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If you are just logging on to catch up with the headlines from across the day, here are today's top stories:
- Harwich marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of a ferry captain who tried to ram a u-boat
- Treasured items to remind couple of son who died from cancer "trashed" in a break-in at storage unit
- Police lie test forces convicted sex offender to admit further indecent exposures after behavioural concerns
Take a scroll down the page to see our other Wednesday stories.
A painting of Miami Beach in Florida by Sir Winston Churchill has been sold at auction in Epping for £192,000.
The picture was painted in January 1946 when the former Epping MP and his wife Clementine were in Florida for a six-week visit. "We expected it to go for about that [price] as there was some flaking," Shaban Munir, director at fine art auctioners Boningtons, said.
"Had it been perfect, it would have gone for more. Brexit probably hasn't helped. I think people in the art market are nervous and cautious."
A second painting, of the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, is waiting for a bid tomorrow.
Dry with clear spells overnight, but cloudy with outbreaks of rain tomorrow.
It'll turn heavy at times, but will quickly clear eastwards to leave a brighter end to the day but still with the risk of some showers in light winds.
Maximum temperature: 21C (72F)
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Justin Bieber is set to make a huge splash at V Festival after the Love Yourself singer requested 800 gallons of purified water, warmed to 40C, for his show at Chelmsford's Hylands Park on 20 August.
The star is to be soaked on stage in one of the most challenging stunts in the 21-year history of the festival, organisers have said. V takes place across two sites - in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire.
Canadian star Bieber, 22, is making his V debut and will headline the Virgin Media Stage in Hylands Park.
An Essex man accused of being involved in a scam in which West Ham United players and staff were allegedly cheated out of thousands of pounds is facing a re-trial after a jury in his original case was dismissed.
The former West Ham United manager, and now England boss, Sam Allardyce was one of 13 people said to have paid out a total of over £70,000 each to Stephen Ackerman from Loughton in December 2014. It was with the promise of goods which, it's claimed, were not delivered.
The 48-year-old accused had pleaded not guilty. The trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court was halted earlier this week when three of the 12 jurors were absent.
A 29-year-old woman from Chelmsford has been arrested in connection with the death of another woman from a heroin overdose after she was found by paramedics at an address in Forest Drive.
Deborah Nuttell, 48, from Epping died last month and a post-mortem examination found the cause of her death was a heroin overdose.
DI Danny Stoten said: "We are currently treating Deborah's death as suspicious and officers are attempting to build a picture of the events leading up to her death. I'm keen to speak to anyone who saw Deborah on June 10 or anyone who is able to provide us with information on her lifestyle."
A convicted sex offender has been given a lie detector test after police became concerned about his behaviour.
Two Essex officers, who had completed a course to become trained polygraph examiners, were asked by detectives to test a man with previous convictions for indecent exposure after monitoring visits and intelligence gathered gave rise to concerns.
He consented to the test and when quizzed about the results he admitted he had reoffended and a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) was obtained through the courts with a condition that he must submit to a polygraph test when requested by police.
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Weather presenter, BBC Look North
Cloud and patchy rain, as shown in our picture taken at Tollesbury, will clear to the southeast allowing brighter skies to develop this afternoon.
However, these brighter skies may trigger the odd heavy shower.
Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)
The draw for next season's English Football League Trophy, open to the 48 clubs in the the Football League One and Two, has put Southend United in a group with Leyton Orient, Stevenage and Brighton's academy side.
Meanwhile, Colchester will play Charlton, Crawley and Southampton's academy in the first round.
The organisers asked 16 category one academies to join the competition this year but five declined and were replaced.
Patient care improvements will be the focus of the annual general meeting of the East of England Ambulance Service, taking place this afternoon at Great Notley, near Braintree, Essex.
The trust's board members have already met this morning to discuss its performance and working with other agencies - and the service has been live tweeting from the meeting.
The latest annual accounts, clinical priorities and future plans are due to be unveiled during the public meeting.
If you have just joined us here are a few of the headlines to stories we have been covering so far. You can scroll down to read them.
- Harwich marks the centenary of the execution by the Germans of a courageous ferry captain who tried to ram a U-boat
- Parents of a seven-year-old boy who died from cancer shocked when his treasured possessions are vandalised in storage
- Colchester defender Matt Briggs may be out of action for months if hip surgery is found to be necessary
The parents of a seven-year-old boy who died from cancer decided to move from Burnham-on-Crouch to Norfolk and put their belongings and items with treasured memories of their son into storage for six weeks.
They found that many of their possessions had been "trashed" and items that would remind them throughout their lives of the fight their son Laughlin had put up for his life had been broken, destroyed or stolen, Mr Whiteley said.
The parents of a seven-year-old boy who died after a tumour was found in his brain were totally shocked that a store where many treasures from his life were kept was broken into, vandalised and items stolen.
Less than a month before he died Laughlin Whiteley, of Burnham-on-Crouch, received an award from Prince Harry.
WellChild named Laughlin as its Most Inspirational Child of the Year after receiving hundreds of nominations for the title.
Its patron, Prince Harry, gave Laughlin, who was also known as Lockey, his award at a London hotel.
A couple from Burnham-on-Crouch, who moved to Norfolk to start a new life, are devastated after treasured possessions linked to their son who died from cancer were stolen and vandalised while in storage.
Many of the items brought back memories of Andrea and John Whiteley's seven-year-old son Laughlin who died in October last year.
Essex Police is investigating and says a 47-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail as part of the inquiry.
BBC Look East
Fourteen-year-old David Castleman, from Epping, and his father John were involved in the rescue of three of four people who got into difficulty while swimming at Sea Palling, Norfolk, at the weekend.
David says he was "in the right place at the right time".
Sadly one man, Leszek Puchala, 52, died, despite attempts at the beach to resuscitate him.
More on BBC Look East tonight.
An armed robber with what police believe may have been a gunthreatened staff at a post office in Canvey on Tuesday evening.
He was one of two raiders who went into the store in Central Avenue at about 17:30 and demanded money from the cashier.
The cashier challenged the men who made off empty-handed. One of the men left the scene on a black Honda motorcycle towards Benfleet, police said.
Colchester United defender Matt Briggs could miss "months rather than weeks" if he requires surgery on a hip injury, the club has said.
A scan has revealed the 25-year-old has damage that may require surgery, U's Physio Tony Flynn said.
"Unfortunately, it looks very likely that Matt will have to go under the knife to rectify the problem with his hip," he said. "Not only does the cartilage in his hip need repairing, the head of the joint needs reshaping."
The death of a 48-year-old woman from Epping last month is now being treated as "suspicious" by Essex Police.
Police were contacted by the ambulance service at 13:00 BST on 10 June over the sudden death of a woman at an address in Forest Drive in Chelmsford. She has now been identified as Deborah Nuttall of Woburn House in Woburn Avenue in Epping.
A post-mortem examination has established the cause of death as a heroin overdose adn further tests are to be made as part of a new investigation, police said.
Harwich is marking the centenary of the execution of Captain Charles Fryatt with events throughout the day. He lived in the town with his wife and seven children and since his death a school, street and hospital have been named after him.
At a short service at Parkeston House, his grand daughter will read his last letter home and unveil a new rose named after him before an afternoon tea at a pub called the Captain Fryatt in his honour.
After the war, his body was one of only three repatriated to England - an honour granted only to him, Norfolk nurse Edith Cavell and the Unknown Soldier.
A memorial service for the town and a vigil will be held from 19:00 BST at All Saints Church in Dovercourt to complete the celebrations.
Captain courageous Charles Fryatt was exercising his right to defend his ship in open water when he attempted to ram U-33 in 1915.
He had very few options when confronted by a u-boat but one was to outrun the submerged vessel but first he had to make it dive. So he went full steam ahead to ram it because a submerged u-boat could not pull up alongside a merchant ship and board it.
Nor could a submerged submarine use its deck guns and submarines were slower underwater which gave shipping an advantage in terms of getting away. Torpedoes were notoriously unreliable and inaccurate and, given a beam view of a ship rather than a broadside, a merchant ship's chances of getting away unscathed were vastly improved.
He escaped and although tried and executed for sinking U-33, it was later discovered the u-boat was active and afloat on 16 July 2016 when Captain Fryatt died in front of a firing squad.
Word spread quickly throughout the globe of Captain Charles Fryatt's confrontation with the German Navy in 1915 at a low point for both sides in the First World War.
For the Germans, the execution of Fryatt was a case of justice served. For the British his death was both an outrage and a useful springboard for recruitment and to sway international opinion against Germany.
"In 1916," Mark Baker, a Fryatt memorabilia collector, said, "people were starting to become a bit war weary and recruitment had become conscription.
"His death came at the right time for the government which used the case of Fryatt to show how ghastly the 'Hun' were." The name "Fryatt" was written on shells fired at the Germans who had scuttled his ship SS Brussels.
After three encounters with u-boats in a month Captain Charles Fryatt was naturally on guard to protect his passengers and crew but U-33 went one step too far ordering him to stop.
But why did a merchant ship captain even attempt to ram a warship and a submarine at that. Controversy has raged about the case but it obviously upset the German Navy who sent three destroyers to corner the ferry 15 months later just off the Hook of Holland.
Fryatt told his captors he had done his duty but, according to press reports at the time, he was not allowed to speak when put on trial as a franc-tireur - a civilian engaged in hostile military activity.
His hearing, conviction, sentencing and execution by firing squad took place on one day - 27 July 1916.
Today is the centenary of the trial, sentence and execution of a British steam boat captain on "terrorism" charges by the Germans for allegedly ramming and sinking a u-boat off the Dutch coast in the First World War.
Charles Fryatt, in March 1915, attempted to ram a prowling German U-boat with his 1902-built passenger ferry, the Great Eastern Railway-owned SS Brussels.
Ordered to stop by submarine U-33 near the Maas light vessel off the Dutch coast, Captain Fryatt - born in Southampton and raised in Harwich - saw the German U-boat surface.
Believing it was being readied to torpedo his ship, Fryatt ordered full steam ahead and tried to ram the U-boat head on, forcing it to crash-dive.
It's known as "Colchester Town" railway station right now but campaigners are trying to get the name changed.
The rail station on the Norwich to London main line is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its construction this year.
It has been known as Colchester Town since 1992 before that it was called St Botolphs and now campaigners are looking for a suitable name for the future on a line under going improvements by Network Rail.
A cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain or drizzle.
Rain will clear south-eastwards leaving brighter spells and light winds in the afternoon but the chance of isolated heavy showers remains.
Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).
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Has the summer passed us by once again? It's cloudy and drizzle is promised but we'll be getting you the sunniest stories we can find.
We'll start with a look at Colchester Town rail station, which campaigners want to rename to celebrate its 150th birthday.