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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 28 April 2016
  2. Colchester Hospital to enter Ipswich partnership following damning report
  3. Southend West MP Sir David Amess criticises Parliamentary rules after missing his own debate
  4. Chelmsford signs to include picture of Hylands House
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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That's it from the Essex Live team for today. 

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates as they happen. 

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Weather: Dry overnight with the odd shower tomorrow

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but drier later in the night with clear spells. Temperatures will fall to 2C (36F).

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BBC Weather

Tomorrow will start with sunny spells, but the cloud will increase during the morning with the odd shower possible in the afternoon. 

BBC Weather has more details. 

Southend Airport plaque remembers life of World War Two pilot

A plaque has been put on display at Southend Airport to commemorate the life of an RAF pilot who died in the Battle of Britain.

Andy Ross and Jon Horne
Southend Airport

On 24 July 1940, flying officer Johnny Allen based at RAF Rochford - which later became Southend Airport - was killed in action over Margate.

54 (Reserve) Squadron wing commander Andy Ross (pictured left) and the airport's chief operating officer John Horne (right), said the plaque was a reminder of the historical links between the squadron and the airport.

Police appeal to trace wanted man

Essex Police are appealing for help to locate a wanted man last known to be living in Harlow.

Ross Payton
Essex Police

The force wants to trace Ross Payton, 24, also known as David, who is wanted on suspicion of two assaults. He's described as white, 6ft 1in tall, with a slim build and short brown hair.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

New city signs 'not for residents of Chelmsford'

The Chelmsford Civic Society is raising concerns about a picture of Hylands House on new welcome signs for the city. 

Chelmsford sign
Britain's Bravest

They're being erected at the road entrances to the city next month and will read "City of Chelmsford, Birthplace of Radio".

"The juxtaposition doesn't seem to make too much sense," said Malcolm Noble from the society. "It's not for we residents of Chelmsford, it's for visitors."

Headlines: Ex-Oasis store chief to face no further action over death... 'Poor and unsafe' practices at Colchester Hospital

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this evening: 

  • Ex-Oasis store chief - Richard Glanville - and another man are to face no further action over death of a man in Little Burstead following a lack of evidence
  • Patients face "poor and unsafe practices" at Colchester Hospital following a damning report by the chief inspector of hospitals
  • Police warn Southend gang feuds are "putting lives at risk" after a man was shot

Man who lives in car calls for increased housebuilding

An Essex man who's living in his car says there needs to be more housebuilding to cope with demand. 

Chris Knevett, 33, has a job but no savings, and says he can't get accommodation so stays in his vehicle in Chelmsford.

Chris Knevett
BBC

"You're in a situation where you can't get credit, you can't have access to the housing market, so I'm stuck with no money, living hand-to-mouth from week-to-week," he said.

Brentwood pub worker attacked and robbed

A pub worker has been attacked and robbed in Brentwood, police say.

Rising Sun pub
Google

Two balaclava-clad men assaulted the member of staff and a customer at the Rising Sun in Ongar Road on Sunday.

The male victim was left with facial injuries. A phone and a wallet were stolen.

Police dog medals to recognise 'loyal, brave and unfaltering service'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Retired police dogs are to be given special medals commemorating their "loyal, brave and unfaltering service" with Essex Police.

Police dog fidget
Essex Police

Dog handler PC Paul Nicholls, who came up with the idea after installing a police dog memorial in the chief constable's garden at force headquarters last year, said the animals worked "incredibly hard".

The medals have been funded with a charitable donation from the Essex Police Federation and will be presented in a wooden box etched with the name of the dog.

Ex-Oasis boss to face no further action over Little Burstead death

One of the two men who will face no further action in the Little Burstead murder investigation is understood to be the ex-chief finance officer of a fashion company that owned Oasis.

Richard Glanville
Getty Images

Richard Glanville (pictured) was arrested last August alongside a man from Basildon after Ricci Gallagher, 46, was found injured at a farmhouse, dying a week later.

Essex Police confirmed the force had only made two arrests in connection with the investigation. There was not sufficient evidence to charge the men and the investigation had been closed, a spokeswoman said.

Braintree manager's head 'won't be turned' by Colchester job

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley says his "head won't be turned" by speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at Colchester United.

Danny Cowley
Getty Images

Cowley is among the favourites for the job.

"I owe it to our players who've worked exceptionally hard throughout the season, to our directors and to the supporters," he said.

'Insufficient evidence' to charge men over Little Burstead death

A 54-year-old man from Basildon and a man, 60, from the Billericay area, arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in Essex last July have been released from bail.

Little Burstead farm house
BBC

Ricci Gallagher, 46, died on 6 August last year, a week after he was found injured at a farmhouse in Little Burstead. An inquest will be held in due course, police said.

Police said the two arrested men were due to answer bail on 11 May but "had it cancelled in advance due to insufficient evidence".

BreakingTwo men to face no further action over Little Burstead death

Two men arrested on suspicion of murdering a man at a farmhouse in Little Burstead will face no further action, police said.

More to follow.

Southend gang feuds 'putting lives at risk'

Essex Police says gang feuds in Southend are putting the lives of people in the town at risk.

It comes after a man was shot in Southchurch Road earlier this month.

Southend flats
BBC

Police say he was subsequently arrested after heroin was found and he has since been released on bail.

Detectives looking into the shooting say they're worried it's all too easy for members of the public to be caught up in gang related violence. They're calling on residents to report anything suspicious.

Weather: Dry afternoon with rain to come this evening

BBC Weather

Although the afternoon will start dry, by the evening it will cloud over and there will be frequent outbreaks of rain, and perhaps hail at times.

Weather for Essex
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Check the latest forecast for where you live here.

Headlines: Gang violence 'putting lives at risk'... Damning report prompts hospital partnership

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Here are the stories we're following this lunchtime:

  • Essex Police says gang feuds in Southend are putting the lives of people in the town at risk
  • Colchester Hospital is being partnered with Ipswich following a damning report by the chief inspector of hospitals
  • A Chelmsford man says he's having to live in his car because he has nowhere else to go

Healthwatch Essex 'optimistic' over Colchester Hospital partnership

A patients' group says it's "optimistic" that a new partnership between Colchester and Ipswich hospitals will "lead to the sorts of improvements that are obviously required".

Colchester Hospital
BBC

The Care Quality Commission and NHS Improvement have recommended a long-term partnership with Ipswich as "the only way of securing services for patients long into the future".

Healthwatch Essex said the announcement was the "logical next step in the improvement process for Colchester Hospital" and it was important the partnership built on existing good care but also addressed weaknesses.

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate praises team effort

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate has praised the "team effort" after their strong start to the cricket season. 

They are setting the pace at the top of the County Championship's second division after their innings victory over Northants yesterday.

Ryan ten Doeschate
PA

"There's a long way to go and always things to work on... but by and large I'm totally happy with the way everyone has been acting," he said.

Southend West MP misses own debate

The MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, has criticised parliamentary rules after missing his own debate.

David Amess
BBC

The Conservative was supposed to be discussing train services in Southend last night but the Commons finished up nearly two hours ahead of schedule. 

Sir David says he couldn't get to the chamber in time to stop fellow MPs from leaving early.

Retired police dogs to be presented with service medals

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Essex Police is to become the first force in the UK to award retiring police dogs with medals engraved with their dates of service.

Police dog medal
Essex Police

Ceremonies will be held "on a regular basis" to present general purpose and detection dogs with their medals.

PC Paul Nicholls came up with the idea after installing a plaque at Essex Police headquarters dedicated to the memory and faithful service of police dogs.

Colchester Hospital partnership 'the right thing', MP says

Colchester MP Will Quince says he finds the idea of a partnership between Colchester and Ipswich hospitals "exciting".

Will Quince
Conservative Party

The chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission said a "radical solution" was needed following a recent inspection, which found "poor and unsafe practices".

The Conservative MP said Ipswich had "the expertise in terms of turning round a hospital that's having some trouble" and he had "confidence" a partnership was "the right thing".

Braintree High Street could finally be pedestrianised

Braintree & Witham Times

A vital road in Braintree could finally be pedestrianised in an attempt to save trade in the town centre.  

'Poor and unsafe practices' found at Colchester Hospital

Inspectors who visited Colchester Hospital "consistently found poor and unsafe practices which place patients at risk of harm", the chief inspector of hospitals said.

Colchester Hospital
BBC

The NHS trust that runs the hospital has been in special measures for more than two years, and during a recent inspection the Care Quality Commission found services were still not of the "required quality".

"I consider that the arrangements NHS Improvement has agreed with Ipswich offer a better route to bring about the improvements that patients urgently need to see at Colchester," Prof Sir Mike Richards said.

New city signs to include picture of Hylands House

It's been decided that new signs marking the boundaries of Chelmsford will read "City of Chelmsford, Birthplace of Radio" and show a picture of Hylands House.

Hylands House
Andrew Pickess / Geograph

They won't feature the Essex Seaxes, twin towns or other landmarks. 

It's not yet clear when the new signs will be installed.

Travel: East Street in Colchester closed after sewer collapse

BBC Travel

A collapsed sewer means the A137 East Street in Colchester has been closed at the A1232 Ipswich Road junction.

Be aware if you're heading to that area, and check the latest travel here.

Colchester Hospital to enter Ipswich partnership following damning report

Colchester Hospital is to start a long-term partnership with Ipswich Hospital, following a damning report by the chief inspector of hospitals.

Colchester Hospital
BBC

Prof Sir Mike Richards says inspectors have consistently found poor and unsafe practices which put patients at risk of harm at Colchester so a radical solution is needed. The new partnership is intended to "ensure the delivery of safe care".

Colchester's chief executive Frank Sims said the trust would continue to focus on improving patient care and quality and thanked staff for their dedication.

Weather: Cold and dry start with possible showers later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a cold and dry start with sunny spells, a few showers will develop through the morning and then die out again later in the afternoon.

Thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain to most parts during the evening.

Top temperatures of 11C (52F). Check the forecast for where you live here. 

Travel: M11 slip road closed after accident

BBC Travel

The M11's slip road at junction 4 for the eastbound North Circular (A406) has been closed because of an accident.

Check the latest travel for Essex here.

Headlines: Colchester Hospital to start partnership with Ipswich... Southend West MP misses own debate

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Here are the stories making the headlines this morning:

  • Colchester Hospital is to start a long-term partnership with Ipswich, following a damning report by the chief inspector of hospitals
  • It's been decided that new signs, marking the boundaries of Chelmsford, will read "City of Chelmsford, Birthplace of Radio" and show a picture of Hylands House
  • The MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, has criticised Parliamentary rules after missing his own debate

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Jodie Smith

BBC News

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