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By Caroline Kingdon

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Sir Teddy Taylor: Funeral held of Conservative MP

    Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor died aged 80 last month.

  2. The weekend weather: Warm, with sunny intervals

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry and cloudy night, with some clear intervals.

    Feeling warm and humid for the time of the year, with temperatures only falling to 13C (55F).

    Saturday will be mostly dry with a fair amount of cloud, but there should be some bright or sunny intervals.

    The moderate SW wind should eventually fall light, and temperatures should reach around 20C (68F).

    Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

    Another dry day for Sunday, with more in the way of sunshine - although high cloud may turn it hazy at times.

    Temperatures could climb to 24C (75F).

    Looking ahead to Mnoday - it's expected to remain largely dry and warm, with sunny spells. There's some uncertainty as to when a cold front will push in from the west, bringing the risk of a few showers and cooler air.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A11 Essex northbound severe disruption, between M11 J9 and A1307 Cambridge Road.

    A11 Essex - Slow traffic on A11 Saffron Walden northbound between the M11 J9 junction in Great Chesterford and Four Went Ways in Babraham, because of an earlier vehicle fire. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J8 for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

    M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident involving four vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  5. 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 closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down van.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, before J27 for M11 affecting J26 for A121.

    M25 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise before J27 M11, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Dog becomes bereavement support officer at funeral home

    An Essex funeral director says bereavement support dog Otis is making a big difference.

  8. Robbery at village post office

    A four-figure sum of money has been stolen from a post office in Lawford.

    A man entered the Waledgrave Way business at 12:30 yesterday, and demanded money from staff.

    He ran behind the counter and pushed a member of staff before grabbing the cash from the till before running out towards Long Road.

    The victim was unhurt.

    The suspect is described as white, in his mid 20s, about 5ft 5ins (165cm) tall, of slim build and clean shaven.

    The post office in Waldegrave Way
  9. Unlicensed use of drone

    A man has been given a community resolution for using a drone without a licence.

    It happened on Saturday, 12 August when the Tornado steam train came to Kirby Cross.

    The man was flying the drone within 50m of other people and property, out of their control.

    The 28-year-old, who was also selling the images he had taken in a local shop, was reported on Sunday, 1 October.

    A drone in flight
    Image caption: In July, the government announced plans to bring in drone registration

    It was the first drone incident Essex Police has dealt with. Along with British Transport Police, they are clamping down on the illegal use of drones.

    Network Rail spokeswoman Wendy Welsh said if a train was in collision with a drone, it could cause a serious accident.

    "A drone could fly into and damage vital equipment such as overhead wires or pylons, costing thousands to repair and causing hours of delays", she said.

    Quote Message: Only our team of highly-trained authorised pilots and specialist approved contractors are permitted to fly drones near the railway... it's just too dangerous for anyone else to do so and you could face a penalty of up to £2500." from Wendy Welsh Network Rail
    Wendy WelshNetwork Rail
  10. Funeral of former MP Sir Teddy Taylor

    The funeral of the former Rochford and Southend East Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor is to be held in Southend today.

    The Scottish born MP died last month, aged 80.

    He was a long time advocate of Britain leaving the EU and represented Southend East for a quarter of a century following a by-election in 1980.

    The funeral will take place at St Mary's Anglican Church in Prittlewell.

    Sir Teddy Taylor
  11. Weather: Feeling warm for October

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    A generally cloudy and windy day, with some warm or bright spells.

    It'll be mostly dry, with the chance of a few spots of light rain or drizzle.

    It's very warm for the time of the year, with temperatures peaking at 19C (66F).

    BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for you.

  12. Weather: Staying dry into Friday

    Staying fine and dry across the BBC East region with clear spells, but variable cloud arriving from the west.

    It'll drop to 9C (48F).

    Friday will be rather cloudy at times, but high pressure to south and east will bring sunny spells and highs of 20C (68F).

    BBC East weather map
  13. 'Don't pull the cord' plea if taken ill on the train

    Greater Anglia passengers are being asked not to pull the emergency cord if there's a medical emergency on board a train.

    The rail company and the East of England Ambulance Service have agreed a new process for their control rooms to work together to allow them to get to the aid of sick passengers as quickly as possible.

    It asks passengers to either dial 999, or ask a member of staff for help, but not to pull the emergency cord.

    The ill passenger would be helped off the train when it arrives at the next station.

    Interior of Greater Anglia carriage

    If the cord is pulled, the train might stop between stations and may be inaccessible for a conventional ambulance.

    This could result in the passenger having to wait longer for medical assistance, as well as causing delays to train services.

    Last year it says trains were delayed to the equivalent of seven days due to passengers becoming ill on the Greater Anglia network.

  14. Witness appeal after Maldon betting shop robbery

    A four-figure sum of money was taken in a robbery at a betting shop in Maldon yesterday.

    Three men, dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, had gone to the bookies on The Street at about 20:00.

    Two of them, one armed with a hammer, went inside and demanded the money, before all three left the scene on foot.

    No-one was injured.

    Essex Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers.