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  1. Updates on Friday, 22 July 2016
  2. Double murder suspect at crown court
  3. Alastair Cook draws level with Bradman with 29th test ton
  4. Teenager stabbed in leg on cricket field
  5. Could Southend manager Phil Brown be set for an England call-up?
  6. Essex Police begin 24-hour control room 'tweetathon'

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By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for joining the Essex Live team - we're done for another week now and will return on Monday at 08:00.

    Before we go, we had to share some of these rather interesting calls Essex Police has taken during its control room "tweetathon". 

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    On that note, have a great weekend!

  2. Weather: A clear night with a bright start to the weekend

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will soon die out this evening so that many of us will see a muggy, but dry and mostly clear night.

    Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


    Saturday will bring a dry start with some sunny periods and it'll still feel very warm. Cloud will bubble up by the afternoon, giving a few light showers, but it'll stay dry for most. Highs of 26C (79F).

    Get your local weekend forecast at BBC Weather.

  3. Artist recreates Southend United ground out of Lego

    And finally... What do you make of this then Southend fans? Roots Hall, replicated with Lego. 

    Roots Hall
    Roots Hall

    It's the creation of 33-year-old Chris Smith from Manchester who is attempting to recreate all 92 league grounds from the plastic bricks. 

  4. Watch: Alistair Cook neck-and-neck with Test legend Bradman

    Former Bedford School pupil and Essex captain Alastair Cook scored a century for England, as they made the most of winning the toss and batting on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan.

    He's now moved level with Australia's Donald Bradman on 29 Test centuries. 

  5. Man stabbed in cricket pitch fight

    A man has been stabbed during a fight on a cricket pitch in Corringham.

    Recreation Avenue

    Essex Police say a large gathering of youths were seen on the field near Recreation Avenue at about 20:00 yesterday.

    A fight broke out between two of the group which resulted in an 18-year-old suffering a stab wound to his leg. 

    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody.

  6. In the news

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live today:

    • An Essex man has been charged with murdering a Suffolk couple following his extradition from Luxembourg
    • Fire crews have been dealing with a large fire spanning 100 acres in a Basildon park this afternoon
    • Southend United boss Phil Brown would be interested in the England assistant manager's job if he was offered the role under Sam Allardyce
  7. T20 Blast: Kent v Essex

    Essex are looking to bounce back from last night's defeat in the T20 Blast this evening.

    Essex's Dan Lawrence

    The Eagles are visiting Kent, needing a win to boost their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

    You can follow live commentary here.

  8. Ali Qazimaj: A recap of today's events

    Ali Qazimaj will next appear at court on Friday, 19 August.

    Here's a recap of what's happened today:

    • Mr Qazimaj, who had not been present in the magistrates' court when the case began because there was not an interpreter present, was charged with the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.
    • He asked to be addressed as Vital Dapi, but was charged in the name of  Ali Qazimaj.
    • The case was moved to Ipswich Crown Court, where he denied being Ali Qazimaj, saying his name was Vital Dapi. He's been remanded in custody for 28 days.
  9. BreakingAli Qazimaj remanded in custody for 28 days

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Judge David Goodin has remanded Ali Qazimaj in custody.

    "I shall remand you in custody for 28 days from this date," Judge Goodin told Mr Qazimaj. 

    The defendant has now left the court.

  10. Ali Qazimaj has arrived in court

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    He is sitting next to a person I assume is his interpreter, and is wearing a white t-shirt. 

    He has a beard. 

    Asked if he is Ali Qazimaj, he said: "No, my name is Vital Dapi".

  11. Ali Qazimaj: Legal teams ask for another ten minutes

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    We're still waiting for the case to get started, the legal teams have just asked for another ten minutes.

  12. Update on key people in Ali Qazimaj case

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    The Crown Prosecution Service have told me an interpreter has arrived at Ipswich Crown Court.

    There's also been a change in the defence legal team, with Stephen Rose now representing Mr Qazimaj.

    Paul Scothern is still the prosecuting counsel, and the case will be heard by Judge David Goodin. 

    Ipswich Crown Court
  13. Waiting for Ali Qazimaj case to get under way

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where Ali Qazimaj, 43, is due to appear. Earlier today he was charged with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

    We're waiting for the case to get under way, and will report back as soon as it does.

    Ipswich Crown Court
  14. Firefighters tackle Basildon park blaze

    Six fire crews have been dealing with a large grass fire spanning 100 acres (40 hectares) in a Basildon park this afternoon.

    Grass fire

    Firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Gloucester Park since about 13:00.   

    Grass fire

    There are no reports of any injuries. 

  15. Rick Astley is coming to Essex tonight (Don't worry, this isn't a Rick-roll)

    Dust off your shoulder pads, leg warmers and anything else you've kept in the cupboard since the '80s, as Rick Astley is coming to our great county tonight.

    Rick Astley

    Everybody's favourite, who is probably best known for Never Gonna Give You Up which spent five weeks at the top of the chart in 1987, will no doubt perform that catchy tune and others at Chelmsford City Racecourse tonight. 

    Oh, and if you've never been Rick-rolled, click here and enjoy the next 3:32 minutes of your life. 

  16. Here's why you shouldn't stay in your car if it breaks down on the motorway...

    Car smashed up

    Thankfully, this driver heeded that advice and there was no injuries when the vehicle was struck by a passing car on the M11 in Essex earlier. 

    It was tweeted by Essex Police's casualty reduction manager, Adam Pipe. 

  17. What's catching our eye elsewhere?

    Here are some of the stories we've been reading in our local newspapers today:

    • The Echo: A new round-the-clock bus service will provide a direct route to Stansted Airport for people living in Basildon and Wickford
    • The Gazette: Transport police want to track down this man in connection with an assault on a disabled passenger on a train between London Liverpool Street and Colchester
    • Thurrock Gazette: A cowboy builder left a family's home in ruin after absconding midcontract, leaving damage totalling tens of thousands of pounds in his wake
  18. Your lunchtime forecast

    BBC Weather

    Most places will be dry with warm sunshine and a humid feel this afternoon. However, some scattered slow-moving, thundery showers will build. 

    Highs of 25C (77F).


    If you're heading out on your break, you'll find your local forecast at BBC Weather.

  19. Here's what we've covered on Essex Live so far

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here are our top stories on Essex Live: 

    • Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, suspected of murdering a couple in Suffolk, is to appear at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon
    • Southend United boss Phil Brown would be interested in the England assistant manager's job if he was offered the role under Sam Allardyce
    • Two men arrested in the Chris May murder investigation have had their bail extended