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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Tilbury murder suspect appeals against extradition to UK
  3. Care home murder trial continues
  4. Thousands of onions shed by lorry in Southend
  5. Mother praises hospital's care for amputee footballer
  6. Colchester United sign new deals with two players
  7. Updates on Thursday, 7 July 2016

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Here's a quick recap of the main stories we've been following:

  • Speaking in his own defence at Chelmsford Crown Court, Ronald King told the jury there were three rounds of ammunition in his gun - one for his wife Rita, one for himself, and one for his sister Eileen, who also lived in De La Mer care home in Walton-on-the-Naze
  • Colchester United sign Kilmarnock and under-21 Scotland international midfielder Craig Slater on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee
  • NHS bosses say the decision to stop doing specialised urology surgery in Colchester and to only do it in Southend, will "drive improvements" in treating complex cancers
  • Essex-based blog Waffle Mag has pointed out Southend was a trending topic on Twitter yesterday after a lorry shed its load of thousands of onions near Priory Park

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Forecast: You may not want to read this...

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

We're expecting a cloudy evening and night with showery outbreaks of rain developing later which may turn heavy in the early hours of Friday. 

Winds will be light south westerlies with minimum temperatures of about 14C (57F).

Thursday weather

Tomorrow you can expect cloudy skies with showery outbreaks of rain at first, some heavy. This will gradually clear to drier, brighter conditions turning mostly dry for the afternoon, with just the chance of an isolated shower.

For more detail from your part of the world, visit BBC Weather.

Shenfield man jailed for rigging Libor rate

A former banker from Shenfield has been jailed for rigging the Libor rate in a fraud involving "eye-watering" sums of money.

Libor prosecution

Jonathan Matthew, 35, was convicted of manipulating the US dollar Libor rate between 2005 and 2007.

Three other city traders were also jailed for rigging the rate.

Libor, which stands for London inter-bank offered rate, is used by banks to set prices of financial products and underpins trillions of pounds in loans for households and companies worldwide.  

7/7 officer retires on 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks

A police officer from Kelvedon who provided life-saving first aid to fellow Tube passengers during the 7/7 bombings decided to retire on the 11th anniversary of the attacks because she wanted to "remember it for not just a sad event".

Pc Elizabeth Kenworthy

Metropolitan police officer Liz Kenworthy was off-duty when a suicide bomber blew himself up on her train at Aldgate station in 2005.

"I would like to hope our security has improved and our communications have improved," she said.

"I could not possibly say whether something like that could or could not happen again but I hope that it won't - I think all Londoners need to be alert."

Drones in plane near misses every week

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Drone with aircraft in background
Getty Images

A near miss between a drone and an aircraft over UK airspace is reported more than once a week, new figures for airports, including Stansted, show.

Conservative leadership race: Who are Essex MPs supporting?

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex political reporter

With Witham MP Priti Patel declaring her support for Theresa May, one of the two survivors in the Conservative leadership race, I've been totting up where the rest of Essex's MPs stand:

Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove
  • Nine MPs including Stephen Metclafe, Robert Halfon, Simon Burns and Will Quince are also supporting Theresa May
  • Four MPs have given their support to Andrea Leadsom (the other remaining candidate), including John Baron and Bernard Jenkin
  • Two are supporting Michael Gove, who has been eliminated from the contest this afternoon
  • Two Essex MPs have not said which candidate they are supporting

Killer had wedding picture in gun bag

Charlotte Rose

BBC Essex

A wedding photo was also found in a gun bag used by a disabled pensioner to shoot his wife, a court hears.

Rita King and Ronald King
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Ron King, 87, of Walton-on-the-Naze, denies murdering his 81-year-old wife Rita at the De La Mer care home in the town.

Care home murder trial: Ronald King 'also had a bullet for his sister'

Charlotte Rose

BBC Essex

Speaking in his own defence at Chelmsford Crown Court, Ronald King has told the jury there were three rounds of ammunition in his gun - one for his wife Rita, one for himself, and one for his sister Eileen, who also lived in De La Mer care home in Walton-on-the-Naze.

De La Mer House

When asked why he wanted to involve his 92-year-old sister, Mr King, who denies murdering his wife,  replied: "She lived on a big bed, she stayed on it all day - she was a living corpse".

He also told the court he modified the bullets by cutting the fronts of them off, as he remembered reading about a "dum-dum bullet... when you fire it it leaves a hole as big as your fist, there’s no chance of getting better".

Colchester forward signs up for another year

Glenn Speller

BBC Essex sport

Colchester United’s Femi Akinwande has signed a new one year contract at the League Two club.

The forward made two first team appearances last season.

Akinwande joined the U’s midway through last season after impressing for non-league Maldon & Tiptree.

Moving urology service to Southend 'will drive improvements'

NHS bosses say the decision to stop doing specialised urology surgery in Colchester and to only do it in Southend, will "drive improvements" in treating complex cancers.

Patient undergoes treatment on prostrate
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"For a long time we have had specialised urological surgery services that do not meet nationally agreed standards," said Dr Rory Harvey, clinical director of the region's cancer network.

An evaluation panel set up to look at services found the team at Colchester had not been able to address how they would expand their services to treat people from across the county, whereas Southend's team showed good understanding of how to do that.

Colchester set to lose specialised urology surgery service

Patients who need specialist urology surgery in Essex might have to head to Southend in the future as the NHS considers plans to close the service in Colchester.

At the moment, patients can have treatment at centres at Colchester Hospital (pictured left) or Southend (right).

Colchester and Southend Hospitals

NHS England says a panel has recommended having a single centre to make sure surgeons take on enough urological cancer cases "to maintain their clinical expertise" and give patients the best chance of survival.

Neither hospital currently performs enough specialised surgery to meet the standards, NHS England says, but Southend had "clear mobilisation and capacity plans" for how the service would work in future.

Man arrested over Stanford-le-Hope shooting

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Stanford-le-Hope earlier this year.

Owen Ward

The driver of a silver Ford Transit van was left with "life-changing injuries", police said, after he was shot at the junction of London Road and Stanford Road on 10 May.

A 33-year-old man from Ilford was arrested yesterday and is being questioned.

No use crying over spilt onions

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Essex-based blog Waffle Mag has pointed out Southend was a trending topic on Twitter yesterday after a lorry shed its load of thousands of onions near Priory Park.


Its Facebook post attracted a whole plethora of onion-based puns, my particular favourite being: "Motorists are being advised to find a hard shoulder to cry on".

My own onion pun in the headline is the best I could come up with. By all means send yours to me via email.

Nile Ranger

Southend boss Phil Brown says Nile Ranger knows he is in the "last-chance saloon" during a "test period" with the club.

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Ali Qazimaj appeals District Court decision on extradition

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury in Essex, has appealed against a decision by the District Court in Luxembourg to uphold his extradition to the UK.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Mr Qazimaj, who was arrested by police in Luxembourg last month, will find out within 20 days whether the Court of Appeal upholds Monday's decision to extradite him, or whether his appeal has been successful.

If the decision to extradite him is upheld, Mr Qazimaj will be surrendered to Suffolk Police within 10 days.

Police want to question Mr Qazimaj about the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife, Sylvia, who they also believe has been killed.

BreakingWeybread murders suspect appeals extradition from Luxembourg

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We've just heard from the District Court in Luxembourg that Ali Qazimaj, who is suspected by police of killing Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart, has appealed the decision to extradite him to the UK.

We'll bring you further details shortly.

Leave campaigner and Witham MP declares support for Theresa May

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex political reporter

Conservative Witham MP - and one of the most prominent Essex EU Leave campaigners - Priti Patel has declared her support for Theresa May in the Conservative Party leadership race.

Priti Patel

In a statement, Ms Patel said the nation was "at a crossroads in its history" and it was "vital that our next Prime Minister is tried and tested with experience of making tough decisions".

"From all discussions with Theresa on the future of our country, I believe that her experience in tough negotiations, her determination to get the best deal for the UK, and her commitment to reduce immigration - in a fair way - make her the obvious choice."

Who is Ron King?

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

The elderly and disabled man accused of murdering his wife Rita was the eighth of 16 children, the jury has been told.

Ronald King, 87, admits shooting his wife, which he claims was to end her suffering from dementia, but he denies murder.

The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court has just heard how he was a child evacuee during World War Two and was moved from London to Ipswich.

He was in his late 20s when he met Rita at a dancing class.

She was a shorthand typist for Zenith insurance company, while he was a car park attendant.

Ron King Trial: Wedding picture found in gun bag

A wedding photograph was found in a hessian bag Ron King used to transport the gun he used to shoot his wife, a jury has been told.

Rita and Ron King

Rita King, 81, who had dementia, was shot dead at De La Mer House in Walton-on-the-Naze last December.

Her husband Ronald King, 87, admits killing her but denies murder.

After delays this morning, the case has now resumed.

Weather: Muggy, cloudy and slightly damp this afternoon

BBC Weather

Staying on the muggy side through this afternoon with some cloudy and damp weather. 

There will be some dry and brighter breaks which will make it feel rather warm.

Thursday afternoon weather

Highs this afternoon of 22C (72F).

Check the latest forecast for where you live here.

Essex bowler Matt Quinn 'getting used to being sore'

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

The Essex bowler Matt Quinn says his body is feeling the effects of playing so much cricket. 

The New Zealander helped Essex return to the top of Division Two of the Championship with a ten wicket win over Kent.

Matt Quinn

"It's great to be part of a winning side. Obviously we struggled a bit in our T20 stuff, but we've turned that around in our last few games," he said.

"I'm playing a lot more cricket than I'm used to, so my body's adapting and getting used to being a bit more sore than usual - but I'm really enjoying it."

Buckhurst Hill death: Post-mortem examination to be carried out later

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

We have an update for you on the death of a woman in Buckhurst Hill which we mentioned earlier.

Essex Police's press office has told us a post-mortem examination will take place later on the body of the 51-year-old, who was found injured at a property in Lower Queens Road on Sunday night.

At the moment the force is still treating her death as unexplained.

Walton care home murder trial due to resume

Charlotte Rose

BBC Essex

I'm back at Chelmsford Crown Court for the trial of Ronald King, an 87-year-old man accused of the murder of his wife at a care home in Walton-on-the-Naze.

Rita King, 81, was shot dead at De La Mer House on 28 December.

Mr King denies murder. Today the defence is due to start making its case.

Proceedings are due to get under way at midday.

Senior police officer remembers 7/7

Essex Police's Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne has taken a moment to mark the 7 July London bombings, which happened 11 years ago today.

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Report finds improvement in police handling of vulnerable people

A new report has found there have been significant improvements in the way Essex Police deal with some of the most vulnerable people in the county, such as abuse victims. 

The force was criticised by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary last year. 

It now says there has been a change of mindset and improved responses to things like domestic violence.

Stephen Kavanagh

It's good news for the force, but more importantly it's good news for those who are suffering domestic abuse. They need to have confidence in us, and the great thing about this report is it’s not me saying we've significantly improved - it's the inspectors and our partners."

Stephen KavanaghChief Constable, Essex Police

Mum of amputee footballer praises 'amazing' work of hospital staff

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Shaun Whiter's mum has thanked staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where her 27-year-old son is being treated after a hit-and-run crash which left him needing both legs amputated.

Shaun Whiter / Addenbrooke's Hospital
Family Photo / BBC

"They've treated him and given him so much dignity," Pauline Whiter said. "They've been truly amazing".

Mr Whiter, a footballer who was about to begin training with Newmarket Town, was pinned against his car when another vehicle crashed into it when he was helping his friend Joey Abbs change a tyre near the Suffolk town on Friday night.

'This is a secret that shouldn't be kept'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

The mother of a footballer who lost his legs in a hit-and-run crash hopes the driver responsible "didn't realise the amount of damage and that's why they didn't stop".

Shaun Whiter, 27, who works as an estate agent in Stansted Mountfitchet and was due to begin training with Newmarket Town, was helping his friend change a flat tyre near Newmarket on Friday night when a car hit them and drove off.

Shaun Whiter
Family photo

His mum Pauline Whiter said she hoped the driver involved would come forward and speak to police.

"We hope they're a good human being and now they know what's happened, they will come forward, or someone they shared a confidence with will, " she said. "This is a secret that shouldn't be kept".

M11 crash: Police say all lanes have reopened

Jodie Smith

BBC News

There's been a bit of confusion this morning about exactly how many vehicles were involved in the crash which closed the M11 in the early hours of this morning.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service told us 15 vehicles were involved, whereas we'd heard reports it was eight.

We've checked with Essex Police, who were called to the southbound carriageway to manage the traffic, and the press office said one lorry and seven cars were involved.

All lanes have been reopened, a spokeswoman added.

Visit BBC Travel for the latest across Essex.

M11 crash: Multi-vehicle crash results in 'extensive damage'

Fire service says 15 vehicles involved in M11 crash

The crash on the M11 between Harlow and the M25 involved 15 vehicles, Essex Fire and Rescue Service said.

Three crews were sent after two HGVs and nine cars collided on the southbound carriageway at 03:38 this morning.

"No one was trapped in their vehicles on arrival and first aid was given to 14 casualties," the fire service said.

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Police speaking to 27-year-old man over Buckhurst Hill death

Essex Police said the woman found injured in Lower Queens Road in Buckhurst Hill was treated by paramedics on Sunday and taken to hospital, where she died.

Officers have been speaking to a 27-year-old man as part of the inquiry.

Detectives said they wanted to speak to anyone "who may have heard a disturbance at the address at around 22:00 on Sunday".

Lower Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill

Travel: Crash involving lorry and seven cars on M11

There are severe delays on the southbound M11 this morning after a crash involving a lorry and seven cars.

It happened between junction seven for Harlow and junction six for the M25 at 04:00.

The M11 was completely closed southbound for a few hours. There's still one lane closed, so be prepared to queue if you're heading that way.

Good morning

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Welcome to today's live page for Essex on this warm Thursday morning.

We're going to start by bringing you news of an unexplained death in Buckhurst Hill.

Police say they were called to Lower Queens Road on Sunday night where they found a 51-year-old woman being treated by paramedics. 

More on this shortly, along with other top stories.