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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

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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.

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Surrey end day three with a lead of 217 with three second-innings wickets left, after Ryan ten Doeschate's earlier ton for Essex.

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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

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

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

Ryan ten Doeschate

Mark Stoneman falls just of a double-ton for Surrey as Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate stars on day two.

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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

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

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

Mark Stoneman

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman hits an unbeaten 181 off 221 balls to put the hosts on top against Essex at Guildford.

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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.

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
Steve Lee'os

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
Steve Lee'os
Reflection in mirror of damaged coach
Steve Lee'os

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

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".

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

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."

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
Essex Police

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.

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

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."

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.

'Youth vote mobilised', says student

"Young people are not as apathetic about politics as has been assumed," says one Essex student.

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Anton Ferdinand

Southend United defender Anton Ferdinand signs a new two-year contract with the League One side.

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Clacton's new MP thanks voters

New Brentwood MP calls former incumbent a 'political colossus'

Brentwood's new MP has praised Sir Eric Pickles, who stepped down at this general election, as he takes on his role.

Tory Alex Burghart told BBC Essex: "What a political colossus of our time - 25 years in parliament, a great servant of his country, party and constituency. What a figure to follow."

Sir Eric Pickles and Alex Burghart

New Clacton MP was asked to be James Bond

While new Conservative MP Giles Watling is celebrating after securing Clacton's seat, film fans might be impressed to discover he was once asked if he wanted to play James Bond.

Giles Watling
Conservative Party

Mr Watling, 64, who played Oswald in the 1980s hit comedy Bread, told the BBC he was once called by director Lewis Gilbert to ask if he'd be interested in taking over the 007 role from Timothy Dalton.

Giles Watling as Oswald in Bread

The former actor, who has been a district councillor for 10 years, clinched 27,031 votes on his third attempt to become an MP.

He said his "huge" majority was "very humbling".

Kemi Badenoch: 'Theresa May the only serious person in the room'

The new Conservative MP for Saffron Walden has told BBC Essex that Mrs May must continue as prime minister in a period of uncertainty.

Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch said: "She's still the only serious person in the room and this time last year, we had a prime minister resigning who I really liked and felt should have stayed and just got us through it.

"Having another person going now is not going to be good for the country."

UKIP member 'shocked' by leader's resignation

UKIP's Brentwood and Ongar candidate - and national executive committee member - Mick McGough tells BBC Essex he's "totally shocked" by Paul Nuttall's resignation but that past leader Nigel Farage leaves big shoes to fill.

"Paul Nuttall is good, but Nigel was seen as UKIP and is the most incredible character," said Mr McGough.

"We are all worried now - I've only been in politics to achieve Brexit and we haven't achieved it yet."

'I underestimated Jeremy Corbyn,' says Pickles

The Labour leader has made a "considerable achievement" in winning new seats, Sir Eric Pickles conceded.

Sir Eric, 65, stood down at this election.

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Essex elects: What the papers are reporting

As the Conservatives win all 18 seats in the county, this is how Essex's papers are reporting events:

  • Southend West MP Sir David Amess holds his seat for the sixth election in a row with the most votes he's ever received, reports the Echo
  • It's third time lucky for Giles Watling as the Conservative sweeps UKIP aside to win the Clacton seat with an "extraordinary" 15,828-vote majority, says the Clacton and Frinton Gazette
  • Priti Patel gains an increased majority to hold her position as Witham MP, reports the Braintree and Witham Times

Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, after J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

M11 Essex - One lane closed and slow traffic on M11 northbound after J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Clacton 'needs stability', says new Tory MP

As UKIP leader Paul Nuttall announces he will resign immediately, Clacton's new Conservative MP Giles Watling says the town wanted "stability" - leading him to take UKIP's former seat.

"In Clacton people got the message that we did need some stability and power behind a prime minister to negotiate with the 27 countries of Europe," said Mr Watling.

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New MP for Saffron Walden will be working on transport issues

New Tory MP Kemi Badenoch won the Saffron Walden seat with 37,629 votes and has pledged her support for the prime minister.

Kemi Badenoch

"She has lots of guts - she has been looking long-term at the problems coming down the line," said Ms Badenoch.

The former head of digital at The Spectator magazine takes over from the constituency's long-serving Conservative MP Sir Alan Haselhurst and said their primary difference was that he fought to remain in Europe, while she backed the campaign to leave.

As a member of the London Assembly - which she will now be standing down from - she has previous experience of working on transport and airport issues.

She told the BBC East TV's Election Special this morning that she will be carrying on her "hard work" on these issues - specifically on Stansted - while looking at the challenges commuters face.

'Nuttall needs to stay,' says UKIP's failed Clacton candidate

UKIP lost the only seat it won in 2015 in Clacton to the Tories as its share was slashed nationally.

Paul Oakley

The town's UKIP candidate, Paul Oakley, has called on leader Paul Nuttall to remain in the post despite the poor showing.

"We weren't prepared for this election - I don't think any of the non-Conservative parties were," he said.

"Had we had more time and knowledge that it was going to be announced, we could have done more but Paul is an excellent leader and I very much hope he will stay."

The London barrister was announced as the constituency candidate after a late-minute change by the party, in a move branded "shambolic" by one party activist.

'Public infighting' sounded UKIP death knell

A politics professor from the University of Essex says the main reason the UKIP vote sank is because of public infighting.

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Reaction from voters in Essex

BBC Essex reporters have been on the county's streets getting people's reactions to the general election.

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Essex elects: Whose majority is the biggest?

We've been doing a bit of calculating, and have run the numbers on all the votes cast across Essex to find out which of the 18 Conservative MPs has the biggest majority.

The winner was Kemi Badenoch, the new MP for Saffron Walden. She's taken over from Sir Alan Haselhurst, who announced his retirement a few weeks ago after acting as MP for the constituency since 1977. Ms Badenoch was elected with a majority of 24,966.

Kemi Badenoch

Meanwhile, the Essex MP with the smallest majority was Jackie Doyle-Price in Thurrock, where just 345 votes split her with the runner up, Labour's John Kent.

The average majority, in case anyone's interested, was 14,849.

James Cleverly: 'Theresa May should not stand down'

The re-elected Conservative MP for Braintree has said Theresa May should not resign as prime minister.

James Cleverly

There is now a hung parliament which means no party can get the 326 seats needed to win. The Conservatives currently have 315.

James Cleverly told BBC Essex Mrs May should stay.

"This was not the result we were expecting, but we will make the best of the situation... and she is absolutely right to say she is going to form a government," he said.

"It's mathematically impossible for anyone else to do so and she is the incumbent prime minister.

"So she is going to form a government, we're going to get stuck into those Brexit negotiations and get stuck into running the country in the interests of everyone in it."

'I've had gold and silver before, now it's bronze'

It wasn't a great night for the Liberal Democrats in Colchester, where veteran politican Sir Bob Russell failed to make a return to his former winning ways and regain the seat he lost to the Conservatives in 2015.

He got 9,087 votes - a 10.5% decrease on his result two years ago. But he was philosophical about the result...

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What is a hung parliament?

If you're not 100% sure, fear not. BBC Essex's political reporter Simon Dedman is here to explain.

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