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  1. Updates for Essex on Wednesday, 7 June 2017
  2. Dog dies in kitchen blaze
  3. Pupil tops Stephen Hawking's IQ score
  4. Biker 'wheelie and took selfie' on motorway
  5. Pedestrian injured after car hits pedestrian
  6. Man arrested over 'bomb hoax threats'

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good morning

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Hello and welcome to another week of live updates for Essex.

    We'll be here between now and 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather, travel and more for the county.

    Coming up shortly we'll get a full weather forecast from Kate Kinsella.

    Great Chesterford
    Image caption: Great Chesterford
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, at J8 for A120.

    M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford).

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11.

    M25 Essex - Three lanes blocked on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of an accident.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A134 Suffolk both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A134 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between B1068 Stoke Road and B1087 Bear Street.

    A134 Suffolk - A134 in Leavenheath closed between the B1068 Stoke Road junction and the B1087 Bear Street junction, because of an accident.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A12 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex northbound severe disruption, between J24 B1024 and J25 A120 Coggeshall Road affecting Cranes Lane.

    A12 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A12 northbound between J24, B1024 (Kelvedon North) and J25, A120 (Marks Tey), because of a bus fire. Congestion on B1024 London Road to the Cranes Lane junction.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A12 Essex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex southbound severe accident, between J18 A414 Maldon Road and J17 A1114 Great Baddow Bypass affecting A138 J19.

    A12 Essex - A12 in Sandon closed and queuing traffic London-bound between J18, A414 (Danbury) and J17, A1114 (Howe Green), because of an accident. Congestion to Boreham Interchange.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, after J27 for M11.

    M25 Essex - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise after J27 M11, because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

  8. That's it from a 'true blue' Essex after shock general election results

    That's it from our election special after a 20-hour stint.

    We're now off to rest our weary heads on a day when the county has turned true blue - with the Conservatives winning all 18 seats.

    The Tories retained all of its MPs in Essex and gained a new one in Clacton: former sitcom star Giles Watling.

    We'll be back at our keyboards at 08:00 on Monday, but this feed will be updated over the weekend with major Essex stories.

    Have a good weekend.

  9. Photos show devastating extent of A120 coach and lorry crash

    A woman in her 70s has sustained a potentially life-changing injury following a crash between a coach and lorry near Great Dunmow yesterday.

    Damaged lorry

    These photos of the scene have emerged after the crash closed the A120 in both directions yesterday afternoon. The westbound carriageway was reopened in the early hours of this morning.

    A total of five patients were taken to hospital, including two victims with serious injuries - with two air ambulances sent to treat patients.

    Damaged lorry
    Reflection in mirror of damaged coach
  10. Cloud makes way for dry weather and warm temperatures

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Once the last of any showers have cleared it’ll be a largely dry night, although we could have some thicker cloud in to the west of the region by morning and possibly some outbreaks of rain too.

    The winds overnight will turn form a light south-westerly to the south and temperatures falling to around 12C (54F).

    The greatest risk of some rain will be in the west of the region on Saturday morning but for many of us it’ll be a dry day with some long sunny spells developing.

    The winds will pick up to a moderate south to south-westerly and temperatures reaching around 23C (73F). However, there is the potential for highs of 26C (79F) in some spots.

    Weather map for Saturday, 10 July
  11. People evacuated after explosives found at Shoeburyness home

    People have been evacuated from houses in Shoeburyness after the discovery of an artillery shell and other old explosives.

    The devices were found at a home in Watson Close just before 14:00 and a police cordon has been set up.

    A bomb disposal unit was on its way to the scene, Essex Police has said.

    The road has been closed and people evacuated to "ensure residents' safety".

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A13 Essex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A13 Essex both ways severe accident, between North Shoebury Road and Artillery Avenue.

    A13 Essex - Slow traffic and heavy traffic on A13 Ness Road in both directions in Thorpe Bay between the North Shoebury Road junction and the Artillery Avenue junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  13. Boy, 15, shot with airgun in park attack

    A boy, 15, has suffered leg injuries after being shot with an air rifle in Chelmsford, police have said.

    The park off Beardsley Drive

    Th victim was fired at in a park in Beardsley Drive between 18.30 and 20:00 yesterday and was taken to hospital with "non-threatening" injuries.

    It was the latest in a recent spate of attacks involving weapons in the city, but police believed the victims had been specifically targeted and members of the public were not under threat.

    Ch Insp Ronnie Egan said: "We have already made a number of arrests in relation to some of these incidents, but I recognise the concern these attacks have caused.

    "These have been targeted attacks and I do not believe there is a risk to the wider public."

  14. Police release CCTV images in violent nightclub attack probe

    CCTV images have been released of two women police wanted to speak to after a clubber was punched in the face on a night out.

    CCTV of two women

    The victim, in her 20s, needed hospital treatment for facial injuries after being attacked in the smokers' area at Revolutions in Southend just after midnight on 20 May.

    Anyone who recognised either woman should contact Essex Police.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  16. Election analysis: Labour gains from UKIP collapse

    Politics professor Paul Whiteley has been further analysing the shock general election results.

    Professor Paul Whiteley

    Mr Whiteley, who lectures at the University of Essex, told the BBC it was thought almost the whole of UKIP vote would shift to Conservatives, but it didn't happen.

    "A good third of it, especially up in the north, actually went to Labour. The Liberal Democrats really didn't get off the ground in terms of a national campaign and that meant the Conservatives weren't challenged by them," said Prof Whiteley.

    "The Conservative vote went up just over 5%, but it didn't do them any good because Labour's went up nearly twice as much and what counts in our electoral system is the seats and not the vote shares."

  17. Police officer hospitalised after being rammed in stolen car chase

    Away from the election, a police officer is being treated in hospital after the driver of a stolen BMW rammed a police car in Basildon.

    The officer was hit during the police chase this morning in Cranes Farm Road and suffered "minor" injuries.