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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 19 May 2016
  2. Nick Alexander, from Colchester, who died in the Paris terror attacks in November was "unlawfully killed", rules coroner
  3. Mr Alexander, 35, was shot in the abdomen and chest in the Bataclan nightclub, Chelmsford Coroner's Court heard
  4. "Nick told me he had been shot in the stomach," his girlfriend Helen Wilson, who was with him at the venue, told the inquest in written evidence
  5. He was selling band merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal when he was killed at the concert venue
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Essex Live team on Thursday, so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, bringing you news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Cloudy with patchy drizzle

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will turn cloudier as a band of patchy rain and drizzle moves in from the west.

    Weather chart

    Becoming drier later in the night. Minimum temperature 9C (48F).

    Friday outlook: After a dry and bright start it will turn cloudy from the west, with the risk of isolated showers.

    Maximum temperature 19C (68F). More from BBC Weather.

  3. Timeline: Operation Spade

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    • In July 2012, intelligence was received by the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) about UK customers who had bought child exploitation material from a Canadian website
    • Essex Police was given the names of 35 individuals in the county as part of the intelligence in November 2013 
    • At the same time, Suffolk Police was made aware of Myles Bradbury, a paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, whose name had also been passed over by Toronto Police 
    • Bradbury was arrested in December 2013 and later pleaded guilty to 25 offences including sexual assault and the making of more than 16,000 indecent images 
    • Police forces in Essex, North Yorkshire and North Wales all referred themselves to the IPCC over their handling of the intelligence they received
  4. Officer told to drop Canadian Operation Spade intelligence work

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    During an Independent Police Complaints Commission interview, a civilian intelligence officer said she was overworked and was told to drop Operation Spade, the Canadian intelligence source.

    "I sent an email in February saying that I was sinking. They don't often get emails like that from me which shows I was struggling and although I tried my utmost to get through all the packages I could, something had to give.

    "In a way it was a bit of a relief (dropping Operation Spade), that decision was not mine, it had been made for me," she concluded.

  5. Police earlier denied warrant to search paedophile teacher's home

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Essex Police had earlier investigated paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg, but were denied a warrant to search his home by magistrates.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission also investigated a complaint about how officers questioned Mr Goldberg without arresting him.

    The investigation found there was not sufficient evidence that the visit was inappropriate in the absence of a search warrant, and that officers could not have predicted the events that followed.

  6. Police accept IPCC findings on paedophile teacher failings

    Essex Police says it accepts in full the findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission's investigation in to the force's response to information about paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg. 

    A statement said: "Once risks had been identified the force acted with speed and professionalism, but has recommended a series of 'operational learning' points for the force to address procedural failings."

  7. Laura swims personal best to win semi-final place

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Laura Stephens has built up more race experience by swimming a personal best to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100m fly at the European Swimming Championships in London.

    Laura Stephens

    The 16-year-old, who used to be based at Colchester Swimming Club, achieved a time of 59.27 seconds in the race. 

    Now a Plymouth Leander swimmer, she was the youngest in the field, and came in seventh.

  8. Travel: London to Stansted Airport trains disrupted

    BBC Travel

    A train fault has led to a number of cancellations on the route between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street, Abellio Greater Anglia reports.

    More from Abellio Greater Anglia:

  9. Images of boys undressing at school were found on teacher's computer

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    After a tip-off from Canadian investigators, Essex Police took eight months to follow it up allowing long serving paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg to continue offending.

    Thorpe Hall School

    Images of boys undressing at Thorpe Hall School in Southend and at a leisure centre were found on a computer owned by Goldberg, 46, who had taught at the school for 23 years. 

  10. Essex Police commissioner: Failings 'regrettable'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Essex's Police and Crime Commissioner said his force's failure to act on a tip-off that a long-serving Southend teacher was a paedophile was "regrettable".

    Roger Hirst

    Roger Hirst said: "The eight-month delay from Essex Police receiving the Canadian intelligence to identifying the risk that Goldberg posed through his access to children in the workplace is particularly regrettable, especially since the IPCC finds that Goldberg continued to make covert images of children during this period."

  11. Martin Goldberg investigation: The key findings

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Here are the main findings in the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into the Martin Goldberg case: 

    • Essex Police failed to promptly establish he was a teacher 
    • Risk assessment based on information known at the time did not show Goldberg had access to children at work 
    • Very high workload and significant staffing shortages led to resourcing issues that contributed to an eight-month delay in the investigation 
    • Intelligence checks showed Goldberg had access to children at work but there appeared to be little explanation for delay
  12. Essex Police 'let down the victims of Martin Goldberg'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) has recommended that Essex Police improve their procedures to avoid paedophiles like Southend teacher Martin Goldberg slipping through their net.

    IPCC Commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "My first thoughts are with Mr Goldberg's victims and their families. They have been let down by the failures of Essex Police. 

    "We have made strong recommendations to the force about improvements to their policies and procedures that must be made to ensure that mistakes of this nature are not made in the future."

  13. Martin Goldberg: What the police watchdog found

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission found Essex Police did not have procedures in place to check if individuals worked with children after receiving intelligence about them. 

    "Although the force acted once it knew Mr Goldberg worked in a school, this was eight months after the intelligence had been received," the IPCC said. 

    The force did not carry out a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check when the intelligence was first received, the report says.

  14. Goldberg tip-off came from Toronto Police

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Martin Goldberg's name was on a list of people who had bought online DVDs and videos, some of which showed graphic images of children, passed on to UK authorities by Toronto Police in 2012. 

    The information was given to Essex Police in November 2013. 

    Martin Goldberg

    The force's officers first visited Mr Goldberg in September 2014 - he was found dead the following day.  

  15. Martin Goldberg case: 'Lack of staff' to blame for failings

    A lack of staff led to delays in police identifying a teacher found to have indecent photos of pupils as a risk to children, a report says. 

    Information passed to Essex Police about deputy head Martin Goldberg, 46, was not acted on for eight months. 

    Martin Goldberg

    Images of boys undressing at his school and in a leisure centre were found when police searched his computer. 

    An investigation found "high workloads" and "low staffing" led to a delay in realising he worked at a school.

  16. BreakingPorn teacher failings 'due to staff lack'

    A lack of staff led to delays in Essex Police identifying a teacher found to have indecent photos of pupils as a risk to children, a report says.

  17. Call for volunteers to talk to lonely hospital patients

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A hospital has called for more volunteers to help patients who spend long periods alone and never receive visitors.

    Colchester General Hospital

    Colchester General Hospital said it was a problem affecting elderly and vulnerable patients. Some have said staff do not have time to chat. 

    Debbie Farthing, Macmillan information and support manager at the hospital, said volunteers found that "in general terms [patients] were happy with the clinical care. 

    "However, they were disappointed that the staff didn't always have enough time to sit and talk to them, and some patients do not receive any visitors at all." 

  18. Missing homeless woman found dead with 'gaffer tape mask'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Gaffer tape that could have formed a "face mask" were found near the remains of a homeless woman from Essex found on Foulness Island nearly two years ago, police have revealed.

    Angela Millington

    The remains were found to belong to Angela Millington, who lived on the streets in the centre of Southend, and were discovered on the island in June 2014 but were not identified until a month later. 

    Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett said: "We still don't know how she died. We've got only skeletal remains, what was found near her was a mask of gaffer tape around her face."

    Police have released the clue in a bid to make progress on the case.

  19. Giant waste heap fire started by accident

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A look now at some of the other stories in Essex today - and a large waste heap blaze near Saffron Walden started accidentally, firefighters say.

    Waste heap fire

    Emergency crews were called to the scene, in Hollow Road in Widdington, just before 03:00.

    At its height, 40 firefighters were dealing with the flames but there were no reports of any injuries.

  20. Nick Alexander: Family thanks authorities for support

    Following the inquest into Nick Alexander's death, his sister Zoe thanked all those who have "supported us over the last six month", including the French and British authorities and the media for respecting the family's privacy. 

    Sheelagh (left) and Zoe Alexander, mother and sister of Nick Alexander,

    "Our continued thoughts are with the many other families who also lost their loved ones that night in Paris," added Zoe Alexander.