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  1. Killer Ayres handed whole-life tariff for murdering Canvey Island mother
  2. Police issue warning after bogus officers steal vans on M11 and M25
  3. Essex Police stops two drivers playing Pokemon Go
  4. Colchester MP considers Britain's Got Talent audition
  5. Updates on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

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By Jack Warren

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for BBC Essex Live today.

    Here are the top stories we've covered: 

    • A man has been handed a whole-life tariff for the murder of Kelly Pearce on Canvey Island last year
    • Two vans have been stolen after drivers were pulled over by men pretending to be police officers on the M25 and M11
    • Two drivers have been stopped after they were spotted playing Pokemon Go at the wheel in Essex last week
    • Colchester MP Will Quince has agreed to audition for Britain's Got Talent if £1,000 is raised for local charities

    Join us again from 08:00 on Wednesday.

  2. Weather: Rain overnight, gradually clearing Wednesday

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A cloudy but mostly dry evening with only limited bright or sunny spells. Then more widespread - but mostly light - rain and drizzle will spread east around dawn. It will feel humid, too. 

    Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).

    East of England

    Some light rain is likely at first tomorrow, before gradually easing away by midday. Highs of 21C (70F).

    Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

  3. One from the vaults: Churchill wins Woodford 71 years ago

    Town clerk Trend Binks holds up a sign declaring the results of the poll in the Woodford constituency in Essex, 26 July 1945.

    Churchill wins constituency

    The result gave an overwhelming victory to Winston Churchill (1874-1965), but his party lost the General Election to Labour.

  4. The Essex man who claims to have suffered from 'bore out'

    BBC News Magazine

    Is there such thing as "bore out"? It's boredom's equivalent of burnout.

    Well, one man who certainly thinks so is Steve Coster from Leigh-on-Sea. He quit his £40,000-a-year job as an insurance broker as it was so dull that, he says, it made him depressed. 

    Steve Coster

    His admission comes as a Frenchman tries to sue his former employer for being "killed professionally through boredom" as an executive in a perfume business.

    Mr Coster, who has since retrained as an acupuncturist, said: "I remember clearly one morning I woke up and just couldn't get out of bed. I just couldn't face it. I phoned up my boss and said, 'I'm not coming in.'

    "She asked why, and I said, 'I just can't.' I didn't even bother to make up an excuse."

    Read more here.

  5. Olly Murs pays to get Coggeshall Town's showers fixed

    Pop star Olly Murs has paid to have the showers at a non-league football club fixed, after declaring them "dreadful" to use.

    Olly Murs

    The Essex singer has enjoyed a successful career in the music industry but said football was his first love.

    He has played for Coggeshall Town but was not impressed by the facilities.

    "I said 'Listen, let me put some money in and get it sorted,'" he said. "I rang up my plumber and said 'Can you sort the showers out?' and he has." 

    Read the full story here.

  6. 'Review of procedures needed' after Kelly Pearce murder, says PCC

    The police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Essex says procedures need to be reviewed after a convicted killer murdered a Canvey Island mother.

    Roger Hirst

    Anthony Ayres, 49, was on licence when he killed Kelly Pearce, 36, following his release from prison for murder in 2012. 

    "When Ayres was previously found guilty of murder in 1994, it was reported that the judge described him as representing a serious danger to women," PCC Roger Hirst said. 

    "We need to understand why the monitoring arrangements put in place in this case were ineffective," he added.

  7. 'Fake policemen' wearing body armour to deceive victims

    Essex Police says suspects purporting to be police officers to steal vans on Essex motorways are even wearing body armour to deceive victims. 

    Quote Message: In a direct response to these incidents occurring a direction has been given to our officers that they should not, unless in emergency circumstances, be in an unmarked car and attempt to stop a driver." from Det Ch Insp Stuart Smith Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
    Det Ch Insp Stuart SmithKent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

    Anybody who is signalled to stop by someone in an unmarked car is asked to call 999 immediately.

  8. Vans pulled over and stolen by 'fake policemen' on Essex motorways

    Two vans have been stolen after drivers were pulled over by men pretending to be police officers on the M25 and M11.


    In the first incident, on Saturday, three men, one of whom was carrying a gun, in a silver Ford Mondeo equipped with blue flashing lights stopped a vehicle on the M11. Two of the men got into the van before both vehicles drove off.

    The second incident happened in similar circumstances between J28 and J27 on the anti-clockwise M25 on Monday afternoon. 

    Essex Police is now warning motorists not to pull over if requested to do so by anything other than a marked police vehicle.  

  9. More details on Pokemon Go drivers caught playing behind the wheel

    Earlier we told you that two drivers had been caught behind the wheel playing Pokemon Go by Essex Police last week. 

    The force has sent us some more details on those incidents: 

    Someone playing Pokemon Go
    • On Thursday, a 27-year-old London man was spotted playing the game while driving on the Lakeside Retail Park, Thurrock. He was given a ticket and could have points added to his licence.
    • Then, on Friday during a road policing operation, a black Mini was spotted driving at 23:00 with no lights on in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon. A girls and three boys, all in their late teens, told officers they were looking for "Pokestops" when pulled over.
  10. Southend take on Newcastle for the first time since 1993

    So Blues fans, do you reckon your team is in with a chance of beating Newcastle tonight at Roots Hall? 

    The last time the club met was in January 1993, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

    Southend's record against Newcastle
  11. Essex Police uses lie detectors to help stop convicted sex offenders reoffending

    Essex Police has today announced it is only one of four forces in the UK using polygraph tests - so-called lie detectors - to stop convicted sex offenders reoffending. 


    The force says they are used alongside a "range of tools and tactics" to help assess whether or not somebody is likely to repeat a similar crime.

    Det Ch Insp Jim Sandford said: "We have seen some participants tell us about reoffending during the pre-test interview and others make admissions after undergoing the polygraph."

  12. In the news...

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining, here are the top stories for Essex Live:

    • Twice-convicted killer Anthony Ayres has been handed a whole-life tariff after he was found guilty of murder Kelly Pearce on Canvey last year
    • Two drivers have been stopped after being spotted playing Pokemon Go at the wheel in Essex last week
    • Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle United squad have landed at Southend Airport ahead of their pre-season friendly at Roots Hall tonight
  13. Anthony Ayres verdict and sentencing summary...

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what we've heard from Chelmsford Crown Court today:

    • Anthony Ayres has been convicted of murdering Kelly Pearce, 36, on Canvey Island in November last year
    • Ayres, 49, of Fairlop Avenue, who has a previous murder conviction, was handed a whole-life tariff, meaning he'll never be released from prison
    • Ms Pearce's mother, Lynn Wallings, said: "Since her death, I find it hard to smile or laugh or live with any sense of happiness"
  14. Weather: Turning cloudy this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken through this afternoon allowing one or two showers to develop, but most will stay dry. 

    Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

    Weather map for Essex

    Get the latest lunchtime forecast for your area from BBC Weather.

  15. Ayres' whole-life tariff the 'right' decision, says Kelly Pearce's mother

    Kelly Pearce's mother says the decision to never release Anthony Ayres from prison is the "right one". 

    Kelly Pearce
    Quote Message: Kelly will be missed by her mum Lynn, stepfather Richard, son Josh, sister Lisa and all her family. We know nothing can bring her back. The verdict today was the right one; at least now Kelly can rest in peace knowing that Anthony Ayres will be sent to prison for the rest of his life." from Lynn Wallings Kelly Pearce's mother
    Lynn WallingsKelly Pearce's mother
  16. Ayres a 'dangerous individual' who inflicted 'horrendous injuries' to Kelly Pearce

    Ayres, who lived on Canvey, was arrested in Southend the day after he murdered Kelly Pearce on 19 November.

    Det Insp Steve Ellis, who was the senior investigating officer, said: "Ayres is a dangerous individual who brutally attacked Miss Pearce, inflicting horrendous injuries. 

    Anthony Ayres

    "I would like to thank the family for their patience as we sought to locate Ayres and successfully bring him to justice.

    "While the verdict cannot bring Kelly back, I hope this brings them a form of closure to their tragic loss.”  

  17. Kelly Pearce's mother 'suffers nightmares' following murder

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    A statement from Kelly Pearce's mother has been released to the media. 

    In it, Lynn Wallings says: "The past eight months have been the hardest of our lives. You read about murders in the papers, and see television programmes and documentaries, but at no point do you ever think it'll happen to your family.

    "Since her death, I find it hard to smile or laugh or live with any sense of happiness. 

    "Me and partner Richard suffer with nightmares and sleepless nights regularly. We suffer with anxiety and fear of how cruel the world can be," she said. 

  18. Anthony Ayres gets whole-life tariff for Kelly Pearce murder

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Judge Maura McGown has handed Ayres a whole-life tariff after he was found guilty of murdering Kelly Pearce a shortwhile ago, meaning he will never be released from prison. 

    Fairlop Avenue

    The judge told Chelmsford Crown Court: "You set about an attack of extreme brutality bordering on sadism.

    "Kelly's life was blighted by drugs in recent years, but we heard she was fun, kind and with a warm-hearted personality". 

  19. Ayres 'showed no emotion' as guilty verdict read out in court

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    Ayres showed no emotion as a jury unanimously found him guilty of murdering Kelly Pearce at Chelmsford Crown Court this afternoon.

    Ms Pearce's mother Lynn Wallings gasped as the verdict was read out.