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Summary

  1. Braintree MP James Cleverly says black British people should vote to leave the EU to help African economies grow
  2. Two men arrested in connection with historical abuse allegations at a school
  3. Former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet expresses an interest in vacant manager's job
  4. Updates on Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  5. News, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jack Warren

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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 for the latest news in the county. 

Have a great evening. 

Weather: Clear but dry overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Through this evening slow moving and occasionally heavy showers will gradually become fewer and further between. This will leave a clearer, colder second half of the night with a widespread frost possible.

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Weather map for the East
BBC

After another cold start, tomorrow will be a drier and brighter day with most areas fine throughout.

You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast with BBC Weather.

First all-out junior doctor strikes come to an end

Junior doctors
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The second day of the first all-out junior doctors strikes in NHS history has just come to an end. The doctors were striking over the imposition of a new contract.

Here's a recap of what happened during the two strikes, which took place from 08:00 to 17:00 yesterday and today.

  • Junior doctors across England took part in two all-out strikes 
  • The health secretary and prime minister both criticised the walkout, with David Cameron calling the withdrawal of emergency care "quite wrong"
  • The British Medical Association described the strikes as "incredibly sad" and called for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to return to the negotiating table
  • Most hospitals reported a smooth service with consultants covering for the junior doctors

Mum in labour endures two-hour ambulance ride to give birth to baby

Daily Gazette

A mum in labour had to endure a two-hour ambulance ride to Norwich to give birth – because it was the closest hospital with an available bed.

In the news: Vintage car destroyed in fire... Essex beat Northamptonshire in County Championship match

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories from Essex: 

  • A 1949 Riley car has been destroyed in a fire in Berden
  • Essex have beaten Northamptonshire by an innings and 92 runs on day four of their County Championship match
  • A 12-year-old child is one of 30 victims of revenge porn in Essex who reported offences, a BBC investigation has found 

Aerial shot of Chelmsford Viaduct

If you often travel to and from Chelmsford then the chances are you've been across the viaduct. But have you ever seen it from above? 

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MP raises concerns over use of WhatsApp

Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, has expressed concern in the House of Commons that WhatsApp is being used to "conceal public business from public view".

Whatsapp
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The Sun claimed some of the Prime Minister's inner circle have been using the texting service, which encrypts messages, possibly leaving them beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Minister Oliver Letwin admitted to not being a user of WhatsApp, but reassured MPs that all aspects of government business were recorded, minuted and subject to FOI requests. 

Ten Doeschate 'totally happy' after unbeaten County Championship run continues

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate has labelled today's win over Northamptonshire as "very satisfying". 

Ryan ten Doeschate
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The side are unbeaten after their first three matches of the County Championship campaign.

"There's a very long way to go and things to work on, but by and large I'm totally happy", ten Doeschate told BBC Essex Sport. 

Vintage car destroyed in Berden fire

A 1949 Riley car has been destroyed in a fire this morning. 

Fire damage
Essex Fire and Rescue

Essex Fire and Rescue says it was called to Dewes Green Road in Berden following reports that a polytunnel was alight.

It's believed the blaze was caused by an electrical fault. There are no reports of any injuries. 

Alex Wynter signs new deal with Colchester United

BBC Sport

Colchester United defender Alex Wynter has signed a new contract with the relegated League One side.

Alex Wynter
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The 22-year-old has made 32 appearances since joining the U's from Crystal Palace on an 18-month deal in January 2015, after a loan the previous season.

Wynter missed three months of this season after a clash of heads with team-mate Tom Eastman against Tottenham in the FA Cup in January.

Essex beat Northamptonshire by an innings and 92 runs

Essex have secured a thumping victory against Northamptonshire on day four of their County Championship match.

Cricket at Essex
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It's the second win of the season for Essex, who won the game by an innings and 92 runs. 

It was Ryan ten Doeschate who did the majority of the damage this morning, returning figures of 4-31.

Weather: Sunshine and wintry showers

BBC Weather

It will be breezy this afternoon with a mixture of sunshine and showers. 

The showers will become heavier and will fall as a wintry mix of rain, hail, sleet and even a few flakes of snow.  

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather chart for Essex
BBC

You can stay up-to-date with the forecast with BBC Weather.

Liberal Democrats leader visits Colchester

Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, is in Colchester today to drum up support for the party in the forthcoming elections. 

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Private security firm to patrol Tiptree streets

A private security company which is going to patrol the streets of Tiptree is hoping the idea will be taken on by other local councils.

Security vehicle
BBC

It's being trialled in the north Essex village this summer after concerns about anti-social behaviour, and will be paid for by taxpayers. A similar scheme is already running in Frinton. 

Paul De Angelis, business director of Regency Security, said: "This is the first one for us where we're really pushing the boat out. We want to get it off the ground and show that it is an alternative."

Teenager kicked in back and stamped on face by 20-strong gang

Basildon Echo

A mob of at least 20 men and women kicked a teenager in the back and stamped on his face during an apparently unprovoked attack.  

c2c unveils new look carriages

c2c has released a picture of what its 24 new carriages will look like.

New c2c train
c2c

The south Essex operator says it will start rolling out the additional carriages from October.

In the news this lunchtime: Girl, 12, youngest victim of revenge porn in Essex... Black people 'should vote to leave EU', says MP

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories for Essex this lunchtime: 

  • A BBC investigation has found that a 12-year-old child is one of 30 victims of revenge porn in Essex who reported offences
  • The Conservative MP for Braintree is urging black British people to vote to leave the European Union in June's referendum, in order to help African economies grow 
  • The bookies have put Colchester Untied coach John McGreal as favourite to become the club's next permanent manager  

Your pictures: Swans return to Clacton beach

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

It's not just us enjoying the sunshine - these two swans have been spotted basking on the beach in Clacton this morning.

Swans on Clacton beach
Alan Conran

Thanks to Alan Conran, who sent the photo to us via email.

Child, 12, youngest victim of revenge porn

A 12-year-old child is one of 30 victims of revenge porn in Essex who reported offences in the first year of the new law coming into effect, a BBC investigation has found.

Revenge porn figures for Essex
Daviles

In April 2015 it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent.  

Freedom of Information request by the BBC found the average age of a revenge porn victim in the county, between April and December last year, was 22.

Amputee's agency for actors with missing limbs

Meet Ruben Carril from Tilbury. He turned his life around after losing his leg in a motorbike accident in 2005 by opening an acting agency for amputees. 

Ruben Carril
BBC

It provides new careers for many who have suffered injuries in warfare, including those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. So far the agency has filled roles in the likes of Harry Potter, Robin Hood and Gladiator.

Mr Carril, who has 35 amputees on his books, told BBC Essex he set up the business five years ago because there were "no companies that were really focusing on the care of amputees". 

Junior doctors' strike: Picket at Broomfield Hospital

It's day two of the junior doctors' strike. Senior doctors are providing emergency cover again as medics walk out over a dispute about contracts. 

Junior doctors on strike at Broomfield
Twitter/@simi_bansal

In Essex, more than 3,000 appointments and operations have been cancelled over the two days. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called the action "very disproportionate". 

This selfie was tweeted to us by Simi Bansal, a junior doctor on strike outside Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. 

A nice day for cricket...

It's a beautiful morning in Chelmsford, especially if you're planning on going to watch day four of Essex's County Championship match against Northamptonshire. 

You can follow live updates here from 11:00. 

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Arrests over boarding school abuse claims

Two men have been arrested in connection with historical abuse allegations at a school in Essex.

The men, aged 65 and 79, were held amid reports of child abuse at Elmbridge Boarding School in the 1980s and 1990s.

A civil compensation case is under way after 30 people came forward to say they were abused at the school in Ongar, and Oxley Park school in Colchester. The arrested men have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Weather: Bright but cold with wintry showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's a cold and windy start to the day, with blustery showers in eastern parts. 

The winds should ease through the day as sunny spells become more widespread, but we'll still see more showers, some turning heavy and thundery with a risk of hail or sleet locally.

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

Black people 'should vote to leave EU', says Braintree MP

The Conservative MP for Braintree is urging black British people to vote to leave the European Union in June's referendum, in order to help African economies grow.

James Cleverly
BBC

James Cleverly, whose mother is from Sierra Leone, says EU trade barriers mean African countries can face steep export tariffs on processed products.

"I think it's perverse that we spend money on aid to alleviate the worse of poverty," he said. "But we also have a tariff regime which prevents African countries from trading their way out of poverty."

Who will be the next Colchester manager?

The bookies have put Colchester Untied coach John McGreal as favourite to become the club's next permanent manager.

Next permanent Colchester United manager odds
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The former Tottenham, Manchester United and England forward Teddy Sheringham is also a front runner for the job, which became available yesterday when Kevin Keen left the club

Assistant manager David Wright will take charge of the final two games of the season and is 12/1 to take up the post full-time.

Your pictures: Sunrise over a cold Chelmsford

Chances are if you were up early this morning you had to scrape your car windscreen, as it was quite a chilly start. 

But those early risers were treated to a glorious sunrise, as pictured here in Chelmsford. 

Sunrise in Chelmsford
Rob Jelly

We love seeing your photos from around the county. You can send them to us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Kem Izzet 'chucks name into hat' for Colchester job

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet has expressed an interest in the vacant manager's job at the club.

Previous manager Kevin Keen left the club yesterday with "immediate effect". 

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Izzet spent 12 years at Colchester United, playing 473 games before his release in 2013.

In the news: Arrests over Essex boarding school abuse claims...Izzet 'chucks name into hat' for Colchester job

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Here's a first look at the headlines for Essex this morning: 

  • Two men have been arrested in connection with historical abuse allegations at a school in Essex
  • Former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet has expressed an interest in the vacant manager's job at the club
  • A private security company which is going to patrol the streets of Tiptree is hoping the idea will be taken on by other local councils

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Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

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