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Summary

  1. Investigation 'not linked' to RAF Marham abduction
  2. Delays on the M11 a lorry overturned
  3. BBC Essex breakfast host James Whale enters the Celebrity Big Brother House
  4. Updates on Friday, 29 July 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from the Essex Live team

    Hurray - it's the weekend. 

    Thanks for joining our live coverage across Essex today. We'll be back bright and early on Monday for another look at stories around the county.

    A reminder you can follow live text and commentary from the final round of the T20 Blast as Essex take on Glamorgan in Chelmsford here.

    Chelmsford Cricket

    Have a great weekend.   

  2. Overnight weather: Scattered showers perhaps locally heavy

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Some clear spells, but often cloudy tonight with a few scattered showers, perhaps locally heavy. Temperatures will dip to 13C (55F).

    Overnight weather map

    Early showers will fade and there'll be breaks in the cloud tomorrow to give some good sunny spells. There will still be a risk of a few isolated but locally heavy showers developing during the afternoon and evening. Top temperature: 23C (73F) inland.

    BBC Weather has more detail.

  3. In the news...

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

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

    • A sighting of a man near Colchester barracks is not linked to an investigation into a kidnap bid at RAF Marham, police said
    • More than 30 horses have flown from Stansted Airport today heading to Rio for the Olympic Games
    • Three kittens suffering cat flu have been found dumped in a cardboard box in Walton-on-the-Naze
  4. Some of our favourite photos from across Essex

    Thanks to everybody who has uploaded pictures to the Weather Watchers site today, here are some of our favourites.

    Dovercourt
    Chelmsford
    Sunflower
  5. Elderly pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by van on zebra crossing

    An 89-year-old man has been seriously injured after he was hit by a van on a zebra crossing in Leigh yesterday, police say. 

    Eastwood Boulevard

    The pensioner suffered pelvic injures following the collision which took place in Eastwood Boulevard at about 09:40 yesterday morning. 

    A man aged in his 30s from Salford, has been reported for careless driving. 

  6. Olympic horses travel from Stansted to Rio

    Globetrotting horses... literally. 

    Horse
    Horses being loaded
    Horses on the plane
  7. More than 30 horses take Stansted flight for Rio Games

    More than 30 horses have flown from Stansted Airport today heading to Rio for the Olympic Games. 

    They'll be taking part in equestrian events at the games which kick-off next week.

    The BBC's Jonathan Agnew was at the north Essex terminal earlier today. 

    View more on twitter
  8. Two lanes remain closed on northbound M11

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes remain closed on the M11 northbound due to an overturned lorry between J6 for the M25 and J7 for Harlow. 

    The HGV is said to have gone through the central barrier. Congestion is back to J5 at Loughton. 

    You'll find the latest travel updates here

    M11
  9. Colchester incident summary...

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here's how the Colchester incident developed over the last hour or so:

    • Essex Police was called to Layer Road, Colchester following reports of a man thought to resemble a man depicted in an e-fit following the RAF Marham attempted abduction
    • The barracks seemed to be operating as normal, and people were seen entering and leaving 
    • Norfolk Police said it was "satisfied" that the reported sighting was not linked to its investigation 

    We'll now take a look at other stories happening around the county. 

  10. Essex Police statement on Colchester incident

    We've just had this through from Essex Police.

    The force said: "Police were contacted shortly before 09:00 with reports of a man seen in Layer Road, Colchester, who was thought to resemble the man depicted in the e-fit issued by Norfolk Constabulary in relation to the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham. "Essex Police have been working with Norfolk Police who has confirmed that the sighting was not of the man in the e-fit."  

  11. BreakingInvestigation 'not linked' to RAF Marham abduction, say Norfolk police

    Norfolk Police says it has liaised with Essex Police and is "satisfied" that a reported sighting of two men near Colchester barrack is not linked to their investigation into an attempted abduction at RAF Marham.

    We're awaiting an update from Essex Police.

  12. Colchester Garrison: Home to 16 Air Assault Brigade

    Colchester Garrison is home to 16 Air Assault Brigade which includes 2 Para and 3 Para.  

    Colchester Garrison

    The brigade is a rapid reaction force, specially trained and equipped to deploy by parachute, helicopter and air-landing  

  13. Security of our bases is set according to the current threat level, says MoD

    The Ministry of Defence has sent us this statement following reports of a possible sighting of the RAF Marham abduction suspects.

    Colchester Barracks
    Quote Message: Security of our bases is set according to the current threat level, the safety of our personnel remains paramount at all times and for that reason threat levels are constantly monitored. We would not wish to compromise the safety of our troops by revealing details of our security procedures." from MoD spokesman
    MoD spokesman
  14. Colchester Garrison 'appears to be operating as normal'

    Robby West

    BBC Essex

    I'm outside the Colchester Garrison as an investigation gets under way following the possible sighting of the RAF Marham suspects close to here. 

    It seems like the barracks is operating as normal, and people are able to enter and leave. 

    Outside Colchesher Garrison