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Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Our regular live updates have now finished for the day, but please check back later for any breaking stories. 

Today we covered the release by police of video footage of an elderly motorist from Norfolk who drove for six miles in the wrong direction on the M23; and an exhibition of photos by Britain's first official war photographer Olive Edis.

We've also covered the build-up to Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, so we'll leave with with a picture of the Norwich team with manager John Bond posing for a photograph at Carrow Road in August 1975. 

Norwich City Football Club team in 1975
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Have a good weekend. We'll be back with regular updates on Monday from 08:00.

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from the Essex Live team this week - but check back throughout the weekend for any breaking news stories in the county.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteors tonight, you'll need to look north east. 

Perseid Meteors
BBC

We'll be back with regular updates on Monday from 08:00. Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

That's it for Suffolk's regular live updates for this week. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning, but please check later for any breaking stories.

Today we've brought you news that work on the third crossing for Lowestoft will begin by 2019, covered the story of a Southwold grandmother, aged 75, who completed a tandem skydive for charity, and revealed the disappointing news for Ipswich Town fans that striker David McGoldrick is out for two months with an ankle injury.

You can scroll down to get more on these and other stories.

We'll leave you with this advice from Look East weather forecaster Chris Bell if you're planning any stargazing tonight:

Perseid meteor caption
BBC

Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

Map for weather
BBC

A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Our top stories throughout the day...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here's what we've covered on Essex Live today:

Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy a doubt for tomorrow

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

I've just been to Colney to speak to Norwich City manager Alex Neil ahead of tomorrow's Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday

Alex Neil
BBC

The main talking point was an injury to forward Jacob Murphy - the manager described him as "50/50" for tomorrow.

Murphy was the star man for City at Blackburn last week as the Canaries ran out 4-1 winners and he opened the scoring with a wonder goal.

Neil also reiterated his wish to get in as many as two new strikers before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

Video: Norfolk man goes wrong way against traffic on motorway

Here is the footage released by Sussex Police of Keith Taylor driving against the traffic on the M23.

You can see him on the hard shoulder, where he performs a u-turn and then drives the wrong way down the outside lane.

King's Lynn driver filmed driving wrong way on M23

Canvey Islanders 'know who is responsible' for double shooting

A senior Essex Police officer has told BBC Essex he is disappointed by the public's response to appeals for information following a double shooting on Canvey Island last weekend. 

Police
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Two men were hospitalised when a sawn-off shotgun was fired in Somnes Avenue. Five men who were arrested have now been released without charged

Det Ch Insp John Burgess said he believed it was a "targeted attack" and was "convinced" people on the island knew who was responsible. 

Sir Eric Pickles: Vote fraud findings 'very worrying'

Vote fraud findings 'very worrying'

Sir Eric Pickles, the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, says he is concerned by the findings of his report on tackling electoral fraud.  

It was commissioned followed claims of fraud in areas with a large ethnic population, such as Tower Hamlets in east London.

Coney Weston site has been preserved because it's 'never been cultivated'

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

The fact that a site being excavated by volunteers near Coney Weston has never been cultivated, has helped to preserve what's hidden in the soil, says Chris Flood, whose husband Julien first discovered the site.

She continued: "We've had no farm machinery in destroying the archaeology."

Trench
BBC

Another volunteer, Shona Fairchild says she's been to help two or three times.

She said: "We’re looking for anything different - there might be some dark bits which could be old pottery, there could be bits of bone."

Archaeological site was probably part of original village of Coney Weston say volunteers

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Volunteer archaeologists, excavating a field near Coney Weston, say they think the site was part of the medieval village. 

Chris Flood says they've found a variety of items: "A huge amount of pottery, bones, nails, teeth, we had lots of oyster shells the first year, so we think they were harvesting fresh-water oysters in the stream running through.

Remains of a wall
BBC

"We had a medieval tithe barn which we excavated last year and all the corn from the surrounding area would have been stored in there for the abbott of Bury St Edmunds."

Villagers still excavating field six years after it was discovered to be of interest

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A group of villagers is still excavating a field near Coney Weston six years after it was recognised as being of archaeological interest.

Fence around dig site
BBC

Volunteers manage the dig between April and October in the field which is owned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Chris Flood says her husband Julien was the first to spot its significance: "There'd been a drought that summer and the building was exposed, so he went back home, told our neighbour, who is a local historian, and he got the history people involved and nobody knew what it was. 

"The end result was that we were allowed to have a dig here and it's been continuing every year for the last five or six years."

Norwich set to recall captain for Wednesday game

BBC Sport

Norwich are expected to recall captain Russell Martin for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday - in a meeting of two sides who won their opening games in the Championship.

Norwich City players
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Winger Sergi Canos, a summer signing from Liverpool, could also make his debut for the Canaries, who won 4-1 at Blackburn last Saturday, while the Owls beat Aston Villa 1-0.

Wednesday forward Steven Fletcher should be fit following a head injury.

The Scotland international was forced off after 27 minutes in the victory over Villa.

Man arrested on suspicion of raping two women in Great Cornard

A man has been arrested in connection with two rapes in Great Cornard in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Martlesham PIC
Suffolk Police

Police were contacted by a woman who said she'd encountered a man at about 04:30 while walking back from Sudbury town centre, and was later raped by him at an address in Great Cornard. 

Further inquiries revealed that a second victim had also been raped at the same address, in what police say was the "same time-frame".

A 34-year-old man, from New Romney in Kent, was arrested at Liverpool Street railway station last night at around 22:00 and brought back to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Brandon assault: suspect no longer being sought

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault which took place in Brandon in June say they're no longer trying to identify a suspect whose description was previously circulated.

The incident was alleged to have taken place in the early hours of 2 June, in an open space close to Knappers Way.

Police say the victim has been supported by specialist trained officers, and they are now satisfied there is no risk to the wider public.

LISTEN: Norwich City talisman Wes Hoolahan

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The Irish international looks ahead to tomorrow's game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Wes Hoolahan speaks to BBC Radio Norfolk

Want to see the Perseid meteor shower?

Following Andrew Kenyon's photographs of the Perseid meteor shower taken from south Essex, here's some advice on getting a clear view of the phenomenon:

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John Wark: 'McGoldrick absence is a major loss for Ipswich'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a couple of seasons plagued by injury, David McGoldrick's appearance for Ipswich Town for the 4-2 defeat of Barnsley on the opening day of the season felt like a new signing.

David McGoldrick
BBC

However, just one league and one cup game into the new campaign, Blues fans have learned today that arguably the best player at the club will be out of action for at least two months. 

The 28-year-old (pictured) suffered ankle ligament damage during Tuesday's EFL Cup loss to Stevenage at Portman Road, and club legend John Wark despairs for the Republic of Ireland international. 

"I really feel sorry for him," Wark said. "He will be a major loss as I thought he was getting back to his best and he is the one that can undo defences." 

Lots of you enjoying the Essex sunshine this afternoon

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Analysis: Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City supporters had their fears of a relegation hangover eased by a barnstorming start to the season at Blackburn, but all are realistic enough to know their team won't be 3-0 up after half an hour of every Championship game this season. 

Norwich City player
PA

The Canaries were good at Ewood Park, but Sheffield Wednesday are bound to provide tougher opposition than a below-par Blackburn did last week. 

In Gary Hooper, the Owls have a player who scored some important goals during City's promotion campaign two years ago. If they'd known they were going back down last season, City might not have sold him.

Cricket: Warn's return 'a complete shock'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a four-year exile, Chris Warn's been recalled by Suffolk for Sunday's Minor Counties Championship game at Buckinghamshire.

Cricket stumps
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The 37-year-old hasn't played for the county since the final match of 2012, after becoming disenchanted with the way the side was being run.

Warn said: “It came as a complete shock. My immediate reaction was ‘aren’t there other batsmen available?’

“But when coach Andy Northcote explained the situation that he needs experience it made more sense and I'm more than happy to fill in. 

"It's an honour to play for your county."

Cricket: Nunn returns for season finale

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk will field their strongest seam attack of the season in their final Minor Counties Championship game, according to coach Andy Northcote.

Mark Nunn
Suffolk County Cricket Board

Mark Nunn (pictured) is recalled for Sunday's trip to Buckinghamshire, after being unavailable for the last two matches.

The other pace bowlers are Matt Wareing, Tom Rash and ex-Essex man Matt Salisbury.

"Our seam attack is the best we have managed to put out all year and is pleasing to see," said Northcote.

King's Lynn driver filmed driving wrong way on M23

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Police have released video footage of an elderly motorist from Norfolk who drove for six miles in the wrong direction on a motorway after he became confused after returning on a flight to the UK. 

Footage of car travelling on M23
Sussex Police

Keith Taylor pulled onto the hard shoulder of the M23 in Sussex before making a u-turn, heading south on the northbound carriageway.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Despite oncoming headlights and evasive action taken by other motorists, the errant driver's blue Volkswagen Polo hatchback continued doggedly in the wrong direction until police caught up with him near Maidenbower, Crawley." 

The 79-year-old, from New Road, Burnham Overy Staithe near King's Lynn, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was sentenced on 25 July by magistrates to six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and told he must take an extended driving test before reapplying for his licence.

Victor Meldrew actor Richard Wilson pulls out of Frinton show after suffering heart attack

Actor Richard Wilson has pulled out of his appearance at the Frinton Summer Theatre Gala Night after suffering a heart attack.

Richard Wilson
PA

The event was due to take place at the McGrigor Hall on Sunday evening, however organisers say the show has been cancelled as it "didn't seem right to go ahead". 

The 80-year-old is said to be in a stable condition in hospital in London. Refunds are being offered to those who have tickets. 

Wilson starred in The Dog during the Summer Theatre's 75th anniversary run in 2014.

Cambridge a 'real test' for Colchester's credentials

Glenn Speller

BBC Essex Sport Commentator

Colchester meet Cambridge United on Saturday for the first time in the Football League in more than 14 years.

Weston Holmes Community Stadium
BBC

The U's showed plenty of promise in last weekend's opening 1-1 draw at Hartlepool but they need to convert more of the chances they create. 

I have a sneaky feeling Cambridge will be well in contention for promotion this season, so this is a real test of Colchester's credentials.   

Olympic hockey: Crunch game for Suffolk pair

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's George Pinner and Harry Martin (pictured) will be hoping today isn't their last competitive outing at Rio 2012.

Harry Martin
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The duo will appear again for Great Britain against Spain in a match the Brits can't afford to lose if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. 

At present Bobby Crutchley's side is fifth in their group, with only the top four going through. 

GB need to better fourth-placed New Zealand's score today, with the Kiwis in action against Belgium.

First female war photographer commissioned by Imperial War Museum

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The first official female war photographer Olive Edis from Sheringham, whose work goes on display at Norwich Castle in October, was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to photograph women's war work in Europe.

Ypres Cloth Hall in Belgium
Norfolk Museums Service

She was the first British woman to be commissioned as an official war photographer and only the 5th official British photographer to visit Europe to cover the First World War.

Edis captured many images including a shot of Ypres Cloth Hall in Belgium (pictured above). 

One of Olive Edis' photographs
Norfolk Museums Service

Southend United 'need to bounce back' at Port Vale

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex Sport Commentator

Southend United need to bounce back at Port Vale after two terrible defeats against Gillingham.

Roots Hall
Nick Alliker

Southend were beaten by the Kent side twice in the space of three days, despite being one-up in both matches. 

The pressure must be building on Shrimpers' boss Phil Brown as his side have now lost seven consecutive games, albeit five at the end of last season. 

I reckon he'll be looking at changes to his starting 11 in a bid to arrest the current run.

Exhibition of Norfolk pioneer photographer to bring her to larger audience

Nic Rigby

BBC News

An exhibition of the work of acclaimed Sheringham photographer Olive Edis (pictured below) called Fishermen & Kings at Norwich Castle aims to bring her to a larger audience, says the show's curator.

Olive Edis
Norfolk Museums Service
Prince Edward (later Edward VIII)
Norfolk Museums Service

The show will not be touring, although a smaller exhibition featuring different images will form part of the permanent display at the Cromer Museum in the future.

Curator Alistair Murphy said: "Olive Edis was a remarkable woman. 

Olive Edis self portant
Norfolk Museums Service

"She was well-educated, forward thinking, a visionary, an astute business entrepreneur and, most importantly, a talented photographer with a natural affinity for her subjects - however grand or humble each was afforded respect and dignity.

"Edis's photographic legacy is a 'national treasure' and we are delighted to present, for the first time, this highly impressive display of her work, to be appreciated by a larger audience."

The exhibition starts on 8 October.

Our Essex teams in action this weekend

The Premier League returns this weekend, but for us Football League fans the season fun has already begun. Here's a round-up of who's playing where tomorrow: 

Football
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  • Colchester United are at home to Cambridge United in their second League Two match of the season
  • Southend United travel to Port Vale and will be hoping to better their 3-1 loss against Gillingham last weekend
  • And in the National League, Braintree Town take on Macclesfield Town

We'll get the thoughts from the BBC Essex sports team later. 

Watch: Tandem skydivers in action

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

We've been telling you about Southwold grandmother Judy Overy who's completed a tandem skydive at Ellough Airfield.

Take a look at this video which shows some of the larger group taking part in today's jumping:

Southwold grandmother's tandem skydive for charity

Your lunchtime weather forecast...

BBC Weather

There'll be plenty of sunshine for much of the afternoon, although it will at times become hazy. Feeling very warm. 

Maximum temperature: 26C (79F).

Brentwood
BBC

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "gardeningkate" who sent us this photo from Brentwood. She reported temperatures there at about 19C (66F).

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Norfolk female war photographer's work at museum

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The work of Britain's first female war photographer is going on display in the first major exhibition of her work.

Wrecked Tank On The Menin Road
Norfolk Museums Service
Olive Edis
Norfolk Museums Service

Olive Edis (pictured above), from Sheringham in Norfolk, captured unique photographs of the Western Front at the end of World War One, as well as photographs of fishermen in Norfolk and British royalty.

The exhibition, at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, running 8 October-22 January, will feature more than 190 rare photographs taken between 1900 and 1955.  

'Buck' Craske,
Norfolk Museums Service

Our top stories from Essex Live...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here's what we've covered so far today: 

'Great, great fun' says parachuting grandmother

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

We've just spoken to the grandmother and grandson who did tandem skydives this morning at Ellough Airfield.

Judy Over said: "It was absolutely brilliant, surreal, great, great fun. Have I really just done that?"

Harry Croft added: "It was insane. I'm over the moon that she's done it."

Crowd at Ellough Airfield
BBC

One from the Vaults: Day tripper in Great Yarmouth in 1912

Nic Rigby

BBC News

This photograph was taken 104 years ago this month at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth.

It's hard to tell if it was as sunny as it is today, as everyone on the beach and prom seems to be wearing a lot of clothing in what was a more modest age.

Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth, in 1912
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Amazing meteor shower captured over Essex

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Did you see the annual August meteor shower in the skies last night? 

Perseids over Paglesham
Andrew Kenyon

These epic photos of the Perseids were taken by Andrew Kenyon in Paglesham, near Rochford. 

The phenomenon occurs when Earth passes through the debris around a comet.

Perseids over Paglesham
Andrew Kenyon

The Perseid meteors really are a sight to see and if the sky is clear can easily be seen with the naked eye".

Andrew Kenyon
Andrew Kenyon
Andrew Kenyon

Grandmother and grandson do tandem sky dives for charity

A teenager has matched his grandmother's achievement as she did a tandem sky dive to raise money for charity.

Harry Croft, 16, from Toppesfield in Essex, is pictured at Ellough Airfield near Beccles, with Judy Overy, who lives in Southwold, just before they took off.

Judy Overy and Harry Croft
BBC

The pair were raising money for the charity CRY, which researches and supports young people at risk of cardiac disease. 

Harry's uncle Simon collapsed and died at the age of 21.

He said: "I didn't get to know my uncle Simon, but what we do today, I hope he's proud of us, wherever he is now."

Heatwave next week?

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Trial date for man accused of killing baby

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man charged with manslaughter following the death of a six-month-old baby girl has had a trial date set for next month.

Milana Guzas was taken to hospital in King's Lynn with suspected head injuries on 26 February.

King's Lynn Hospital
King's Lynn Hospital

She was transferred to Addenbrooke's in Cambridge where she died on 2 March.

Arunas Guzas, 40, from Greenland Avenue in King's Lynn appeared before magistrates in Norwich yesterday.

He was remanded in custody and a trial date was set for 8 September at Norwich Crown Court.

He has yet to enter a formal plea to the charge.