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Live Reporting

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  1. 'Why are you littering?' - Residents' sign in Mersea park

    An anti-littering sign

    While signs aimed at litter louts are common place, this one from a Mersea community group offers up some passive-aggressive reasons for offenders to explain their behaviour.

    The sign at the Glebe, on the Essex island near Colchester, is from the Proud of Mersea group.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A12 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex northbound severe accident, before J17 A130.

    A12 Essex - A12 in Howe Green blocked and queuing traffic northbound before J17, A130 (Howe Green), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to J16 (Galleywood).

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

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Suffolk man's beach clean marathon

    Jason Alexander has a "beach clean marathon challenge" at 12 sites in one county in six days.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J8 for A120 Priory Wood Roundabout.

    M11 Essex - M11 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of an accident.

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

  5. Calls for new Cambridge conservation zone

    Josh Thomas

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    There are calls for a new conservation area to be set up in Cambridge to protect the "distinct architectural character" of one of the city's "major gateways".

    Cambridge currently has 12 conservation areas which the city council says are notable "because of their buildings, open spaces, trees, or a mixture of these and other features."

    Development is more tightly controlled in these areas than in other parts of Cambridge.

    A section of Hills Road in Cambridge

    Wendy Blythe, chair of the Hills Road Area Residents Association (HRARA) said they will be pressing the council for a new conservation zone to protect buildings in the southern parts of Hills Road which she said were an important part of making the city an "interesting and nice" place to live.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J5 for and J6 for .

    M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 northbound between J5, / (Loughton) and J6, M25 J27, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  7. A song for Cambridge...

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    An East of England band is planning to play a song about the Cambridge Folk Festival at the event this year.

    Thursday's Band

    Thursday's Band, pictured, which has members from Bury St Edmunds, St Neots, Royston and Bishop's Stortford, is playing the Club Tent this evening.

    Mark Gamon, of the band, said: "We're really happy to have a feature Club Tent slot at Cambridge this year.

    "This is partly because it's a bloomin' lovely festival (and I don't have to camp because I live just down the road) and partly because we do have a song - Eating Mexican - that's about the festival and the cuisine that can be enjoyed therein, so that's a bucket list moment satisfied."

  8. Earth moves - slightly - in Norfolk

    A minor earthquake measuring 2.7 magnitude was felt in Norfolk yesterday afternoon.

    The British Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at 17:42 in Downham Market.

    It may have been a relatively small shudder, but several people in Downham and neighbouring villages took to social media to report a "rumbly noise" and the earth moving "slightly".

    Minor earthquakes are common, with 12 recorded in Great Britain in July.

    Newdigate in Surrey has experienced three earthquakes of a similar magnitude to Downham Market since the end of June.

    Church in Methwold
    Image caption: Villagers in Methwold reported feeling the shudder of an earthquake
  9. Swamptruck headlines first night of Cambridge Folk Festival

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Cambridge country and bluegrass band Swamptruck headlined stage two at the Cambridge Folk Festival on on Thursday night - the first night of the event at Cherry Hinton Hall.

    Image caption: Swamptruck

    The band, which has been going for about 10 years and is fronted by Alastair Taylor, got the crowd dancing to their infectious songs.

    Texan Americana band Whiskey Shivers opened the festival, which has been going since 1965 and attracts more than 14,000 people.

    Whiskey Shivers
    Image caption: Whiskey Shivers

    Unashamedly political singer-songwriter Grace Petrie told the BBC it was her "dream" to appear at the festival, and it came true on Thursday.

    Grace Petrie
    Image caption: Grace Petrie
  10. Police hunt men who stole Aldi cash machine

    The discovery of cash machine in an abandoned car near Brentwood is being linked to theft of a money dispenser from a supermarket, Essex Police say.

    Officers are linking the find in Navestock with the theft at Aldi in Loughton at about 03:30 on Sunday.

    Three suspects were seen to remove the cash machine using a white Mitsubishi Barbarian truck before leaving in a grey Audi.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

  11. Combine harvester destroyed by fire in field

    A combine harvester has been destroyed after a fire in a field in a village near Harlow.

    Three Essex Fire crews were called to Harlow Road in Matching Tye at 20:45 and found about 2,500 sq metres of field (0.6 acres) ablaze.

    Combine harvester on fire

    It took them until 22:15 to extinguish the combine harvester, with firefighters remaining on the scene for a further hour to ensure the affected area was sufficiently dampened down.