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  1. Live updates for Friday, 27 January 2017
  2. Teenager denies Harlow manslaughter of Polish man
  3. Disruption on trains expected to last into Friday evening
  4. Commuters angry over lack of rail replacement buses
  5. Colchester MP says train situation 'not acceptable'

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Welcome to Essex Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us.

Our main story as we start the day is news that about 240 hospital beds in the county have people in them who don't need to be in hospital for medical reasons.

We'll take a closer look at that, and find out more about a fire in Colchester over the weekend, which has left a family homeless.

We'll start though with the day's weather prospects, which Kate Kinsella will bring us next.

Severe accident: A12 Essex southbound

BBC Travel

A12 Essex southbound severe accident, near A128 Ongar Road.

A12 Essex - A12 in Brentwood closed London-bound near the A128 Ongar Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, after J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - M25 partially blocked clockwise after J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M11 Greater London northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Greater London northbound severe accident, between J4 for A406 and J5 for A1168 affecting A12.

M11 Greater London - M11 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J4, A406 (Woodford) and J5, A1168 (Loughton), because of an accident.

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A stunning late David Ball strike keeps Fleetwood on a club-record 12-match unbeaten run in League One with a draw against Southend.

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Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, at J8 for A120.

M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on exit slip road to the roundabout above the motorway southbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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CCTV of men running

CCTV images are released of two men police want to speak to about a claw hammer attack in Harlow.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J6 for M25 and J7 for A414.

M11 Essex - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M11 northbound between J6 M25 and J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an accident.

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Southend United chairman sacks groundsman over cancelled match because of frozen pitch
Southend United sacks its groundsman after a match was cancelled because of a frozen pitch.

Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC Travel

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

M11 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M11 southbound between J5, A1168 (Loughton) and J4, A406 (Woodford), because of an accident.

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Essex mechanics turn cat rescue heroes
Mechanics become animal rescue heroes when Daisy the cat puts one of her nine lives on the line.

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J6 for M25.

M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J6 M25, because of an accident.

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Our live coverage across the week

BBC Local Live: Essex has ended for another week and we'll return on Monday at 08:00.

We hope train services have recovered after a day of disruption due to faults with the overhead cables.

Have a good weekend.

Video: The offending cabling on the London-Norwich mainline

Here is the cabling that developed faults between Witham and Shenfield in Essex last night, causing massive disruption on Greater Anglia services today:

Mainline commuters were left stranded this morning after overhead line problems

Network Rail advise passengers to 'check before you travel'

Greater Anglia passengers travelling between London and Norwich are being advised to check before they travel, following significant damage to the overhead wires in Essex.

Greater Anglia train

Network Rail say: "We have carried out repairs to the overhead wires so that trains can run through the evening peak and passengers can get home tonight. 

"However, there will be a reduced service and passengers are advised to check before they travel.

“Further repairs will be carried out overnight to get the service back to normal as soon as possible. 

"A full investigation will be carried out to find out exactly what caused the problems.”    

You can check out the BBC Travel website, log on to the Greater Anglia website, follow their Twitterfeed, or take a look at the National Rail website.

Drinker loses appeal bid to overturn conviction for pub murder

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A second attempt by a drinker to have a murder conviction overturned has failed at the Court of Appeal. 

Stuart James Layden, 34, from Harlow in Essex, was one of a gang who attacked Ian Church, 40, outside the Bricklayer's Arms in Great Yarmouth in May 2012.

Stuart Layden
Norfolk Police

His conviction for a "joint enterprise" murder along with four others in 2013, was quashed on appeal in 2015. 

A retrial at Norwich Crown Court last year re-convicted him of the murder and he was again jailed for life. 

Today Lord Justice Treacy, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, heard him mount an attack on the jury's guilty verdict and then dismissed his application for permission to appeal. 

Mr Church was kicked and stamped upon after being knocked to the ground outside the pub and died of brain injuries. 

Lawyers for Layden had argued that there remained a "lurking doubt" about his involvement in the attack.

Dismissing the application, Lord Justice Treacy said: "It was for the jury to sift and analyse these shocking events, which happened at night over a short period of time - that is what juries do."

Weather: Cloudy with patchy light rain

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Occasional clear spells overnight, but generally cloudy with outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain in a moderate breeze across the BBC East region.

Weather chart

Less cold tomorrow but expect a cloudy day with some further outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain. 

There's a chance of sunshine in the west of the region before sundown. 

Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F)

More details from BBC Weather

Images of Crossrail build released

Crossrail has released images of how the Elizabeth Line is progressing.

The route will link 40 stations through London and the south east, between Reading and Shenfield.  

The line has been named after the Queen and is set to open in December next year.

Aerial view of Farringdon ticket hall
Aerial view of Farringdon ticket hall
Old Oak Common
Old Oak Common
Bond St station
Bond St station

Braintree chief: 'Fly-tipping is disgusting'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Returning to the fly-tipping court case...

The Braintree councillor with responsibility for enivironment and place, Wendy Schmitt, echoed the comments from Epping Forest: "Fly-tipping is disgusting – it ruins our environment and costs councils and private landowners thousands of pounds to clear up.

"Where we have evidence we investigate and take legal action and I would urge residents to report details of any fly-tipping to us so we can continue to pursue those who have no respect for the place they live."

One of the sites of the fly-tipping incidents
Epping Forest District Council

Greater Anglia say all lines now open, but disruption likely until 19:00

Severe disruption: A1321 Essex both ways

BBC Travel

A1321 Essex both ways severe disruption, between A176 Roundacre and Ghyllgrove.

A1321 Essex - A1321 Broadmayne in Basildon closed in both directions between the A176 Roundacre junction and the Ghyllgrove junction, because of a police incident.

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Essex councillor: Fly-tipping 'will not be tolerated'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Fly-tipping incidents are unacceptable and should always be reported, says an Essex councillor, after a Little Waltham man was successfully prosecuted.

Councillor Will Breare-Hall was speaking after Little Waltham man Sam Russell, 24, was given a 12-month community order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for fly-tipping in Essex. 

The prosecution was brought by Epping Forest District Council, although it came to light that Russell was also being investigated by Braintree District Council.

One of the sites of the fly-tipping
Epping Forest District Council

Cllr Breare-Hall, portfolio holder for environment at Epping Forest said: ”This case highlights the excellent joined up work carried out by local authorities to catch and hold fly-tippers accountable for their criminal actions.

”This case shows that even if fly-tippers cross local authority boundaries it does not mean the culprits will escape investigation or prosecution.

”I urge residents to report details of any fly-tipping.”

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Southend United sign central midfielder Luke Amos on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Stories shared in Brentwood

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Survival stories of the Holocaust are being shared in Brentwood today and tomorrow with a series of events for Holocaust Memorial Day.

An exhibition has been set up at the town hall to help people learn more about the lives of people caught up in events. It runs today and on Saturday morning.

Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, with event organiser Moira Dare-Edwards and pupils from St Helen’s Junior School.
Brentwood Borough Council

Further memories will be shared at 18:30 at Brentwood County High School with a talk from a German Jew who shares his story of his life, followed by an Act of Commemoration.

Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the subsequent genocides. 

"This exhibition enables us to reflect upon these atrocities and join together to show our solidarity in combating discrimination, racism and hatred."

More bad news from Greater Anglia

The problems affecting overheard wires on the line between Norwich and London Liverpool Street are continuing, with news that further damage has been identified.

Disruption now predicted to continue for several more hours  - check out the latest from Greater Anglia: 

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Fly-tipper given community order after dumping 'van loads of waste'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Pictures have been released of fly-tipping incidents which saw a 24-year-old man from Little Waltham handed a 12-month community order.

Sam Russell, 24, admitted two incidents of fly-tipping at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

Fly-tipping in Essex
Epping Forest District Council

One involved three van loads of waste at Hastingwood, North Weald, and the other was 15 black sacks of rubbish at Wickham Bishops Road, Hatfield Peverel, said a spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council.  

Fly-tipping in Essex
Epping Forest District Council

When officers were called to investigate they found mattresses, sofas, building materials and carpets found on a public footpath in Hastingwood.

Russell was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and must pay costs of £1983.72, plus a victim surcharge of £85.

Fly-tipping in Essex
Epping Forest District Council
Macauley Bonne

National League Woking sign striker Macauley Bonne on a one-month loan from League Two Colchester United.

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Essex Police: Throw your 'dangerous' drugs away

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Essex Police are warning anyone who's bought illegal drugs in Chelmsford over the last twenty-four hours not to take them.


Officers are worried about a potentially dangerous batch of herion or cocaine that appears to be available in the city. 

Several people became unwell in drug-related incidents yesterday. 

Det Insp Matt Cornish said: "If you have bought heroin or cocaine in Chelmsford in the last 24 hours or so, please do not take them. 

"Throw them away, or better still, tell us where you bought them so we can find those responsible and remove these drugs from circulation."

Greater Anglia warn disruption expected to continue a little longer

Having said earlier the disruption on train services on the Norwich-London Liverpool Street line is likely to continue until about 14:00, Greater Anglia have just tweeted that the finish time has been put back by an hour.

The line was closed between Witham and Shenfield earlier, but it reopened and we're waiting for services to catch up with the timetable:

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Greater Anglia

Commuters across East Anglia are left unable to travel after overhead cable damage closes the line.

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Severe accident: A120 Essex both ways

BBC Travel

A120 Essex both ways severe accident, between A12 J25 and Colne Road.

A120 Essex - A120 Coggeshall Road closed and slow traffic in both directions between Marks Tey and the Colne Road junction in Coggeshall, because of a serious accident.

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BreakingTeenager denies Harlow manslaughter of Polish man

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex

A 15-year-old charged with manslaughter of Arek Jozwik has pleaded not guilty during a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Mr Jozwik, 39, was assaulted on 27 August in The Stow, Harlow, and later died in hospital.  

A trial date set for July. The teenager, who can't be named because he's under 18, has been released on conditional bail.

Travelling by train?

It's estimated disruption on the trains will last until between 12:00 and 14:00 today, so here's where you can find updates:

BBC Travel website keeps a regular check or you can log on to the Greater Anglia webpage, or stay across their Twitterfeed.

All lines are open now, but it will take some time for the Norwich-London Liverpool Street main line to return to normal again, says train operator Greater Anglia.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, on the QE2 Bridge.

M25 Essex - One lane closed on M25 clockwise on the QE2 Bridge, because of a broken down car.

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'I feel like we've won the FA Cup'


FA People's Cup: Watch the best goals from 2016 finals

As we look forward to a weekend of FA Cup action, watch some of the best goals from the FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side tournament - and what it means to those who lifted the trophy.

You can get involved in the 2017 FA People's Cup, in one of 16 categories, now! Find out how to sign up here.

Commuter misery: So what caused the trouble on the track?

This morning's problems on the Norwich-London mainline could have been caused by a number of factors, a spokeswoman for Network Rail has explained.

The cause is still being investigated, but she said: "In the past we've had trees and the like fall on the line, so we had to close it and turn all the power off, and then put the line back up again. 

"Once the work is carried out on the line we have to make sure it's all working and then send a test train down at a low speed. 

"The first few trains after that go down at the low speed, just to make sure that everything is OK and then things will start to get back to normal again."

This morning, she said, the test train was sent down the track at 08:00 and once it was declared safe Greater Anglia would need to work from there to get the service running again.

Commuters vent frustrations on Twitter

The line may be up and running again, but Essex has been beset by train problems this morning as services between Witham and Shenfield were completely closed.

Many commuters have taken to Twitter to ask why no buses or other rail replacement alternatives are being provided, including Jordan Newell who remarked: "No word on buses or when services will be back running."  

Gavin Searley tweeted: "Recommend people not to travel when paying £5k for the service? #Shenfield No business continuity plan? #disgrace"

BreakingHang in there, commuters: All lines are open, but disruption will continue

Train company Greater Anglia says all lines are open but spokesman Jonathan Denby has told us that "disruption is expected until midday":

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