want to see what we've been talking about, just scroll back down the page.

    We'll see you on Monday from 08:00 when we'll continue to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county. 

    Until then, have a lovely weekend.

  2. Weather: Rain clearing to leave many places dry

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Rain and showers, some heavy, will clear northeastwards this evening leaving many places dry, especially in the south. Temperatures falling to 3C (37F).

    Weather map

    We'll have a few brighter spells during the morning, but they'll be spells of showery rain spreading across the region - thought it will be drier in Essex. Winds moderate increasing to fresh at times with a highs of only 7-9C (upper 40sF).

    Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather

  3. Men arrested over Pitsea death 'will not face further action'

    The death of a man in Pitsea at the end of last year is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

    Appleford Court, Pitsea

    Two men were arrested after Sirjeet Singh, 32, was found dead in Appleford Court in December. 

    Essex Police says his death has now been deemed "non suspicious" and no further action will be taken against the men, who are 50 and 37.

  4. U's Alex Gilbey sidelined for Posh clash

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex Sport

    Colchester United's Alex Gilbey is almost certainly out the side's League One game with Peterborough tomorrow.

    Alex Gilbey

    The midfielder was injured in last weekend's win over Blackpool and should be replaced by Tom Lapslie.

    The U's are playing Peterborough at the Community Stadium as they continue their fight against relegation.

  5. Sofa thrown at police car in chase

    Two men are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a sofa is thrown at a police car and an officer is struck by a van.  

    Stock Lane, Ingatestone

    An officer who was on foot was struck by the van and sustained minor injuries in the pursuit in the Stock Lane area of Ingatestone on Thursday.

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and two others that were in the van were arrested on suspicion of assault.

    Sofa thrown at police car in chase

    Stock Lane, Ingatestone

    Two men are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a sofa is thrown at a police car and an officer is struck by a van.

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  6. Colchester deaths: Teenager 'an easily led thug'

    A teenager accused of two murders was "a thug" who kicked and headbutted fellow pupils, his trial has heard.  

    Court artist drawing of the accused

    The 17-year-old admits killing James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014, but denies murder on grounds of diminished responsibility.

    Reading from school reports, psychiatrist Simon Misch told Guildford Crown Court how the boy's behaviour became increasingly violent.

    The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was easily led, he said.

  7. Prison package-throwers 'could be jailed for two years'

    The Ministry of Justice says people who smuggle packages over Chelmsford Prison walls could face up to two years in prison under new laws.

    Chelmsford Prison

    People who live nearby have been sent letters asking them to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

    A former prison governor, Kevin Lockyer, said smuggling was an ongoing issue: "While there are a lot of people wanting to get stuff in, every now and again someone will be successful because they're ingenious and staff can't be everywhere all the time." 

  8. Nigel Farage in Tilbury ahead of police commissioner elections

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been visiting Tilbury today to discuss the county's policing with the party's police and crime commissioner candidate.

    Nigel Farage and Bob Spink

    Bob Spink is running as UKIP's candidate for the position, alongside Roger Hirst for the Conservatives, Labour's Chris Vince, Kevin McNamara for the Lib Dems and Martin Terry for Zero Tolerance.

  9. Colchester killer had been 'sensitive' to others' needs

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    The trial jury in the case of a teenager accused of two murders in Colchester has heard he went from being "sensitive" to "increasingly violent".

    Forensic officer takes pictures at scene

    The 17-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, denies the murder of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in 2014.

    Reading from school reports, Dr Peter Misch, an adolescent forensic psychiatrist, told Guildford Crown Court how the defendant went from a boy who was "sensitive to the needs of others" to a teenager whose behaviour was increasingly violent and aggressive.

  10. Winger Myles Weston new injury doubt for Southend

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex Sport

    Southend United's Myles Weston is the only new injury worry ahead of tomorrow's League One trip to Walsall

    Myles Weston

    The winger picked up a thigh problem in training during the week. 

    Manager Phil Brown says the game has come too soon for Anthony Wordsworth, Noel Hunt, Michael Timlin and David Mooney who are recovering from previous injuries.

  11. Man, 21, wanted for questioning over Southend murder

    Essex Police detectives say they're looking for a man wanted for questioning in connection with a murder investigation in Southend.

    Nico Ramsey, 19, was found with a stab wound in Napier Avenue in February and later died in hospital.

    Allcie Houlder

    Police say they want to talk to Allcie Houlder, 21 (pictured), who has links to Statford, Southend, Romford and Newham.

    He is believed to have left the UK and taken a ferry from ‎Dover‬ to‪ ‎France‬ on 19 February.

  12. Colchester United 'need to be patient', manager says

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex Sport

    The Colchester United manager Kevin Keen says his side need to be patient as they continue their fight against relegation from League One.

    Kevin Keen

    It's looking likely that the U's will have to win all five remaining matches to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.

    "You haven't got to win in the first five minutes or 10 minutes... it's 90 minutes - we defend as a team and we go forward as a team," Keen said.

  13. Men arrested over attempted murder after police office injured

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Yesterday evening we told you about how a police officer had been injured after the vehicle he was in was rammed in Ingatestone.

    We've just been given some further details - the officer's colleagues had followed a van from Billericay and had shovels, rubble and a sofa thrown towards them before the van they were following crashed into a police car in Stock Lane, Ingatestone.

    Stock Lane, Ingatestone

    Four men were arrested for a number of offences - two of them for attempted murder, and three of the four for theft of a motor vehicle.

  14. Weather: Showers turning heavy and thundery at times

    BBC Weather

    Showers sticking around for the rest of this afternoon, turning heavy occasionally with the risk of hail and thunder.

    Later on, the rain will start to ease overnight and clear spells will develop. Lows tonight of 3C (37F).  

    Bluebell woods, Leigh-on-Sea

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Labrador Lady" for this image taken in Leigh-on-Sea earlier where it was cloudy and 14C (57F).

    Check the latest forecast for your part of Essex with BBC Weather.

  15. Four people arrested over Ladi Benson murder released without charge

    Claire Sawyer

    BBC Essex

    A man and a teenager who were arrested in connection with the murder of Ladi Benson (pictured) in Chelmsford last year have been released without charge. 

    Ladi Benson

    A 25-year-old and the 16-year-old, arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and affray, will face no further action. 

    A 23-year-old and a 26-year-old, both arrested on suspicion of assault and affray, have also been released from bail with no further action.

  16. Essex County Council apologises for Army and Navy gridlock

    If you've driven around Chelmsford lately, you might have noticed the traffic situation has been a bit of a nightmare.

    Delays have been happening because part of the new A138 Chelmer viaduct link to the Army and Navy roundabout hasn't yet been opened, and queues have been building every rush hour around the city.

    Essex County Council tweeted an apology this afternoon.

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  17. Lunchtime headlines: Call for vigilance over illegal immigrants arriving on Essex coasts... Double murder trial hears teen was 'aggressive'

    June Woolerton

    BBC Essex

    Here are the stories making the news in Essex:

    • Chelmsford Prison has written to homeowners near the jail asking them to keep an eye out for people trying to smuggle drugs into the building
    • There's a call for people living near the Essex coast to be vigilant about migrants trying to smuggle themselves into the UK on inflatables
    • The trial of a teenager accused of murdering two people in Colchester in 2014 has heard he had become increasingly aggressive at school
  18. Father of Colchester double murder accused 'heard voices'

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    A court has heard how the father of the 17-year-old boy accused of the murder of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester had "paranoid traits in his personality".

    Guildford Crown Court

    Guildford Crown Court had previously been told the boy's father heard voices in his head when he was an adolescent, and a psychologist told the jury the father was "obsessive, needs routine and is easily irritated".

    The man's son admits killing Mr Attfield and Ms Almaea but denies murder on grounds of diminished responsibility.

  19. Snooker: Stuart Bingham wants to keep hold of World Championship trophy

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex Sport

    Basildon snooker player Stuart Bingham is reluctant to let go of the World Championship trophy.

    Stuart Bingham

    The 39-year-old is starting the defence of his title tomorrow against fellow Essex star Ali Carter.

    "I've been lucky enough to have it [the trophy] with me all year - it's been an absolutely fantastic year," he said.