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Our live coverage across the day

That's it from the Essex Live team on Wednesday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter

Evening headlines from Essex Live throughout the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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.

Churchill painting of Miami Beach sells for £192,000

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A painting of Miami Beach in Florida by Sir Winston Churchill has been sold at auction in Epping for £192,000.

Miami Beach by Winston Churchill

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.

Weather: Clear spells overnight but rain tomorrow

Dry with clear spells overnight, but cloudy with outbreaks of rain tomorrow.

Weather chart

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)

Get the latest local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber set to make 800-gallon splash at V Festival

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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.

Justin Bieber
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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.

Alleged West Ham FC scam accused faces new trial

BBC Essex

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. 

Sam Allardyce
AFP Wires

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. 

Woman quizzed over heroin overdose death in Chelmsford

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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. 

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."

Sex offender admits further indecent exposures after lie detector test

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A convicted sex offender has been given a lie detector test after police became concerned about his behaviour.

Lie detector
Essex Police

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.

Weather: Cloud and patchy rain clearing

Owain Wyn Evans

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)

Football: Southend get Orient, Stevenage and Brighton academy in EFL draw

BBC Sport

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.

EFL logo

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.

Ambulance meeting open to public

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.

Ambulances parked in a row

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.

Lunch headlines

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

Memories of cancer victim boy 'trashed' while in 'reputable' firm's store

Jodie Smith

BBC News

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.

Trashed lock up
John Whiteley

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.

Fatal cancer victim Lockey's treasures stolen from store

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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.

John Whiteley with Laughlin
John Whiteley

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.

Parents distraught at theft of cancer victim son's memorable possessions

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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.

Laughlin Whiteley
John Whiteley

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.

Watch: Teenage beach hero 'in the right place at the right time'

Mike Liggins

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".

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Sadly one man, Leszek Puchala, 52, died, despite attempts at the beach to resuscitate him.

More on BBC Look East tonight.

Armed raider left post office empty-handed after cashier challenge

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An armed robber with what police believe may have been a gunthreatened staff at a post office in Canvey on Tuesday evening.

Post Office

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. 

Travel: M25 car and van crash causes delays

BBC Travel

A car and a van have crashed on the anti-clockwise M25 just after the A121 to Waltham Abbey causing delays to traffic.

More details on BBC Travel:

Football: U's defender Matt Briggs out for months after hip damage

BBC Sport

Colchester United defender Matt Briggs could miss "months rather than weeks" if he requires surgery on a hip injury, the club has said.

Colchester United badge

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."

Woman's fatal heroin overdose now seen as 'suspicious'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The death of a 48-year-old woman from Epping last month is now being treated as "suspicious" by Essex Police.

Woburn House

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.

Town events mark death of 'Captain Courageous' Fryatt 100 years ago

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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.

All Saints Church

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's only option was to attempt to ram u-boat to make it dive

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Captain courageous Charles Fryatt was exercising his right to defend his ship in open water when he attempted to ram U-33 in 1915.

Memorabilia of Captain Fryatt
Mark Baker

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.

'Captain courageous' Fryatt spurred allies through a low point in war

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

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.

Scuttled SS Brussels
Harwich Society

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.

Five destroyers sent to capture 'captain courageous' convicted as 'terrorist'

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

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.

SS Brussels
Stuart Woodward

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.

Travel: Congestion on A12 at Mountnessing

BBC Travel

It's slow progress in heavy traffic this morning on the London-bound A12 near Mountnessing J12 for the A1023 Chelmsford Road.

More details from BBC Travel.

Centenary of execution of Captain courageous Fryatt for ramming u-boat

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

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.

Memorial to gallant captain
Stuart Woodward

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.

Campaigners want to change rail station name to mark 150th anniversary

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

It's known as "Colchester Town" railway station right now but campaigners are trying to get the name changed.

Colchester rail station
Network Rail

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.

Weather: Cloudy with drizzle but warm

BBC Weather

A cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. 

Weather chart

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).

More details on BBC Weather:

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live for Wednesday

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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.

Colchester rail station

We'll start with a look at Colchester Town rail station, which campaigners want to rename to celebrate its 150th birthday.