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  1. Updates on Thursday, 2 June 2016
  2. Sentencing begins of a man who killed an Essex teacher and sexually assaulted her dead body
  3. Death of grooming suspect referred to police watchdog
  4. Prime Minister attends Rainham Marshes to make the environmental case for Britain staying in the EU
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Thanks for joining us on today's Essex Live page.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the very latest news stories from across the county.

    Have a great evening!

  2. Weather: Mild night in store, another cloudy day tomorrow

    A mild night ahead, especially if you happen to be in built-up areas. The odd spot of rain can't be ruled out but it should stay dry for the most part.

    Tomorrow's set to be mostly cloudy with a little showery rain spreading from the east, so if you were hoping for summer you're not in luck. Highs of 15C, that's 59F.

    You can always check the latest forecast for where you live on the BBC Weather website.

    Weather map
  3. Basildon learner fails test 30 times... yes, 30 times

    It's emerged a learner driver from Basildon failed her driving test 30 times, making her one of the worst drivers in England. 

    L plates

    The candidate is 53 years old, according to information released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. 

    The least successful learner driver, a 38-year-old Liverpool man, took 39 attempts to pass the test. The figures date back to 2006.

  4. More needs to be done for dementia families, say victim's daughters

    The daughters of a man with dementia whose body was not found for three months after he went missing say more support is needed by families.

    An open verdict was recorded at the inquest into the death of 82-year-old Gordon Wilson, a former headteacher from Leaden Roding, near Chelmsford, who disappeared in October 2015.

    After the inquest in Chelmsford, daughter Gillian Wilson said: "Dementia sufferers can tend to go wandering.

    "We had to find out information about the condition ourselves. Health services should give more support to families of dementia sufferers."

    Gillian and Lesley, daughters of Gordon Wilson, said more support should be offered to the families of people with dementia
  5. Grooming arrest suspect found dead after video posted online

    Earlier we told you about how police referred the death of a man they questioned about grooming and subsequently bailed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    Police officers walking

    We can bring you a bit more detail now - the man who was arrested was found dead days after a video of him being confronted by a self-proclaimed paedophile "hunter" was posted on social media.

    The video was put on a Facebook page run by Christopher Wood from Essex, who describes himself as a "hunter" who wants to "make a stand" against the grooming of children online.

    Mr Wood said the death had come as "shocking news" and he had removed the video "out of respect for his family".

  6. Katie Locke murder: Killer to be sentenced tomorrow

    Carl Langdell, who admitted murdering Buckhurst Hill teacher Katie Locke, is now mid-way through a two-day sentencing hearing at St Albans Crown Court.

    Carl Langdell

    The court's been hearing about how he photographed and sexually assaulted her dead body after strangling her at a hotel on Christmas Eve.

    Her body was found dumped in a bush near a skip in the hotel grounds.

  7. Former headmaster 'full of character'

    Senior Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said headmaster Gordon Wilson "sounded a delightful gentleman, full of character".

    The inquest into the death of Mr Wilson, whose body was found in January in Sible Hedingham, took place earlier in Chelmsford.

    An open verdict was recorded.

    Gordon Wilson
  8. Cause of former headmaster's death cannot be established

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A coroner has ruled that the cause of a former headmaster's death cannot be established.

    The body of 82-year-old Gordon Wilson, who had vascular dementia, was found on 25 January after he went missing from his home in Leaden Roding, near Dunmow.

    Mr Wilson, who had been a headmaster at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow, moved from Scotland to Essex 11 years ago.

    Senior Essex Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded an open verdict in the case.

  9. BreakingGordon Wilson inquest: Open verdict recorded

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    An open verdict has been recorded by a coroner in the case of a man who went missing last October.

    The body of Gordon Wilson, who had vascular dementia, was found on 25 January after he went missing from his home in Leaden Roding.

    Gordon Wilson
  10. Katie Locke murder: Teacher met her killer on online dating site

    Katie Locke, a 23-year-old teacher from Buckhurst Hill, met the man who killed her on online dating site, Plenty of Fish.

    Katie Locke

    Carl Langdell, 26, is being sentenced for murder, which he admitted during a hearing in March.

    Miss Locke told a friend she'd been talking to him for about two weeks before they went on their first date on Christmas Eve last year. He'd claimed to be a lawyer but had actually spent two years increasingly suffering from mental illness.

  11. Buckhurst Hill teacher's body was assaulted by killer, court hears

    A teacher from Buckhurst Hill was strangled to death by a man she was on a first date with, and he went on to photograph and sexually assault her dead body, a court heard.

    Katie Locke

    Katie Locke, 23, died at a hotel in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, last Christmas Eve.

    Her killer, 26-year-old Carl Langdell, is being sentenced for murder at St Albans Crown Court.

  12. Change to close gender pay gap at Essex University

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The pay gap between female and male academics at Essex University is being closed.

    Essex University

    Across the university system, female professors earn on average about 10% less than their male counterparts.

    Essex University is giving women professors a one-off salary hike to wipe out the gender pay gap by October.

    Vice-chancellor Prof Anthony Forster, said: "Treating our staff with equal respect and dignity is at the very core of our values."

  13. Essex bowler suffers groin strain

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Essex bowler Graham Napier is facing up to 10 days on the sidelines after suffering a groin strain.

    Graham Napier

    He picked up the injury during the County Championship match at Northants earlier this week, and has been advised to rest by medical experts.

    Napier is targeting a comeback for the game against Middlesex later this month.

  14. David Cameron highlights EU green policy at nature reserve

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The prime minister has been at Rainham Marshes on the Essex border to put the environmental case forward for Britain staying in the European Union. 

    David Cameron at Rainham

    He was joined by wildlife charities the RSPB and WWF in warning voters there could be years of uncertainty in the event of Brexit. 

    He said: "EU membership underpins many crucial environmental protections in the UK while amplifying our voice in the world on vital issues like cutting global emissions."

    But Vote Leave campaigners argue the UK can work unilaterally to improve the environment.

    They say directives from the EU are "rigid" and without being part of the bloc, the focus could be on finding "new, interesting ways" to protect the environment.

  15. EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

    Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

    You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

    Facebook Live invitation
  16. Three deny burglary at shooting incident mansion in Sible Hedingham

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    Three men have denied carrying out a burglary at an Essex mansion in which a businessman was shot.

    The Old Rectory, a mansion in Sible Hedingham, Essex

    Charlie Simms, Kalebh Shreeve and Christopher Bergin, all in their 20s, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated burglary, wounding with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm at the time of committing an offence.

    The charges are in connection with a break-in at the Old Rectory, a mansion in Sible Hedingham, on 6 February. Businessman Timothy Mardon was shot in the leg.

    Christopher Bergin and Kalebh Shreeve, both from Sible Hedingham, appeared in person at this morning's hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court. Charlie Simms, from Great Yeldham, appeared via a video link from Norwich Prison. 

    The three men were remanded in custody and will go on trial on 17 October.

  17. Essex newspaper round-up

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The Colchester Gazette has a story about a shopping centre car park that could become free to "ignite regeneration" in Witham. 

    The Essex Chronicle says an Essex author is unveiling a memorial to the county's First World War heroes at ceremony in northern France.

    Meanwhile, the Basildon Echo is running a story saying speed cameras on the A127 are catching more speeding drivers than ever before.

  18. BreakingDeath of grooming suspect referred to police watchdog

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The death of a man arrested by Essex Police on suspicion of grooming and then released on bail has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    A 44-year-old man was arrested on 28 May and then bailed. Three days later he was declared dead at an address in Harlow.

    The force, which referred the case to the IPCC, are not treating the death as suspicious. A police spokesman said: "We are aware of videos filmed and published by a third party circulating on social media purporting to show an encounter between the arrested man and a member of the public but cannot comment further at this stage."

  19. Essex cricket team 'top class', says coach

    Ben Fryer

    BBC Essex sport

    Essex coach Chris Silverwood (pictured) says the team's performance in the seven wicket win at Glamorgan in the T20 Blast last night was "'top class". 

    Chris Silverwood

    The Eagles chased down 140 with 22 balls to spare.