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Summary

  1. Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information about the death of Southend woman Angela Millington
  2. Essex Police have rebailed a man and a woman arrested following the death of a young girl on a bouncy castle in Harlow
  3. Braintree Town is preparing for a match that could put them on the road to promotion to the Football League
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us today at Essex Live - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, including the election results across the county.

    Enjoy the sunshine!

  2. Clacton helter-skelter renovation work could top £100,000

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Renovation work to the Clacton helter-skelter could cost more than £100,000, but the pier owner says it's worth every penny. 

    Clacton Pier's helter skelter

    Billy Ball says the day in 2013 the helter-skelter was damaged was one of the saddest ever, and that the iconic slide is integral to the success of the pier.

    The helter-skelter reopened to the public last weekend. 

  3. Speedway: Hammers hoping to increase lead

    The Lakeside Hammers can increase their lead at the top of Speedway's Elite League tonight.

    Fresh from a convincing win at Belle Vue last night, they travel to Swindon.

    They've named an unchanged side.

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  4. Weather: Fine and dry with lots of sunshine

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight it will be staying fine and dry with long spells of sunshine and light easterly winds. Lows of 6C (43F). Pollen levels will stay high.

    Weather graphic shows sunshine tomorrow

    Tomorrow will be another fine and dry day with high temperatures. High level cloud in the afternoon will turn the sunshine hazy later, but a very pleasant afternoon. Highs of 20C (68F). 

  5. Braintree supporters no longer stranded

    The Braintree Town Supporters' Trust fans are now on their way. They have a new coach and are off again to Grimsby. 

    "We're relieved that we're on our way. We may just miss the kick-off," said  Andrew Freemantle.  

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  6. Southend minibus fire

    A minibus has been badly damaged in a fire in Southend. 

    The blaze happened in Stanier Close just before 13:00. An electrical fault is being blamed. 

    There were no passengers on board the bus at the time. 

  7. Latest headlines: Football fans stranded... Minibus fire in Southend

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    The latest headlines:

    • A group of Braintree Town fans are stranded in Lincolnshire this afternoon as they make their way to one of the biggest matches in the club's history
    • A woman has been charged after an elderly man was robbed of £4 in Harlow
    • A minibus has been badly damaged in a fire in Southend
  8. Braintree Town: Trio could be in starting line-up

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex sport

    Braintree Town boss Danny Cowley has several decisions to make ahead of their National League play-off semi-final tie at Grimsby tonight.

    Danny Cowley, Braintree United

    Sean Marks, Taylor Miles and Dan Sparkes are among those looking to be recalled to the starting line-up.

    The Iron are bidding to reach a Wembley final and a place in the Football League for the first time in their history. There's commentary of the match on BBC Essex Football Extra from 18:30 tonight.

  9. Braintree fans stranded in Lincolnshire

    BBC Essex

    A group of Braintree Town fans are stranded in Lincolnshire this afternoon as they make their way to one of the biggest matches in the club's history.

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    The Iron are looking to secure a place in the Football League. Tonight, they're playing Grimsby Town in the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final. 

    Andrew Freemantle, who's the chairman of the Braintree Town Supporters Trust, said despite the coach problems they are still hoping to get to the ground for kick-off. 

  10. Dispersal order to dissuade car 'cruisers' at Pitsea

    A dispersal order has been issued in a bid to dissuade a group of car 'cruisers' who police believe were planning to meet at Pitsea retail park this weekend.

    Graphic showing the dispersal order

    The dispersal order means police officers will be able to move people on if they are causing anti-social behaviour within the area defined by the order.

  11. Robbie Cowling: Colchester's recruitment policy could be better

    BBC Essex

    Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling admits his player recruitment policy needs to improve.

    Colchester United

    "It's not been good enough and it needs to get better," he said.

    The U's, who have been relegated to League Two, appointed John McGreal as their new manager yesterday.

  12. Travel: Diversion as A127 closed at West Horndon

    The A127 is closed with long delays due to a serious collision involving three vehicles at the A128 for West Horndon.

    A diversion is in place via the exit slip roads, around the Halfway House roundabout above, then back down along the entry slip roads. Stay up-to-date here.

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  13. Danny Cowley: Game of players' careers tonight

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex sport

    Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley says their match at Grimsby tonight is the biggest game of the players' careers.

    Danny Cowley

    The sides meet in the first leg of the National League play-off semi-final, with the winner due to play a Wembley final.

    There's commentary of the match on BBC Essex Football Extra from 18:30.

  14. Essex mum and writer: Car seat regulations unclear for emergency journeys

    A parenting writer from Chelmsford has told BBC Essex she's concerned new regulations on car seats for children aren't clear enough for emergency journeys.

    Small boy in car seat

    The government has confirmed that legislation is coming, but it hasn't yet been finalised. 

    Alice Langley, who writes a column in the Southend Echo called 'An Essex Mum', says: "In the new legislation I haven't been able to find anything about what happens picking up an extra child, or if it's an emergency," she said. 

  15. Teenager still in hospital after motorbike crash

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A 17-year-old boy remains in hospital receiving treatment for a serious head injury after a motorbike crash in Grays last month. 

    His passenger, who is 16, had surgery on a fractured knee. The crash happened in Wood View Road on 12 April.

  16. Travel: Three-vehicle crash closes part of A127 near Brentwood

    There are problems on the A127 at West Hordon near Brentwood this afternoon after a three-vehicle crash. Be careful if you're heading in that direction.

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  17. Weather: Dry and warm

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry, warm and mostly sunny. Light winds will peg the temperatures back a little in the east.

    Spring scene

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "youcantbecirrus" for sending in this gorgeous picture from South Hanningfield just before lunchtime today.

  18. In the news: Braintree Town prepare for key tie... Two arrested over bouncy castle death rebailed

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here's the news from the county this afternoon: 

    • Braintree Town is preparing for a match that could put them on the road to promotion to the Football League
    • Essex Police have rebailed a man and a woman arrested following the death of a young girl on a bouncy castle in Harlow
    • A woman has been charged after robbing an elderly man of £4 in Harlow
  19. Cricket: Cook signs new contract

    England test captain Alastair Cook has signed a new two-year contract with Essex.

    Alastair Cook

    Cook has scored 500 runs in the first four matches of the County Championship season, including three centuries.

    He's now off to play for England in the forthcoming test series against Sri Lanka.