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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 5 April 2016
  2. Seven men arrested after Chelmsford knife fight
  3. Thirty cows escape on to busy road in Colchester
  4. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn uses Harlow visit to call for action over tax dodgers
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us at Essex Live today - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back in the morning from 08:00 with the latest news for the county.

Have a great evening. 

Essex Live recap: Cows loose... Large-scale knife fight... Football selfies

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

It's been a busy day here on Essex Live. If you haven't had a chance to stay with us the whole time - here's a recap on Tuesday's three biggest stories:

A recap of pictures
Getty Images/BBC
  • Thirty cows stopped traffic moving on one of Colchester's busiest roads during this morning's rush-hour. Essex Police managed to secure the herd but are still looking to trace the owners
  • Seven men were arrested because of a knife fight in Chelmsford overnight which left three of them in hospital. Officers think there could be even more arrests made
  • Finally - we spoke to a bunch of Braintree fans who are spending most of their day in a mini bus as they travel 310 miles to watch their team play in Barrow

Police 'anticipate further arrests' following Chelmsford knife fight

Essex Police says it anticipates further arrests following a large-scale fight in Chelmsford last night that left three people with suspected stab wounds. 

Readers Close
BBC

Seven men have been detained following the incident in Readers Court at about 21:30 yesterday.

Det Sgt Phil Greaves told BBC Essex: "We will not permit anyone to behave like this in our city. Anyone taking part in such incidents can expect to find themselves subject to questioning as part of our inquiries."

Barrow pitch 'looking good' ahead of Braintree match

If you're one of the Braintree fans travelling 310 miles to Barrow this afternoon there's good news - it looks as if the game will be on this time!

In February the match was postponed two hours before kick off after heavy rain waterlogged the pitch. 

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The latest weather forecast for the Cumbria area is not predicting any rain until 02:00 tomorrow morning... phew. 

Weather: Chilly but mostly dry tonight with some showers tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be largely dry with some clear spells during the evening which will make it quite chilly. During the early hours, it will turn cloudier and there is a chance of some light patchy rain moving.

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather map for the East of England
BBC

Tomorrow morning the cloud and rain will clear eastwards, leaving a mixture of sunny spells and showers.

You can stay up to date with the weather here

Braintree Town hope to get play-off push back on track

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex Sport

Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley says the team need to lift themselves after losing their last two games.

Danny Cowley
Getty Images

The Iron travel 310 miles to Barrow tonight knowing victory would move them into the National League play-off places. 

"Success doesn't happen in a straight line, all season we've had disappointment but then we've gone again", Cowley told BBC Essex.  

Headlines: Police 'anticipate further arrests' following Chelmsford knife fight... Fundraiser for bouncy castle death girl

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories for Essex:

  • Essex Police says it anticipates further arrests following a large-scale fight in Chelmsford that left three people with suspected stab wounds
  • A fundraising event has been held in Harlow today following the death of a seven-year-old girl at a local fun fair
  • Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants May's council elections to mark a "turning point" in Labour's fortunes, during a speech in Harlow

Your pictures: A nice afternoon in North Fambridge

BBC Weather Watchers

It's quite a pleasant afternoon in Essex isn't it? BBC Weather Watcher edie sent us this nice picture from North Fambridge.

North Fambridge
BBC Weather Watchers/edie

He reported sunny spells with temperatures at about 12C (53.6F).

We love seeing your photographs of the county, you can send them to us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Travel: Braintree rail services delayed by signalling fault

There are cancellations and delays on trains running to and from Braintree this afternoon.

Greater Anglia says Network Rail engineers are "working as quickly as possible to resolve the problem". 

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Outrage after Colchester Council worker puts body of pet cat in a wheelie bin 'like rubbish'

Daily Gazette

Devastated pet-owners trawled through 13 bins to recover the body of their cat who was "chucked away like rubbish".  

'High demand' closes minor injuries unit temporarily at Princess Alexandra Hospital

The minor injuries unit at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital has temporarily closed. 

Princess Alexandra Hospital
BBC

The hospital posted on social media to say it's also experiencing "high demand" at its accident and emergency.  

It's urging people to use alternatives if they can.

Family tribute to 'dearly loved mother' who died in Basildon double fatal crash

The family of a 30-year-old woman hit by a car in a double fatal road crash last month have paid tribute to a "dearly loved mother".

Carli Scott
Essex Police

Carli Scott (pictured), 30, from Basildon, and Dean Evans, 35, also from Basildon, were killed while walking at the Roundacre in the town on 22 March. 

In a statement, Ms Scott's family said: "Carli will be dearly missed by all family and friends and was loved by everyone that knew her."

Jeremy Corbyn's attack on disability benefit changes 'went down well'

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

Jeremy Corbyn's attack on George Osborne's now quashed changes to disability benefits went down well with the Harlow audience - he was however preaching to the converted at his local campaign launch.

Harlow gathering
BBC

While the Conservative government backed down on the disability benefit changes, it plays well here in the west of Essex.

Both the Tories and Labour tell me the issue comes up regularly on the doorstep when speaking to Harlow residents. People here are against welfare and tax credit cuts.

Bouncy castle death Harlow: Fundraising event takes place for Summer Grant

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

There's a show of support this afternoon for the family of a seven-year-old girl who died in Harlow, after the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away.

Summer's family
BBC

Summer Grant suffered multiple injuries at a fair in the Town Park 10 days ago. In the atrium of the Harvey Shopping Centre today, helium balloons border a raffle full of prizes.

Some of the organisers, including family and friends, are wearing T-shirts bearing a photo of a smiling Summer. Money raised will pay for a memorial plaque and bench. 

Braintree fans take selfie during 310 mile trip to Barrow

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

A group of Braintree fans are currently three hours into a 310 mile trip to Barrow in Cumbria.

Braintree fans
Daniel Turner

The Iron supporters left the town at 11:15 and hope to arrive by about 16:45. 

Daniel Turner, 18, who's making the journey for the second time after the National League fixture was postponed in February, predicts Braintree will win tonight's game 2-1. 

Weather: Most places will stay dry this afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be staying largely dry this afternoon and as we go through the rest of the day we will see increasing amounts of sunshine, which will make it feel quite pleasant. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Weather chart for Essex
BBC

You can get the latest forecast for wherever you are here.

Braintree Town fans face 620-mile mid week round trip tonight

Away fans are often lauded for their efforts in supporting their team. The travel costs, expensive away seats... it all adds up. But spare an extra thought for the Braintree faithful travelling to Barrow tonight.

Braintree and Barrow
BBC

Fans of the Iron face a mid-week 620-mile round trip, travelling from Essex to Cumbria, and back, to support their side. The journey, according to Google Maps, takes over five hours each way.

Here's hoping the result is worth the effort.

Stolen museum artefacts 'worth up to £57m on Chinese market'

Members of the organised crime gang which stole up to £57m from museums and an auction house were found guilty by jury after a series of trials at Birmingham Crown Court. Six members, from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands have been jailed today.

Chinese artefacts stolen from Fitzwilliam
Fitzwilliam Museum

They were involved in organising two thefts and an attempted theft at Durham University Oriental Museum, as well as further incidents at Gorringes Auction House in Lewes, Norwich Castle Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Jurors heard exhibits stolen in Durham and Cambridge were valued at about £17m but detectives believed they could have fetched up to £57m on the "booming" Chinese auction market.

Gang members jailed for museum thefts

The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.

(top, l-r) Richard Sheridan, Michael Hegarty, Richard O'Brien Jnr, John O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Alan Clarke; (bottom, l-r) Patrick Clarke, John O'Brien, Daniel Flynn, Ashley Dad, Paul Pammen, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Terence McNamara
Durham Police

Chinese jade and rhino horn were targeted in Cambridge, Durham, Norwich and Lewes, East Sussex.

The 14 men, from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands were convicted of conspiracy to steal between November 2011 and April 2012.

They were jailed for between 15 months and six years, eight months.

BreakingFinal members of £57m theft gang jailed

The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.

Headlines: Jeremy Corbyn delivers Harlow speech... Attempted rape of girl by man on bail 'should be investigated'

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories from the Essex newsdesk this lunchtime:

  • Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants May's English council elections to mark a "turning point" in Labour's fortunes, during a speech in Harlow
  • An inquiry should take place into how a man was able to try to rape a nine-year-old girl while on bail for rape, a Southend councillor says
  • Seven men have been arrested after a fight in Chelmsford which left three of them with suspected stab wounds

Jeremy Corbyn in Harlow: Council polls can be 'turning point' for Labour

Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants May's council elections to mark a "turning point" in Labour's fortunes, during a speech in Harlow.

Jeremy Corbyn in Harlow
BBC

Launching its campaign, he said Labour must stand up against cuts to services and show a different way of running the country "for the good of all".

He criticised the government's record on housing, benefit cuts and low pay and plans for more academy schools. The 5 May elections are the first UK-wide ballot box test for Mr Corbyn since his election as Labour leader in September.

What issues matter to the people of Harlow?

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

As Jeremy Corbyn visits Harlow to launch his party's local election campaign, I've been speaking to voters asking what issues matter to them ahead of the council election on 5 May.

Catherine Webb
BBC

This is single mother-of-two Catherine Webb, who works as a data administrator for a charity. Her main concern is the lack of provision for children, which she says is "too expensive for working mums".

The 29-year-old also wanted to see an improvement in community spirit, the cost of food and access to the housing market. 

Harlow is one of the most talked about things on Twitter

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Thousands of people are talking about Harlow right now on Twitter.

Harlow is trending
Twitter

The west Essex town is currently trending in the United Kingdom. It's all because the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launched his party's local elections campaign in a local hall a short while ago.

Other popular topics on the social media site are #TravelTuesday and #BestWeekendIn5Words.

Jeremy Corbyn in Harlow: Ministers should 'stop pussyfooting' around tax dodgers

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used the launch of his party's local election campaign in Harlow to seize the agenda of matters much further afield.

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Mr Corbyn told a packed room at Moot House that ministers should stop "pussyfooting" around when it came to tax dodgers, following yesterday's Panama exposure

Earlier, Downing Street said the government had been "ahead of the pack" when it came to tackling tax avoidance and evasion.

Police cordon remains in place following Chelmsford knife fight

Tom Croasdell

BBC Essex

I'm at Readers Court in Chelmsford, where a police cordon remains in place following a knife fight involving a group of men last night. 

Police at Readers Court
BBC

Seven men, three of whom have been treated for suspected stab wounds, are currently under arrest.

Six men from Chelmsford, aged 18, 20, 23, 23, 25 and 28, were detained on suspicion of violent disorder. Another suspect, whose age is not known, was arrested for possession of Class A drugs.

Travel: Traffic released on anti-clockwise M25

Highways England says traffic has been released, but two lanes remain closed after a car and trailer overturned on the anti-clockwise M25 at J26 for Waltham Abbey.

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Travel: M25 anti-clockwise blocked by overturned car and trailer

BBC Travel

The M25 is blocked anti-clockwise just before J26 for Waltham Abbey due to an overturned car and trailer. 

Traffic is currently being held and is reported to be queuing for four miles. 

Seven men arrested after Chelmsford knife fight

Seven men have been arrested after a fight in Chelmsford which left three of them with suspected stab wounds, police say.

Readers Court
Google

Officers were called to Readers Court, near Dorest Avenue, at about 21:30 last night. Three people were taken to Broomfield Hospital with injuries not thought to be serious. 

One man remains in hospital, six others are being questioned. A number of vehicles and items recovered at the scene have been seized. 

Thirty cows escape a field in Colchester... Twitter provides the puns

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Puns have been flying about left right and centre on Twitter this morning after 30 cows escaped from a field and on to a busy Colchester road. 

Cows
Getty Images

The Colchester United Media Manager, Matt Hudson, tweeted: "Is one of them Karl Moo-guid? Are they on their way to play 'Udders-field?"

Meanwhile Phil Lucky jested: "Yeah, yeah....what heifer...."

And finally, DW asked BBC Essex journalists Sonia Watson and Ben Fryer: "I hope you two are going hell for leather to get some other mooews".

Police look to trace owner of 30 escaped cows

If you have 30 cows and you're wondering where they are - you might want to contact Essex Police.

Avenue of Remembrance
Google

The force is looking to trace the owners after the animals escaped from a nearby field on to one of Colchester's busiest roads this morning.

The Avenue of Remembrance was partially blocked for a time while police secured the cows. The road has now fully reopened. 

Bouncy castle death: Summer Grant vigil to be held

The family of a seven-year-old girl who died when a bouncy castle blew away in Harlow will be holding a candlelit vigil at the Town Park on Saturday evening.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Summer Grant, from Norwich, was killed at the Essex fun fair on 26 March. The family are also raising funds at the Harvey Centre this afternoon for a bench and plaque at the site. 

Summer's uncle, Shawn Grant, has told BBC Essex the family is grateful for the public's support and donations so far.

Jeremy Corbyn in Harlow

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is launching his party's local election campaign in Harlow this morning.

Jeremy Corbyn
Getty Images

He'll be knocking on the doors of residents in the west Essex town to try and drum up support. 

Labour currently runs the local council in Harlow - something Mr Corybn hopes will remain the case come 5 May.

Inquiry sought as man tried to rape girl, 9, while on bail

There are calls for an inquiry after a man tried to rape a nine-year-old girl in Westcliff-on-Sea while on bail for another sex attack of which he was later convicted.

Steven Partridge
Essex Police

Steven Partridge, 24, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in Folkestone, Kent, in 2014. He was released on bail and moved to Essex where he tried to rape a young girl in an alleyway. 

Southend's councillor for public protection, Martin Terry, says he wants to find out how something like this could have happened. Kent Police say Partridge was initially bailed as further enquiries were carried out before he was charged with rape. He's now in prison for both offences.

Officers try to 'moove' 30 cows off Colchester road

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Essex Police has told us it is currently trying to "moove" 30 cows that are loose on a busy road in Colchester.

The animals are thought to have escaped from a nearby field onto the Avenue of Remembrance on Cymbelines Way. 

Officers say a rolling roadblock is in place.

Travel: 20 cows partially block Cymbeline Way in Colchester

There are reports that a herd of 20 cows are partially blocking Cymbeline Way in Colchester.

We're trying to find out some more information and will bring it to you as we get it. 

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Headlines: Inquiry sought as man tried to rape girl while on bail... Candlelit vigil for Harlow bouncy castle death victim

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories in Essex this morning:

  • There are calls for an inquiry after a man tried to rape a nine-year-old girl in Westcliff-on-Sea while on bail for another rape of which he was later convicted
  • The family of Summer Grant, 7, who died when a bouncy castle blew away in Harlow, will be holding a candlelit vigil at the Town Park next Saturday evening
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is launching his party's local election campaign in Harlow this morning

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells, especially later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry during the morning with variable amounts of cloud and light winds. The cloud should thin during the afternoon with a mostly sunny end to the day expected, and feeling pleasantly warm.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

You can get a full weather forecast for your part of Essex here.

Welcome to Tuesday's Essex Live page

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Local Live page for Essex. 

Until 18:00 we'll be here with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county. 

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