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  1. Updates for Thursday, 8 June 2017
  2. London trains delayed after Chelmsford line closed
  3. Essex firefighters called out to 2,500 false alarms
  4. Calls for phone companies to block mobile signals from jails

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  1. Goodbye from Essex Live

    That's it for your live updates for now - but not for long.

    We'll be bringing you all the election results for Essex as they come in overnight from the moment the polls close at 22:00, as you'll see if you keep an eye on our feed.

    And of course we'll also bring you any other news, weather, sport and travel as it comes in, so we hope you'll join us then.

  2. 'Barbaric' burglars have sentences doubled

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    Two "barbaric" burglars who tied up a couple in their home and poured boiling water over their heads have had their sentences almost doubled.

    John and Janis Buswell were tied up with cable ties and tortured during a two-hour ordeal in Halstead, Kent.

    Daniel Wallace and Kacey Adams were jailed in April.

    Judges at the Court of Appeal said their original sentences did not reflect the "extreme gravity" of the crimes.

    Adams, 34, of Covert Road, Ilford, and Wallace, 33, of St Mary's Barking, admitted aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

    They had earlier been found guilty of conspiracy to murder after a man was shot in the face in a revenge attack.

    Adams and Wallace were jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 and a half years at Chelmsford Crown Court.

    Their sentences were appealed by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

    At the Court of Appeal in London, the minimum term was increased to 23 years.

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    Image caption: Daniel Wallace (left) and Kacey Adams pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing

    Lady Justice Victoria Sharp, Mr Justice Oliver Popplewell and Judge Martin Picton said it was a "quite exceptional case".

    Mrs Buswell was left permanently disfigured after two kettles of boiling water were poured on her, the court heard.

    The men poured one kettle over her husband and made threats to further injure both Mr and Mrs Buswell.

    They stole £50,000 before going to Dubai. They were arrested on their return with more than £18,000 of luxury goods in their luggage.

    In her victim impact statement Mrs Buswell described her attackers as "barbaric".

    The appeal judges also increased the sentence imposed on 25-year-old Edward Dooley for his part in a drive-by shooting in May 2016.

    Dooley, of Romford, was given a 16-year sentence for conspiracy to murder. That was replaced with a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.

  3. Weather: Rain will spread eastwards leaving clear periods

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Showery rain in places this evening will spread eastwards to leave clear spells by the end of the night.

    Weather chart

    Southwesterly winds will ease and Friday will start with sunny spells but scattered showers are expected and these could be thundery with hail in places.

    Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

    More details from BBC Weather.

  4. Four people injured in crash between coach and lorry

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    Four people have been injured following a crash, involving a coach and a lorry, on the A120 near Great Dunmow.

    The collision happened around 15:25 this afternoon. The East of England Ambulance Service says one person is seriously hurt. The injured have been taken to the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. The road is currently closed while emergency crews deal with the incident.

    Drivers are being encouraged to avoid the area and diversions are in place.

    crash scene
    crash scene
  5. Police urge motorists to avoid road after crash

    A crash between a bus and a lorry is causing delays on the A120 near Great Dunmow, which has been closed in both directions.

    The westbound carriageway is blocked between the Felsted junction and Dunmow South junction.

  6. Mean and moody skies over Essex... but sunshine promised later

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    We're told skies should brighten later, but up until now they've been pretty moody.. as BBC Weather Watcher ebb&flow at Great Chesterford...

    Great Chesterford

    And BBC Weather Watcher Judy at Tiptree Heath have revealed...

    Tiptree Heath

    Things should improve this evening, when the weather experts are promising us late sunshine.

    For an up-to-date forecast where you are, you can find out more with BBC Weather.

  7. School evacuated after fire in toilets

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A school had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in a lavatory in Clacton.

    Firefighters were called at about 10:30 and quickly extinguished the blaze at Clacton Coastal Academy.

    The toilet suffered some smoke damage and Essex Fire and Rescue will carry out an investigation into the cause of the fire.

    Clacton Coastal Academy
  8. 'Lethal carbon monoxide levels' killed boat death couple

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A couple died on board their boat from "lethal levels of carbon monoxide", a coroner has concluded.

    The bodies of Alan Frost, 64, and Tina Wilkins, 51, from Grays, Essex, as well as a dog, were found on the vessel moored near Wroxham Island, on the Norfolk Broads on 9 June last year.

    Concerns were raised after the boat had not moved for some time.

    Wroxham Island on the Norfolk Broads

    Their deaths were not treated as suspicious by the police and the case was passed to the coroner.

    At an inquest today at Norfolk Coroner's Court the coroner recorded a narrative conclusion saying the couple died sometime between 6 and 9 June "as a result of lethal CO levels within the confines of the boat".

  9. Polling stations open until 22:00 - unless you're a dog

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    Up to 1.4m people will cast their votes in Essex today.

    Nearly 1,000 polling stations are open.

    One voter in Old Harlow had to leave Bertie, Hermione and Hagrid outside the station, but they don't seem to mind...

    Three dogs at Old Harlow polling station
  10. To bike or not to bike: Calls for better signs in pedestrianised Chelmsford

    Nick Alliker

    BBC Essex

    A cycling club is calling for better signs in Chelmsford city centre after a pedestrian said she was nearly hit by a cyclist earlier this year.

    Parts of the centre - including Tindal Square (below) - are pedestrianised, but the city council says cycling is lawful within some of that area.

    Chris Whiley, from Chelmer Cycling Club, says better signs would clarify where bicycles can go - and where they can't.

    Tindal Square, Chelsmford
  11. Rail services returning to normal after earlier disruption

    Commuters struggled to get to work earlier after the line between Chelmsford and Witham was closed because a person was hit by a train.

    But it looks like Greater Anglia are anticipating a return to normal services once the evening rush-hour begins...

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  12. Police arrest 25 for drink and drug driving offences in summer clamp-down

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    "Essex Police does not tolerate it and we are better equipped than ever to catch those who do it".

    That's the message from casualty reduction manager Adam Pipe, as the force publishes figures for the number of people caught drink and drug driving in the first week of its summer clamp-down.

    Nineteen people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving offences and six were arrested on suspicion of drug driving offences.

    The campaign runs throughout June and those who are convicted are warned: "We will name you, we will shame you and we will put your photo out to the public."

  13. Woman dies after car and van crash

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    An 84-year old woman has died following a road crash near Rettendon.

    The collision between a white Mercedes Benz van and a blue Ford Grand C-Max took place on the A132 at about 14:30 yesterday.

    The woman who died was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

    Four others - including both drivers - suffered minor injuries.

  14. Olly Murs gig should be bag-free zone

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Heading to the Olly Murs concert this weekend?

    Officers are asking you not to bring a bag unless it is absolutely necessary.

    The Colchester gig at Weston Homes Community Stadium kicks off from 17:00 on Saturday.

    Supt Steve Johnson said: "We would like to reassure everyone that we do not anticipate Saturday’s event to be anything other than safe and secure, however, given the tragic events in Manchester and London, it is sensible and proportionate to have an intensified policing presence."

    Olly Murs
  15. Wickford travellers: Land sale allowed them to stay

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    Basildon Council has been trying to get the unauthorised development removed from Hovefields Avenue in Wickford for some time now.

    Caravans, mobile homes, sheds and fences have been put up on the green belt land.

    On 18 October, the council won an injunction preventing further development and restricting occupation to those living there at the time - including the Tidd family, John Hilden and George Davis.

    But a parcel of the land was then sold to Michael Smith, who is one of 11 people who applied to the High Court hoping to vary the injunction order to allow them to stay - which is what has now happened temporarily at least.

  16. High Court rules travellers can stay on Wickford green belt site - for now

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    Eleven travellers have won the latest round of a High Court battle to remain on unauthorised pitches set up on green belt land at Wickford.

    Basildon Borough Council said an injunction covering the land west of Hovefields Avenue had been breached.

    But Justice Singh allowed the travellers to remain on the site until 23 June, when the council can return to the court to puts its case.

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  17. Dovercourt cricket club's plea to travellers: 'Try not to damage pitch'

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    Several cricket games have been cancelled this weekend after more travellers moved onto playing fields at Dovercourt.

    At least 15 caravans and 19 vehicles are parked on the fields and Tendring District Council says the outfield of the cricket pitch has been churned up.

    Lee Davis, from Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket Club, had this message for the group: "While you are still there, please have a regard for the pitch and the outbuilding, try not to damage it for us please.

    "Please be aware to not affect us and affect the pitch so that we can continue playing for the rest of the season, to offer cricket to adults and youngsters alike."

    Essex Countywide Traveller Unit will serve a direction to leave on the group today, giving them 24 hours to move on.

    Towards Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket Club
  18. Travellers face eviction from Dovercourt playing fields

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    A group of travellers who have temporarily settled on public playing fields a Dovercourt will be served a direction to leave today.

    This will give them 24 hours to move on - although Tendring District Council said it would take the matter to the courts if that doesn't happen.

    Council spokesman Nigel Brown said: "Unfortunately their vehicles have churned up the outfield of the cricket pitch site, although the wicket itself was roped off and unaffected."

    He believes Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket Club has had to cancel two adult and two junior games this weekend because of the damage.

    Caravans at Dovercourt
  19. Train line between Norwich and London running again

    The train service between Norwich and London, via Ipswich and Colchester, is back up and running.

    The line between Chelmsford and Witham had been closed after a person was hit by a train, but it has now reopened.

    Delays are still expected until 12:00.

  20. More travellers move onto Dovercourt playing fields

    Sonia Watson

    BBC Essex

    At least 15 caravans and 19 vehicles are now parked on a playing field in Dovercourt - according to Tendring District Council.

    The council said it is working with Essex Countywide Traveller Unit to start the eviction process.

    The group is pitched on Low Road Playing Field at the end of West End Lane.

    Council spokesman Nigel Brown said during initial talks the travellers said they intended to stay for between three and four days before moving on to a fair.

    Caravans at Dovercourt