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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 18 April 2016
  2. A 31-year-old man is charged with the murder of a woman in Chelmsford
  3. Snooker great Steve Davis, from Brentwood, has announced his retirement at the age of 58
  4. Major roadworks project linking the new A138 Chelmer viaduct to the Army and Navy roundabout comes to an end
  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. Fifteen battery hens rescued by Stansted castle

    Fifteen battery hens destined for slaughter are starting a new life after being donated to Mountfichet Castle in Stansted.

    Battery hens

    The attraction says it received the birds in a "very sad state, almost bald with missing feathers and terribly overgrown toenails". 

    The hens are said to now be adapting well into their new 10 acre setting. 

  2. Weather: Cloudy but mainly dry overnight

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will stay rather cloudy through the evening and overnight. The odd spot of light rain is possible, but for most it will remain dry. The winds will also be light. 

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow, many parts starting cloudy but conditions soon brightening up leaving some good sunny spells through the afternoon.

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest local forecast from BBC Weather.

  3. Man, 31, charged with murder after Chelmsford attack

    A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a woman was found dead and a man seriously injured at a property in Chelmsford yesterday, police say. 

    Pines Road

    The body of Colleen Westlake, 48, was found at a home in Pines Road at 01:30. A 59-year-old man, who has not yet been named, remains in hospital with serious injuries. 

    Craig Bird, 31, of no fixed abode, has been remanded in custody to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

  4. Headlines: Man charged with murder after Chelmsford death... Police investigate Southend shooting

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories for Essex this afternoon: 

    • A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a woman was found dead and a man seriously injured at a property in Chelmsford on Sunday
    • An investigation is under way after a 23-year-old man staggered into a shop in Southend with gunshot wounds this morning
    • Network Rail says it's vital to close the Essex rail route between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street for two days over the coming bank holiday
  5. BreakingMan charged with murder after Chelmsford death

    A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a woman was found dead and a man seriously injured at a property in Chelmsford yesterday. 

    More to follow...

  6. Two questioned after teenager stabbed in Harlow

    Two 15-year-old boys have been questioned after a teenager was stabbed in the hand in Harlow, police said.

    Bush Fair

    The pair were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following the incident in Bush Fair on 12 April. 

    The boys have since been released on bail.

  7. Alastair Cook: England captain complies with new helmet rules

    BBC Sport

    England captain Alastair Cook complied with new helmet regulations in Essex's match against Sussex, but lasted only five balls as he was dismissed for one.

    Alastair Cook

    Cook, 31, was spoken to by the England and Wales Cricket Board after he wore a helmet that contravened new rules in last week's win over Gloucestershire.

    His helmet in that match, in which Cook made 105, had an adjustable grille and a large gap between peak and grille. But, after making the switch, Cook was caught in the slips off Steve Magoffin.

  8. Essex bank holiday rail closures 'vital'

    It's "vital" to close the Essex rail route between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street for two days over the coming bank holiday to carry out maintenance work, Network Rail says.

    Engineers on the line

    The firm says it will improve the reliability of journeys for local passengers. The line will be shut on 1 and 2 May.

  9. Man staggers into Southend shop with gunshot wounds

    A 23-year-old man staggered into a shop in Southend with gunshot wounds in the early hours of this morning, Essex Police say.

    Malvern Flats

    It happened at a store in Southchurch Road. An area under the Malvern Flats has been cordoned off. 

    The man has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as "stable". No arrests have yet been made.

  10. Man charged with fraud after elderly man is tricked out of £7,000

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A 34-year-old man has been charged with fraud after more than £7,000 was spent on the cards belonging to an elderly man from Harlow. 

    The accused is facing 37 similar charges connected to separate incidents around the country when he appears at Croydon Crown Court next week, Essex Police say.

    The victim, who was 87-years-old, has since died. 

  11. Your pictures: Clouds roll in over Frinton

    Thanks to Alan Conran who has sent us picture of the Old Church of St Mary in Frinton-on-Sea. 

    Old Church of St Mary

    He said: "The clouds have rolled in and covered up all the wonderful blue skies we had this morning". 

    We love sharing your pictures, so if you'd like to get involved you can email ustweet us, or visit our Facebook page.

  12. QE2 Bridge lane closures for the next 11 nights

    There will be lane closures on the QE2 Bridge for the next 11 nights, Highways England says. 

    Three of the four lanes on the crossing will closed between 22:00 and 05:30 to allow maintenance work to take place.

    QE2 Bridge
  13. Managers at Basildon Crematorium "determined" to put a stop to funeral flower thieves

    Basildon Echo

    Crematorium managers said they are "determined" to put a stop to thieves stealing sentimental funeral flowers following a recent spate.

  14. World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan through to second round

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex Sport

    Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the second round of the World Snooker Championship.

    The Chigwell ace defeated David Gilbert 10-7 a short while ago at the Crucible in Sheffield.

    He will now face either Barry Hawkins or Zhang Anda. 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan
  15. Forensic investigations continue in Chelmsford murder inquiry

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    Forensic investigations are continuing in Chelmsford after a woman was found dead at a property in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Forensic investigation

    Essex Police said it was called to Pines Road at 01:30. Upon arrival officers found a woman in her 50s dead and a man, also in his 50s, with serious injures. He remains in Broomfield Hospital.

    A 31-year-old man from Chelmsford has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.

  16. Weather: Dry, but the chance of a light shower

    BBC Weather

    For much of the day there will be a good deal of cloud, but a few bright or sunny spells remain possible at times. 

    Through the afternoon there could be one or two light showers in a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

    Elsenham

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Poppy" for this shot of bluebell woods in Elsenham.

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for Essex with BBC Weather.

  17. Headlines: Colchester double murder trial continues... Heavily pregnant woman involved in Chelmsford crash

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here are the top stories from Essex this lunchtime: 

    • A teenager's claim that voices implored him to kill two people in Colchester in 2014 are "extremely unconvincing", a psychiatrist has told a jury
    • A heavily pregnant woman has been involved in a crash in Chelmsford that temporarily closed the Parkway
    • Six rowers have been winched to safety after their boat ran aground near St Osyth
  18. Colchester double murder trial: Teen's voices claim 'extremely unconvincing'

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    A teenager's claim that voices implored him to kill two people are "extremely unconvincing", a psychiatrist has told a jury. 

    James Attfield and Nahid Almanea

    The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, admits killing James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in 2014 but denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    Dr Philip Joseph said the boy's descriptions of his auditory and visual hallucinations were "a bit clichéd, like something someone had seen in a film". The trial at Guildford Crown Court continues.

  19. Six rowers rescued off the coast of St Osyth

    Six rowers were winched to safety after their boat ran aground near St Osyth.

    Map showing Essex coast at St Osyth

    The Clacton RNLI crew and Coastguard helicopter were involved in Sunday's rescue operation just after 13:00.

    The rowers, one man and five women aged between 40 and 65, were not injured.