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  1. Updates on Monday, 27 June 2016
  2. Two men seriously injured after multi-vehicle crash on A13
  3. Action Man from Braintree missing after 'space' flight
  4. 'No changes' to Ford operations in Essex following Brexit
  5. Brexit 'like a soap opera', says scriptwriter
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather 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 - we're off to cheer on England, like these animals at Colchester Zoo.

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

Have a great evening and hopefully we'll get the result we want!

Our top stories across the day...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

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

  • An Essex man who spent 21 years on the run is back behind bars after he was rearrested on Saturday
  • Essex will not replace injured New Zealand international fast bowler Adam Milne in their T20 Blast squad  
  • The UKIP MEP for the East of England has called the Remain camp "sore losers" after Britain voted for Brexit last week

Leave side does have a plan, insists Douglas Carswell

Clacton UKIP MP and Leave campaigner Douglas Carswell welcomes the creation of a new unit in the Cabinet Office to lead civil service efforts to extricate the UK from the EU.

Douglas Carswell

He says it's good to see the unit isn't based in the Foreign Office "because it's been irredeemably federalist" - but now the "right people" must be involved in it, namelly, he says, Daniel Hannan, Chris Grayling and Michael Gove.

He says those people "have given a great deal of thought to what the plan is" - and it is wrong to suggest there isn't one.

Mr Carswell says "informal negotiations" must now begin, for example, on so-called passporting rights for the City of London, and "once that is done, bang, it's Article 50 time."

The Remain camp are 'sore losers' says UKIP MEP

Three days on Brexit is still a topic which is provoking much debate, particularly on social media. 

The UKIP MEP for the East of England, Patrick O'Flynn, has called the Remain camp "sore losers". 

Patrick O'Flynn

The message to them is it's over now, you lost, time to adjust"

Patrick O'FlynnUKIP MEP, East of England

Speaking on BBC Essex earlier Mr O'Flynn said: "There has been the biggest vote in Britain's history for Brexit - 17.4 million voters -  that's an overwhelming mandate for Britain to leave the EU". 

Weather: Sunny end to the day... Rain due tomorrow afternoon

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells to end the day and then a dry night with light winds and lows of around 10C (50F).


A dry start to Tuesday with spells of sunshine. Rain is expected to move eastwards during the afternoon and this could turn heavy at times. Highs of around 19C (66F).

You can find the latest forecast with BBC Weather.

Essex fugitive returned to jail after 21 years on the run

An Essex man who spent 21 years on the run is back behind bars after he was rearrested on Saturday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) says. 

Malcolm Gooch, 68, from Chigwell absconded while on day release from HMP Send in Surrey in 1995. He was three years into an 11 years sentence for drug smuggling. 

Malcolm Gooch before and after

Officers identified Gooch had been using a fraudulently obtained passport in a different name in France. On Saturday the NCA was notified the same passport had been used on a Eurostar service from Gare du Nord. 

He has since been returned to prison to carry out the remainder of his sentence. 

See Action Man launched into space (almost)

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The hunt is on to find an Action Man that was launched into near space.  

Maj Bob Tom, from Essex, was was launched in Leicestershire on Sunday and then came down in a field in Creaton in Northamptonshire... but he hasn't been seen since.

If you're wondering how he got up there, this is how...

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Video courtesy of Rob Wisdom

Ground control searching for Action Man missing after 'space' flight

An Action Man astronaut doll is missing after being launched into near space.

Action Man astronaut doll
Wisdom Design

The original 1966 doll, belonging to Rob Wisdom, who lives near Braintree, was launched in Leicestershire on Sunday to celebrate Action Man's 50th anniversary.

It travelled 19 miles (30km) before falling back to earth. A tracker device led the team to a Northamptonshire field but "Major Bob Tom", his space capsule and camera were gone.

A £200 reward has been offered and a "Find Major Tom" campaign in under way.

Lionel's gone, now time to prepare for the new season

On Saturday, music legend Lionel Richie graced the stage at Colchester United's stadium. Fast forward 48-hours the pitch looks as if it's ready to the U's next home game.

They play Ipswich in a pre-season friendly on 20 July. 

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Adam Milne was part of the New Zealand team beaten in the World T20 by England

Essex will not replace injured New Zealand international Adam Milne in their T20 Blast squad.

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Brexit isn't the only challenge England face today...

Away from Brexit, there's another big challenge facing England tonight. The chance to get to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson's side travel to Nice where they'll face Iceland at 20:00 our time. Down the road at a fan zone in Paris, a familiar flag is being flown.  

Southend fan Nathan Warren is representing Essex in France. He tweeted this photo.

Southend flag

Warning over fraudsters' fake parking ticket scam

Here's a story that has caught our eye in today's Echo. 

Drivers have been warned to look out for a scam by fraudsters who are ticketing cars by posing as Southend council officials, the paper says. 

You can read the full story here


Clean Vic?

A 119-year-old Queen Victoria statue in Southend is almost unrecognisable after she was given a wash down. 

This statue was presented to Southend by the then Mayor, Bernard Wiltshire Tolhurst, to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897.  

She scrubs up quite well doesn't she...

Before and after
Southend Borough Council
Jamie Day

Braintree boss Jamie Day brings in Hemel Hempstead goalkeeper Jamie Butler as his sixth summer signing.

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Now you're just showing off...

When you look out your window you may see a pigeon, sparrow or maybe a magpie on the rooftops or in the garden - but I'm pretty sure the sight of peacocks is a bit rare? 

These two birds were spotted in Brentwood by Chris who tweeted: "An unusual sight this morning of 2 peacocks on my neighbours roof..I didn't know they could fly....."

Peacocks on a roof in Brentwood

... Chris' cat Martin was certainly intrigued.

Peacocks on a roof in Brentwood with a cat looking at them

The National Geographic team have a few more peacock facts.

Weather: Dry and bright with sunny spells.

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with sunny spells and with light winds and it will feel pleasantly warm. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).


BBC Weather Watcher "Bertie's Walk" has sent us this photo in Broxted. They reported heavy cloud with tempretures at about 16C (61F).

You'll find the latest forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Car fire blocks A12 at Kelvedon in both directions

BBC Travel

More problems on the roads this afternoon as the A12 is blocked in both directions due to a car fire at J24 for Kelvedon North. Traffic is queuing in both directions. 

Regular travel updates can be found here

Car fire
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If you're just joining us...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

A busy morning here on Essex Live, here are the top stories we've covered so far: 

  • Ford says it has no plans to change its operations in Essex following the vote for the UK to leave the European Union
  • A UKIP Thurrock councillor says it's an "utter joke" that Nigel Farage will not be part of the UK's negotiation to get us out of the EU
  • Two men have been seriously injured following a crash which closed the A13 in Stanford-le-Hope earlier today

A13 bypass crash leaves two injured

Robby West

BBC Essex

We have some more details on the A13 Stanford-le-Hope crash. 

Two people have been injured, one man was flown to the Royal London Hospital in a "critical" condition. 

A second person, whose condition is said to be "stable", has been taken to Basildon Hospital for further treatment. 

Labour's Richard Howitt on his future as an MEP for the East

The Labour MEP for the East of England has been talking about his future, and the future of the country following Brexit. 

Richard Howitt

"I'm feeling very concerned about what is going to happen next", Richard Howitt said. 

"The duty of me and the remainder of my time as an MEP, and I don't know how long that will be, is still to try and be part of negotiating the best relationships for us."

When I say I'm concerned, I really am".

Richard HowittLabour MEP, East of England

A13 bypass reopens after earlier crash

Robby West

BBC Essex

Traffic is now able to pass the site of an accident on the A13 Stanford-le-Hope bypass. 

The road was closed for a time this morning after reports of a seven vehicle accident. 

Crash scene

You can find the latest traffic incidents around the county via BBC Travel

Brexit a 'wake up call' says Harlow MP

Thursday's vote for Brexit has been a bit of a wake up call, according to the Harlow MP who campaigned for Britain to remain part of the EU.

Robert Halfon

Conservative Robert Halfon labelled the result as a "huge revolt against the establishment". His constituency, like the rest of Essex, voted in favour of leaving.

Harlow EU vote: 29,602 leave, 13,867 remain

"It's up to politicians like me to stand up and listen to what the people in Essex and across the country have said".  

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'It was pretty clear' the East would vote for Brexit

Could anybody have predicted that 42 out of the 47 districts in the East of England would vote to leave the EU? 

Well Prof Paul Whitley from the University of Essex said he knew this was going to be the case.

Prof Paul Whitley

"We had a big survey that we looked at three days before and it was pretty clear to me this was going to happen", he told Sunday Politics East

Prof Whitley also congratulated MPs from the region for running a "civilised campaign" which wasn't "like the national level".  

Brexit the soap opera?

The last few days feel like something from a soap opera don't they? Britain votes Brexit, David Cameron resigns as prime minster and Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet crumbles. 

So how easy would it be to adapt the story of Brexit for TV or film?

Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson

"You really couldn't make it up could you?" scriptwriter Julie Wassmer told BBC Essex. 

"When we start writing a drama we're absolutely sure where a drama will end - but here we have surprises happening all the time", she said. 

"[Brexit] could be a continuing drama or a soap opera, which this seems to be". 

We're open to suggestions for the casting... Send us your thoughts using using #esxlive.

Seven vehicle accident closes A13 bypass

BBC Travel

The A13 Stanford-le-Hope by-pass is closed London-bound due to an accident involving seven vehicles. 

Congestion is back to the Orsett Cock. More details as we get them. 

You'll find the latest travel updates here

'No changes' to Ford operations in Essex following Brexit

Ford says it has no plans to change its operations in Essex following the vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

The car giant employs 7,000 people in the county and says, for now, it is staying put. 

Ford statement

Who should be the next prime minister?

It's the question on everyone's lips. Boris Johnson and Teresa May appear to be the front runners for the top job after David Cameron resigned on Friday

Bernard Jenkin

Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, says it would be "inconceivable" if the party's new leader didn't support Brexit. 

"Boris is really positive about the prospects of this country," he said. "I've got enormous respect for Teresa, I'm not making any comments about any of the candidates, but I hope whatever happens she'll be a senior minister in the cabinet." 

Weather: Dry today with sunny spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a rather cloudy start to the day with some light rain. 

This will quickly clear though and sunny spells will develop. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

You'll find the latest forecast for your area at BBC Weather.   

Farage frozen out of EU negotiation team is a 'complete and utter joke'

Following the Brexit vote, Nigel Farage told BBC Essex last week he was over-the-moon with the result. 

Fast forward to today, it seems the UKIP leader has been frozen out of part of the negotiating team to get us out of the EU.

Jack Duffin

This hasn't gone down too well with fellow UKIP'ers. Jack Duffin (pictured), the party's councillor for Stanford East and Corringham Town in Thurrock, called it a "complete and utter joke".

Let's put the country first. We're the only ones with a clue about what's going on, the only ones with a sensible plan. So why not do what's in the best interest for the country and let UKIP feed in the ideas, as we're the only ones that understand what's happening."

Jack DuffinUKIP councillor

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning - hope you had a great weekend. 

We'll continue today with more local reaction to Thursday's EU referendum, as Britain voted to leave the European Union. 

If you'd like to share your thoughts, you can tweet us using #esxlive, email us or visit our Facebook page.