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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Tilbury murder suspect appeals against extradition to UK
  3. Care home murder trial continues
  4. Thousands of onions shed by lorry in Southend
  5. Mother praises hospital's care for amputee footballer
  6. Colchester United sign new deals with two players
  7. Updates on Thursday, 7 July 2016

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  1. That's all folks

    Thank for you checking out the Essex Live page today.

    Day montage

    Here's a quick recap of the main stories we've been following:

    • Speaking in his own defence at Chelmsford Crown Court, Ronald King told the jury there were three rounds of ammunition in his gun - one for his wife Rita, one for himself, and one for his sister Eileen, who also lived in De La Mer care home in Walton-on-the-Naze
    • Colchester United sign Kilmarnock and under-21 Scotland international midfielder Craig Slater on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee
    • NHS bosses say the decision to stop doing specialised urology surgery in Colchester and to only do it in Southend, will "drive improvements" in treating complex cancers
    • Essex-based blog Waffle Mag has pointed out Southend was a trending topic on Twitter yesterday after a lorry shed its load of thousands of onions near Priory Park

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Forecast: You may not want to read this...

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    We're expecting a cloudy evening and night with showery outbreaks of rain developing later which may turn heavy in the early hours of Friday. 

    Winds will be light south westerlies with minimum temperatures of about 14C (57F).

    Thursday weather

    Tomorrow you can expect cloudy skies with showery outbreaks of rain at first, some heavy. This will gradually clear to drier, brighter conditions turning mostly dry for the afternoon, with just the chance of an isolated shower.

    For more detail from your part of the world, visit BBC Weather.

  3. Shenfield man jailed for rigging Libor rate

    A former banker from Shenfield has been jailed for rigging the Libor rate in a fraud involving "eye-watering" sums of money.

    Libor prosecution

    Jonathan Matthew, 35, was convicted of manipulating the US dollar Libor rate between 2005 and 2007.

    Three other city traders were also jailed for rigging the rate.

    Libor, which stands for London inter-bank offered rate, is used by banks to set prices of financial products and underpins trillions of pounds in loans for households and companies worldwide.  

  4. 7/7 officer retires on 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks

    A police officer from Kelvedon who provided life-saving first aid to fellow Tube passengers during the 7/7 bombings decided to retire on the 11th anniversary of the attacks because she wanted to "remember it for not just a sad event".

    Pc Elizabeth Kenworthy

    Metropolitan police officer Liz Kenworthy was off-duty when a suicide bomber blew himself up on her train at Aldgate station in 2005.

    "I would like to hope our security has improved and our communications have improved," she said.

    "I could not possibly say whether something like that could or could not happen again but I hope that it won't - I think all Londoners need to be alert."

  5. Drones in plane near misses every week

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    Drone with aircraft in background

    A near miss between a drone and an aircraft over UK airspace is reported more than once a week, new figures for airports, including Stansted, show.

  6. Conservative leadership race: Who are Essex MPs supporting?

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex political reporter

    With Witham MP Priti Patel declaring her support for Theresa May, one of the two survivors in the Conservative leadership race, I've been totting up where the rest of Essex's MPs stand:

    Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove
    • Nine MPs including Stephen Metclafe, Robert Halfon, Simon Burns and Will Quince are also supporting Theresa May
    • Four MPs have given their support to Andrea Leadsom (the other remaining candidate), including John Baron and Bernard Jenkin
    • Two are supporting Michael Gove, who has been eliminated from the contest this afternoon
    • Two Essex MPs have not said which candidate they are supporting
  7. Killer had wedding picture in gun bag

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    A wedding photo was also found in a gun bag used by a disabled pensioner to shoot his wife, a court hears.

    Rita King and Ronald King

    Ron King, 87, of Walton-on-the-Naze, denies murdering his 81-year-old wife Rita at the De La Mer care home in the town.

  8. Care home murder trial: Ronald King 'also had a bullet for his sister'

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Speaking in his own defence at Chelmsford Crown Court, Ronald King has told the jury there were three rounds of ammunition in his gun - one for his wife Rita, one for himself, and one for his sister Eileen, who also lived in De La Mer care home in Walton-on-the-Naze.

    De La Mer House

    When asked why he wanted to involve his 92-year-old sister, Mr King, who denies murdering his wife,  replied: "She lived on a big bed, she stayed on it all day - she was a living corpse".

    He also told the court he modified the bullets by cutting the fronts of them off, as he remembered reading about a "dum-dum bullet... when you fire it it leaves a hole as big as your fist, there’s no chance of getting better".

  9. Colchester forward signs up for another year

    Glenn Speller

    BBC Essex sport

    Colchester United’s Femi Akinwande has signed a new one year contract at the League Two club.

    The forward made two first team appearances last season.

    Akinwande joined the U’s midway through last season after impressing for non-league Maldon & Tiptree.

  10. Moving urology service to Southend 'will drive improvements'

    NHS bosses say the decision to stop doing specialised urology surgery in Colchester and to only do it in Southend, will "drive improvements" in treating complex cancers.

    Patient undergoes treatment on prostrate

    "For a long time we have had specialised urological surgery services that do not meet nationally agreed standards," said Dr Rory Harvey, clinical director of the region's cancer network.

    An evaluation panel set up to look at services found the team at Colchester had not been able to address how they would expand their services to treat people from across the county, whereas Southend's team showed good understanding of how to do that.

  11. Colchester set to lose specialised urology surgery service

    Patients who need specialist urology surgery in Essex might have to head to Southend in the future as the NHS considers plans to close the service in Colchester.

    At the moment, patients can have treatment at centres at Colchester Hospital (pictured left) or Southend (right).

    Colchester and Southend Hospitals

    NHS England says a panel has recommended having a single centre to make sure surgeons take on enough urological cancer cases "to maintain their clinical expertise" and give patients the best chance of survival.

    Neither hospital currently performs enough specialised surgery to meet the standards, NHS England says, but Southend had "clear mobilisation and capacity plans" for how the service would work in future.

  12. Man arrested over Stanford-le-Hope shooting

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Stanford-le-Hope earlier this year.

    Stanford-le-Hope

    The driver of a silver Ford Transit van was left with "life-changing injuries", police said, after he was shot at the junction of London Road and Stanford Road on 10 May.

    A 33-year-old man from Ilford was arrested yesterday and is being questioned.

  13. No use crying over spilt onions

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Essex-based blog Waffle Mag has pointed out Southend was a trending topic on Twitter yesterday after a lorry shed its load of thousands of onions near Priory Park.

    Onions

    Its Facebook post attracted a whole plethora of onion-based puns, my particular favourite being: "Motorists are being advised to find a hard shoulder to cry on".

    My own onion pun in the headline is the best I could come up with. By all means send yours to me via email.

  14. Ali Qazimaj appeals District Court decision on extradition

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury in Essex, has appealed against a decision by the District Court in Luxembourg to uphold his extradition to the UK.

    Ali Qazimaj

    Mr Qazimaj, who was arrested by police in Luxembourg last month, will find out within 20 days whether the Court of Appeal upholds Monday's decision to extradite him, or whether his appeal has been successful.

    If the decision to extradite him is upheld, Mr Qazimaj will be surrendered to Suffolk Police within 10 days.

    Police want to question Mr Qazimaj about the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife, Sylvia, who they also believe has been killed.

  15. BreakingWeybread murders suspect appeals extradition from Luxembourg

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    We've just heard from the District Court in Luxembourg that Ali Qazimaj, who is suspected by police of killing Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart, has appealed the decision to extradite him to the UK.

    We'll bring you further details shortly.

  16. Leave campaigner and Witham MP declares support for Theresa May

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex political reporter

    Conservative Witham MP - and one of the most prominent Essex EU Leave campaigners - Priti Patel has declared her support for Theresa May in the Conservative Party leadership race.

    Priti Patel

    In a statement, Ms Patel said the nation was "at a crossroads in its history" and it was "vital that our next Prime Minister is tried and tested with experience of making tough decisions".

    "From all discussions with Theresa on the future of our country, I believe that her experience in tough negotiations, her determination to get the best deal for the UK, and her commitment to reduce immigration - in a fair way - make her the obvious choice."

  17. Who is Ron King?

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    The elderly and disabled man accused of murdering his wife Rita was the eighth of 16 children, the jury has been told.

    Ronald King, 87, admits shooting his wife, which he claims was to end her suffering from dementia, but he denies murder.

    The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court has just heard how he was a child evacuee during World War Two and was moved from London to Ipswich.

    He was in his late 20s when he met Rita at a dancing class.

    She was a shorthand typist for Zenith insurance company, while he was a car park attendant.

  18. Ron King Trial: Wedding picture found in gun bag

    A wedding photograph was found in a hessian bag Ron King used to transport the gun he used to shoot his wife, a jury has been told.

    Rita and Ron King

    Rita King, 81, who had dementia, was shot dead at De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze last December.

    Her husband Ronald King, 87, admits killing her but denies murder.

    After delays this morning, the case has now resumed.