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  1. Two men are arrested in connection with the murder of Chris May, 28, from Kelvedon
  2. There is disruption on the railway between Shenfield and Colchester after a person was hit by a train at Witham
  3. Southend United votes in favour of controversial changes to EFL Trophy

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By Jack Warren

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That's all from our team at Essex Live today - thanks for joining us.

You can now scroll back and read all the stories that we've covered across the county today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning. Have a great evening!

Weather: Showers clearing through the night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

The showers will become much lighter and more isolated into the evening and will cease altogether by dawn, by which time some clearer spells may have developed.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Map of the East

Tomorrow morning will have more sunshine and may well stay dry. However, more heavy thundery showers are likely in the afternoon. 

You can find the latest forecast for your area via BBC Weather.

In the news: Colchester accept bids for Moncur... Delays continue on Greater Anglia services

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the top stories we've covered on Essex Live today: 

  • Colchester United have accepted bids for midfielder George Moncur from Barnsley and Peterborough United
  • Southend Hospital says it is no longer running a "critical incident" despite its A&E department being "extremely busy"
  • Delays continue on the Greater Anglia line after a man was hit by a train in Witham earlier today

Have your umbrella to hand...

There are some dark-looking clouds rolling in across Essex at the moment.

Little Chesterford

Your thoughts on kids having time off to watch Euro 2016...

Lots of you have been getting in touch on social media with your views on whether or not schools should allow children to watch the England vs Wales game on Thursday.

It's after the head of William de Ferrers in South Woodham Ferrers wrote a letter to parents telling them pupils wouldn't be allowed to watch the match, which kicks off at 14:00.

England tweets
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Jim tweets: "Schools should show the national teams Euro 2016undefined matches and make an event of it if during the school day."

Alex believes schools should show England games.

Chris however doesn't agree. When asked if pupils should get time off to watch Euro 2016 he simply replied "No!". 

What do you buy a 48-year-old orangutan?

Fruit, of course! Happy birthday, Rajang.... 

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Colchester accept Moncur bids from Tykes and Posh

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Colchester United have accepted bids for midfielder George Moncur from Barnsley and Peterborough United.

George Moncur
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The 22-year-old former West Ham trainee has scored 23 goals in 97 games for Colchester, but could not save them from League One relegation last term.

Posh director of football Barry Fry has confirmed that his club have verbally agreed personal terms with Moncur.

But newly-promoted Barnsley are also interested as they look to strengthen ahead of a return to the Championship.

Should kids be allowed time off school to watch England v Wales?

It's a battle of the British on Thursday as England take on Wales at Euro 2016. Sadly, though, kick-off is at 14:00 which for most of us means we'll be stuck at work.

But should kids be allowed time off school to watch the match? 

Free kick

The head teacher at one school in the county doesn't think so. In a letter to parents Mike Applewhite, the head of William de Ferrers in South Woodham Ferrers, says pupils won't be allowed to watch the match. 

Instead they've been told to record it and watch it when they get home.

So do you think this is right? Get in touch on Twitter using #esxlive or drop us an email

If you're just joining us...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here's a look at some of the stories we've covered on Essex Live so far today: 

  • Police investigating the murder of Kelvedon man Chris May, 28, have made two arrests
  • There is disruption on the Greater Anglia line after a man was hit by a train at Witham
  • Southend United has revealed it is backing controversial changes to the English Football League Trophy

Southend Hospital no longer running 'critical incident'

Yesterday we told you Southend Hospital had declared a "critical incident" after pressure on its A&E department meant it had run out of beds and was struggling to cope with demand. 

Earlier I contacted the hospital which tells me it is no longer running a critical incident, However, it remains on black alert and is "extremely busy".

Southend Hospital

Lunchtime weather: Heavy, thundery showers.

BBC Weather

It's not looking good if you're planning a trip out of the office soon. 

Heavy, perhaps thundery showers will spread southwards this afternoon. They will be quite long-lasting in places, so there could be some temporary surface water flooding on roads in one or two spots. 

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather map

You'll find the latest forecast for your part of the county here

Suspected illegal immigrants seen 'pouring out' of lorry are hiding out in Basildon, police believe

The Echo is reporting that suspected illegal immigrants are believed to be hiding out in Basildon after drivers spotted a group of men "pouring out" of a parked lorry.

You can read the full story here.

All lines between Chelmsford and Colchester reopen

It's after a man was hit by a train at Witham at about 10:20 this morning. 

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Up above the streets and houses...

Love this rainbow captured over Chelmsford by one of our Weather Watchers yesterday evening. 


Man's death on railway not 'treated as suspicious'

British Transport Police says it's not treating the death of a man at Witham Station as suspicious. 

A spokesman said the force was called at about 10:20 after reports a person was struck by a train. 

Witham disruption
Network Rail

Officers and colleagues from the East of England Ambulance Service attended and a man was pronounced dead at the scene."

British Transport Police

Greater Anglia reports person hit by train at Witham

We've spoken to Greater Anglia which says emergency services are dealing with a person who has been hit by a train at Witham.

Replacement bus service to run between Shenfield and Colchester

A replacement bus service is currently being arranged to run between Shenfield and Colchester. 

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It's not yet know how long the line will be closed for while an emergency service is dealt with, however Network Rail says disruption is likely until 14:00. 

Tickets also being accepted on some local First Bus services. 

More details on Greater Anglia problems...

Greater Anglia says it is dealing with an emergency incident between Chelmsford and Colchester. We're currently trying to establish what the cause is.

The line is currently blocked in both directions. However, services from Southend Victoria are not affected.

We'll bring you more information as we get it. 

Greater Anglia

No trains between Shenfield and Colchester

'The EFL Trophy is dying', says Southend chief executive

Southend United's chief executive Steve Kavanagh has been speaking about the club's decision to back controversial changes to the English Football League (EFL) Trophy.

He said the competition was dying and that clubs either wanted to win it or go out in Round One.

"The middle ground is a nightmare as there is little or no money, not many are interested and now the competition doesn’t have a sponsor. But getting to the final is a fantastic day out and worth over £400,000," he said.

Steve Kavanagh

I cannot accept that we can let a competition - one where we have been strong and been to the final several times - die. That would be bad news for League One and League Two clubs so it has to be refreshed and rebuilt into something new."

Steve KavanaghSouthend United chief executive

What does the EFL say about changes to competition?

Let's return to the story we brought you earlier regarding Southend United's support for controversial changes to the EFL Trophy.

In a statement, the English Football League (EFL) said it was piloting the changes as part of their "ongoing commitment to creating more and better home-grown players".

Football League

The changes will see the 16 academy sides evenly distributed throughout the groups alongside the League One and League Two clubs, with the competition continuing to run on a north/south basis until the final.

Each team will play each other once in the group stage, with the academy team getting just one home game. The knockout stages will be single ties apart from the semi-finals, where there will be two legs.

Weather: Showers turning thundery

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A day of sunny intervals and showers, with some showers becoming heavy and thundery by the afternoon. It will be breezy. 

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Heading out? You'll find the latest forecast for your area via BBC Weather

Chris May's car found 10 miles away from home

Chris May's Volkswagen Golf was found abandoned about 10 miles from his home in Kelvedon in the village of Fairstead.

VW Golf
Essex Police

The wing mirror was bent in of the offside of the car when officers discovered the car at Troy's Chase footpath at about 11:30 on 25 May 2015.

An hour earlier, the vehicle was pictured on CCTV crashing with a passing vehicle and trailer in White Notley.

Chris May investigation initially a missing person inquiry - then an 'unsolved homicide case'

Chris May, 28, was last seen at his home in Kelvedon on 25 May 2015.

Essex Police confirmed last month that it was no longer treating his disappearance as a missing person inquiry but as an unsolved homicide case.  

Chris May
Essex Police

Chris May murder: Two men arrested in 'pre-planned' operation

Two men arrested as part of an inquiry into the murder of a man missing for more than a year were detained as part of a pre-planned operation, police say. 

Chris May
Essex Police

Chris May, 28, from Kelvedon, disappeared on 25 May last year but no body has been found.

A 35-year-old man from Braintree has been arrested on suspicion of his murder while another, a 25-year-old man from Kelvedon, has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. 

They were arrested at 06:00 and taken to a police station for questioning. 

BreakingTwo arrested in Chris May murder investigation

Police investigating the murder of Kelvedon man Chris May have made two arrests.

More to follow.

Southend United backs controversial English Football League Trophy changes

Southend United chief executive Steve Kavanagh has revealed that the club voted in favour of controversial changes to the EFL Trophy.


The competition is being expanded next season, allowing some Premier League academy sides to take part.

Some fans are unhappy at the move, believing it is the start of allowing Premier League "B-teams" to enter the Football League itself. 

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Hello there. 

We start this morning with news that Southend United has revealed its backing for controversial changes to the English Football League (EFL) trophy. 

More on that shortly, plus the latest forecast for the county. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can send us a tweet using #esxlive or drop us an email