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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 May 2016
  2. Conservative Roger Hirst is Essex's new Police and Crime Commissioner
  3. Bob Spink of UKIP comes second in the poll
  4. UKIP celebrates after gaining six council seats in Thurrock overnight
  5. Conservatives hold Rochford District Council
  6. Braintree Town move a step nearer the Football League, winning the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Grimsby
  7. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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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 on Monday with the latest news for the county. 

Have a great evening and weekend.

Weather: Dry and clear tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Staying largely dry through the rest of tonight with clear spells and areas of high cloud at times. A light easterly breeze, and not as chilly as previous nights with temperatures only dipping to about 7C (45F).

Weather map for the East of England

Saturday will be dry and very warm with sunny spells, hazy at times. Feeling fresher along the east coast in the southeasterly breeze, with temperatures reaching highs 24C (75F) inland.  

Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast here.

In the news: Conservative Roger Hirst wins Essex PCC election... Tories hold Rochford

Samantha Dalton

BBC Essex

If you're just joining us, here are the top stories for Essex:

  • Conservative Roger Hirst has won the police and crime commissioner (PCC) election in Essex after second-preference votes were counted
  • The turn out for the PCC election has almost doubled from 2012 - this time round it was 26%
  • The Conservatives have held control of Rochford District Council with an overall majority

PCC election: Conservative Roger Hirst wins with 135,948 votes

Here's how the total vote broke down once second-preference voting had been added:

Roger Hirst - Conservative: 135,948 votes

Bob Spink - UKIP: 103,792 votes

BreakingConservative Roger Hirst is new Essex Police and Crime Commissioner

Conservative Roger Hirst has won the police and crime commissioner election in Essex after second-preference votes were counted.

UKIP's Bob Spink finished second.

Roger Hirst

UKIP's Bob Spink awaits PCC result

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

UKIP's Bob Spink is waiting for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner result here in Colchester.

He's hoping he has gained enough support to beat the Conservative Roger Hirst. The result is expected shortly.

Bob Spink

One count to go!

The final countdown...

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Essex PCC: Who will Roger Hirst or Bob Spink replace?

Either Conservative Roger Hirst or UKIP's Bob Spink will replace the current Tory Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston. 

Nick Alston

Mr Alston, who was elected in November 2014 with just 4.7% of the vote, announced in July he was standing down to spend more time with his family. 

He admitted he had been "uncertain about the role of PCC" when he first took office, but was "now convinced that the direct, open and transparent accountability to local people that PCCs provide is becoming an exemplar of effective modern, local democracy".  

Essex PCC election: How the voting broke down

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

Here's a breakdown of how many first-preference votes each party received:

  • Conservatives: 110,858
  • UKIP: 80,832
  • Labour: 65,325
  • Independent: 43,128
  • Lib Dems: 30,804
PCC count

Essex PCC results: Round one

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

Here are the results from round one of the Essex police and crime commissioner (PCC) election:

  1. Conservatives 
  2. UKIP 
  3. Labour
  4. Independent
  5. Lib Dems

The contest has now gone to second-preference votes and is between Conservative Roger Hirst and UKIP's Bob Spink.

Essex PCC vote now between Tories and UKIP

The Essex police and crime commissioner election has gone to second preference votes as there is no clear winner in the first round. 

The battle is now between Tory candidate Roger Hirst and UKIP's Bob Spink.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the independent candidate are now out of the running.

Southend United: Phil Brown expects further Shrimpers departures

BBC Sport

Southend United manager Phil Brown expects more senior players to follow Dan Bentley and Jack Payne out of the League One club this summer.

Phil Brown
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Brown said he was resigned to losing keeper Bentley, 22, and midfielder Jack Payne, 21, after the defeat to Bradford. He has now revealed some Shrimpers players hope to move further north.

"Certain players are going to be turning away from the football club having had offers on the table. That's life," Brown told BBC Essex.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Remaining dry with some good sunny spells this afternoon, although high cloud will make sunshine rather hazy at times.

Very warm inland, but an onshore breeze will keep many coastal areas cooler.  

Weather map for Essex

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

Essex police and crime commisoner voting turnout 26%

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

The turnout for this year's police and crime commissioner (PCC) election in Essex was 26%. 

At the last PCC election in 2012 our county had the fourth-lowest turnout in the whole of England, with just 12.8%.

BreakingConservatives hold Rochford District Council

The Conservatives have held control of Rochford District Council with an overall majority.

Rochford election: The result is in from Sweyne Park and Grange

Rochford election: UKIP clean sweep in Foulness and the Wakerings

Rochford election: Trinity result

Here's the result from Trinity ward:

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Rochford election: Lodge result

The result for Lodge ward has been announced:

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Rochford election: Downhall & Rawreth result

The latest from the Rochford District Council election count:

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Police and crime commisoner election result due this afternoon

BBC Essex

The counting of votes for the police and crime commissioner election in Essex has begun in Colchester. We're expecting the result after 16:00.

There are five candidates in the running for the position:

The candidates
  • Roger Hirst - Conservative
  • Kevin McNamara - Liberal Democrat
  • Bob Spink - UKIP
  • Martin Terry - Zero Tolerance Policing
  • Chris Vince - Labour

In the news: UKIP take six seats in Thurrock... Counting continues in Rochford

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

If you're just joining us, here are the top stories for Essex:

  • UKIP have won six seats on Thurrock Council, missing out on being the largest party by a single vote
  • Counting for the Rochford District Council elections is continuing
  • The result of the police and crime commissioner elections for Essex is expected later this afternoon

Your pictures: Pheasant in Rochford

BBC Weather Watchers

As the count continues in Rochford, thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "cirrus walker" who has sent us this shot from the district.

We'll have a full weather forecast for you soon.

Pheasant in Rochford
BBC Weather Watchers/cirrus walker

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Rochford election: Results for Wheatley and Hawkwell East

More results from Rochford. The following are all elected:

  • Wheatley: Jamie Clive Burton (Rayleigh Independents), Robin Richard Dray (Con), John David Griffin (Con) 
  • Hawkwell East: Lesley Ann Butcher (Con), Elliot Mason (Rochford District Resident), Mike Webb (Con)  

Rochford results for Hullbridge, Hockley and Roche South

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

More results are coming in from Rochford. All these candidates have all been elected:

  • Hullbridge: Diane Hoy (Green), Michael Hoy (Green), Stuart Anthony Wilson (Green)
  • Hockley: Irene Casser (Rochford District Residents), Adrian Eves (Rochford District Residents), Brian Thomas Hazelwood (Con)
  • Roche South: Michael John Lucas-Gill (Con), Mike Steptoe (Con),  Arthur Williams (Con)  

Woman who tipped off police about double murderer denied £20,000 reward

A woman whose tip-off led to a Ripper-obsessed double murderer being caught will not get a £20,000 reward - because she called police, rather than Crimestoppers.

Michelle Sadler
Michelle Sadler/Facebook

Hairdresser Michelle Sadler rang Essex Police after she spotted James Fairweather hiding in bushes in Colchester in May 2015.

As first reported in the Colchester Gazette, Crimestoppers said rewards were only given to people who called its number rather than the police. Ms Sadler said she had not sought a reward and was more upset the lead inspector had not thanked her for her actions.

Rochford results begin to trickle in...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Results from the Rochford count are beginning to trickle in. The following have been elected so far:

  • Roche North & Rural: George John Loannou (Con), Nicholas Leonard Cooper (UKIP), Lauren Shaw (Con)
  • Hockley & Ashingdon: Carole Ann Weston (Con), Mike Carter (Con), Terry Cutmore (Con)
  • Hawkwell West: Christine Mason (Rochford District Residents), John Mason (Rochford District Residents), Julia Roseanna Gooding (Con)

Braintree Town are one game away from Wembley

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Part-timers Braintree Town are one match away from Wembley after beating Grimbsy 1-0 in the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final last night.

Braintree Town
Getty Images

The Iron, who have never been in the Football League before, withstood pressure from their hosts to secure the win. 

The deciding leg will be played on Sunday afternoon. 

CCTV released after pet cat is shot and stamped on

Police have released CCTV footage after after a pet cat was shot and killed in Great Bentley.

Essex Police

Roger, "a much-loved family pet for 15 years", was targeted by two men with a .22 rifle outside a house in Wick Road on 20 April, Essex Police said. 

In the footage, one of the suspects can be seen stamping on the cat, before picking up its body and throwing it into a nearby field. 

The CCTV can be viewed on the force's YouTube page - but we warn you, it does contain distressing images.

Thurrock Labour leader 'pretty unlikely' to continue

The leader of Thurrock Council, Labour's John Kent, says it is "pretty unlikely" he will continue to run the council.

John Kent

Mr Kent had led the authority as a minority administration, but the party suffered loses to UKIP and the Conservatives in yesterday's local elections.

Responding to criticism from UKIP councillor Jack Duffin that he was a "specialist in failure" at elections, Mr Kent said: "I'd much rather listen to councillors who have lived in Thurrock for a long time and seen on a daily basis what really happens."

Thurrock Labour leader 'a specialist in failure', UKIP councillor says

Newly-elected Thurrock UKIP councillor Jack Duffin has called on Labour council leader John Kent to step aside, saying that when it came to elections he was "a specialist in failure, to quote Jose Mourinho".

Talks will now get under way to decide who will lead the council after UKIP gained six seats, making it the joint-largest party with the Conservatives. 

Count in Thurrock

The council had been run as a Labour minority administration with Mr Kent at the helm, but Mr Duffin, 24, said: "It's about time he did the decent thing and left as leader."  

Mr Kent said Mr Duffin's comments were down to "the excitement of youth".

Rochford count about to begin

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We'll bring you the results as we get them. 

Watch: Peter Shilton supports fiancee Stephanie Hayward

Peter Shilton, the most-capped England player of all time, made an appearance at the Colchester Borough Council election count last night in support of his fiancee Stephanie Hayward. 

Unfortunately for the couple, Ms Hayward did not win the seat she was contesting.

Watch: East of England election round-up

BBC Look East

What's the situation in the East of England after last night's elections? 

Look East's Ian Barmer has this report.

Essex elections: The results

If you were tucked up in bed last night rather than watching the local election results come in, don't panic! Here are the results from around the county:

Counting hall
  • Basildon: Remains no overall control
  • Brentwood: Conservative hold 
  • Castle Point: Conservative hold
  • Colchester: Remains no overall control
  • Epping Forest - Counting tomorrow
  • Harlow: Labour hold
  • Rochford: Result due later today
  • Southend-on-Sea: Remains no overall control 
  • Thurrock: Remains no overall control 

UKIP take six more seats in Thurrock as Labour support crumbles

UKIP grabbed six extra seats in Thurrock last night, making them the joint-largest party on the council with the Conservatives, and relegating Labour to third.

Count in Thurrock

Group leader Graham Snell put the gains down to his colleagues' hard work on local issues such as housing, jobs and the environment.  

Talks will now take place on what shape the administration will take.

Weather: Staying dry today with some hazy sunshine

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine. However, some noticeable high cloud will make sunshine more hazy. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

In the news: UKIP make big gains in Thurrock... Police and crime commissioner result due this afternoon

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories from Essex this morning:

  • UKIP are celebrating big gains on Thurrock Council in the local elections after gaining six extra seats overnight
  • Essex will get a new police and crime Commissioner later today - the result for that is not expected until this afternoon
  • Braintree Town moved a step closer to the Football League last night after winning the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Grimsby

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live.

Join us for continued coverage of the local and police and crime commissioner elections. We'll hear the result from local elections in Rochford in a short while, too.

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