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  1. Parachutists rescued after being snared 20m (66ft) in the air on phone mast near Halstead
  2. Updates on Monday, 23 May 2016
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Jack Warren

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That's it from us at Essex Live today - we leave you with this photo from North Fambridge taken by BBC Weather Watcher "WithamPete" earlier this afternoon.

North Fambridge
BBC Weather Watchers/WithamPete

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news for the county. 

In the meantime you scroll back through all of the stories we've covered today. Have a good evening.

Weather: Dry overnight, once evening showers ease away

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Evening showers will soon fade away, to leave a dry night with clearing skies. The odd mist or fog patch could then form during the early hours of Wednesday. It will also turn rather chilly. 

Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

East of England weather map

After a sunny start tomorrow, cloud will gradually thicken. Brighter spells will remain likely, particularly in the west where it will be warmer, but with the risk of isolated heavy showers.

Get the latest forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Colchester United sign Maldon & Tiptree left-back Ben Wyatt

BBC Sport

League Two-bound Colchester United have signed Maldon & Tiptree left-back Ben Wyatt on a one-year contract.  

Ben Wyatt
Paul Simpson/Maldon & Tiptree FC.

The 20-year-old was with Norwich and Ipswich at youth level before joining the Isthmian League Division One North side, where he played under Steve Ball, now assistant boss at Colchester.

Wyatt won three Player of the Year awards at the Essex side this season.

In the news: Halstead base jumpers 'did not have permission' to use phone mast... Southend United avoid winding-up order after HMRC petition

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

If you're just joining us, here's what we've covered on Essex Live this afternoon: 

  • Two base jumpers who became stuck on a phone mast in Halstead did not have permission to use the site, Essex Police say
  • Southend United have avoided a winding-up order after paying an undisclosed tax debt "in full"
  • An elderly man has been hit on the head with a metal bar during a burglary at a house in Horndon-on-the-Hill  

Parachuters had 'no permission' to jump from Halstead phone mast

Two base jumpers who had to be rescued from a phone mast in Halstead yesterday didn't have permission to perform the stunt, Essex Police says.

Sign at the tower

However, the force added they would not be investigating the matter as "no criminal offences" were committed.

The site is officially owned by the county's police and crime commissioner.

Wilko Johnson on surviving 'terminal' cancer

Did you see Canvey Island music legend Wilko Johnson on Victoria Derbyshire earlier today?

He spoke about his cancer diagnosis, being given a year to live and the chance meeting that led to him being cured. Watch the interview here.

Wilko Johnson

The man who rescues dangerous animals in Essex

Earlier we mentioned some of the more unusual and "dangerous" animals being kept as pets in Essex... well meet Iain Newby, he runs the Dangerous Wild Animal Rescue Facility from his home in Little Wakering. 

He says a lot of dangerous animals "should never be kept as pets", after the number of wild animals kept at private properties in Essex was revealed by the county council. 

Iain Newby

A lot of these animals I do believe should never be pets, they should be - if they are rare or if they are endangered - in proper breeding groups to keep the populations."

Iain NewbyDangerous Wild Animal Rescue Facility
Iain Newby

'Best day of my life'... Southend United players relive promotion one year on

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

These Southend United players have taken social media, reliving their promotion to League One a year ago today. 

Two Southend United player tweets
Getty Images/Twitter/@JackPayne1/@willako16

Jack Payne, a midfielder for the Shrimpers said: "One year ago today, best day off my life!"  

Defender Ben Coker tweeted: "Mad this was a year ago today".

Midfielder Will Atkinson added: "One year ago today!! Time flies".

Were you at the game? Share your memories with us using the #esxlive hashtag. 

Throwback: Southend United are promoted to League One

This time a year ago, thousands of nervous Southend United fans were travelling 50 miles up the road to Wembley as the Shrimpers took on Wycombe in the League Two play-off final. 

Southend United winners
Getty Images

It was a nail biting finale which went down to penalties, with the Blues gaining promotion after winning 7-6 in the shoot-out. 

Were you there? If so we'd love to see your pictures and relive the moment. Tweet us, email us or visit our Facebook page

Southend United celebrating
Getty Images

Travel: Death on London line causing delays and cancellations

BBC Travel

A death on the Norwich to London line has led to train delays of up to 90 minutes and cancellations. Abellio Greater Anglia said emergency services were dealing with an incident between Ipswich and Colchester. 

The disruption started just after 08:00 and the train operator has apologised to passengers.

Elderly man attacked with metal bar during Hordon-on-the-Hill robbery

An elderly man has been hit on the head with a metal bar during a burglary at a house in Horndon-on-the-Hill.

The 68-year-old suffered series injuries during the attack in Hillcrest Road on Saturday night, Essex Police says.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his 30s with dark brown hair in a short crew cut style. 

Hillcrest Road

To find a stranger in your own home, who is prepared to use such violence, must be everyone’s worst nightmare and I want to find the man responsible as quickly as I can.”

Det Sgt Natalia RossEssex Police

Weather: Sunny spells and showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

It'll be a bright day with plenty of sunny spells, and it will feel warm in the sunshine. There is a risk of seeing some heavy and perhaps even thundery showers developing into afternoon though. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

BBC Weather Watchers/weather or not

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "weather or not" who has sent us this snap from Ridgewell.

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

Southend United avoid winding-up order after HMRC petition

BBC Sport

Southend United have avoided a winding-up order after paying an undisclosed tax debt "in full".

The petition brought forward by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was dismissed at the High Court in London on Monday following the payment.

Southend United
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It is the third time the Shrimpers have had a winding-up petition dismissed.

The previous times were also over money owed to HMRC before debt and costs were paid in full. In 2009, £2.1m was owed, while in April 2010 it was £400,000.

Treasury does not show its working for '50,000 jobs lost' figure

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Regarding its claim that leaving the European Union could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, the Treasury does not show how it reached that figure.

Its document says only: "Exactly how these job losses would be distributed across the UK would depend on how the shock impacted different sectors, and the demand for labour in each region."   

Brexit could cost 50,000 jobs in East, Treasury analysis claims

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Leaving the European Unit could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, according to Treasury analysis of the short-term impact of Brexit - but the Leave campaign claims this is scaremongering.

Jobless figures EU referendum

The Office of National Statistics estimates that 118,000 people are currently out of work in the region and the Treasury report says this could increase by 40% if the UK leaves the European Union. 

The Treasury also estimates that youth unemployment would also rise by 6,000. 

The Leave campaign has already questioned the Treasury's research and accused it of being part of an attempt to frighten the public. 

Take a look around Southend's new police station

After it was closed for almost a year for refurbishment, Southend's new police station has this morning opened its doors once again.

Essex Police filmed this short video of the improvements to have taken place...

View more on youtube

In the news at luncthime: Base jumper suffers 'fractured ankle'... Dartford Crossing tunnel repairs spark major delays

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

If you're just joining us a very good afternoon to you, here's what we've covered so far on Essex Live: 

  • The East of England Ambulance Service says a base jumper who got stuck up a phone mast in Halstead suffered a suspected fractured ankle
  • Overrunning maintenance works on the Dartford Crossing have caused serve delays for motorists trying to enter Essex
  • The leader of Thurrock Council, Labour's John Kent, has told BBC Essex he'll resign on Wednesday  

Thirsty thieves: Milkshake trike stolen at Essex Young Farmers Show

Can you help Tolleshunt Major-based milkshake company Shaken Udder? They say their vintage trike was stolen from the Essex Young Farmers Show yesterday.

Milkshake trike
Shaken Udder

Nicknamed Buttercup the trike has a black frame with a detachable blue cooler and black logo wheel covers. 

A free milkshake reward is being offered for its safe return. 

Cobras, monkeys, and wild boar... 'dangerous' animals legally kept in Essex

No this is not the line up for a new Bush Tucker Trial... cobras, rattle snakes and monkeys are among the dangerous animals being kept legally at private properties in Essex, according to new figures.


Essex County Council has today revealed Castle Point is the area where the most dangerous animals are kept. 

Unlike a dog or a cat, you do however need a special licence to keep animals considered to be wild, dangerous or exotic.

'Cancer motivates my golf'

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Essex's Matt Southgate says having testicular cancer gave him extra incentive to pursue success in his golf career.  

Matt Southgate
Getty Images

The 27-year-old, who had surgery to remove the cancer last year, finished fourth at the Irish Open on Sunday.

"Playing in front of a crowd and hitting great golf shots, I just live for that," he told BBC Sport. 

"[Cancer] opened my eyes to how much I really wanted to do this and that's why I got emotional when I finished. All that hard work paying off is the best."

Overrunning maintenance works turns Dartford Crossing into a car park

The Dartford Crossing was more like a car park this morning after overrunning maintenance works closed one tunnel

Those travelling to Essex from Kent were faced with queues stretching almost nine miles at a time. All lanes have now reopened.     

Dartford Crossing
Claire Sawyer
Delays on the Dartford Crossing
Claire Sawyer

Police: 'Base jumper' suffered an ankle injury

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

Essex Police has issued a statement to us about the two men stuck up a phone mast on Sunday. 

A spokeswoman said: "Police were called shortly after 17: 50 with concerns for the safety of a parachutist, who had become entangled in a telecommunications tower in Halstead Road, High Garrett."


"A second man was also on the mast assisting him. 

"Officers, the fire service and the ambulance service attended. Both men were rescued. The first man, a 30-year-old, suffered an ankle injury. He was left in the care of the ambulance service."  

More photos of the trapped 'base jumpers'

This is not quite what you'd expect to see when taking photographs of the Halstead skyline! 

More pictures of the trapped "base jumpers" have emerged after they became stuck on a phone mast about 18:00 on Sunday.

Stuck parachute
Stuck parachute

Halstead phone tower rescue: What is base jumping?

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

For those of you who aren't quite sure what base jumping is, it's an activity where people jump from fixed objects with a packed parachute, according

The website says base is an acronym that stands for four categories of places from which one can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).

Base jumper
Simon Bretford

Before you start thinking about packing your parachute though - jumpers must consider permission to use the object from which the jump is initiated and the area used for landing.  

Rescued parachutists were 'base jumpers'

More pictures now on the dramatic rescue on Sunday which happened in Halstead.

The Hazardous Area Response Team, which is part of the East of England Ambulance Service, said it was called to rescue the "base jumpers" after their stunt had "gone a little bit wrong". 

Base jumper

Trapped parachutists rescued from Halstead phone mast

It was a delayed landing for two parachutists yesterday afternoon after they got stuck on a phone mast.

Phone mast

Essex Fire and Rescue said it took about 80 minutes to rescue the pair who were snared about 20m (66ft) in the air. 

A fire service spokesman said: "Crews used the aerial ladder platform to rescue the parachutists from the mast."

John Kent to resign as Thurrock council leader this week

The leader of Thurrock Council, Labour's John Kent, has told BBC Essex he'll resign on Wednesday.

John Kent

Talks are continuing to sort out a new administration at the authority after the local elections earlier month. In Thurrock, UKIP made big gains mostly at the expense of Labour. 

We'll keep on eye on this story throughout the week.

Headlines: Council leader John Kent to resign... Parachutists 'tangled' with phone mast upon landing

The news headlines for Essex:

  • The leader of Thurrock Council, John Kent, has said he'll resign this week
  • A widow from Mersea Island wants Colchester Hospital to admit it made mistakes in dealing with her late husband's body after he died
  • Two parachutists are rescued after they got stuck on a phone mast 65ft (20m) up in the air in Halstead on Sunday

Brighter later with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Any showers easing off to leave a sunny day across Essex with the temperature peaking at 18C (64F).

However, there's a risk of thundery showers developing in some places this afternoon.

For more visit BBC Weather.

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live

We'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Essex between now at 18:00. 

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