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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 May 2016
  2. Conservative Roger Hirst is Essex's new Police and Crime Commissioner
  3. Bob Spink of UKIP comes second in the poll
  4. UKIP celebrates after gaining six council seats in Thurrock overnight
  5. Conservatives hold Rochford District Council
  6. Braintree Town move a step nearer the Football League, winning the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Grimsby
  7. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Jack Warren

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    That's it from us at Essex Live today - thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back on Monday with the latest news for the county. 

    Have a great evening and weekend.

  2. Weather: Dry and clear tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying largely dry through the rest of tonight with clear spells and areas of high cloud at times. A light easterly breeze, and not as chilly as previous nights with temperatures only dipping to about 7C (45F).

    Weather map for the East of England

    Saturday will be dry and very warm with sunny spells, hazy at times. Feeling fresher along the east coast in the southeasterly breeze, with temperatures reaching highs 24C (75F) inland.  

    Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast here.

  3. In the news: Conservative Roger Hirst wins Essex PCC election... Tories hold Rochford

    Samantha Dalton

    BBC Essex

    If you're just joining us, here are the top stories for Essex:

    • Conservative Roger Hirst has won the police and crime commissioner (PCC) election in Essex after second-preference votes were counted
    • The turn out for the PCC election has almost doubled from 2012 - this time round it was 26%
    • The Conservatives have held control of Rochford District Council with an overall majority
  4. PCC election: Conservative Roger Hirst wins with 135,948 votes

    Here's how the total vote broke down once second-preference voting had been added:

    Roger Hirst - Conservative: 135,948 votes

    Bob Spink - UKIP: 103,792 votes

  5. BreakingConservative Roger Hirst is new Essex Police and Crime Commissioner

    Conservative Roger Hirst has won the police and crime commissioner election in Essex after second-preference votes were counted.

    UKIP's Bob Spink finished second.

    Roger Hirst
  6. UKIP's Bob Spink awaits PCC result

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    UKIP's Bob Spink is waiting for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner result here in Colchester.

    He's hoping he has gained enough support to beat the Conservative Roger Hirst. The result is expected shortly.

    Bob Spink
  7. Essex PCC: Who will Roger Hirst or Bob Spink replace?

    Either Conservative Roger Hirst or UKIP's Bob Spink will replace the current Tory Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston. 

    Nick Alston

    Mr Alston, who was elected in November 2014 with just 4.7% of the vote, announced in July he was standing down to spend more time with his family. 

    He admitted he had been "uncertain about the role of PCC" when he first took office, but was "now convinced that the direct, open and transparent accountability to local people that PCCs provide is becoming an exemplar of effective modern, local democracy".  

  8. Essex PCC election: How the voting broke down

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    Here's a breakdown of how many first-preference votes each party received:

    • Conservatives: 110,858
    • UKIP: 80,832
    • Labour: 65,325
    • Independent: 43,128
    • Lib Dems: 30,804
    PCC count
  9. Essex PCC results: Round one

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    Here are the results from round one of the Essex police and crime commissioner (PCC) election:

    1. Conservatives 
    2. UKIP 
    3. Labour
    4. Independent
    5. Lib Dems

    The contest has now gone to second-preference votes and is between Conservative Roger Hirst and UKIP's Bob Spink.

  10. Essex PCC vote now between Tories and UKIP

    The Essex police and crime commissioner election has gone to second preference votes as there is no clear winner in the first round. 

    The battle is now between Tory candidate Roger Hirst and UKIP's Bob Spink.

    Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the independent candidate are now out of the running.

  11. Southend United: Phil Brown expects further Shrimpers departures

    BBC Sport

    Southend United manager Phil Brown expects more senior players to follow Dan Bentley and Jack Payne out of the League One club this summer.

    Phil Brown

    Brown said he was resigned to losing keeper Bentley, 22, and midfielder Jack Payne, 21, after the defeat to Bradford. He has now revealed some Shrimpers players hope to move further north.

    "Certain players are going to be turning away from the football club having had offers on the table. That's life," Brown told BBC Essex.

  12. Weather: Dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Remaining dry with some good sunny spells this afternoon, although high cloud will make sunshine rather hazy at times.

    Very warm inland, but an onshore breeze will keep many coastal areas cooler.  

    Weather map for Essex

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast here.

  13. Essex police and crime commisoner voting turnout 26%

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex

    The turnout for this year's police and crime commissioner (PCC) election in Essex was 26%. 

    At the last PCC election in 2012 our county had the fourth-lowest turnout in the whole of England, with just 12.8%.

  14. BreakingConservatives hold Rochford District Council

    The Conservatives have held control of Rochford District Council with an overall majority.