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Weather: Gradually brightening up

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Early low cloud, mist and fog patches should very gradually clear most areas to reveal a dry day with some sunny intervals and a high of 16C (61F).

Here is my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Happy Halloween to you. 

On the day Essex Police launches its gun amnesty, the force says there has been a "concerning rise" in the number of offences involving firearms in the last three years.

More on that shortly.

A cabinet of guns

Severe accident: A127 Essex westbound

BBC Travel

A127 Essex westbound severe accident, between A176 Upper Mayne Billericay and B148 West Mayne.

A127 Essex - A127 Southend Arterial Road in Basildon closed London-bound between Billericay and Dunton, because of a serious accident involving two cars.

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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J25 for A10 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an overturned car. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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Blackburn fans protest at Ewood Park

Josh Hunt

BBC Sport

A badly-timed protest and a manager in need of a slice of luck are among five things you may have missed in the EFL.

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Manager Paul Hurst starts his spell in charge of Shrewsbury Town with a draw at Southend United.

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National League

Harry White scores a late penalty as Solihull Moorsend a three-game losing run with victory over Braintree.

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Medium accident: A12 Essex eastbound

BBC Travel

A12 Essex eastbound medium accident, between J27 A133 Cymbeline Way and J29 A120.

A12 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on A12 eastbound in Colchester between J27, A133 (Avenue Of Remembrance Roundabout) and J29, A120 (Crown Interchange), because of an accident and a fuel spillage.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J7 for A414.

M11 Essex - M11 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an accident involving Van and a car earlier on.

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Our live coverage across the day

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Updates for Essex Live have now finished for the week - here's what we've covered today:

  • A Colchester man's parking fine woe has sparked the town's MP to call for a debate on the regulation of private parking companies
  • An Essex man has created military-grade dog armour after becoming increasingly concerned about vicious attacks  
  • Basildon Hospital has stepped down from its internal critical incident which was declared yesterday

The team will be back on Monday from 08:00 with more live coverage from the county.

Have a great weekend.

Overnight weather: Mainly dry with some patches of mist and fog

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be mainly dry, with clear intervals and some patches of mist and fog. 

Temperatures are expected to fall to around 10C (50F) across the Eastern region.

Overnight weather map

Tomorrow morning any mist and fog may take a little while to clear and then it’ll be a dry day with some bright or sunny intervals as the temperature peaks at 17C (63F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Colchester man's parking ticket woe gets parliament talking

A Colchester man's parking fine woe has got a mention in parliament after he received a ticket for a car that wasn't his.

Will Quince/Parking ticket

Brian McGonagall says he has written at least 15 letters to the parking company UK CPM, notified the DVLA and Essex Police, but UK CPM refuses to remove the formal demands.

Will Quince, Mr McGonagall's MP, has now also got involved. 

Yesterday he demanded a debate in the House of Commons on the regulation of private parking companies. 

UK CPM said it was investigating the matter. 

Weekend football round-up with BBC Essex Sport

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Southend United manager Phil Brown wants his side to come out attacking in their League One match at home to bottom club Shrewsbury tomorrow. 

The Blues are unbeaten in three games and could climb into the top half with a win. 

Brown has the option of naming an unchanged side, though striker David Mooney is likely to be missing from the bench due to an ankle injury.

Football boots

It’s a different prospect entirely for Colchester United in League Two. 

They’ve gone seven without a win and face a cross-country trek to leaders Plymouth Argyle, who are unbeaten in 12. 

Head coach John McGreal insists his injury-hit squad can pull off a win, but they’ll have to do it without the likes Lewis Kinsella, Tom Lapslie and Doug Loft who remained sidelined. 

They’ve added youngsters Louis Dunne and Michael O’Donoghue to the squad.  

Dog poses in military-grade armour

Meet Tilly - the "Puggle" whose Essex owner has made military-grade dog armour to protect pooches from vicious attacks.

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Read on this story more here.

Family's tribute to man who drowned off Norfolk

The family of Leszek Puchala has paid tribute to him after he drowned in the sea near Great Yarmouth.

His son, Przemek and daughter-in-law Katarzyna, who live in Thetford, were at the hearing with their baby daughter. 

Their statement said: "We would like to thank our father for always providing us with help, advice and his loving heart. 

"He was a very good man who never refused to help anybody...a loving and decent husband, father of three and grandfather, and a loyal friend to many - around 200 people attended his funeral." 

Rip tide drowning 'a tragic outcome'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An inquest in Norwich today heard that medical fitness may have been a contributing factor in the death of a Leszek Puchala at Sea Palling.

Norwich Coroner's Court heard that Mr Puchala had coronary artherosclerosis, a furring up of the heart and arteries. 

Under stress, that may have contributed to him becoming unconscious and having collapsed.

Norwich Coroner's Court

Area coroner Yvonne Blake gave a narrative conclusion, stating Mr Puchala got into difficulties while swimming and "he was pulled ashore and rescued and resuscitation commenced. Unfortunately that did not succeed and he was pronounced dead at the scene".  

She added that it was a "really tragic outcome" on what should have been a happy occasion. 

Ms Blake passed on her sincere condolences to the family and also said several people who helped in the rescue, including 14-year-old David Castleman from Essex, have been recommended for awards by the Royal Humane Society.

Sea Palling locals 'know what to do in a rip current'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Matthew Steiner and his wife were at Sea Palling on the day that a man from Poland got caught in a rip current and died.

Today, an inquest into the death of 52-year-old Leszek Puchala heard a statement from Mr Steiner, which said he'd seen four men in the water.

Initially he'd thought nothing was wrong, but then heard shouting: "A man came running towards me, and I ran with him to see what was going on... I saw something was wrong."

"The two other men were about 50m from the beach, the water looked calm and still... locals nearby said the rock barriers by the sea can make strong rip tides... they know if they're caught in the tide [they should] to go with the current and it'll eventually come clear.

"The other thing I'd like to mention is the delay in people getting into the water to help was because it was not clear the four people were in distress - it appeared they were just having fun in the sea. 

"As soon as it was apparent they were in trouble, the public were very quick to help rescue."

North Sea drowning: Rip tide 'didn't appear to be strong that day'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Norwich Coroner's Court heard statements from several people who'd been at Norfolk's Sea Palling beach on the day when a group of day trippers got caught in a rip tide.

Neil Ramsay, who does a lot of kite surfing in the area, is aware of the rip tides but his statement said "they didn't appear to be strong that day".

Mr Ramsay (pictured) saw the group in the water, shouting, but "there were no signs of distress".

That changed about five minutes later, when he said people were waving and shouting in Polish. He dialled 999 and asked for the coastguard.

Neil Ramsay by the river in Norwich

They advised Mr Ramsay to tell the people going into the water to come back, as they didn't want any more casualties. He got a body board and went to help the larger man. 

"The man was unconscious, and looked in a bad way," he said. "I got him on the board to keep his head out of the water. He kept slipping off the board, but I asked the girl to help keep him on the board."

A statement from another beach-goer, Matthew Steiner, said he'd seen four people in the water, the noise was of people having a good time and it was a normal day on the beach - "there was no indication anything was wrong".  

Daughter-in-law saw swimmers in difficulty

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A Polish man who drowned after getting caught in a rip current off the Norfolk coast in July had come to the this country to visit his family.

In a statement for Norwich Coroner's Court, Katarzyna Puchala said her father-in-law, Leszek, had come to the UK to visit her after she'd given birth to her baby. 

On the 23 July, she and her husband Przemek, along with his brothers Tomosz and Sebastian and their father Leszek, went to Sea Palling, arriving at 10:30.

Some of them went into the sea, while she stayed on the beach with a friend. She heard shouting but ignored it initially, believing it to be someone kidding. 

Beach visitors at Sea Palling and a ilfeguard

Her statement went on to say she saw "Przemek swimming towards the beach, screaming, he was so close I thought he was joking. I ran towards the beach and shouted 'help' in English".

"I ran towards Tomosz, I was in shock... somebody put him on a foam board and brought him to the beach," she said.

"Some other people pulled my father-in-law onto the beach... a man was holding me and I was crying. I saw him breathing... he tried to say something, but he had a medical tube in his mouth."

"A helicopter and lifeboat landed. The people approached my partner and told me he was breathing. 

"They went to help my father-in-law. They were using a machine. They told me he had died".

Inquest concludes swimmer drowned

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An inquest has heard how a teenager who swam into the sea to help a father and son in difficulties chose to help the son first because he had more life left in him.

Leszek Puchala, 52, who was visiting from Poland, and his son Sebastian were caught in a rip tide at Sea Palling near Great Yarmouth in July. 

Norwich Coroner's Court heard a statement from 14-year-old David Castleton, from Essex, in which he said he'd swam into the sea, and found both men unconscious in the water. 

He flipped them both over, put his arm around the younger man and began to pull him back to shore. 

Sea Palling beach and beach visitors

David said the "younger man felt warmer... as if he had more life in him... I had lifeguard training and therefore felt confident going into the water".

Another man brought Mr Puchala ashore later. Despite resuscitation attempts, he died at the scene.

Area Coroner Yvonne Blake concluded that Mr Puchala had drowned.

Disabled charity could be forced to close over funding cuts

A Basildon charity says it could be forced to close within months after its funding was stopped. 

Dial (Disablement Information and Advice Line), which offers assistance to disabled people and their carers, says grants given to it by Basildon Council and Essex County Council have ceased.

Dial website

Carol Edgell from the charity said: "We are very short on funds. We have applied for a lottery grant, but we won't know about that until March." 

A spokesman Essex County Council said it had handed its £205,000 annual advice budget to Citizen Advice Bureau, rather than distributing it between three organisations.

Our top stories on Essex Live...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

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

  • Basildon Hospital has stepped down from its internal critical incident which was declared yesterday
  • A cocker spaniel puppy has been found with a gaping wound in his neck, described by an RSPCA officer as "the worst wound" he has ever seen
  • A hamster has been rescued by the fire service after a blaze broke out at a house in Rochford last night

Your photos: Sunrise on north Essex marshes

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 39mstt who has uploaded this cracking picture of Thorpe le Soken today.

Thorpe le Soken

Suspected illegal migrants filmed leaving lorry near Dartford Crossing

A number of suspected illegal migrants have been caught on camera getting off a lorry on the M25 close to the Dartford crossing, just over the border in Kent.

Suspected illegal migrants disembark on motorway

Lunchtime weather update: Dry and mild

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon across all parts of Essex with variable amounts of cloud, light winds and some sunny spells. 

Feeling rather mild for late October with the temperature peaking at 16C (61F).

Weather map

You'll find the latest weather update at BBC Weather.

Basildon Hospital steps down from 'internal critical incident'

Basildon Hospital has stepped down from its internal critical incident which was declared yesterday.

Basildon Hospital

The hospital couldn't discharge enough patients to meet the demand for space from new  admissions coming in to A&E.

A spokeswoman said although the hospital was not as busy as yesterday, it remained on "black alert". 

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J8a for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J8a, A120 (Stansted Airport) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident.

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Your comments on puppy with 'worst wound'

Lots of you have been tweeting your well wishes to the puppy Guinness who was found with what the RSPCA says is the "worst wound it has ever seen".

Woman mugged at knifepoint in Tilbury alleyway

A woman has been robbed by three men armed with a knife late at night in Tilbury, police say.


The 30-year-old was attacked in an alleyway between Sydney Road and Auckland Close at about 23:50 on Tuesday. 

The men, who are all described as white and in their 20s, demanded she handed over her phone, jewellery and Gucci watch. 

Essex builder creates military-grade dog armour to prevent attacks

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

A builder from Orsett says he has created one of the world's first sets of military-grade dog armour after becoming increasingly concerned about vicious attacks. 

A dog wearing Doggy Armour
Doggy Armour

Bradley Davis, 43, told me he developed the idea after hearing a dog owned by TOWIE star Bobby Norris had been mauled to death in an Essex park earlier this year.

"I looked at our dog Tilly after and thought 'I've got to create something and protect our dog'," said Mr Davis.

"I spoke to a company and got them to send me some samples of military-grade material - then developed the idea from there."

Since launching the product two weeks ago dog lover Bradley says he has already had quite a bit of interest, as first reported in the Echo.

Severe accident: A13 Essex eastbound

BBC Travel

A13 Essex eastbound severe accident, before A1089 Tilbury affecting M25 J30 Lakeside.

A13 Essex - A13 in Grays partially blocked and queuing traffic eastbound before Tilbury, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to Lakeside.

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Guinness now 'getting the treatment he needs'

Thankfully, Guinness is in the care of the vets and is recieving the treatment he needs for his horrific wound. 


RSPCA Insp Joe White said: "How anyone could neglect this poor puppy in this way and ignore such an awful wound that so obviously needed treatment is just beyond me. 

“At the moment we are trying to find his owner. He has a chip but the details are not up to date. 

"On his chip he is simply known as Puppy Number 2. It is so very sad.”

Puppy found with 'worst wound' RSPCA officer has seen

Warning: Some people mind find this next story and picture distressing. 

A cocker spaniel puppy has been found with a gaping wound in his neck, described by an RSPCA officer as "the worst wound" he has ever seen. 


The black and white pup, now named Guinness, is thought to be only a few months old and was found in Biggin Lane, Grays last Sunday. 

Insp Joe White said: "It looks as though he had been left with a collar on that was far too small for him and it had gradually cut in to his neck.

"The wound was gaping and looked as though his collar had gone the whole way round his neck."

Better news from Greater Anglia...

Sky lantern burned horse 'making recovery'

Yesterday we told you about a horse called Danny who was badly burned around his face after a sky lantern landed on him. 

His owner, Paris Gainsford, says although he now faces weeks of treatment, he is on the road to recovery in his stable in the Brentwood area. 

Sky lantern burned horse 'making recovery' in Brentwood

Firefighting star saved my hamster

A hamster has been rescued by the fire brigade after a blaze broke out at a house in Rochford last night.

Spindles Beam/Hamster

It is believed to have started in a dishwasher in the kitchen of the property in Spindles Beam at about 19:45. 

Despite the house being badly damaged, luckily the hamster and occupants all got out safely.

Last year, just over the border in Sudbury in Suffolk, a hamster survived five days in a flat that was destroyed by fire.

Red sky at night, shepherds delight...

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You've done an amazing job capturing last night's sunset over Essex.

Little Chesterford

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Weather: Dry with some sunny spells. Rather mild.

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry day across the Eastern region with variable amounts of cloud, light winds, and some sunny spells. 

Any morning mist or fog should disperse reasonably quickly. Feeling rather mild for late October with the temperature peaking at 16C (61F).

Weather map for the East of England

Heading out? Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.