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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 29 June 2016
  2. Murder investigation launched after Basildon stabbing
  3. Police were called to Market Pavement at about 17:30
  4. A man later died in hospital
  5. A 22-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder
  6. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jack Warren

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Thanks for reading our live coverage on Essex Live today, here are the top stories we've covered: 

  • Police are continuing to question a 22-year-old man following a fatal stabbing in Basildon town centre yesterday
  • The UKIP MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, was booed and jeered by MPs during Prime Minister's Questions today as he called for both sides in the referendum campaign to help unite the country  
  • Bookies are offering odds of 1000/1 that the MP for Basildon and Billiericay John Baron becomes the next Conservative leader 

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

Weather: Heavy rain at times tonight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Much of the evening will remain wet with heavy rain at times and strong winds, though the night it will turn drier and clearer from the north with winds gradually easing. 

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).


After a bright start with some sunshine tomorrow, cloud will thicken through the day with showery outbreaks of rain through the afternoon.

Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

England captain Alastair Cook available for next Essex match

BBC Sport

Division Two side Essex will have England captain Alastair Cook available for their next County Championship match against Kent.  

England captain Alastair Cook reached 10,000 Test runs during the series win over Sri Lanka
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The 31-year-old opener is to make his fifth Championship appearance of the season in the game starting on Sunday.

Cook has not played cricket since England completed their 2-0 Test series win over Sri Lanka on 13 June.

Worry at surge in violent crime incidents involving young people

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

The involvement of children and youths in a surge in violent crime is being held up as a "frightening" sign of the times.

Story in the paper

Read the full story here.

Firefighters clean-up 600kg A120 chemical spill

If you were passing on the A120 near Stansted earlier, you might have seen a big clean-up operation after 600kg (1322lbs) of ammonium nitrate leaked from a lorry. 


Essex Fire and Rescue says it was called to the scene at about 10:00 and it took them around about an hour to make the area safe again. 

Nobody was injured. 

Brennan Dickenson and Dexter Peter

Colchester United sign former Gillingham versatile left-back Brennan Dickenson and ex-Chelmsford centre-back Dexter Peter.

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John Baron - the Conservative Party's Leicester City?

It's expected that John Baron, the MP for Basildon and Billericay, is going to put himself forward as a candidate for the next Conservative leader.

However, the bookies are pretty certain he won't be David Cameron's successor.

Betting odds

Although, I probably don't need to remind you that Leicester were 5000/1 to win the Premier League at the start of last season, and look what happened there. 

Praise for Basildon Somme memorial event from David Cameron during PMQs

The prime minister has today praised a Basildon-based project which commemorates the Battle of the Somme.

David Cameron during PMQs

It's after the Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, asked David Cameron to thank those involved in the Forget Never project during today's PMQ's.

"I commend all those organising these important events, particularly the event he mentions in his constituency", the prime minister said. 

'It's not safe here anymore'... residents speak after man stabbed to death in Basildon

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

I'm still in Basildon where are man in his 20s was stabbed to death yesterday evening.

Basildon scene

Local residents have been telling me "it's not safe here anymore". 

One lady, who wished to remain anonymous said: "It's horrible... After everything that has gone on I don't feel safe around here". 

Kevan Hurst

Mansfield further strengthen their squad for the new season by signing Southend United midfielder Kevan Hurst.

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Your pictures from around the county

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to everybody who has uploaded their Weather Watcher pictures today. Here's a look at some of our favourites... 

Thorpe Bay

Man charged with sending offensive tweet to Harlow MP Robert Halfon

A 21-year-old man has been charged with sending an offensive tweet to the Conservative MP for Harlow Robert Halfon (pictured).

Robert Halfon

The unemployed man from the town is accused of sending a message that was "grossly offensive, or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character" last Thursday. 

He's due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 13 July.  

Stansted Airport evacuated after 'false alarm'

Stansted Airport was evacuated earlier this afternoon after a fire alarm was triggered. 

Passengers were temporarily forced to leave the terminal building - which has since reopened. 

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Weather: Turning wet and windy later

BBC Weather

If you're heading out this afternoon, you might want to take a brolly. Rain will turn increasingly persistent through the afternoon, bringing drizzly outbreaks and some heavier bursts in places. It'll be windy too. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather map for Essex at 13:00

Get the latest forecast for your area from BBC Weather

Jack Midson

Braintree Town sign striker Jack Midson following his release by National League rivals Eastleigh.

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If you're just joining us...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

A very good afternoon to you - here are the top stories we've covered so far on Essex Live today: 

  • A 22-year-old man is being questioned after a man was stabbed to death in Basildon town centre yesterday
  • A GP surgery on Canvey Island has been closed with immediate effect following serious concerns from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission  
  • The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford has been closed again for "emergency repairs" after motorists faced lengthy delays leaving the city during yesterday's rush hour
  • Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP for Clacton, is booed during today's Prime Minister's Questions

Douglas Carswell trends on Twitter...

Douglas Carswell's appearance in Prime Minister's Questions is getting people talking on Twitter...

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Clacton MP jeered and booed during PMQs

Douglas Carswell, the UKIP MP for Clacton, was booed and jeered by MPs during Prime Minister's Questions today as he called for both sides in the referendum campaign to help unite the country.

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Essex MPs take to Twitter to back Boris Johnson

Today we begin to find out who'll be in the running to become the next Conservative leader.

A couple of the county's MPs have taken to Twitter to show their support for Boris Johnson.

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Bright idea? Light installed to prevent drivers misjudging the Strood

The only road on and off Mersea Island has had a new gadget installed on it to help drivers avoid being caught out by high tides. 

Essex County Council/RNLI

Those familiar with the area will know that the Strood periodically floods at high tide. 

But now, Essex County Council has had a bright idea and installed a light which switches on when flood water covers the road. 

It's hoped it will help drivers judge whether the road is safe to cross... 

Army and Navy flyover closed... again

Market trader saw Basildon stab victim 'lying on the ground'

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

Back now to our top story this morning... and people in Basildon town centre have been describing their sadness at death of a young man found stabbed in this busy shopping area, near the bus station, late yesterday afternoon.

Market Pavement

One market trader close to the scene told me he saw the victim lying on the ground being tended to by the emergency services.

A large police cordon has been taken away - and while detectives continue to investigate there's now no outward sign a man was killed here.

An apology from Essex County Council over last night's Chelmsford traffic chaos

In the words of Justin Bieber, is it too late now to say sorry?

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Canvey GP surgery closed with immediate effect after serious concerns from CQC

A GP surgery on Canvey Island has been closed with immediate effect following serious concerns from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 


It's not yet clear why action has been taken against the Grafton Surgery on Long Road, and we may not be able to find out much more for now as the CQC says it can't comment for legal reasons, but we'll keep trying.

Health bosses say patient safety is paramount and their priority is to minimise any disruption. On the surgery's website it says Oaklands Surgery will see patients instead.

John Baron gets a thumbs up from Basilon Council leader

In order for John Baron to get on the ballot paper for the Tory leadership, he would need the backing of two fellow MPs. 

One man who certainly think's he's up for the task is the Conservative leader of Basildon Council. 

Phil Turner said Mr Baron, Basildon and Billericay MP, is "well respected" among his peers. 

Phil Turner

We get caught up on the people that we see on our television and we tend to focus on them as the front runners... There's a lot of peers behind him and pushing him to put his name forward."

Phil TurnerConservative leader of Basildon Council

An Essex prime minister?

Could the next Conservative leader be from Essex? Basildon and Billiercay MP John Baron is currently considering going for the job. 

John Baron

He is weighing up his options and says he wants to stand to ensure that the EU Referendum decision is honoured.

Mr Baron needs to make up his mind soonish though... nominations are opening today but close at midday tomorrow.

Latest: Brexit, Labour and Tory leadership

Basildon police cordon removed after man stabbed to death

Business is returning to normal in Market Pavement, Basildon, after a man, believed to be in his 20s, was stabbed to death here yesterday evening.

A police cordon that was in place has now been lifted. 

Basildon murder scene
Owen Ward
Basildon murder scene
Owen Ward

Army and Navy flyover finally reopens after last night's rush hour misery

If you tried to get out of Chelmsford during rush hour yesterday evening, chances are it took you a lot longer than normal. 

Flyover closed

The flyover was closed for emergency repairs, causing misery for motorists as the city came to a standstill.

It reopened about 30 minutes ago, but traffic remains slow. You'll find the latest travel updates here

Basildon murder investigation: What we know so far

Detectives launched a murder investigation last night after a man, believed to be in his 20s, was stabbed to death in Basildon.


The victim was found injured on Market Pavement at about 17:30. He was airlifted to hospital where he later died. 

A 22-year-old man from Basildon was arrested near the scene. 

Man, 22, continuing to be questioned by police on suspicion of murder

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Essex Police says it is continuing to question a 22-year-old man on suspicion of murder. 

He was arrested by officers shortly after a man was stabbed to death in Basildon. 

We'll bring you more updates on this story as we get them. 

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to Essex Live. 

A murder investigation is under way this morning following a fatal stabbing in Basildon yesterday evening.

More on that shortly.