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  1. Updates for Friday, 23 June, 2017
  2. Stepson jailed over hitman murder bid
  3. Prince Charles marks 40th anniversary of appointment as Colonel-in-Chief
  4. Driver in fatal crash at Thorrington named by police
  5. What do Essex people think of Brexit one year on?

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By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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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, so goodbye and have a good weekend hopefully in the sunshine.

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

    Today we covered the Prince of Wales' 40th anniversary of his appointment as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment.

    Also we brought you news of the jailing of Flash Day, who hired a hitman who failed to kill his stepfather over the inheritance of a family home.

    And the end of an era for Ravens, the Southend independent department store which announced it was closing after 120 years in business.

    Please scroll down for more details and further stories.

    If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via the "Getting involved" button at the top of the page.

  2. Evening forecast: Overcast night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

    Weather forecast

    Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

    There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Corringham motorbike crash shows 'van escape'

    Police release CCTV footage following a crash which caused a woman to have part of her leg amputated.

  4. Council gets tough on environment in new four-year contract

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Discounts for early payment of fines are to be abolished by Thurrock Council as part of a new tougher environmental policy.

    The council is planning a cleaner, greener and safer environment within the borough and is increasing the value of fine tickets and reducing the minimum age at which offenders can be issued with them.

    Thurrock Council

    The new contract lasting four years was unanimously agreed by the borough's cabinet on Wednesday.

  5. Bike crash footage shows 'van escape'

    A motorbike was loaded into a van after a crash that caused a woman to have part of her leg amputated, police said.

    Video content

    Video caption: Corringham motorbike crash shows 'van escape'

    Officers are appealing for information and have released footage of the aftermath of the crash between two motorbikes in The Manorway, Corringham, at about 21:15 BST on 14 June.

    The motorbike and the van were both using false number plates and the company the van belonged to no longer exists, officers said.

    Three people – a 17-year-old boy and two men aged 28 and 29 – have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  6. Para's Red Devils put on spectacular display for Prince

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The Parachute Regiment's freefall display team, the Red Devils, put on a spectacular performance to mark the visit of Prince Charles to the Merville Barracks in Colchester today.

    The Prince of Wales was celebrating the 40th anniversary of his appointment as Colonel-in-Chief to the regiment.

    He spoke of his "immense pride" to be "part of the military family".

    Parachute landing
  7. Independent department store to close after 120 years in town

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    One of the oldest department stores in Southend is to close at the end of October after 120 years in the town.

    Ravens, in Clifftown Road, has seen four generations of the same family at the helm.

    Current managing director Neil Raven said he reached the age of 60 and decided to retire.


    Explaining the closure of the shop to the 16 staff who would lose their jobs was one of the "hardest decisions he had ever had to make".

    He has sold the premises to an undisclosed buyer who declined to continue the business. He said: "My family and I are proud to have been a part of Southend's history.

    "It is a sad occasion but everyone has shown great support for our decision."

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    Severe disruption: A12 Essex westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex westbound severe disruption, between J26 A1124 Essex Yeomanry Way and J25 A120 Coggeshall Road.

    A12 Essex - Very slow traffic on A12 Colchester Bypass London-bound in Eight Ash Green between J26, A1124 (Eight Ash Green) and J25, A120 (Marks Tey), because of a rolling road-block.

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

  9. 'Angry and greedy' stepson planned 'horrific murder'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A man who hired a hitman to kill his 70-year-old stepfather has been jailed for life.

    Flash Day, 46, of Rose Allen Avenue, Colchester, planned the murder in an "horrific act born out of sheer greed," Det Insp Al Pitcher, of Essex Police, said.

    Murder scene

    Day was angry about not being the sole inheritor of John Sales's home, Chelmsford Crown Court heard at his trial last month.

    He hired hitman Ryan Hynes, 22, who stabbed Mr Sales 11 times in the face, head, neck, chest, shoulder and back. Hynes was jailed for 17 years and three months.

    The pensioner managed to dial 999 and officers arrived to find him critically injured on his doorstep.

    He was taken to hospital and placed in an induced coma. He needed five operations and requires continuing medical treatment.

    Day had denied conspiracy to murder but, having been found guilty, must serve 25 years before being considered for parole.

    A 17-year-old girl found guilty of perverting the course of justice was given a 12 month rehabilitation order.

  10. BreakingMan who hired hitman to kill 70-year-old stepfather jailed for life

    Flash Day, 46, of Colchester, who hired a hitman to kill his 70-year-old stepfather has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years before being considered for parole.

  11. Driver in fatal crash at Thorrington named by police

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A driver killed in a crash with another car at Tenpenny Hill in Thorrington, shortly before 14:15 on Tuesday has been named by police as Shane Scott, 21, of Colchester.

    Three men being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge include an 18-year-old with a life-threatening condition, a 21-year-old and 20-year-old both seriously injured, police said.

    A 15-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and remains in Colchester hospital and a 35-year-old man was discharged from the hospital after treatment for minor injuries.

  12. Parachute regiment stands in line to welcome Prince of Wales

    Representatives of the four battalions that make up the Parachute Regiment lined up to welcome Prince Charles, their Colonel-in-Chief, at Merville Barracks in Colchester to begin celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Prince's appointment.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J27 for M11 affecting J29 for A127.

    M25 Essex - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J27 M11, because of an earlier overturned car. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

  14. Brexit Britain: Download our special podcast

    Louise Birt

    BBC Essex

    Ken the fish merchant had spotted someone he knew. Shouting and waving, he raced off down the seafront in Brightlingsea after him at a speed which belied his 83 years, with our sound engineer Kasel and producer Clare in hot pursuit. They were recording the first in our series of Brexit Britain and wanted to catch every conversation and thought Ken had for a whole day.

    ken 2

    Brexit Britain was born on June 24th 2016, after the EU referendum. I was driving home listening to Dave Monk presenting our drive time show. I was a bit light-headed because we'd all worked all night as the results came in.

    It turned out 62% of Essex had voted for Brexit and on air, emotions were running high. Dave took two calls in quick succession. One of them was a woman from Grays who was delighted. "Today is one of the happiest days of my life," she said. "It's not quite my wedding day levels of happiness, but it's up there." The second caller was from a man in Chelmsford who broke down in tears. "I can't believe this has happened. It's a huge mistake for this country," he told Dave.

    The polarised views of our audience on Brexit had long been clear and the desire to talk about the process has continued for the 12 months since the vote. It struck me that most of the debate in the media is focused around politicians and experts. With months of negotiations and complex detail to be worked through, they were the people in the know. But what of those people in Essex who'd helped make it happen? And those who were distraught at the result and worried for the future? The idea for a series of mini documentaries was born. Instead of using a professional broadcaster to narrate, we wanted to use our listeners.


    We researched hard to find the right contributors. We wanted a spread of leavers and remainers right across Essex, all different ages, backgrounds and occupations. The final list included a shed builder, a teaching assistant, a barmaid and many more. None of them had ever done anything like it before. We spent a day living their lives with them and recording their thoughts and conversations. Syed, the taxi driver was picking up fares as well as talking to us. They were all brilliant and the sounds of their lives are so evocative. Someone remarked on listening to the first podcast with Ken remarked to me that he could "almost smell the fish." That was exactly what we wanted to achieve.

    BREXIT BRITAIN is available to download and will be updated weekly. There's no charge - it's part of your licence fee. The first one is Ken, the fish merchant.

  15. Football: Left back Jordan returns to Beach Boys

    BBC Sport

    After a loan period in 2016, left back Jordan Brown has rejoined Concord Rangers from Welling United.

    Jordan Brown

    The former West Ham youth player said that he has reached a time when he needs regular football which he hopes to get with the Beach Boys.

    The club has also announced club legend Tony Stokes is moving to Bowers & Pitsea.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111 affecting J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

  17. Police ready for 'challenging events' but concerned over local cover

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Police would face "real challenges" tackling a repeat of the 2011 riots following years of budget cuts, the West Midlands Police chief constable has warned.

    But the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has said the county's force has the resources to deal with major incidents like violent disorder.

    Roger Hirst

    Roger Hirst has admitted that cuts and preparation for "challenging events" do mean less money for community policing.

    He's planning to double the number of volunteer officers, or "specials", to 700 over the next four years.

    "We do have resources to deal with individual events but my concern is that this ability can be at the expense of community policing and making sure we are in touch with cities, towns and villages across our our county," he told BBC Essex.

  18. What do Essex people think of Brexit one year on?

    Ian Puckey

    BBC Essex Political Producer

    As Europe cautiously welcomes Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to allow EU citizens to stay in the UK, BBC Essex launches an exclusive series of documentaries featuring local views about Brexit one year on from the vote.


    A year ago today, 62% of people in Essex voted for Brexit and the strongest leave support was in Castle Point and Thurrock.

    The highest remain vote in the county was in Uttlesford where 49% wanted to remain in the EU.

    The Brexit Britain podcast meets people across Essex who gave us their personal views on leaving the EU.

    There are no politicians and no experts. They range from a fish merchant in Brightlingsea to a teaching assistant in Harlow and a taxi driver in Chelmsford.

    They're all recorded on location. It's available for free to download from your laptop, mobile or tablet.

    Search Brexit Britain on iTunes or any podcast provider.