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That's it for today... back again tomorrow

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

If you're just joining us you've missed all the tension, atmosphere and joy of the England versus Wales game at Euro 2016 as Jodie Smith reported it from the Inn on the Green at Billericay. 

But there's been plenty of other news for you to scroll through, too.

  • Two Northern Ireland lorry drivers jailed for people smuggling after a migrant dies at Tilbury Docks 
  • Search for woman after a murder in Suffolk extends to Essex where prime suspect lived 
  • Residents complain over rubbish left on Southend streets after contractor changes collection day

The team will be back tomorrow morning from 08:00. 

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 emailFacebook or Twitter.

Have a great evening. 

Football: Irons' manager talking to new players for National League season

BBC Sport

Braintree Town manager Jamie Day is still looking for new signings to bolster his squad ahead of the new National League season.

Jamie Day
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Yesterday, the Iron revealed that they had secured the services of three new players, including the former Southend United striker Lee Barnard and ex-Grays defender Craig Braham-Barrett. 

The manager is talking to several players and some who are away at present but he is aiming to have 10 or 12 newcomers ready for the new season.

Dustbins firm apologises for 'teething problems'

The household waste collection contractor for Southend has apologised after 700 people complained their bags weren't taken away.

Veolia, which collects rubbish for Southend Council, is moving from a five to four days a week service.

A spokeswoman said: "We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to many residents as a result of teething problems experienced with the new service. 

"We know many areas were affected by missed collections, streets have not been as clean as people have rightly come to expect as a result and that is not acceptable to us or the council. 

"We have therefore worked very hard to clear the backlog of waste from the last two weeks and rest assured the quality of service from this week and going forward has and will improve for local people."

Paralympic gold medal hunt enters final phase

BBC Sport

Double world champion and World Cup winner Hannah Stodel, from Colchester, is still to add a Paralympic medal to her collection.

Paralympic sailors

"It's going to be about keeping our heads and accepting that things are going to go wrong at the Games and it's how we bounce back from them that's really going to matter," she said.

Last chance for Paralympic gold for sailor Hannah and her crew

BBC Sport

For Para Sailing star Hannah Stodel and her crew, the Rio 2016 Games are a chance to end on a "high note".

Hannah Stodel and crew

Stodel and her crew were denied bronze at London 2012 after being penalised and placed fifth by officials. And sailing is being scrubbed from the Tokyo Games in 2020. 

The 29-year-old, who was born without her right forearm, said: "We're out for gold and nothing else. I've been hunting this medal for so long now. This will be my last Games, so to finish on a high note would be fantastic."

Fifty days until the Rio Games

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Incredible to think with all the football fever going on we're now just 50 days away from the start of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A year ago we announced our Five to Follow, and since we've been following the highs and lows of five hopefuls from the east of England as they sought qualification and prepared for the challenges of Brazil.

Phoenix at London 2012
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In Essex we've been following the progress of Para Sailing star Hannah Stodel, as sailing looks to be cut from the Paralympics following the end of Rio.

Today we'll bring you updates on how she's got on over the past year and tell you what other names from Essex you should keep an eye on this summer, with the Games starting soon on 5 August.  

Lorry drivers were part of organised people smuggling ring

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Two Northern Ireland lorry drivers who led a ring of people smugglers have been jailed over the discovery of 35 women, men and children at Tilbury Docks. 

One of the Afghan migrants died of a heart attack in a container before they were discovered, Basildon Crown Court was told. 

People smugglers
Essex Police

Martin McGlinchey, 49, (pictured left) jailed for eight years, drove the container to Dover from where it was transferred to Zeebrugge in Belgium to pick up the migrants. 

Stephen McLaughlin, 36, (pictured right) jailed for nine years, supplied the lorry and allowed his shipping account to be used for the container's journeys. 

A third man, Taha Sharif, 39, of High Cross Road, Tottenham, convicted in July last year and due to be sentenced at the end of June, organised the loading of the people into the container.  

All were convicted of conspiracy to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

Cricket: Napier returns to bolster T20 quarter finals bid

BBC Sport

Essex are back in action tonight as they host Gloucestershire at Chelmsford in the T20 Blast.

Graham Napier
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Three defeats from four games means their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals are relying on an upturn in form. All-rounder Graham Napier (pictured) should return to the side after being rested for the win over Kent yesterday. 

BBC Essex will have commentary online or on 765 MW on the radio from 19:00 BST.

The calm after the storm

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Phew, what an afternoon! It's been brilliant watching the England v Wales match with all its highs and lows at Inn on the Green in Billericay.

I'm sure if Gavin, Smithy and the other Essex lads from Gavin & Stacey had been here, they'd have been cheering their hearts out too.


I'm heading off to try to dry the beer which was thrown down the lower reaches of my back in all the excitement. 

England's third group game is against Slovakia on Monday at 20:00.

Final whistle reaction from Billericay

England fans in full voice after Wales win

Joyous scenes at the Inn on the Green in Billericay.

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'Amazing scenes'

England fans celebrate Daniel Sturridge's late winner against Wales.

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Joy for England

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Well that worked out well for England fans here in Billericay. You can find more reaction to Daniel Sturridge's dramatic late winner here.

Daniel Sturridge

Vardy's goal gives fans huge boost

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Now my eardrums have recovered from the noise everyone made when England scored, I can share this picture with you.


Jamie Vardy's goal has completely changed the mood and was the boost this crowd so badly wanted.

Now they're even more lively, screaming at every single chance on goal.

Serious faces on as England game enters final few minutes

Jodie Smith

BBC News

I just had to take a photo of these fans and their faces of intense concentration as they pray for another England goal.

Fans in pub

With a draw against Russia on Saturday, fans have really been hoping for a win today.

We've only got a few minutes left to find out if that's possible.

People smugglers jailed following death of migrant in container

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Two lorry drivers from Northern Ireland have been jailed for their part in a people-smuggling operation in which an Afghan man died of a heart attack.

Afghans at Tilbury

Stephen McLaughlin, 36, of Rose Park, Limavady, was jailed for nine years and Martin McGlinchey, 49, of Derryloughlan Road, Dungannon, for eight years. 

They both denied conspiracy to facilitate illegal entry into the UK but were found guilty by majority verdicts at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday. 

UK Border Force officials found 35 Afghan women, men and children in a lorry at Tilbury Docks on 16 August 2014. Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, an Afghan Sikh travelling with his family, was found dead in the container travelling from Belgium.

An England v Wales pub selfie

Jodie Smith

BBC News

You know just now when I said the atmosphere was good in here?

I thought I'd take a selfie with some fans to illustrate that. We're loving life (and hoping for another goal).

Jodie Smith

England score... and the pub goes wild

The moment England scored against Wales. People in the Inn on the Green in Billericay are very happy about it.

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Thumbs up for England substitutions

Jodie Smith

BBC News

John, who's watching with his friend Sam, says he's disappointed with how the first half went.

Sam and John

"Taking Sterling off, which Hodgson has done, is what I wanted," John said.

I've moved to the front of the pub where the lads are sitting. People over this side are even louder than where I was before!"

Disappointment for England fans

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Gareth Bale's goal for Wales just before half time has caused cries of despair among the England fans here in Billericay.

Sad fans

Time to grab a drink and cool off (all the bodies in here mean it's quite warm), and fingers crossed England can come back strongly in the second half.

Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!

BBC reporter Jodie Smith is watching the England v Wales match at the Inn on the Green, in Billericay.

It seems like the England fans are finding their voice, with Wayne Rooney the recipient of the chants.

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Some very refined football fans

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Friends and neighbours Sarah Burke and Jayne Eyres-Scott have come to the pub along with friends and relatives to watch the match.

Ladies watching football

Like me, they're tucked in the corner near one of the screens.

Unlike me, theyve just cracked open a bottle of wine.

Weather: Thundery showers expected

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Showers will become heavy and thundery in places later with localised downpours possible.

Weather chart

Tonight will be cloudy but mainly dry with light winds. Some mist and fog will form here and there.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F)

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Pub buzzes with excitement as game gets under way

Jodie Smith

BBC News

The England supporters in this pub are on fine form so far - any chance on goal and the room explodes with noise. 


I'm safely tucked away on a bench at the side of the room, but it's got a good view of one of the three screens around the pub.

Watch: An England fan's view

Watch: The scene at the Inn on the Green in Billericay

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Speedway: Nillson missing from Lakeside Hammers side to face Swindon

BBC Sport

Lakeside Hammers will be without Kim Nillson for tonight's Elite League speedway trip to Swindon.

Lakeside Hammers

He's at a meeting in Sweden so the Essex side will use the "rider replacement" facility. Lewis Bridger (pictured) is returning to the main body of the side. 

Coach Kelvin Tatum said the club is set for a vital two days as it prepares for two clashes with fellow play-off hopefuls Swindon.  

Baby Oscar is pub's youngest England supporter

Jodie Smith

BBC News

I've just spotted possibly the youngest England fan in the pub - what a cutie!

This is Oscar with his parents Amy and Danny Vineall. 

Vineall family

England fan put off France trip by violent scenes

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Tim Russell is another England fan who's come to watch the game here in Billericay.

He booked two days off work to go to France to watch the game, but decided not to go in the end because of the violenct scenes so far in the tournament.

Tim Russell

"I followed England around for games in the 90s, but the things I've been seeing so far during Euro 2016 put me off," he said.

"Plus, I didn't actually have a ticket. So I've just come to the pub nearest my house."

Key points from latest interview with police on Weybread inquiry

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes has just been speaking to BBC Suffolk about the inquiry.

We'll bring you more of what he had to say shortly, but to summarise what police believe:

  • Ali Qazimaj made a trip from Weybread to his home in Tilbury, hence searches along likely return route
  • There's "very little chance" that Sylvia is alive

In addition, he revealed that:

  • Police are working on a 'very significant basis' with colleagues in Albania and Kosovo
  • It's difficult to draw conclusions from the circumstances surrounding Peter Stuart's death, described it as a "barbaric act".

Copse where body was found

Drivers warned they may see police activity on roadsides in search for Sylvia Stuart

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being told they may see police activity on road sides between Weybread and the Tilbury area over the next few days, as officers on the inquiry extend searches to potential stopping places between the Stuarts' home and Essex.

Sylvia Stuart
Diss Express

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "After carrying out work in the vicinity of the couple’s Weybread home, and at other locations linked to the enquiry, we are now expanding the search for Sylvia between Suffolk and Essex. 

"While search officers in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire have been working together in the UK, we’re also continuing to work with international law enforcement on the hunt for Ali Qazimaj.”

Cricket: Essex top their Royal London One-Day Cup group table

BBC Sport

Essex are top of the South Group of the Royal London One-Day Cup thanks to a five wicket win over Kent at Chelmsford yesterday.

Ravi Bopara
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The team has amassed twins and a tie from their opening four games. 

Three wickets apiece for Matt Quinn and Ashar Zaidi along with half centuries from Jesse Ryder and Ravi Bopara saw them home. 

Essex captain Bopara says it was a relief to get some runs.

England v Wales: One hour till kick-off

Jodie Smith

BBC News

In the last hour or so, the pub has really filled up.

Staff tell me they usually get a lot of office workers popping in for lunch, but of course today is a bit exceptional. I've heard quite a few people say how busy it is.

Inn on the Green

There's just under an hour to go until kick off, and I've been warned I might have to position myself over near the bar if it gets really, really packed. Exciting!

'Too nervous' for England v Wales banter

Jodie Smith

BBC News

The pub is filling up with people in England shirts now, including IT manager Mark Clarke, who I've just been speaking to.

Mark Clarke

He's taken the day off work to watch the game as is feeling rather trepidatious.

"On the way here, I rang my Welsh friend and we both agreed the best team should win," he said. "I didn't rib him too much - we both acknowledged we're in for a nervy afternoon."

Uncollected waste left out in collection chaos attacked by animals

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Away from the England v Wales match build up now and on to other news.

More than 700 people complained to Southend Borough Council in just two days last week after their bins weren't emptied.

Rubbish sacks

The rubbish collection service provided by contractor Veolia is moving from five to four days a week so that means some households having rubbish taken on a different day to usual. 

Residents of Regency Green near Priory Park are among those to complain because their rubbish sacks were attacked by animals when they were left overnight. 

The contractor has yet to comment on the situation.

Fuelling up ahead of the big game

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Lots more people have turned up in the last 20 minutes or so, since the pub started doing food.

In case you're interested (and let's face it, why wouldn't you be?), I have caved in to my own lunch-based cravings.


Watch: Billericay's finest gives the England team a pep talk

Jodie Smith

BBC News

It was a few years ago now, but this is worth sharing again today I reckon!

My Billericay brother Smithy (of Gavin and Stacey fame) gave England players including David Beckham, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, David James, Peter Crouch and Michael Carrick a bit of a talking to back in 2009.

Wonder if he's in the dressing room as we speak?

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Beer on the ceiling after Saturday's England game

Jodie Smith

BBC News

It might be quiet here so far, but Saturday was a big night for watching the England Russia game at Inn on the Green.

Beer on ceiling

As I look up, I can still see some traces of beer on the ceiling from the weekend when more than 100 people packed into this end of the pub to watch the action on the big screen.

Manager Julie told me people were getting very animated - and she's already organised for the cleaner to come in.

'Always a popular pub for football'

Inn on the Green staff member Sian tells me the pub has always been a popular spot to watch a bit of football.

She wasn't at work for England v Russia, but she's here until the pub closes tonight and is looking forward to a busy shift.

Pub worker Sian

Now we're getting towards lunchtime, the pub's starting to fill up a bit. I might be tempted by some of the food they've got on offer - I don't want a rumbling stomach to distract me from the game!

England v Wales: The Essex connection

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Today's Euro 2016 game sees England meet Wales in Lens.

But fans of the TV show Gavin and Stacey might remember England and Wales meeting a bit closer to home... 

Cast of Gavin and Stacey

The show was partly set in Billericay, where the characters of Gavin, Smithy, Pam, Mick and family lived.

Well, for one day only, I'm channelling my inner Smithy at what could be his local here in Billericay.