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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 12 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Early mist and fog, then outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Quite foggy to start in some places, but this soon clearing as cloud and patchy rain and drizzle begin to break out during the morning with a high of 8C (46F).

Here is my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Further details on arrests at travellers' site

Two men from Ipswich, aged 31 and 22, one man from Wickford, Essex, aged 19, one man from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, aged 23, and a teenage boy were arrested early this morning on suspicion of violent disorder, following incidents at the West Meadows travellers' site in Ipswich last night.

A  20-year-old man, also from Wickford, has been detained on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Police were called just after 22:00 to reports that a number of properties were being damaged.

They say a number of officers will remain on the site, to offer reassurance to the community.

Welcome back to Essex Live

Good morning - I hope you had a great weekend.

Join us until 18:00 for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from Essex Live. 

Moon
BBC

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Severe congestion: A12 Essex westbound

BBC Travel

A12 Essex westbound severe congestion, between J24 B1024 and J23 B1024 London Road affecting J25 A120 Coggeshall Road.

A12 Essex - Slow traffic on A12 London-bound in Kelvedon between J24, B1024 (Kelvedon North) and J23, B1024 (Kelvedon South). In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J25, A120 (Marks Tey).

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Severe congestion: A12 Essex westbound

BBC Travel

A12 Essex westbound severe congestion, between J24 B1024 and J23 B1024 London Road affecting beyond J25 A120.

A12 Essex - A12 in Kelvedon closed and queuing traffic for four miles London-bound between J24, B1024 (Kelvedon North) and J23, B1024 (Kelvedon South). In the roadworks area. Congestion to Marks Tey.

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Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J28 for A1023 Brook Street and J27 for M11.

M25 Greater London - M25 partially blocked and slow traffic anticlockwise between J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout) and J27 M11, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe accident, between J5 for A1168 and J4 for A406.

M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and slow traffic London-bound between J5, A1168 (Loughton) and J4, A406 (Woodford), because of an accident.

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Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock affecting J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock. Congestion to J1b, A282 (Dartford).

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Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock affecting J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock. Congestion to J1b, A282 (Dartford).

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Football

Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge has to go off injured as they suffer defeat by Southend at Roots Hall.

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Football

Mansfield record their third clean sheet in a row as they play out a goalless draw with Colchester.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J27 for M11 and J28 for A1023 Brook Street.

M25 Essex - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J27 M11 and J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an earlier vehicle fire.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe accident, after J9 for A11.

M11 Essex - Queuing traffic for two miles on M11 southbound after J9, A11 (Saffron Walden), because of an accident earlier on.

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East Bergholt protest

Residents of a picturesque village in Suffolk's "Constable Country" win a judicial review to block the building of 10 houses.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC Travel

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

M11 Essex - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of an accident involving a car into the central reservation.

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Our live coverage across the day

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Regular updates for Essex Live have now finished for the week - here are the top stories from today:

We return on Monday from 08:00 - have a great weekend.

Severe accident: A414 Essex both ways

BBC Travel

A414 Essex both ways severe accident, between Bobbingworth Mill and Blake Hall Road.

A414 Essex - A414 Epping Road in Bobbingworth closed in both directions between the Bobbingworth Mill junction and the Blake Hall Road junction, because of an accident.

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Jury sent home for the weekend in Theydon murder trial

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Theydon Bois has been sent home for the weekend.

Morgan Crescent
BBC

The body of Maria Byrne, 34, was found burned inside the property in Morgan Crescent in February.  

Darren Byrne, 39, of Morgan Crescent has denied murder and arson. 

The judge at Chelmsford Crown Court sent jurors out just after lunchtime today to consider their verdict. 

Deliberations will continue on Monday. 

Your pictures: Sunset in Rayleigh

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers "youcantbecirrus" for uploading this cracking photo from Rayleigh this afternoon. 

Rayleigh
BBC

Weather: Drizzle tonight and rain tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A dry start to the night but it will turn cloudier with some patchy rain and drizzle spreading eastwards later. It’ll be mild and frost free with lows of 8C (46F).

weather
BBC

Saturday will get off to a cloudy, misty and damp start with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. During the afternoon some more persistent rain will move in from the west, turning heavy at times with highs of 14C (57F).

You can find further details on the forecast where you live on BBC Weather.  

Richard Waterhouse will 'spend a long time behind bars'

A senior investigating officer from Essex Police has released a statement after Richard Waterhouse was jailed for eight years for the unlawful killing of Paul Olney in Wivenhoe.

Wivenhoe scene
BBC

It's believed the pair had been taking drugs with another man when a disagreement ended with Paul being stabbed in the shoulder. 

Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings today said: "Waterhouse admitted unlawfully killing Paul Olney, accepting that he lost control and went over the top but was responsible for his death. 

"The sentence today means he will spend a long time behind bars. 

"No sentence will ever bring him back, but hopefully they [Mr Olney's family] can now do their best to move on and remember the good times they shared." 

Monday's Arriva bus strike has been called off

A planned strike by some bus drivers in Southend, Colchester and Harlow has been called off, BBC Essex has learned.

Arriva bus
BBC

Members of Unite union at Arriva Southern Counties were due to walk out on Monday in a row over a possible "mystery shopper" scheme (where bus passengers report back to management about the quality of service) and alleged bullying at the firm. 

An interim agreement has now been reached after talks at the conciliation service, ACAS.   

BreakingMan jailed for eight years after admitting killing

A man has been jailed for eight years after he admitted unlawfully killing a man at a house in Wivenhoe. 

Richard Waterhouse
Essex Police

Paul Olney, 35, was found dead at a property in Denham Close on 6 June.

After pleading guilty to manslaughter at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this week, Richard Waterhouse, 31, of no fixed address, was jailed this afternoon. 

Essex Police said Waterhouse, Mr Olney and another man had been taking drugs together in the hours before he was killed. 

There was a disagreement and Paul ended up being stabbed in the left shoulder. 

The 35-year-old’s body was found later that day by his mother.

Speedway returns as Lakeside Hammers join National League

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Lakeside Hammers will race in the 2017 season after reaching an agreement with the Arena Essex Raceway for the sport to continue at the venue.

Arena Raceway
Lakeside Hammers

It comes after the club pulled out of the Elite League in a dispute over their race schedule. 

The Lakeside Hammers are expected to join the National League next season. 

Man arrested on suspicion of Colchester rape

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a serious sexual assault in Colchester, police say.

Lexden Road
Richard Smith

The victim said she was attacked in Lexden Road in the early hours of 27 November.

The suspect is being questioned this afternoon on suspicion of rape and remains in police custody. 

What we've learned from the killer dog inquest

Here's what we've found out from today's inquest into the death of Archie Darby, killed by a dog in Colchester earlier this year:

  • The dog, called Bailey, entered the living room and growled before first attacking Archie's elder brother Daniel-Jay
  • When the boys' mother, Jade Rogers, tried to save Daniel-Jay the dog snatched four-month-old Archie Darby from her arms and began attacking him
  • When police arrived at the property, Archie was face down on the floor with significant injuries
  • Jade Rogers was praised for her bravery after she managed to barricade the dog into a conservatory
  • The coroner ruled the death of Archie Darby was accidental 

Weather update: Mainly cloudy but dry

BBC Weather

It will stay dry but be mostly cloudy throughout this afternoon, though the temperatures will still be very mild it'll turn breezy at times, especially in coastal areas. 

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Map of Essex
BBC

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Police concluded no crime was committed when dog killed baby

After the inquest reached its verdict of accidental death, Essex Police issued a statement about its investigation.

It said: "A post-mortem examination on the dog showed it was healthy and well cared for, and there were no signs of disease or ill health. 

"Additionally, nothing was identified in the dog’s history, or in the care of the dog, to suggest there had ever been any concern to predict an incident of this nature could occur.

"Following a thorough investigation, and after consulting the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been established that no criminal offences have been committed."

Archie Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby

A mother who tried to protect her sons during a fatal dog attack is praised for her heroic efforts.

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Coroner's comments on fatal child dog attack

Recording the conclusion of accidental death, Coroner Eleanor McGann said "nobody is to blame here".

All I can say is it's heartening that you managed to save one child and I understand that he's now recovering and I hope he's able to live a happy life, untouched in the future by what could have been appalling injuries. I hope you have some happy memories of [Archie Darby's] very brief life and I hope you try to remember the happiness of your family."

Eleanor McGannEssex coroner

'In 999 call you can hear dog attacking child'

The killer dog could be heard attacking 22-month-old Daniel-Jay as a desperate mother called 999 for help, Essex Coroner's Court has been told. 

Det Insp Gary Biddle said: "Jade said she knew instantly that Archie was dead. She decided to save Daniel, ran into the kitchen with him, grabbed the phone and dialled 999.

"The dog was still having a go at Daniel, grabbed him off the kitchen counter. 

"On the 999 call you can hear him attacking Daniel and you can hear Jade shouting and screaming, trying to get the dog off."

Killer dog continued aggressive behaviour until it was put to sleep

Specialist dog handlers were called to remove the dog, called Bailey, from the house in Harwich Road, Colchester. 

Det Insp Gary Biddle said specialist equipment had to be used because of Bailey's continued aggressive behaviour. 

"It never stopped for the whole time until it was put to sleep," he told the inquest into the baby's death.

Police found Archie 'face down on floor' after dog attack

Police entering the house for the first time after the fatal dog attack found four-month-old Archie lying on the floor face down with significant injuries, the inquest was told. 

Continuing his evidence at Essex Coroner's Court, Det Insp Gary Biddle said Archie's brother, Daniel-Jay was sitting on the sofa with significant head injuries in a very upset state. 

"The children were removed to Colchester General Hospital," he said.

Archie was pronounced dead at 16:02, about an hour after the attack happened. 

Mother barricaded dog in conservatory after fatal attack, inquest hears

Speaking at today's inquest, Det Insp Gary Biddle said the boys' mother barricaded the dog in the conservatory and had to hold the door shut to prevent it from continuing to attack her children. 

Tributes left outside the scene
BBC

"Jade called the ambulance service and did a heroic job removing the dog from the house to a conservatory area," he said. 

"Because of the behaviour of the dog, being very aggressive at the time, Jade barricaded herself against the door to stop the dog getting back into the house. 

"She could not leave the door and let the ambulance service in. 

"Fortunately police attended very quickly. They shouted through the letter box to understand why she couldn't get to the door and she shouted out why. 

 "We were left with no option but to force entry," he concluded. 

Mother praised for bravery in fending off killer dog

The mother of the two children, attacked by their aunt's dog, has been praised for her bravery at Essex Coroner's Court in Chelmsford. 

Archie Joe Darby died after he was savaged by the animal at the house in Colchester on 13 October - but mum Jade Rogers managed to save her other son Daniel-Jay, although he was seriously injured.

Essex coroner Eleanor McGann praised her for her "bravery" in fighting off the animal.  

'Dog grabbed Archie's brother by the head and started shaking him'

The dog, called Bailey, entered the living room and growled before first attacking Archie's elder brother Daniel-Jay, an inquest has heard.

Harwich Road
BBC

The dog grabbed the 22-month-old's head and started shaking it.

His mother fought to stop that attack and it was then that the dog snatched Archie from his mother's arms.

The dog then dragged the four-month-old boy around the room, causing fatal head injuries. 

Accidental death recorded for Archie Darby

Richard Daniel

BBC Look East

A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death after a four-month-old boy was killed by a family dog in Colchester.

Scene
BBC

Archie Darby was attacked at his aunt's home in Harwich Road on 13 October. 

Archie's mother, Jade Rogers, made desperate attempts to save her son who was snatched from her arms by a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog that belonged to her sister, the inquest in Chelmsford heard.

Archie's brother, Daniel-Jay Darby was left with serious injuries. 

BreakingArchie Darby dog attack death 'accidental'

The death of a baby boy, killed when a dog snatched him from his mother's arms, was accidental, a coroner has concluded.

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Archie Darby (left) and his brother Daniel-Jay Darby
Essex Police

Arriva bus drivers to strike on Monday over 'bullying' row

It's been announced that Essex bus services, operated by Arriva Southern Counties, will be disrupted next Monday due to strike action. 

Arriva
BBC

Members of Unite are walking out for 24 hours at several depots, including Southend, Colchester and Harlow.

It's in a row over a possible mystery shopper scheme and alleged bullying at the firm. 

Bosses say that doesn't exist and they're disappointed by the industrial action. 

No Manager of the Month award for Phil Brown

Phil Brown
BBC

After being shortlisted for League One's Manager of the Month for November, there was no early Christmas present for Southend United boss Phil Brown. 

After cup defeats at Millwall and Stevenage, Southend had a run of three wins and a draw in League One.

The accolade has been handed to Scunthorpe's Graham Alexander.