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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    That's all from us at Essex Live this week - thanks for joining us.

    To recap, here are the top stories we've covered today: 

    • About 100 people gathered to celebrate the life of Arek Jozwik who was killed in an attack outside a takeaway in Harlow
    • Two Polish police officers, who worked with Essex Police in Harlow after the killing, received a "very warm welcome", according to the police headquarters in Warsaw
    • Elsewhere, a driver has been arrested after a lorry, which had been tracked from Essex to Bedfordshire, was found to have 16 illegal immigrants on board 

    We'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00. Have a great weekend.

  2. Overnight and Saturday weather: Dry and clear, with spells of sunshine

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will stay dry tonight with long clear spells, but high cloud will increase from the west through the early hours. Not as chilly as last night, with temperatures falling to 8C (46F) in a light southerly breeze.

    Weekend weather forecast

    It should be dry on Saturday with spells of hazy sunshine, although large amounts of high cloud at times. Feeling warm with temperatures reaching highs of 24C (75F), but with a noticeably gusty southerly wind.

    Get the full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

  3. Where's your team playing this weekend?

    That's it, work is over for another week for most of us, so what better way to relax then cheer on your favourite football team? 

    Football boots
    • In League One, Southend United travel to Northampton Town as they look to get themselves out of the bottom four
    • Colchester United hope to continue their good start in League Two as they take on Accrington at home
    • And in the National League, Braintree Town welcome Forest Green to Cressing Road
  4. Video: Murder victim service 'important' to Poles

    The priest who led today's service for Arek Jozwik in Harlow says the Polish community felt it was "important" to pay their respects. 

    Father Bogdan Kot hoped friends and family would now be left alone to grieve:

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    Video caption: Harlow murder: Service 'important' to Polish community
  5. Video: Friend's tribute to 'great man' Arek Jozwik

    Earlier today, Eric Hind joined about 100 mourners at a public service in Harlow to remember his friend Arek Jozwik, who was killed in the town at the end of August.

    The 39-year-old's ashes were buried along with a Polish flag at Parndon Wood Crematorium.

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    Video caption: Harlow murder: Tribute to 'great man'
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    BBC Sport in Perth

    Sam Northeast

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Perth

    Sam Northeast makes 178 not out as Kent bat out a draw against Division Two champions Essex at Canterbury.

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  7. Polish police officers received 'very warm welcome' on streets of Harlow

    Two Polish police officers, who worked with Essex Police in Harlow after the killing of Arek Jozwik, received a "very warm welcome", according to the police headquarters in Warsaw.

    Second Lt Bartosz Czernicki, Ch Sgt Dariusz Tybura and Ch Supt Sean O'Callaghan

    Ch Sgt Dariusz Tybura (centre) and 2nd Lt Bartosz Czernick (left) spent over a week in the town to reassure the Polish community following the attacks.

    Col Rafał Batkowski, who is based in the Polish capital, said: "We are pleased with our collaboration with the local British police to date.

    "The working visit will be subject to further review aimed at developing long-term solutions which will increase the sense of safety of Poles in the UK."

  8. Injury blow for Colchester as ankle injury rules out Lapslie

    Colchester United have been dealt an injury blow as they look to continue their bright start to the League Two campaign tomorrow. 

    Tom Lapslie of Colchester United (L) battles for the ball with Scott Davies of Wealdstone

    They face Accrington, who are fresh from their last minute League Cup defeat at West Ham, but will have to do without Tom Lapslie for several weeks after the midfielder had a scan on an ankle injury.

    Head coach John McGreal says it offers the perfect chance for Craig Slater to establish himself in the side, who he says was "fantastic last week and has a lot more to come". 

  9. Costello, Shakespeare and Bellowhead collide in Colchester

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Last night saw two performances of Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet's Juliet Letters in a church in Colchester.

    The players were the Sacconi Quartet who were joined by the former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden for a Roman River Festival concert at St Martin's Church on West Stockwell Street.

    Costello and the Brodsky Quartet released the concept album in 1993 based on story that a man in Verona had taken responsibility to answer letters addressed to Juliet, of Romeo & Juliet fame.

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    The Sacconi Quartet return for another festival shows at the Colchester Institute this afternoon and in the town's Old Bus Station on Queen Street on Saturday at 14:00. 

    If it was anything like the church shows, they will be well worth catching.

    Sacconi Quartet and Jon Boden at St Martin's Church, Colchester
  10. Our top stories from Essex Live

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here are the main stories we've covered so far today:

    • About 100 people have attended a service in Harlow for Polish man Arek Jozwik, who was killed in the town last month
    • James Whale has presented his final breakfast show at BBC Essex as he leaves to pursue other media interests
    • A driver has been arrested after a lorry, which had been tracked from Essex to Bedfordshire, was found to have 16 illegal immigrants on board  
  11. 'Show them it doesn't go unnoticed'


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    Video caption: 'Show them it doesn't go unnoticed'

    Find out how you can nominate your Unsung Hero here.

  12. Weather: Fine and dry with sunny spells

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    A fine afternoon with some warm sunshine, but turning a little cloudier and breezier later while staying mainly dry. 

    Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F) 

    Weather chart

    Saturday will be dry and some warm sunny spells with variable amounts of cloud.

    Visit BBC Weather for full details where you are.

  13. Lorry driver arrested after illegal immigrants traced through Essex

    A driver has now been arrested after a lorry, which had been tracked from Essex to Bedfordshire, was found to have 16 illegal immigrants on board.

    Illegal immigrants stopped

    The vehicle is believed to have come from Romania and was stopped in Dunstable after travelling on the M25 yesterday. 

    Those inside are being dealt with by Border Force officials. 

    The lorry driver is being questioned by Bedfordshire Police on suspicion of facilitating entry to the UK.

  14. Friend describes Arek Jozwik as a 'wonderful man'

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    As Arek's ashes were covered in earth, friend Eric Hind described the 39-year-old Polish national as a "wonderful man". 

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    "Arek was one of the few people I've met who actually cared, he was a true friend," he said.

    "He'd give you the shirt off his back.

    "Let's all think back how Arek touched our lives. 

    "We should all be thankful we were given a chance to know a man called Arek," he said.

  15. About 100 people attend Arek Jozwik service

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    About 100 people gathered at the Parndon Wood Crematorium in Harlow, many holding flowers, at a service to remember Arek Jozwik.


    We walked through the woodland and emerged in sunshine at the site where the 39-year-old's ashes were buried.

    Father Bogdan Kot, a priest at Harlow's Catholic churches, led prayers in Polish and English. 

    Quote Message: We gather together to pray and ask why? Why God allowed this to happen? Whatever the cause God will bring good out of it, if we let him." from Father Bogdan Kot
    Father Bogdan Kot
  16. Mourners arrive for Arek Jozwik service

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Mourners have begun gathering in Harlow for a Polish man who died after being attacked in the town last month. 

    The funeral of Arek Jozwik, 39, was held yesterday, but a public service is under way to inter his ashes. 

    Mourners in Harlow
  17. September 'worst at club' admits Phil Brown

    Southend manager Phil Brown has admitted the beginning of September was his "worst two weeks at the club".

    Phil Brown

    The Blues beat Millwall 3-1 last weekend to record their first home win of the League One campaign, but are still in the bottom four ahead of tomorrow's match at Northampton. 

    Brown told BBC Essex Sport, he hopes to put bury the past: "When you get a winning formula against your local rivals, and you come out on top, the week looks much better."