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  1. Updates on Friday, 22 July 2016
  2. Double murder suspect at crown court
  3. Alastair Cook draws level with Bradman with 29th test ton
  4. Teenager stabbed in leg on cricket field
  5. Could Southend manager Phil Brown be set for an England call-up?
  6. Essex Police begin 24-hour control room 'tweetathon'

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By Jack Warren

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Thanks for joining the Essex Live team - we're done for another week now and will return on Monday at 08:00.

Before we go, we had to share some of these rather interesting calls Essex Police has taken during its control room "tweetathon". 

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On that note, have a great weekend!

Weather: A clear night with a bright start to the weekend

BBC Weather

Any showers will soon die out this evening so that many of us will see a muggy, but dry and mostly clear night.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


Saturday will bring a dry start with some sunny periods and it'll still feel very warm. Cloud will bubble up by the afternoon, giving a few light showers, but it'll stay dry for most. Highs of 26C (79F).

Get your local weekend forecast at BBC Weather.

Artist recreates Southend United ground out of Lego

And finally... What do you make of this then Southend fans? Roots Hall, replicated with Lego. 

Roots Hall
Roots Hall

It's the creation of 33-year-old Chris Smith from Manchester who is attempting to recreate all 92 league grounds from the plastic bricks. 

Watch: Alistair Cook neck-and-neck with Test legend Bradman

Former Bedford School pupil and Essex captain Alastair Cook scored a century for England, as they made the most of winning the toss and batting on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan.

He's now moved level with Australia's Donald Bradman on 29 Test centuries. 

Man stabbed in cricket pitch fight

A man has been stabbed during a fight on a cricket pitch in Corringham.

Recreation Avenue

Essex Police say a large gathering of youths were seen on the field near Recreation Avenue at about 20:00 yesterday.

A fight broke out between two of the group which resulted in an 18-year-old suffering a stab wound to his leg. 

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody.

In the news

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

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

  • An Essex man has been charged with murdering a Suffolk couple following his extradition from Luxembourg
  • Fire crews have been dealing with a large fire spanning 100 acres in a Basildon park this afternoon
  • Southend United boss Phil Brown would be interested in the England assistant manager's job if he was offered the role under Sam Allardyce

T20 Blast: Kent v Essex

Essex are looking to bounce back from last night's defeat in the T20 Blast this evening.

Essex's Dan Lawrence
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The Eagles are visiting Kent, needing a win to boost their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

You can follow live commentary here.

Ali Qazimaj: A recap of today's events

Ali Qazimaj will next appear at court on Friday, 19 August.

Here's a recap of what's happened today:

  • Mr Qazimaj, who had not been present in the magistrates' court when the case began because there was not an interpreter present, was charged with the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.
  • He asked to be addressed as Vital Dapi, but was charged in the name of  Ali Qazimaj.
  • The case was moved to Ipswich Crown Court, where he denied being Ali Qazimaj, saying his name was Vital Dapi. He's been remanded in custody for 28 days.

BreakingAli Qazimaj remanded in custody for 28 days

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Judge David Goodin has remanded Ali Qazimaj in custody.

"I shall remand you in custody for 28 days from this date," Judge Goodin told Mr Qazimaj. 

The defendant has now left the court.

Ali Qazimaj has arrived in court

Richard Haugh

BBC News

He is sitting next to a person I assume is his interpreter, and is wearing a white t-shirt. 

He has a beard. 

Asked if he is Ali Qazimaj, he said: "No, my name is Vital Dapi".

Ali Qazimaj: Legal teams ask for another ten minutes

Richard Haugh

BBC News

We're still waiting for the case to get started, the legal teams have just asked for another ten minutes.

Update on key people in Ali Qazimaj case

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The Crown Prosecution Service have told me an interpreter has arrived at Ipswich Crown Court.

There's also been a change in the defence legal team, with Stephen Rose now representing Mr Qazimaj.

Paul Scothern is still the prosecuting counsel, and the case will be heard by Judge David Goodin. 

Ipswich Crown Court

Waiting for Ali Qazimaj case to get under way

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where Ali Qazimaj, 43, is due to appear. Earlier today he was charged with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

We're waiting for the case to get under way, and will report back as soon as it does.

Ipswich Crown Court

Firefighters tackle Basildon park blaze

Six fire crews have been dealing with a large grass fire spanning 100 acres (40 hectares) in a Basildon park this afternoon.

Grass fire

Firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Gloucester Park since about 13:00.   

Grass fire

There are no reports of any injuries. 

Rick Astley is coming to Essex tonight (Don't worry, this isn't a Rick-roll)

Dust off your shoulder pads, leg warmers and anything else you've kept in the cupboard since the '80s, as Rick Astley is coming to our great county tonight.

Rick Astley

Everybody's favourite, who is probably best known for Never Gonna Give You Up which spent five weeks at the top of the chart in 1987, will no doubt perform that catchy tune and others at Chelmsford City Racecourse tonight. 

Oh, and if you've never been Rick-rolled, click here and enjoy the next 3:32 minutes of your life. 

Here's why you shouldn't stay in your car if it breaks down on the motorway...

Car smashed up

Thankfully, this driver heeded that advice and there was no injuries when the vehicle was struck by a passing car on the M11 in Essex earlier. 

It was tweeted by Essex Police's casualty reduction manager, Adam Pipe. 

What's catching our eye elsewhere?

Here are some of the stories we've been reading in our local newspapers today:

  • The Echo: A new round-the-clock bus service will provide a direct route to Stansted Airport for people living in Basildon and Wickford
  • The Gazette: Transport police want to track down this man in connection with an assault on a disabled passenger on a train between London Liverpool Street and Colchester
  • Thurrock Gazette: A cowboy builder left a family's home in ruin after absconding midcontract, leaving damage totalling tens of thousands of pounds in his wake

Your lunchtime forecast

BBC Weather

Most places will be dry with warm sunshine and a humid feel this afternoon. However, some scattered slow-moving, thundery showers will build. 

Highs of 25C (77F).


If you're heading out on your break, you'll find your local forecast at BBC Weather.

Here's what we've covered on Essex Live so far

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here are our top stories on Essex Live: 

  • Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, suspected of murdering a couple in Suffolk, is to appear at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon
  • Southend United boss Phil Brown would be interested in the England assistant manager's job if he was offered the role under Sam Allardyce
  • Two men arrested in the Chris May murder investigation have had their bail extended

Police receive 619 calls in 11 hours...

Some really interesting stuff came into the Essex Police control room this morning...

We'll keep an eye on the force's "tweetathon" this afternoon.

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'A bridge too far?' Your thoughts on Phil Brown's England job interest

Here's how some of you responded on Twitter to news Southend boss Phil Brown would be interested in the England assistant manager's job if he was offered the role under Sam Allardyce.

Phil Brown and Sam Allardyce
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Mark wrote: "It's fair to say Phil doesn't lack self confidence."

Michael said: "I can just about go with Big Sam, but this is surely a bridge too far?"

Gryndkor tweets: "bit extreme innit?"

Phil Brown

Southend United boss Phil Brown would be interested in the England assistant manager's job if he was offered the role.

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Ali Qazimaj: Case moved to crown court

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Ali Qazimaj is now due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon, having been charged this morning at the town's magistrates' court with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

Ali Qazimaj: Interpreter has yet to arrive

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The case has continued in the absence of Ali Qazimaj, who has been charged of the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

Mr Qazimaj's absence has been caused by the lack of an interpreter, who contrary to what we were told earlier, has yet to arrive.

Men re-bailed in Chris May murder investigation

Two men arrested in connection with the disappearance of a man reported missing just over a year ago have been re-bailed.

Chris May
Essex Police

Chris May, 28, was last seen by family at his home in Kelvedon on 25 May 2015. His case was formally declared a murder investigation exactly a year later.

Essex Police today confirmed a 35-year-old Braintree man, arrested on suspicion of murder, and a man, 25, from Kelvedon, arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, have been re-bailed until late August. 

Man who fell off sea wall suffers 'suspected fractured femur'

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

We've heard back from the RNLI about an incident late last night where a man fell off a sea wall onto the rocks in Great Wakering. 

We're told the casualty, whose age is not known, suffered a "suspected fractured femur".

A hovercraft had to be used to transfer the injured man to paramedics. 

Man bitten in Colchester attempted robbery

A man was bitten during a violent attempted robbery in Colchester early yesterday morning.

Mortimer Gardens

Essex Police said the 38-year-old was attacked by three men who demanded money in Mortimer Gardens at about 02:45.

The suspects fled the scene empty-handed, leaving the victim, who was also punched and kicked, with cuts to the head and face. No arrests have yet been made. 

Essex Police begin 24-hour control room 'tweetathon'

Ever wondered what happens in Essex Police's control room? 


For the next 24 hours the force is hosting a "tweetathon", giving live updates on what is happening.

You can follow events on Twitter using #FCRLIVE.

Ali Qazimaj: Due before magistrates within next half-hour

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I'm here at the magistrates' court in Ipswich, where Ali Qazimaj is due to appear, charged with the murders of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart. 

I've been told Mr Qazimaj, who lives in Tilbury, Essex, and was arrested in Luxembourg, has arrived at the court and is due before magistrates at about 10:30.

Magistrates Court, Ipswich

Could Phil Brown be set for an England call-up?

Rumours Phil Brown could be linked with a role in the new England set-up are "inevitable", according to the Southend United manager himself.

Phil Brown
Getty Images

Brown worked with England's likely new manager Sam Allardyce as his assistant at Bolton between 2000 and 2005.

The Blues boss turned down the chance to become Allardyce's right hand man at Sunderland last season.

If the England role came around of course you'd have to consider it... To be involved in the England set-up is the pinnacle of any manager's career."

Phil BrownSouthend United manager

Your pictures: Clouds over Clacton

The weather certainly isn't as sunny as it was at the start of the week - as pictured down in Clacton.

Thanks to Alan for sending this one in. 

Clouds over Clacton
Alan Conran

Travel: Traffic lights out in Southend

BBC Travel

Trying to get in or out of Southend may be delayed this morning as the traffic lights on the A127 at Progress Road are not working. 

Progress Road

Engineers are aware - but you'll find the latest travel updates here

Your morning weather forecast

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a mostly dry morning, thundery showers will build through the day. However, there will be plenty of cloud breaks, bringing very warm sunshine and a humid feel.

Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Find your local forecast at BBC Weather.

Man rescued after falling from sea wall onto rocks in Great Wakering

A man has been rescued in "very dark conditions" after he fell from the sea wall onto rocks in Great Wakering late last night.


Essex Fire and Rescue described the incident, which took place at about 22:15 in New Road, as "complex".

Firefighters worked with the RNLI and paramedics to stabilise the casualty. His condition is not yet know, but we'll let you know when we find out. 

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning. 

Our top story this morning - a man has been rescued after falling from a sea wall onto rocks in Great Wakering late last night. 

Sea Wall

More on that shortly, plus we'll take a look at other stories happening around the county.

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