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Live Reporting

By Patrick Byrne

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Essex Live team on Friday.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    These are some of the stories we've covered today:

    • Search for murdered teenager's body called off
    • Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint
    • PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

    Meanwhile, have a great weekend in between any showers.

  2. Vulnerable man took own life after dressing gown cord overlooked

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A vulnerable man who died after hanging himself at a mental health unit in Essex was "failed by the state", an inquest jury has concluded.

    Richard Wade, 30, died in May 2015 after being found on the floor of a shower room at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford.

    His inquest heard how staff who should have looked after him failed to remove a dressing gown cord that he used to take his own life.

    Linden Centre

    Essex Police is investigating a number of deaths at the centre since 2000.

    The Essex NHS Trust said the history of serious incidents at the Linden Centre was of "great concern". It added it was "improving systems to ensure that investigations are carried out rigorously".

    After an inspection of the Linden Centre in August 2015 by the Care Quality Commission, inspectors reported that "one patient attempted to strangle themselves with a ligature". A year later they found safety was still a concern.

    "The trust must ensure that action is taken to remove identified ligature risks," a report said.

  3. Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

    Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

    Overnight weather map

    There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

    More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

    Highs of about 16C (61F).

    Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A12 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex northbound severe accident, between J27 A133 Cymbeline Way and J28 Axial Way affecting J22 B1389.

    A12 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A12 northbound in Colchester between J27, A133 (Avenue Of Remembrance Roundabout) and J28, Axial (Colchester United Football Ground), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J22, B1389 (Witham North).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Search for murdered teenager's body called off

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A search for the body of Danielle Jones, who was murdered in 2001, has been called off, after nothing was found.

    Police have been at a garage area in Stifford Clays, Grays, for five days since new information came to light about the 15-year-old's death.

    Danielle Jones

    Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron said: "We were at this site acting on a credible line of inquiry following the information passed to us in February.

    "Forensic searches have been completed along with investigations using ground penetrating radar and lastly searches using a specialist search dog.

    "I completely stand by my decision to search this area. Not to search would have meant there would always have been a question mark over whether Danielle's body could have been buried here.

    "I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this week has been for Danielle's family. Our activity here has reopened old wounds and thrust them in to the media spotlight again.

    "The next steps for us will be to review the case and determine whether there are any other investigative avenues for us to take."

    The girl's uncle, Stuart Campbell, was jailed for life for her kidnap and murder in 2002. He failed in an appeal against conviction three years later.

    Danielle was last seen at a bus stop near her home in East Tilbury on 18 June 2001.

  6. Fly-tippers are 'scum', deputy council leader says

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The deputy leader of Basildon Borough Council, Kevin Blake, has told BBC Essex that fly-tippers are putting lives at risk, after asbestos was found in a large amount of rubbish dumped near to the Wat Tyler Country Park.

    Other industrial waste was left along with used nappies and even human waste.

    The offenders also knocked over two bee hives, killing more than 250,000 bees according to their keeper.

    "These people could put lives at risk," he said. "Action should be taken because they're costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

    "I make no apology for saying this but they are scum, the lowest of the low, and should be stopped."

    Latest figures show during the 12 months to April 2016, there were more than 4,000 fly-tipping incidents in Basildon, costing over £125,000 to clear up, Mr Blake said.

  7. Illegal bus route drivers to face £60 fines

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Drivers illegally using the buses, bikes and taxis only route under the railway bridge in Duke Street, Chelmsford, will soon face fines of up to £60.

    An enforcement camera is set to be installed next week to deter drivers from using the cut through, which has been illegal since October 2011.

    Bus gate

    Signage and road markings are currently being upgraded to help make drivers more aware of the restrictions.

    A section of Duke Street will be closed on 22 May, between 23:30 and 05:00, for 50 metres either side of the railway bridge.

    Pedestrian access will be maintained.

  8. PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A police officer who used "excessive force and abusive language" when restraining a man has received a final written warning for gross misconduct.

    The incident happened in Braintree on 2 May and the officer, PC Grant Snow, was found at a hearing yesterday to have breached Essex Police's standards of professional behaviour.

    Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: "I see police officers and police staff across Essex displaying professionalism, bravery and restraint in dealing with extremely challenging and often dangerous situations every single day.

    "However, on this occasion, despite some provocation, the officer's actions fell below the very high standards the public and the force expect."

  9. Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Showers will continue to hit different parts of the county throughout the afternoon, before bright intervals develop later.

    This morning was characterised by angry skies, as our Weather Watchers' pictures show. Clouds gathered for the deluge which will gradually become lighter towards evening.

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

    More details from BBC Weather:

    Great Chesterford
  10. Parents angry that abusive carer received a 'shoplifter's sentence'

    The parents of a young mother who was held in an arm lock by Mavis Offei, a carer at a Benfleet nursing home, are angry she received a suspended "shoplifter's" prison sentence.

    Offei was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after she held Hollie Turner, who suffered a rare type of cancer that left her with symptoms of dementia, in 2015.

    Ms Turner has since died.

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  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J28 for A1023 Brook Street and J27 for M11 affecting J29 for A127.

    M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout) and J27 M11, because of an accident involving a caravan, a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Rail lines remain blocked after freight train break down

    After a freight train broke down near Brentwood earlier today, Greater Anglia is saying some lines are still blocked.

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  13. Heart attack patient thanks paramedic who saved his life

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    An 81-year-old man who survived a heart attack and 15 defibrillator shocks on the way to hospital has personally thanked one of his life savers.

    David Walkden was watching the Formula 1 Grand Prix at home in Thorpe Le Soken in November when he developed severe chest pains.

    Sheena and David

    Paramedic Sheena Bumphrey and emergency care assistant Jason Purvis, from the East of England Ambulance Service, answered the 999 call but David's condition deteriorated en route to Basildon Hospital and the ambulance stopped at the roadside to begin advanced life support.

    He was given 15 shocks using a defibrillator as part of the treatment to keep him alive.

    Ms Bumphrey said: "This will be a job that will live with me forever; I honestly thought he wouldn't survive. But to see him now is a testament to his strength and the excellent team effort of all involved on that day."

    David, who has now been fitted with two stents, said: "Thank you isn't enough; I feel humbled by what they did. Without them, I wouldn't be standing here now."

  14. Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    A care worker found guilty of neglect at a Benfleet nursing home has been given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

    Mavis Offei, 64, put 21-year-old Hollie Turner (pictured) in an arm lock to restrain her during a row in 2015. This went against an instruction banning the use of force in the patient's care plan.

    Hollie Turner

    Ms Turner, a mother, suffered from a rare cancer which left her with symptoms of dementia. She was treated at Parklands Nursing Home in Benfleet and has since died.

    Her father, Ray, has said checks on staff need to be tightened to prevent anything similar happening again.

    Offei, who told Basildon Crown Court she was unaware of the 'do not use force' requirement in the care plan, has also been told to do 300 hours unpaid work and to pay £300 in costs.