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  1. Updates on Monday, 16 May 2016
  2. New Ryanair European training centre at Stansted Airport to create hundreds of jobs
  3. Ryanair staff attended the airport speech by Chancellor George Osborne and airline boss Michael O'Leary
  4. A woman arrested on suspicion of assisting a suicide on a beach in St Osyth has been released on bail
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Jack Warren

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That's it from us at Essex Live today - but before we run off, here's "human hamster" Dean Ovel practising before his 24-hour giant wheel marathon event on behalf of Southend Hospital on Saturday. Good luck to him.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with more of the county's news. In the meantime take a scroll back down the page to catch up with today's stories. Have a good evening.

Video courtesy of Southend Hospital

Weather: Dry and chilly overnight, some warm sunny spells tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will stay dry across the region overnight with light winds and some good clear spells. 

Turning chilly overnight, particularly where skies clear and in rural spots. A minimum temperature of 7C (45F).

Weather map Tuesday

Tomorrow will stay largely dry throughout the day with some further warm sunny spells, although cloud will tend to thicken more generally from the west come the end of the day.

Get the latest forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Latest in Essex v Derbyshire County Championship match

BBC Sport

After Essex declared their first innings on 538-7, Derbyshire have quite a deficit to chase. 

They are currently 98-2 on day two of the County Championship match in Chelmsford. 

You can follow commentary for the remainder of the day here.

County Ground
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In the news: Darren Kelly murder jury sent home... Ryanair opens training centre at Stansted Airport

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

To recap, here are the top stories for Essex: 

  • The jury in the trial of four people accused of murdering Darren Kelly in Pitsea has been sent home for the evening
  • A large group of men have raided a Tesco supermarket in Harlow stealing several mobile phones  
  • Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has opened the airline's European Training Centre at Stansted Airport

Darren Kelly murder trial: Jury sent home for the evening

The jury in the trial of four people, including three teenagers, who are accused of murdering Darren Kelly in Pitsea has been sent home for the day.

Chelmsford Crown Court

The 42-year-old was fatally stabbed last October. The accused have denied the charges. 

The jury will continue with its deliberations at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.

Jewellery worth £12k stolen in Basildon burglary

Gold jewellery worth almost £12,000 has been stolen from a house in Basildon, police say. 

Essex Police

Thieves also took a white Honda CBR 600 motorbike, more than 500 Euros, a Swarovski braclet, and a number of other items during the break-in in Dordells on 12 May. 

Anybody offered any of these items for sale is asked to call Basildon CID on 101. 

CCTV released after chair is thrown in Coral bookmakers

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after a char was thrown over the counter at a Coral bookmakers in Brentwood last month. 

Coral CCTV
Essex Police

Police say the chair struck the leg of a member of staff following the incident in the High Street on 29 April.   

Airlines queuing up to use Southend Airport as bosses reveal they turned down Ryanair deal

Southend Echo

Southend Airport's bosses turned down a deal with Ryanair as airlines queue up to launch flights.  

King of Bahrain returns home from Stansted

From a visit by Chancellor George Osborne to royalty. It's not just holidaymakers jetting off from Stansted Airport today... 

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Euro 2016: Pick your England starting XI

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Earlier today Roy Hodgson named his initial 26-man squad for Euro 2016 - but who would be in your starting XI?

Over at BBC Sport you can pick your very own England team, selecting from the whole squad and slotting them into the formation of your choice.

Here's mine - feel free to use if you're reading Roy. 

Starting XI

Large group of men raid Tesco store in Harlow

A large group of men have raided a Tesco supermarket in Harlow stealing several mobile phones, police say. 

Tesco, Harlow

The suspects are believed to have forced open a door to an associated Costa Coffee to get in, before threatening staff at the store in Edinburgh Way at about 01:05.

The men, who arrived in a Ford van, were all wearing tracksuit bottoms and dark hooded tops with scarves over their faces. 

A man, 18, and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Man spends weekend training inside giant hamster wheel

Chances are, my weekend and your weekend were quite a lot different to Dean Ovel's - unless you spent a couple of days running in a giant hamster wheel?

Dean Ovel
Southend Hospital

The 40-year-old has been practising for his 24-hour run inside the in the 8ft (2.4m) wooden wheel that begins on Saturday in Southend High Street. 

Mr Ovel is hoping to raise money for the newly launched £100,000 dementia appeal at the town's hospital.

Belgian beer offer makes Bible class 'very popular'

Tim Gillett

BBC Essex

The Anglican vicar of Saint Mary's Church in Wivenhoe has a waiting list for his Bible study class after offering Belgian beer as part of the course. 


Father Erwin Lammens advertised in his parish magazine four Monday evening sessions on learning about the rule of Saint Benedict and its relevance from the Bible. 

Within days the course, which began last week, was full up. He says it's probably the offer of Belgian trappist beers, at end of each session that's made it so popular.

Browne's marathon innings comes to an end

BBC Sport

That's it for Nick Browne in his marathon innings. He was caught at mid-off for 255. 

He managed to reach 250 off 440 balls, including one six and 33 fours. 

Essex v Derbyshire commentary continues here.

Stanford-le-Hope shooting: Police appeal for motorbike rider who could help investigation

Remember last week a man was shot in Stanford-le-Hope while he was in his van? Well today Essex Police says it wants to trace a motorcyclist who may be able to help its investigation. 

Police line
Owen Ward

It happened in London Road on Tuesday at about 19:00. The suspect is thought to have been driving a silver Mercedes C-class saloon which drove off at speed.

Police are keen to speak to a motorcyclist who was in the area at the time and was passed by a silver Mercedes as he may have vital information that could assist them.

Browne hits double century for Essex

BBC Sport

Nick Browne has put in quite an innings for Essex. He has hit 200 from 401 balls faced in their County Championship match against Derbyshire. 

Essex are 433-4 in day two of the match. Live commentary here

Nick Browne
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Weather: Cloudy but bright and warm this afternoon

BBC Weather

There may be a little more cloud at times through this afternoon, but it should still be bright and warm.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Weather map

As you can see, it's not a bad afternoon down in Chelmsford as captured in BBC Weather Watcher "Ladyparker's" nowcast.

BBC Weather Watchers/Ladyparker

There's more on the latest forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Jury retires in Darren Kelly murder trial

Robby West

BBC Essex

The jury has retired in the trial of a man and three teenagers who are accused of murdering Darren Kelly.

Darren Kelly

Mr Kelly, 42, was fatally stabbed near his home in Pitsea last October. All four denied the charges at Chelmsford Crown Court. 

We'll keep you posted on any updates we receive throughout the afternoon.

In the news: Ryanair announces new Stansted training centre... Darren Kelly murder trial jury retires

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

If you're just joining us, here's a look at the top stories for Essex this lunchtime: 

  • Michael O'Leary, the boss at Ryanair, has announced the airline is to open a new European training centre at Stansted Airport
  • The jury has retired in the trial of a man and three teenagers accused of murdering Darren Kelly in Pitsea last October
  • Police are appealing for a motorcyclist to come forward who may have witnessed last Tuesday's shooting in Stanford-le-Hope

Ducklings hatch at Stansted Mounfitchet Castle

If you're suffering from the Monday blues then hopefully the news that ducklings have hatched at Stansted Mounfitchet Castle this morning will cheer you up.

Stansted Mounfitchet Castle

Daisy Duck is said to have come "proudly waddling" out from underneath the tower earlier today followed by her newly hatched brood of ducklings. 

The attraction says none of the staff knew she was nesting on the site so it was a "lovely surprise".

Man bailed over A130 closure

A Maldon man who was arrested following the closure of the A130 at Rettendon over the weekend has been released on police bail.


The 25-year-old was questioned on suspicion of criminal damage and possessing a knife, Essex Police said.

The road was closed after concerns were raised about a man walking across both carriageways on Saturday morning. Officers say he has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act for his own safety. 

Woman jailed for perverting the course of justice in Southend murder investigation

A woman has been jailed for 32 months for perverting the course of justice in connection with a murder investigation in Southend. 

Elisha Francois
Essex Police

Elisha Francois, 25, of York Road, Southend, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Friday after previously admitting the charge. 

Nico Ramsay, 19, was found with a stab wound to the chest in Napier Avenue on 13 February. He died in hospital four days later.  

What's instore at Ryanair's new European training centre at Stansted?

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has revealed details of what training will take place at the airline's new European-wide centre at Stansted Airport.

Michael O'Leary

"We've brought four brand new aircraft simulators where we can accomplish all our pilot training. We have a cabin crew trainer where all the cabin crew training is done", Mr O'Leary said.

"We also have an engineering trainer that will take apprentice engineers from off the street and train them to be fully qualified engineers."

George Osborne: Leaving the EU would be a one-way ticket to a poorer Britain

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Chancellor George Osborne has told journalists at Stansted Airport that leaving the EU would be "a one-way ticket to a poorer Britain".

Stansted press conference

Earlier, the boss of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary had warned that air fares would rise after Brexit. Mr Osborne was sharing a platform with former frontbenchers Ed Balls and Vince Cable - who all favour remaining in the EU. 

The Chancellor dismissed suggestions that he had orchestrated recent interventions in the referendum debate as a conspiracy theory.

Leave and Remain: The issues made simple

Chancellor welcomes Ryanair investment in Stansted Airport training centre

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Chancellor George Osborne says that Ryanair is investing more than £1m and creating hundreds of jobs through its new European training centre at Stansted Airport.

Vince Cable, George Osborne, Ed Balls

Mr Osborne is speaking at the north Essex terminal alongside former frontbenchers Vince Cable and Ed Balls.   

Ryanair boss announces new European training centre at Stansted Airport

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Michael O'Leary, the boss at Ryanair, has announced the airline is to open a new European training centre at Stansted Airport.


The news came as he introduced the Chancellor George Osborne at a pro-European speech at the north Essex terminal.

More details on that announcement throughout the day. 

Essex have upper hand in County Championship match against Derbyshire

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Essex have the upper hand after the opening day of their County Championship match against Derbyshire.

Essex County Cricket
Getty Images

They progressed to 284 for 3 and need 66 runs in 14 overs this morning to claim another batting bonus point.

Play resumes at 11:00 - you can follow live text commentary here.

Travel: Accident closes Saffron Walden road

North Hall Road in Saffron Walden is closed due to an accident. 


This photo was tweeted by Essex Police officer Colin Shead. 

You will find regular travel updates here

Hundreds of runners brave Colchester's PARAS' 10 charity challenge

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Congratulations to the 700 runners who took part in the PARAS' 10 charity challenge in Colchester yesterday.

PARAS' 10 challenge
British Army

A mixture of civilians and soldiers braved a 10-mile (16km) cross-country run while carrying a 35lb (16kg) rucksack. 

The route took them through Merville Barracks and Friday Woods - the same hills and water obstacles crossed by soldiers on training runs.

St Osyth beach assisted suicide arrest woman released on bail

A woman arrested on suspicion of assisting a suicide following a beach incident has been released on bail.

St Osyth

The lifeboat service was called in to help pull the woman and the man from the sea at St Osyth. When they arrived shortly before 06:00 on Friday, paramedics were already treating the pair at the water's edge.

The Ipswich man, aged 51, died later in hospital. Police arrested a 40-year-old Ipswich woman. She was released pending further inquiries until 26 June.

School reopens after 120 pupils were struck down with a vomiting virus

A school in Brentwood is reopening today after it was force to close on Friday when more than 100 pupils came down with a vomiting virus.

Brentwood Prep School

The Brentwood Preparatory School, which caters for children aged between three and 11, said it had undertaken a thorough deep clean.

In total, 120 children, five teachers and 10 teaching support staff were affected. The Senior and Sixth Form remained open throughout.

In the news: St Osyth beach 'assisted suicide' woman bailed... Brentwood Prep School reopens after vomiting virus

Claire Gregory

BBC Essex

Here are the top stories in Essex this morning:

  • A woman arrested on suspicion of assisting a suicide on a beach in St Osyth has been released on bail
  • A Brentwood school is reopening this morning after it was forced to shut when 120 pupils caught a vomiting virus
  • A man in his 40s has been left with burns after a fire started in the bedroom of a house in Basildon

Weather: Dry and fine with sunny spells

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

A fine day is expected today with sunny spells. There may be a little more cloud at times in the afternoon, but it should still be bright and warm. 

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

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

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live - hope you had a great weekend.

Join us until 18:00 for the latest news across the county. 

As ever, you can get in touch throughout the day via email, Twitter or Facebook