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  1. Updates on Thursday, 12 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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That's it from us at Essex Live today.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

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Weather: Dry but turning cloudy this evening

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening it should be mainly dry but will turn cloudy overnight with mist moving in. Fog patches are due to appear around the coast.

Minimum temperature: 9C (48C).

Regional weather map

Tomorrow, any low cloud and mist should give way to bright and sunny spells. There could be a small chance of isolated showers during the morning but it should be largely dry in the afternoon, however it could turn chillier as colder air moves in.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast here.

Southend boss Brown charged by FA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct during and after their 3-2 loss to Bury.

Phil Brown
Rex Features

It is alleged that from the 93rd minute through to 30 minutes after the game, Brown's language and/or behaviour was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper on five separate occasions.

He had said after the match that the assistant referee should be "struck off" for his role in awarding the late spot-kick for a handball by Sam McQueen.

Phil Brown

Southend boss Brown charged by FA

Southend boss Phil Brown is charged by the Football Association for misconduct during and after their 3-2 loss to Bury.

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'Ten-second' trike journey without helmets saw death of man in crash

BBC Essex

An Essex woman has been telling how the accident that killed her partner and left her badly injured happened on a "10-second journey".

Laura Simpson was badly hurt in a collision on Station Approach, Braintree, last month in which her partner David Smith died. Neither were wearing helmets and now she is calling for a change in the law to make them compulsory for riders of trikes and quad bikes.

She said: "It was my first time on the trike and that was when the accident happened with me and David, but it was a very, very short journey - 10 seconds away from my house. 

"I went to hospital and I was told that David had died. I ended up in A&E myself in Chelmsford, and you just can't take that in, you're in shock, and it hits you, and you're just in complete shock," she said.

Headlines: Jury in double-murder trial sent home... Whittingdale unveils BBC shake-up... County hospitals miss A&E targets

Here are the top stories for Essex this afternoon:

  • The jury in the the trial of a man accused of murdering his mother and her friend has been sent home for the night
  • Culture Secretary and Maldon MP John Whittingdale announces major changes for the BBC
  • All of Essex's hospitals have missed their targets for seeing casualty patients within four hours

Police appeal to trace man over £250,0000 motorbike raid

Detectives investigating a £250,000 raid at a motorbike dealership in Braintree have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace.

CCTV image of man
Essex Police

The thieves also caused £50,000-worth of damage during the burglary at Cannon Motorcycles, in Lakes Road, in September. 

Two men, from London, were arrested and released on police bail, but officers are now trying to find a third man.

Jury in double-murder trial sent home for night

The jury in the trial of a man accused of a double murder in Stansted Mountfitchet has been sent home.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Former milkman Brett Rogers, 23, of Bentfield Gardens, denies stabbing his mother Gillian Phillips and her friend David Oakes to death at her home last July.

The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court was sent out this morning to consider its verdict.

'Internal critical incident' at Southend Hospital

BBC Essex

Bosses at Southend Hospital have declared an "internal critical incident" because of the high numbers of patients requiring beds.

Southend Hospital

They say the hospital is already operating at full capacity.

Managers have taken the decision to cancel some outpatient clinics over the next few days to free up senior clinical staff, allowing patients to be seen more quickly. 

All Essex hospitals miss four-hour A&E targets

New figures show all Essex hospitals have missed their targets for seeing patients within four hours in accident and emergency departments.

A&E department sign

Hospitals are meant to see 95% of people within that timescale; Colchester was our worst performing trust at 72%, Southend the best at 81%. 

NHS England is blaming a later-than-expected flu outbreak, and the impact of the junior doctors' strike. 

Man burned in blaze started by discarded cigarette

A man has been hurt in a house fire in Clacton after his wife fell asleep while smoking in bed, Essex Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Two fire engines
Essex Fire and Rescue

The woman, in her 50s, was on medication and nodded off to sleep before dropping a cigarette on to a duvet at her home in Chittock Close this morning. 

Her husband dragged the duvet outside but needed treatment from paramedics for burns to his hands and legs. 

College celebrates university status

BBC Essex

Writtle College is celebrating this week after being awarded university college status.

Writtle College
Geograph: John Winfield

It means that it will be able to provide its own degree courses from September next year. The site will be changing its name from August to Writtle University College.

Councillor suspended from cabinet post

BBC Essex

 A senior Tendring district councillor has been suspended from his cabinet post after being filmed using an extremely offensive swear word in the street. 

Michael Skeels
YouTube / Bard Guido

Independent Michael Skeels, who was responsible for leisure services, has previously apologised for the insult, saying he was provoked.

BBC Essex understands that he's now been suspended with immediate effect. 

Whittingdale announces major overhaul of the BBC

Culture Secretary and Maldon MP John Whittingdale says the BBC must put "distinctive content" at its heart as part of a major overhaul of how the corporation is run, unveiled by the government.

John Whittingdale

The licence fee will continue for at least 11 years and viewers will need to pay it to use BBC iPlayer.

A new board will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the corporation, replacing the BBC Trust, while Ofcom will become the corporation's external regulator.

Cricket: Essex coach optimistic

BBC Essex

Essex cricket coach Chris Silverwood says they can realistically win matches in all forms of the game.

Chris Silverwood
Getty Images

They're currently top of Division Two of the County Championship, and are starting their T20 campaign on Friday week. 

Silverwood believes they have a strong one-day team, and confidence is growing within the Championship squad. 

Weather: Fine and dry throughout the afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon should be dry with some pleasantly warm sunny spells, however it will remain breezy along the coast. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Weather graphic

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

Man remanded over pregnant woman fire murder case

A 47-year-old man accused of murder and arson has appeared in front of magistrates in Southend, following a fire in Westcliff-on-Sea where a mum-to-be and her unborn baby died.

Southend Magistrates' Court

Khabi Abrey, 30, died in hospital two days after the blaze on Saturday at a block of flats in Balmoral Road.

Unemployed Lillo Troisi, of Balmoral Road, Westcliff, has been remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Southend Crown Court tomorrow.

In the news: Jury out in double murder trial... bereaved woman calls for law change... man charged with mum-to-be murder

Here are the top stories for Essex this lunchtime: 

  • A jury is sent out to consider its verdict in the murder trial of a man who denies stabbing his mother and her friend
  • A Braintree woman calls for a change in the law to make helmets compulsory for trike and quad bike riders after her partner died in crash
  • A man is charged with murder after a flat fire in Westcliff-on-Sea where a pregnant mum and her unborn baby died

Accident on A12 Gants Hill

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A12 Eastern Avenue in Gants Hill at Gants Hill Roundabout because of an accident on the roundabout.

Nurse's plea for new cancer group members

The leader of a cancer group is appealing for new members to help shape hospital services.

Colchester General Hospital

Colchester Hospital Trust's Cancer User Group was set up by the local Macmillan head of cancer nursing, Emma Sweeney, to help get patients' voices heard after some "well-founded criticism" of the hospital trust.

Ms Sweeney said the group, which meets every three months, is not a support group "but a way of using the experience of patients and carers, past and present, to make a difference".

Jury sent out to consider verdict in double murder trial

BBC Essex

The jury in the trial of a double murder in Stansted Mountfitchet has been sent out to consider its verdict.

The cordonned-off scene in Stansted Moutfitchet

Former milkman Brett Rogers, 23, from Stansted Mountfitchet, denies stabbing his mum Gillian Phillips and her friend David Oakes to death last July.

Delays on A131 in Braintree

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A131 in Braintree between Thistley Green Roundabout and Marks Farm Roundabout.

Trike crash woman calls for helmet law change

An Essex woman whose partner died in a road crash says there should be a change in the law to make it compulsory for riders of three-wheeled bikes and quad bikes to wear helmets.

Laura Simpson has called for the change after she was seriously hurt in a crash on Station Approach in Braintree last month which killed David Smith, 37. They were on a trike which crashed into railings and neither were wearing helmets.

The Department for Transport says legislation is under constant review adding that the Highway Code is clear that riders should wear a protective helmet.

Fire crew paramedic back-up 'will help save lives'

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

The ambulance service says having Essex fire crews backing them up when someone suffers from a heart attack will help to save lives.


Crews in three fire stations - Basildon, Colchester and Frinton - have been given extra training and could now be deployed to medical emergencies.

Bradley Lane, from the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "We will send the closest resource that we have... so they are either going to arrive together or be one after the other but whatever happens the ambulance service will be there as well."

Southend's Payne on Huddersfield's wanted list

Southend United midfielder Jack Payne is being strongly linked with a move to the Championship side Huddersfield Town.

The BBC understands the 21-year-old - who's out of contract with the Blues - is high on Huddersfield's wish-list.

Jack Payne
Getty Images

M11 improvements 'important' for Harlow

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

The MP for Harlow says a multi-million pound upgrade for J7 of the M11 will make a massive difference to the town.

M11, junction 7

The Department for Transport says it will spend £37m improving the road and a separate public consultation is currently taking place on a new J7A. Work is due to get under way in the next five years.

Conservative MP Robert Halfon said: "It's a long way ahead but it will be very important for residents and motorists coming into Harlow."

Travel: Delays on M25

BBC Travel

There are long delays in both directions on the M25 at J28 for the A12 with congestion back to J27 for the M11 and J30 for the A13 at Lakeside.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

Man charged with murder after Westcliff flat fire

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

A man has been charged with murder after a fire in Westcliff-on-Sea near Southend where a mum-to-be and her unborn baby died. 

Balmoral Road flats
Chris Flynn

Khabi Abrey, 30, died in hospital on 9 May following the fire at a block of flats in Balmoral Road at about 23:15 on 7 May. 

Unemployed Lillo Troisi, 47, of Balmoral Road, Westcliff, has been charged with murder and two counts of arson. He will appear before magistrates later.

Today's weather: Mainly dry, sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a cloudy start, with some mist near the coast, during the morning the cloud will break with most parts seeing sunny spells through the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F)

Get the detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.    

Latest headlines: Man charged with murder after Westcliff fire... Woman calls for helmet law change

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

  • A man has been charged with murder after a fire in Westcliff-on-Sea where a mum-to-be and her unborn baby died
  • An Essex woman whose partner died in a road crash says there should be a change in the law to force riders of three wheeled bikes to wear helmets

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