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Braintree win for just the fourth time this season as they secured away success at the Racecourse Ground.

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Weather: Dry for most - turning cold

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Dry for much of tonight with clear spells across the region, but cloud will increase with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west later. 

Chilly initially with temperatures falling to 2C (36F), but turning milder later as the southerly winds strengthen.

Weather map for Saturday

Saturday will be rather cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain for much of the day, turning drier but quite misty from the west later. 

Feeling cold in the wind and rain, despite temperatures reaching 9C (48F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details.

Your pictures: Essex at sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

Some cracking shots of the sunset have been uploaded to BBC Weather Watchers from around Essex.


Cat found with leg caught in illegal trap

A cat has been found with its leg crushed inside a "vicious" illegal "gin" trap, the RSPCA says.

Cat in a trap

The animal was discovered hiding under a car in Kelvedon yesterday morning with the rusty snare still attached to its right paw. 

Thankfully, the cat was released from the trap and is now recieving treatment for its injuries. 

The animal charity had condemned the incident. 

Driving instructor police work a 'first in the UK'

Tendring is the first place in the UK to use driving instructors to spot crime and share intelligence with the police, the force claims. 

Left to right, Lisa Scott (Secretary of CADDI) Marion Bell (Special Constable and driving instructor), PC Rob Willmott, Insp Julia Finch and Sue Whiteley (Chairman of CADDI).
Tendring District Council

Ch Insp Russ Cole said: "In my talks with partners it became clear we need to act smarter and we have this group of professional people who are very knowledgeable about their local areas.

"They will not look out of place going about their normal business and can spot when there is something out of the ordinary." 

Ch Insp Cole added that driving instructors would be used as a supplementary resource.

Sible Hedingham shooting: A number of rounds were fired, court hears

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A number of gunshots were fired in Sible Hedingham on the night a millionaire's mansion was raided, a court has been hearing.

The door through which Mr Mardon was shot
Essex Police

Christopher Bergin, 27, who denies aggravated burglary, told Chelmsford Crown Court that his co-defendant Charlie Simms, 23, fired two gunshots outside his grandmother's house and then another into the stairs before they left.

They then walked to the Old Rectory, where the owner Timothy Mardon, 51, was eventually shot in the leg.

Mr Bergin said Mr Simms smashed a window with the butt of the gun and he "heard a bang" when he was leaving the property.

"It didn't sound like a proper loud bang," said Mr Bergin. "It sounded like the door was being kicked or something."

Mr Mardon was shott hrough his bedroom door, the court previously heard.

Mr Bergin and his two co-defendants deny all the charges against them.

The trial continues.

Police and instructors in Tendring

Driving instructors in Essex are to share information with police if they see criminal behaviour taking place while out and about on lessons.

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Driving instructors to become crime fighters

Driving instructors in Tendring are being used to spot crime while travelling around the district, it has been announced.


About 100 tutors have agreed to be an "extra pair of eyes and ears" for police, spotting wanted criminals and reporting suspicious activity. 

The initiative is to be trialled initially for six months to see how it goes.

Sible Hedingham shooting: Co-defendant was 'very drunk', says accused

Kate Scotter

BBC News

During the Sible Hedingham shooting court case, Christopher Bergin described his co-defendant Charlie Simms as being "very drunk".

Police car outside the Old Rectory

Mr Bergin said he was at his grandmother's house with a girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when Mr Simms arrived with a shotgun.

The "mood changed" when the girl refused to have sex with them, the court heard.

Mr Simms then asked Mr Bergin to go to the Old Rectory which he believed to be connected to drug dealing, the jury was told.

Mr Bergin, Mr Simms and Kalebh Shreeve, 24, of Gibson Road, Halstead, all deny offences, including aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm.

Mr Simms also denies attempted murder.

The trial at Chelmsford Crown Court continues.

Severe accident: A120 Essex both ways

BBC Travel

A120 Essex both ways severe accident, between Thremhall Avenue and B1256.

A120 Essex - A120 blocked and stationary traffic in both directions between Stansted Airport and Great Dunmow, because of an accident.

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Sible Hedingham shooting: Accused man was 'scared' of co-defendant

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A man accused of burgling a millionaire's mansion told a jury he was "scared" of his co-defendant who was carrying a shotgun.

The Old Rectory, Sible Hedingham

Christopher Bergin, 27, of Hawkwood Road in Sible Hedingham, told Chelmsford Crown Court that he went with co-defendant Charlie Simms to the Old Rectory in Sible Hedingham because he was "scared of getting myself shot".

He said they scaled a wall and Mr Simms, 23, of North Road in Halstead, broke in using the butt of the shotgun he was carrying.

Property owner Timothy Mardon was shot in the leg during the break-in. 

Mr Bergin, who denies aggravated burglary, said he thought he heard "a kick" rather than "a bang".

Man charged with six counts of Poppy Appeal thefts

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

An update on an arrest we told you about earlier today.

A man has been charged with six counts of theft of Poppy Appeal collection boxes and failing to provide a sample for a drugs test.

The thefts allegedly took place around the Southend area between 30 October and 8 November. 

A 35-year-old from Westcliff-on-Sea has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Weather update: Cloud building - remaining dry

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to increase, especially towards Harlow and other western areas this afternoon, but it will remain dry throughout Essex.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather map for Essex

Popping out for lunch? Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Firefighters rescue dog stuck in kitchen fire

Here's a good news story to cheer you up (if you need it?).

Firefighters have saved the life of a dog after a kitchen blaze in Burnham-on-Crouch yesterday afternoon. 

Kitchen fire
Essex Fire and Rescue

Bertie, a nine-year-old Jack Russell, was in a cage in the kitchen at the time it broke out in Winstree Road.

Firefighters and dog
Essex Fire and Rescue

Thankfully, despite being treated for smoke inhalation, Bertie was feeling well enough to pose with his rescuers after the ordeal.

If you're just joining us...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories from Essex Live: 

  • A man has been arrested after a series of charity collections, including poppy tins, were stolen in the Southend area
  • A fire at a block of flats in Southend is being treated as arson
  • A Question Time audience member has been praised on social media after taking the panel to task over Britain's relationship with Donald Trump after the show was broadcast from Southend

In pictures: Colchester falls silent to mark Armistice Day

Colchester's civilian and military communities came together outside Colchester Town Hall earlier for an act of remembrance on Armistice Day.

Colchester memorial
16 Air Assault Brigade
Colchester memorial
16 Air Assault Brigade
Colchester memorial
16 Air Assault Brigade

Braintree's FA Cup tie against Millwall rescheduled

Glenn Speller

BBC Essex sport

Braintree Town's second round FA Cup tie at Millwall will now be played on Sunday, 4 December.

FA Cup

It's the furthest the Iron have ever got in the cup after a convincing 7-0 win against Eastbourne Borough last weekend. 

Kick-off for the tie is at 14:00 and there'll be commentary on BBC Essex, which will be web-streamed as well as on your radio.

Essex dog rivals John Lewis trampolining boxer

Who is better? Buster the dog who bounces on a trampoline in the new John Lewis advert or Tinker who can retrieve items from a fridge?

Essex dog shows trick to rival John Lewis advert

Parents 'misled' over changes to school bus policy, father claims

Changes to the free school transport system has "misled" parents and left some out of pocket, a father from Rettendon claims. 

Last year, Essex County Council stopped providing free buses to children who live more than three miles away from their school. 

The council says its agreement provides the best possible value for money for tax-payers, but Scott Wilson disagrees:

Parents 'misled' over changes to school bus policy, father claims

'Arson attack' at block of flats

A fire at a block of flats in Southend is being treated as arson, Essex Fire and Rescue says. 

Crews were called to Honiton Road at about 02:30 after a blaze in the hallway of the apartments.

Police are investigating. There are no reports of any injuries.

Hointon Road

Southend falls silent for Armistice Day

One of the special services held around Essex for Armistice Day:

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War veterans gather in Harlow for Armistice Day

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex

These war veterans gathered at the Civic Centre in Harlow. They joined millions around the UK, and the rest of the world, to remember the fallen at 11:00.

Harlow war veterans

Armistice Day being reflected across the UK

People have been marking Armistice Day, with services being held across the UK.


This short video (below) tells you how the tradition of wearing poppies came about, and you can read more about today's ceremonies here.

How the poppy tradition began

We'll now resume our live news where you live.

Armistice Day silence

At 11:00 the country will fall silent to remember and honour the nation's war dead for Armistice Day.

As a mark of respect we're pausing our stream. 



Get Inspired

Some of the sports stars who got involved in last year's event at BBC Sports Personality of the Year
BBC Sport

Do you know someone who does that little bit extra to make sport happen? 

Why not give them a chance to get a call from their sporting hero from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year red carpet?

The #BigThankYou is Britain's biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities.  

Find out more here

Police dog 'showing respect' for Armistice Day

A nice touch from Essex Police dog Cesar.

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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J29 for A127 and J30 for A13 Lakeside.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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Man arrested over poppy tin thefts in Southend

A man has been arrested after a series of charity tins were stolen in the Southend area, police have said this morning.

Poppy collection

Earlier this week we reported poppy collections from the restaurant Mangetout and the Rolsin Hotel in the town had been taken.

Now, a 35-year-old man has been arrested as part of the inquiry into those offences, plus similar thefts at a BP Garage on London Road in Westcliff, a church in Leigh and and charity shop on Sutton Road in Southend.

BreakingMan arrested after series of poppy tin thefts

A man has been arrested after a series of charity collections, including poppy tins, were stolen in the Southend area, police say.

More to follow.

WW1 soldiers' letters inspire performance poet

At 11:00, the BBC will join the rest of the country and hold a two-minute silence in remembrance of the nation's war dead for Armistice Day.

Rik Livermore, a performance poet from Leigh-on-Sea, has penned this powerful poem as a mark of respect.

Rik Livermore pens Armistice Day poem

The headlines from Southend's BBC Question Time

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here are the headlines that other media outlets have picked up on from last night's Question Time in Southend:

Question Time panel in Southend
  • The Huffington Post says: "BBC Question Time audience member defends Donald Trump, doesn’t go well"
  • The Express writes: "Briton scolds MPs for slating Trump after Obama's Brexit ultimatum"
  • The Echo headlines: "'All hail purple jumper man!': TV viewers' glee at outspoken audience member as BBC Question Time comes to Southend"

Did you watch it? What did you think? Drop me an email or tweet.

'He talks sense!' - Question Time man takes on panel over Trump

This man, known only as "the man in the purple jumper", certainly ignited social media last night after his appearance on BBC1's Question Time, which was recorded in Southend.

He criticised Barack Obama for saying Britain would be "back of the queue" following a Brexit vote.

The man added the UK should be "positive" about potential USA-UK trade deals once Trump moves into the White House.

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These tweeters certainly agreed: 

One wrote: "This guy in the audience should be on the panel one week".

Another said: "This man is the voice of reason. Let's have more politicians like him". 

"Listen to this man!!! He talks sense!!!", one Twitterer exclaimed. 

Travel: All lanes reopen after M25 lorry crash

BBC Travel

All lanes have reopened after a crash involving two lorries on the anticlockwise M25 just after J30 (Lakeside).

Two lanes were closed up until just after 08:00, causing queues back into Kent. 

Get the latest updates here.  

Weather: Dry and bright

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start to the day, but it's looking dry and bright with sunny spells developing.

There's a few mist and fog patches towards The Wash.

Light winds, with temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

It will remain dry overnight, with cloud and rain spreading in from the west towards dawn.

Temperatures falling to 4C (39F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Welcome back to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

How are you on this fine cold Friday morning? 

Southend was getting the country talking last night after the BBC's Question Time rolled into the seaside town. 


Trump trumping was top of the menu - and there were plenty of people from Southend who wanted to get their teeth into the debate.

More shortly. 

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, after J30 for A13 Lakeside affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an accident involving two lorries and recovery work. Congestion on Dartford Tunnel to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara

Ryan ten Doeschate will captain Essex in all formats after Ravi Bopara decides to stand down as limited-overs skipper.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J8 for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident.

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