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  1. Updates on Friday, 27 May 2016
  2. Man jailed for eight years over knife attack in Loughton
  3. Essex batsman Alastair Cook falls five short of reaching 10,000 England Test runs
  4. Figures show 26 people have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in an airport in the county in the last two years
  5. 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 this week - but before we go, a big congratulations to staff at the East of England Ambulance Service who recently took on a muddy obstacle race and raised cash for a local charity. 

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We'll be back on Tuesday morning from 08:00 with live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Essex. 

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend. 

Weather: Mixed picture over the Bank Holiday weekend

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night tonight with some cloud and clear spells allowing localised mist and fog patches to form. 

An occasional shower is possible later and the light easterly winds will persist. Lows of 10C (50F).


Tomorrow, sunny periods will develop as cloud breaks up during the day. It'll feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Sunday is looking mainly dry, but some rain is expected on Monday. Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend at BBC Weather.

'I'm not being funny, but'... how Essex are you?

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Are you like me and speak with a bit of an Estuary accent? Well, it's spreading beyond Essex according to a new study.

How Essex are you?

Researchers from Cambridge University found more people are speaking like you and me, blaming the movement of people and the influence of television.

But how Essex are you? Buzzfeed has devised a quiz to determine just that. 

From schoolboy to (almost) 10,000 Test run record-breaker

Essex's Alastair Cook has now scored 9,995 Test runs in his career - just five away from being the first Englishman to reach the big 10,000. 

He's probably going to hit the landmark over the weekend, so it's only fair we share some old school photos, isn't it? 

Alastair Cook at school
Jeffrey G Wilkinson
Alastair Cook
Jeffrey G Wilkinson
Alastair Cook playing cricket
Jeffrey G Wilkinson

In the news: Cold War bunker sells at auction... Newly-refurbished hotel damaged in fire

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

If you're just joining us on Essex Live, here are the stories we've covered so far:

  • A Cold War nuclear bunker in Mistley has been sold at auction for £990,000
  • A newly-refurbished Clacton hotel has been badly damaged in a fire that broke out last night
  • Colchester United midfielder Jack Curtis has signed a new one-year deal with the League Two-bound club  

Essex Cold War nuclear bunker sells for £990,000

This isn't your usual two-up two-down, but a Cold War nuclear bunker in Essex has been sold at auction - and there are plans to turn it into residential accommodation. 

Bunker site

The site in Mistley was built in 1951 following the threat of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union.

Nuclear site

The two acre (8,093 sq m) "irregular-shaped site" already has planning permission to turn the bunker into three dwellings and the erection of a further 28 homes in the grounds.

The hotel had just finished being refurbished...

The hotel had recently undergone a refurbishment, so luckily there were no guests inside.

Jane Reeves

What's so upsetting is that we had just decorated it throughout, everything had been freshly painted and now we'll have to do it all again."

Jane ReevesLaxfield Hotel owner, Clacton

Investigation after Clacton-on-Sea hotel fire

There was a fire at a hotel in Clacton-on-Sea in the early hours of this morning. 

Laxfield Hotel fire

It happened on the ground floor of the Laxfield Hotel in Beach Road at just before 01:00.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

How to read a news bulletin like a pro...


In celebration of Local Radio Day, BBC Essex has given a sneak peek of how a news bulletin is read.

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Colchester United midfielder Curtis signs new contract

BBC Sport

Jack Curtis

Colchester United midfielder Jack Curtis has signed a new one-year deal with the League Two-bound club.

The 20-year-old former Tottenham academy player made his U's first-team debut when he came off the bench in November's FA Cup win over Wealdstone, but has yet to play a league game.

But he has been a regular in the club's Under-21 side.

Throwback: Lorry stranded by 50ft deep sinkhole in Grays

On this day last year, a lorry was left straddling a sinkhole that was estimated to be at least 50ft (15m) deep in Grays.

Sink hole
Lewis Smith

The road was closed for over a month while the hole, which was caused by the collapse of a 100-year-old tunnel below the road, was repaired.

Stuart Woodward

Thankfully, the driver escaped unhurt.   

Iron Maiden and Ed Force One leave Stansted Airport

Their short break is now over for rock legends Iron Maiden.

Ed Force One

Their Boeing 747, nicknamed Ed Force One, had been parked at Stansted since Sunday when the band flew into north Essex from South Africa.

Take off
Stansted Airport

But the band, who are on a world tour, headed off from Stansted at 16:12 yesterday en-route to their next gig in Germany.  

In the news: Man jailed after Loughton attack... Alastair Cook falls five short of 10,000 Test runs

Good afternoon, here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live so far:

  • A 34-year-old man has been jailed for eight years after a knife attack in Loughton
  • Essex batsman Alastair Cook has fallen five runs short of reaching 10,000 England Test runs today after he was caught out
  • In the last two years, 26 people have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in an airport in the county

Warm sunshine inland for Friday

BBC Weather

If you're heading out for a bite to eat this lunchtime, good news. It's looking like a warm afternoon with sunny spells for us all. 

Feeling cooler off the coast though. Highs of 19C (66F).

Weather map

Get the latest weather forecast here.

Man jailed for eight years over Loughton attack

We told you last November about reports a man had his hand cut off in a knife attack in Loughton.

Paul Saunders
Essex Police

Well, we've just heard a 34-year-old man has been jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court for eight years for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. 

Paul Saunders (pictured), of Biggin Lane, Grays, admitted the charge after a 24-year-old man was seriously injured on High Road.

Essex Police say it wasn't fully cut off as initial reports suggested, but the victim has been left with "limited use" of his left hand.

Follow England's progress against Sri Lanka

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Sadly today wasn't the day Alastair Cook entered the 10,000 club, but you can keep an eye on the rest of England's progress against Sri Lanka here.

In the meantime, let's look at other stories in the county. 

'That's the way the Cookie crumbles'

Responses are already flooding into BBC Cricket after the Essex batsman was caught five runs short of 10,000 Test runs for England.

Paul Holland: "If I was a betting man I'd stick something on Cook being out for 4 in the 2nd innings."

Michelle Garland: "Oh dear. That's the way the Cookie crumbles."

Take the champagne off ice... for now

Put away the party poppers, Alastair Cook is out for 15. 

He was caught by Karunaratne.

Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for Cook to enter the 10,000 club.

Alastair Cook
Getty Images

BreakingAlastair Cook is out!

Oh no. Cook is caught out for 15 - five short of the 10,000 target. 

Alastair Cook + 126 Tests = 46.6 batting average


A nervous wait...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

The BBC Essex Drivetime producer is sitting anxiously as we wait to see if Cooky reaches 10,000. 

He's banking on the Essex batsman hitting the magic number so he has plenty of content for tonight's show.

A nervous few minutes are in store... Five runs to go. 


Cook could be the 12th player to reach the magic 10,000

If Cook can reach 10,000 Test runs, he'll be the 12th player to reach the milestone, and the first Englishman.

Alastair Cook
Getty Images

But - aged 31 years and four months - he is just a few runs away from breaking Indian Sachin Tendulkar's record to become the youngest. 

"I have managed to score consistent runs for England over 10 years - and that gives me more pride than being compared to anyone else," said Cook.  

Nearly there...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

We're literally counting down the runs here in the BBC Essex office as Alastair Cook looks to reach 10,000 Test runs. 

"17 to go" was just shouted across the room by sport reporter Ben Fryer. 

We'll let you know if and when the target is reached, but you can follow the action here

Good luck Cooky! 

Alastair Cook
Getty Images

Can Cooky do it?

Essex's Alastair Cook needs 20 more runs to become the first England batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

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Dog 'so weak and skinny she could barely stand'

Poor Peanut was found curled up in shrubbery and "very, very scared", according to RSPCA animal collection officer Rebecca Yarrow. 

"She was so weak and skinny she could barely stand," she said.


The 18-month-old Lurcher-cross is now in the care of the vets, but the charity says it's still "touch and go" whether she'll survive.

She was wearing a brown, tatty and broken collar when found and was not microchipped. Anyone who may recognise Peanut or have any further information should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Emaciated dog with broken bones found collapsed at Tilbury roadside

Quite an upsetting story to tell you about now, as this has just been sent to us from the RSPCA. 

This is 18-month-old Peanut, found collapsed at the side of the road in East Tilbury on Tuesday. 


The charity says she was less than half the weight she should be and had untreated injuries including fractured bones and a dislocated hip.

Peanut is currently receiving emergency treatment. 

What a nice morning in Essex!

BBC Weather Watchers


It's looking like a pretty nice day in Essex

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a day of patchy cloud and warm sunny spells for all of us. A few light showers are possible this afternoon. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Stay up-to-date with the forecast at BBC Weather.

What punishment is there for being drunk on a plane?

It's not just a cold shower to sober up... passengers that are convicted of the offence can face a fine or up to two years' imprisonment.

Alcohol being poured

The BBC's Newsbeat has compiled a guide to everything you need to know about drinking on planes.  

Twenty six people arrested for being drunk in an Essex airport

Some see a pint at the airport as a nice way to kick-start their holiday, but some of us have taken it a step too far, according to new figures. 

Airport figures

Essex had the fourth highest number of arrests out of 14 police forces that responded to a Freedom of Information request. Nationally, at least 442 people were held for either being drunk on a plane or in an airport during the two-year period. 

Good morning

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us again for Essex Live. 

We start this morning by looking at figures from Essex Police on the number people arrested on suspicion of being drunk at airports in the last two years.

Plus, stay with us for all the rest of the day's news, sport, weather and travel for the county. 

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