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  1. Updates on Monday, 6 June 2016
  2. Essex man sought over death of man and disappearance of his wife in Suffolk
  3. Police launch murder probe following Wivenhoe death
  4. Elderly man dies four months after being struck by an ambulance in Danbury
  5. Man dies and two others injured in a motorbike crash in Sible Hedingham
  6. Police criticise person who called police to report being unhappy with a pizza delivery
  7. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

That's it from us at Essex Live today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for live news coverage across the county.

BreakingMurder probe following Wivenhoe death

We've just had this in from Essex Police:

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of man in Wivenhoe.

Officers were called to Denham Close shortly before 15.50 following reports that a man, aged in his 30s, had been found dead inside a property.

Ambulance crews attended and found the man had died.

A 30-year-old man from Colchester was arrested by officers near the scene shortly after on suspicion of murder. A second man aged 37 and also from Colchester has also been arrested.

Police enquiries are ongoing and both the property and Denham Close have been cordoned off for forensic examinations.   

Stay tuned to BBC Look East for any developments this evening, and we'll be back with more from 08:00 tomorrow.  

Weather: A dry night ahead, warm again tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be dry with plenty of sunshine. 

Later on, some areas of low cloud and mist will spread back in from the North Sea. But for much of the region it will be a dry night with long clear spells. Lows of 9C (48F).

East of England weather

Tomorrow there will be some early mist and low cloud, but this will quickly clear to leave a warm day with plenty of sunshine. 

There is the risk of showers, which could turn heavy and thundery. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

You can find the latest forecast at BBC Weather.

Sledgehammer-wielding man sought as council office windows smashed

Recognise this man? 

Essex Police

Police want to talk to him after a number of windows were smashed at Maldon District Council's offices.

It happened this morning at about 07:50, with the damage costing a four-figure sum.

A man was seen leaving the scene on a bicycle and holding a sledgehammer. 

In the news: Pizza police complainer given 'appropriate advice'... Emaciated dog on the road to recovery

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

For those who are just joining us, here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live this afternoon:

  • A disgruntle takeaway customer who complained to Essex Police about his pizza was given "appropriate advice" by the force
  • An emaciated dog left for dead in East Tilbury last week is on the road to recovery, says the RSPCA
  • Police investigating the death of a Suffolk man and the disappearance of his wife are continuing to search for an Essex suspect

Taking the pizza

Remember this morning we told you about a disgruntled fast foodie who called Essex Police to complain about his takeaway pizza? 

Well, this is what the force has said in response...

Pizza/Essex Police logo

Unfortunately there are times where both the 999 and 101 systems are used inappropriately. These systems are in place for people to report genuine emergencies, crimes which have occurred or pass intelligence on to officers. In this case the caller was given appropriate advice."

Essex Police spokeswoman

Essex girl Louisa Johnson returns to the charts with Clean Bandit

Last year's X Factor winner and Essex girl Louisa Johnson has entered the charts again this week.

Louisa Johnson

The 18-year-old, from Chafford Hundred, features on Clean Bandit's new track, Tears. 

It's currently positioned at number six, three places higher than her debut single Forever Young which failed to claim the Christmas number one spot. 

Stuart family 'came from Essex', says neighbour

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Steve Pickess, who owns a caravan site near the Stuarts' home in Weybread, said he wasn't sure what Mr Stuart's line of work was, but "he was always trying to sell me building bits and pieces such as old window frames".

He said the couple and their family "came from Essex". Investigations are still taking place near their home in Mill Lane.


Mr Pickess said he had not spoken to the couple's son-in-law, who is still being questioned on suspicion of murder, telling me he'd "only ever waved" at Steve Paxman.

Police search for missing Suffolk woman

Police are continuing to search for a missing Suffolk woman, following the discovery of her husband's body on Sunday. 

Ali Qazimaj, 42, from the Thurrock area, has been named as a suspect in the force's murder investigation and officers are trying to trace him. The couple's son-in-law has already been arrested. 

Are you EU referendum ready?

The deadline to register to vote in this month's EU referendum is looming. 

BBC Essex Political Reporter Simon Dedman has all you need to know.

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Peanut looks a little happier nowadays

If you need some #MondayMotivation, here's Peanut loving life with her RSPCA carers.  

Emaciated Peanut on the road to recovery

Last week we told you about Peanut, a lurcher-cross found in a bush with broken bones and emaciated in East Tilbury. 


It was touch-and-go whether she would survive, however the RSPCA says Peanut is now a "completely different dog to the one we found" and "clearly feels a lot better".  

When we first found her we couldn't even get her to wag her tail - but now it is constantly thumping away as soon as she sees you."

RSPCA spokeswomen

One-Day Cup: Sussex v Essex

BBC Sport

Play is under way at Hove as Essex take on Sussex in cricket's One-Day Cup.

Getty Images

Essex won the toss and decided to field. A short while ago Sussex were 25-1.

You can follow commentary here.

What other media outlets are reporting today

Here's a look at some of the stories other media outlets in Essex are reporting: 

Local papers
  • The Echo reports a dog walker was threatened with a golf club after her Staffordshire Bull Terrier was viciously attacked by a Husky in Chalkwell Park, Leigh
  • Two paintings by former Prime Minister Winston Churchill are due to go on sale in Essex, says the Chronicle
  • The Gazette has a story that Colchester Council has been forced to review what events it allows in Castle Park, after residents complained of an after-hours "striptease" show

Weather: Warm and sunny this afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be very warm and sunny for most of us, but it will remain cooler in coastal locations where there will be a brisk onshore breeze.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).


Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Tash B" who sent us this snap from Bicknacre. She reported the temperature at about 17C (62F). 

You can get the latest forecast for your area here.

In the news: Thurrock man wanted in Suffolk murder investigation... Man dies four months after being struck by ambulance

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live so far today:

  • A 42-year-old man from Thurrock has been named as a suspect in the murder investigation of a man and the disappearance of his wife
  • An elderly man has died four months after being struck by an ambulance in Danbury
  • Meanwhile, another man has died and two others have been injured in a crash involving four motorbikes in Sible Hedingham  

BreakingMan, 77, hit by ambulance dies

An elderly man has died after he was hit by an ambulance in Danbury, police say.

Mayes Lane

The 77-year-old was struck in Mayes Lane in February. He was being treated at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, but died on Friday. 

Essex Police say a 40-year-old woman from the Braintree area has been voluntarily interviewed in relation to the collision and enquiries are ongoing.

Murder investigation spans large area

Investigations into the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia have spanned a large area of England.

Mr Stuart was found dead near the couple's home at Weybread, near Harleston, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border on Friday evening.

Police subsequently arrested the couple's son-in-law Steve Paxman, 61, of Leicester. This morning they revealed they were searching for another man, Ali Qazimaj, 42, of Thurrock, Essex.

Map showing Leicester, Weybread, Thurrock and Dover

Police found his silver Citroen A3 car in Athol Terrace, a residential street in Dover, at about midnight last night, and have taken it for forensic examination "in the hope of finding Sylvia".

Dover map

'Yellow' weather warning issued for Essex tomorrow

In true Great British summer style, a "yellow" weather warning has just been issued for Essex tomorrow.

Yellow warning
Met Office

The Met Office says parts of Essex are at risk of torrential showers with a risk of flooding in the afternoon.

It was nice while it lasted, wasn't it...

Further clarification on possible whereabouts of Ali Qazimaj

In an interview with BBC Look East, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes says suspect Ali Qazimaj is believed to be from the former country of Yugoslavia, adding he may not have gone abroad as had been thought.

"There's still a possibility he's in the Dover area or elsewhere in Kent or the UK," he said.

Interview with Suffolk Police

Peter Stuart 'died from multiple stab wounds', say police

A post-mortem examination has found that Peter Stuart, whose body was found in Suffolk on Friday, "died as a result of multiple stab wounds".  

Press conference

Police are currently trying to trace Thurrock man Ali Qazimaj, 42, as they investigate Mr Stuart's death and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia.

There's a new beach in Southend... sort of

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Have Southend United taken their Seasiders name to the literal? 

Not quite, but this is the latest picture from Roots Hall where the Shrimpers are having a pitch reconstruction.

Roots Hall
Southend United

Wonder if it's good enough for a Blue Flag?

Essex from above...

The National Police Air Service tweeted this cracking shot above Boreham yesterday. 

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Public 'should not approach' Ali Qazimaj

If you see Ali Qazimaj, police are urging you "should not approach" him and instead call 999.

Anyone with information about the 42-year-old's whereabouts, who was last seen in Thurrock on Friday, should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 782000.

Murder scene

We'll keep you posted on any updates on the search. You can read the latest on this story so far here

Police search for Ali Qazimaj as a 'matter of urgency'

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes

This remains a fast-moving investigation and our priority continues to be to trace Sylvia. With this in mind we are keen to speak to Ali Qazimaj. Officers are working to locate him and we would ask anyone with information about where he is to get in contact with police as a matter of urgency."

Det Ch Supt Simon ParkesSuffolk Police

Car belonging to Weybread suspect located in Dover

Police say it was yesterday afternoon that Ali Qazimaj, who'd been living in the Thurrock area of Essex, was identified as a suspect in the murder of a man and the disappearance of his wife, from Weybread.

Work done over the course of yesterday evening confirmed him as a "key person" who police need to trace in connection with the inquiry.

As part of extensive work to locate him, at about midnight his car, a silver Citroen C3, was located in a residential area of Dover.

Suffolk murder inquiry: Timeline of events

The search for Ali Qazimaj from Thurrock comes as police investigate the death of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia in Weybread, Suffolk. 

Here's what we know so far:

Peter and Sylvia Stuart
Suffolk Police
  • Police discover a body close to Peter and Sylvia Stuart's home in Mill Lane, Weybread, at about 19:15 on Friday night
  • By mid-morning on Saturday, police reveal they have launched a murder investigation, saying the body is "thought to be that of Peter Stuart"
  • On Sunday morning, a 61-year-old man from Leicester is arrested and detained on suspicion of the murder of Mr Stuart
  • On Sunday evening, police say the man from Leicester remains in custody and more than 20 officers have been searching woodland near the couple's home
  • This morning, police say they want to trace Ali Qazimaj, 42, from Thurrock, in connection with their investigation

Police issue details of Thurrock man they want to speak to in Suffolk murder inquiry

Police have released this image of a "key person" they want to trace in connection with the death of a man and the disappearance of his wife.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Officers found the body of Peter Stuart in Weybread, Suffolk, on Friday night. He was reported missing, along with his wife Sylvia.

Police wish to speak to Ali Qazimaj (pictured), 42, who has been living in Thurrock. He is described as white, about 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall, with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair.

BreakingEssex man 'key person' in Suffolk murder inquiry

Police have named an Essex man as a "key person" they want to trace in connection with the death of a man and the disappearance of his wife in Weybread, Suffolk.

More to follow. 

Sport over the weekend... in case you missed it

The sun made a rare appearance yesterday, so who can blame you from being a bit behind on the sport news over the weekend...

But don't worry, we've got you covered.

Tom Westley and Matt Paine
Getty Images
  • Yesterday Essex's cricketers beat Hampshire in a high-scoring One-Day Cup game, as prolific Tom Westley hit 110 off 124 balls
  • Braintree Town's defender Matt Paine signed to fellow National League side Boreham Wood
  • Midfielder Joey May joined Canvey Island from AFC Hornchurch, while winger Sam Baffour moved to Grays Athletic

Man dies and two injured in Sible Hedingham motorbike crash

News just in from Essex Police.

A man has died and two others have been injured in a crash involving four motorbikes in Sible Hedingham.

Wethersfield Road

The 22-year-old from Newcastle was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident in Wethersfield Road at about 14:00 yesterday.

Another rider, a man, 51, from Laindon, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital. A 62-year-old man from Basildon suffered minor injuries. 

Summer finally on its way?

BBC Weather Watchers

It finally felt like summer yesterday, didn't it? Here's a look at some of your photos from around the county.


Weather: Cloudy start but turning brighter

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Morning - what a lovely day it was across Essex yesterday.

Today will start grey, however this low cloud will burn back to the coast during the morning.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Heading out? Get the latest forecast for your area via BBC Weather

When a pizza takeaway goes wrong...

An unhappy pizza lover was so disgruntled with his takeaway that he took it upon himself to call Essex Police to complain on Saturday night. 


Now we're waiting to hear more details from the force. However some of Insp Sarah Harding's colleagues saw the lighter side...

Insp Lee Devall replied: "I'm sorry, but I did say pepperoni passion & I got ham & pineapple, it's not good enough!"

PC Tony Mayo joked: "Cheesey crust was bit overcooked?"

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning. How was your weekend?

There's nothing worse than when your Saturday night takeaway turns up and it's not right, but this is taking it one step too far, surely? 

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More on that shortly, plus a look at other news happening around the county. 

You can get in touch with us at anytime using #esxlive on Twitter.