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  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. A teenager who stabbed James Attfield and Nahid Almanea to death in random attacks in Colchester is detained for a minimum of 27 years
  3. Almost 7,000 weapons have been handed in to Essex Police as part of a knife amnesty launched 16 months ago
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Jack Warren

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's it from us at Essex Live this week - thanks for stopping by. 

    We'll back on Tuesday with the latest news for the county from 08:00.

    Have a great Bank Holiday weekend. 

  2. Weather: A cold night, then more showers later tomorrow

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Any showers should die away through this evening. 

    Cloud will then break up allowing temperatures to fall, leading to a light frost - particularly for rural areas. Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).


    After a sunny start for most tomorrow, a few scattered showers will develop mainly during the afternoon. It should feel pleasant in any sunshine, with winds staying light.

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest at BBC Weather.

  3. The weird weather of Essex

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    The weather has been a bit odd in Essex this afternoon...

    Here in Chelmsford we've been basking in sunshine, but about 15 miles down the road in Hutton they've seen a light dusting of snow!

    Chelmsford v Hutton

    If you're heading out and wondering if you need to pack a scarf, pair of shorts or an umbrella, we'll have a full weather forecast for you shortly. 

  4. BreakingMan arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after woman found burned in Harlow woods

    A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was found badly burned in a Harlow woodland yesterday.

    The 30-year-old was discovered in Fesants Croft at about 16:55. Her injuries are described as "life-changing".

    The man remains in police custody where he is currently being questioned. 

    Fesants Croft
  5. Watch: 7,000 weapons handed in to Essex Police in knife amnesty

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Almost 7,000 knives have been handed in during an amnesty in Essex since January 2015.

    Only Cowards Carry is running the campaign with Essex Police. 

    Toni Knight from the weapon awareness charity described to me some of the knives that had been binned.

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    Video caption: Almost 7,000 weapons handed in to Essex Police in knife amnesty.
  6. In the news: Colchester double killer detained for minimum of 27 years... Bus crashes on Mersea Island

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Here's a look at the latest headlines for Essex: 

    • James Fairweather has been detained for a minimum of 27 years for murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester two years ago
    • A bus has crashed on Mersea Island injuring at least two people, police say
    • A teenager is facing a £2,117 bill for her mother's funeral following a benefits dispute with the government  
  7. Two injured in Mersea bus crash

    A bus has crashed on Mersea Island injuring at least two people, police say. 

    Emergency services attended Mersea Road after the vehicle entered a ditch earlier this afternoon. 

    There are no reports of any serious injuries. The road remains partially blocked

    Mersea Road
  8. James Fairweather sentencing: Read the full story

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    We're going to take a look at some other news stories happening around Essex shortly. 

    In the meantime, you can read the full story on James Fairweather's sentencing here.

  9. A recap on today's Fairweather sentencing

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A recap on this afternoon's sentencing of James Fairweather at the Old Bailey:

    • The 17-year-old has been detained for a minimum of 27 years for the murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014
    • The teenager wore a long black leather coat and was supported by his parents who sat in the well of the court
    • The mother of victim James Attfield, Julie Finch, said: "James Fairweather is a monster in our eyes - and we will never be able to forgive him"
    • Judge Mr Justice Robin Spence described the killings as "brutal, relentless and cowardly"
    • Fairweather appeared to mouth "I don't give a s***" towards his parents as he was sent down
  10. Judge: 'I have no doubt the way James Attfield screamed in pain when he was stabbed through the eye excited you'

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    Continuing his sentencing of James Fairweather, 17, for the Colchester double murders, Judge Mr Justice Robin Spence added: "I have no doubt the way James Attfield screamed in pain when he was stabbed through the eye had remained with you and excited you."

    The Old Bailey also heard Fairweather was "turned on" by serial killers and researched Ian Huntley, Myra Hindley and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, of whom he had a picture on his phone.

  11. Judge: Colchester killings caused 'fear and anxiety in the town'

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    During sentencing this afternoon, Judge Mr Justice Robin Spence said the killings in Colchester caused "fear and anxiety in the town". 

    "The terror which you had created lasted for almost another year until you were eventually arrested on 26 May 2015," he said. 

    "You told one of the psychiatrists, Dr Joseph, that during that period of 11 months you spent your time thinking of killing and raping and watching pornography every day."

  12. 999 transcript of Fairweather arrest: Part two

  13. Community of Colchester 'helped bring killer to justice'

    Assistant Chief Constable, Steve Worron, thanked the community of Colchester for helping to bring killer James Fairweather to justice. 

    Steve Worran

    "Residents listened to our community reassurance advice and appeals," he said.

    "Tensions in the town did dissipate and confidence returned over time and that was due to the strength and resilience of the local people, minority groups, businesses and partnerships working together in Colchester." 

  14. Fairweather mouthed 'I don't give a s***' as he was sentenced

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Teenager James Fairweather mouthed "I don't give a s***" towards his parents as he was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years for the murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea at the Old Bailey this afternoon.

    Mr Attfield's family left the court in tears.

  15. 999 transcript of Fairweather arrest: Part one

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Essex Police has just released an extract of the 999 call made to the control room on the morning James Fairweather was arrested.

  16. How Fairweather came to be arrested

    Fairweather was arrested in May 2015 after a dog walker saw him hiding in bushes, near the same spot he had attacked his second victim.

    The teenager, who was wearing latex gloves and carrying a knife, told police he was "going to get my third victim, but there was no-one about". 


    Officers had questioned and released Fairweather shortly after Ms Almanea's death, as one of 70 people interviewed with a history of knife crime.

  17. Colchester murders of a 'ferocious nature' and had a 'massive impact' on the town

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Following the sentencing of James Fairweather, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron said the killings were of a "ferocious nature" and had a "massive impact on the Colchester community, striking fear and tension among the town's residents for 14 months".

    Steve Worron

    "No sentence will ever bring James and Nahid back and it will not stop their families from grieving every day," he added.  

  18. Colchester murders: The second victim

    Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea, 31, was stabbed with a bayonet as she walked to the University of Essex campus on 17 June 2014.

    Her brother, Raed Almanea, said in a statement read at the Old Bailey today, that he felt a personal blame at not being able to save her. 

    Nahid Almanea
  19. Colchester murders: The first victim

    Father-of-four James Attfield, who was registered disabled following a car crash, was stabbed more than 100 times on 29 March 2014 - initially while he was asleep in the town's Castle Park.

    The 33-year-old was still alive when he was found, but died as paramedics tried to save him.

    James Attfield
  20. Colchester murders: Timeline of events

    Here's a timeline of events from one of the "biggest murder investigations" in Essex:

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