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Regular updates for Essex Live have now finished for the week - thanks for joining us. 

To recap, here are the top stories from today's page:

  • A 22-year-old man has been jailed after he admitted beating his dog, which died three days later, on a train
  • An Essex conman who defrauded Premier League footballers out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years
  • Cocaine worth an estimated £50m has been found concealed inside a cargo of tinned tuna at the London Gateway Port

We're back Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Becoming cloudy with mist and fog

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

A dry evening and night, with long clear spells across the BBC East region.

Becoming increasingly cloudy, with mist and fog patches forming, becoming quite thick in places.

Temperatures falling to 0-2C (32F-35F).

Weather graphic for Saturday 14:00
BBC

After a chilly and foggy start, Saturday will be dry with sunny spells, but becoming cloudy later.

Temperatures will reach 10C (50F).

You can find more details on BBC Weather.

Number of fish saved from river rises to 10,000

The Environment Agency say it's now rescued more than 10,000 fish from the River Stour in Sudbury on the Essex/Suffolk border.

But the problems we reported earlier, with the jammed control gate, have not been resolved, and a spokesman says they're expecting divers on site on Monday to help.

Your pictures: The sun goes down in Clacton

BBC Weather Watchers

Nice sunset photographed in Clacton a little while ago. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Shantelle" for this one.

Clacton-on-Sea
BBC

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J6 for M25 affecting J5 for A1168.

M11 Essex - Delays on M11 northbound at J6 M25, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J5, A1168 (Loughton).

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Man who swung dog against train wall jailed
A man who brutally attacked his dog on a train carriage in Essex is jailed.

Video: Ronnie 'The Rocket' O'Sullivan's rise to fame

BBC Sport

Having turned professional just a year earlier, Chigwell's Ronnie O'Sullivan won his first major ranking title in the 1993 UK Championships. 

Now 23 years and 27 titles later, he's the favourite to win again at the York Barbican in 2016.

Follow the results and schedule here.

UK Championships: Ronnie O'Sullivan's first win - 'A new legend in the making'

West Ham Christmas hamper fraudster jailed

An Essex conman who defrauded Premier League footballers out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years.

Stephen Ackerman
Met Police

Stephen Ackerman targeted West Ham players and staff including then manager Sam Allardyce and England striker Andy Carroll.

The 48-year-old, of Loughton, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of 18 counts of fraud totalling more than £61,000 in October.

Judge David Radford said Ackerman was "utterly deceitful and dishonest".

Pensioner 'pushed to the ground and robbed' in Harlow

A 77-year-old man had to be taken to hospital after being pushed to the ground and robbed on the streets of Harlow yesterday evening, police say.

Harlow
BBC

The victim was walking along a cycle path in Willowfield at about 18:30 when he was approached from behind by a teenager. 

The suspect took the elderly man's wallet containing £15 and bank cards before running off. 

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J5 for A1168 affecting J4 for A406.

M11 Essex - Slow traffic on M11 northbound at J5, A1168 (Loughton), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J4, A406 (Woodford).

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Woman fights off attacker who tried to drag her into the woods

A woman has fought off an attacker who tried to drag her into woods in Chelmsford last night, police say.

Bunny Walk
Google

The 39-year-old victim was in Bunny Walks when a man, who is thought to have been carrying a knife, punched her in the face. 

After a further altercation, the woman was able to run off.

Police have now arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the incident and he is currently in custody. 

The force says it has also increased patrols in the area. 

Southend's 'bridge over troubled road' to be removed tonight

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Simon and Garfunkel once sang a song about a bridge over troubled water - well our very own bridge over something troubled is being demolished this weekend.

Kent Elms
Southend Borough Council

Down in Southend, the Kent Elms footbridge, which passes over the infamous A127, is being removed over the weekend to make way for planned roadworks. 

The junction will be closed between 19:00 and 07:30 tonight and Saturday, with Sunday night facing possible closure if needed. 

Kieran Milledge

A man whose dog died days after he beat and threw the animal around a train carriage is jailed.

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Photo of man who beat dog released by police

The British Transport Police has released a photograph of Kieran Milledge, 22, who today was jailed for beating his dog on a Greater Anglia train between Braintree and Witham last month. 

The force thanked the public and media for their support after a CCTV appeal earlier this week was shared widely online. 

The dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier called Ronnie, died three days after the incident on 10 October.

Kieran Milledge
BTP
Basildon Hospital

Four health experts jailed for defrauding the NHS are ordered to hand over their assets or face more time in custody.

Read more

Weather update: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It should stay dry this afternoon with some good spells of sunshine, although it will become more cloudy by the evening.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather map
BBC

Popping out? Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

Our top stories from Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here's what we've covered so far today:

  • A 22-year-old man has been jailed after he admitted beating his dog, which died three days later, on a train in Essex
  • Cocaine worth an estimated £50m has been found concealed inside a cargo of tinned tuna at the London Gateway Port  
  • Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested after a 19-year-old man was stabbed on the forecourt of a petrol station in Ongar, police say 

Money-saving teen warns us not to get carried away on Black Friday

Before you join millions of others splashing the cash on Black Friday, an Essex money-saving blogger is, as you'd expect, urging caution.

Jordon Cox
Jordon Cox

Jordon Cox, from Shenfield, said shoppers should only make a purchase if they were already planning on buying something.

"If you just buy things for the sake of it then you're not going to save money, and you're just giving more money away to the brands which is their job, to get you to spend," Jordon told BBC Essex.

Danny Dyer discovers another famous ancestor

Another revelation for Danny Dyer, who featured in the latest episode of the BBC's genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are was that through his Suffolk connections, he's also related to Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's right-hand man, who was played by Mark Rylance in the BBC drama Wolf Hall (pictured).

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell
BBC

His 12-times great-grandmother, Catherine Cromwell, wife of Lionel Tollemache, was Thomas Cromwell's great grand-daughter.

Cromwell family tree
BBC

The programme ultimately traces Danny's bloodline back to an English king.... and we'd recommend watching it to find out which one!

'A violent dog abuser now off the streets'

Speaking outside Chelmsford Magistrates Court, Det Sgt Steve Maguire from the British Transport Police responded to the sentencing of Kieran Milledge, whose dog died three days after he beat and threw it around a train carriage in Essex.

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Kieran Milledge jailed for total of eight months

In total, Kieran Milledge has been jailed for eight months, after he was also found to be in breach of a community order after being caught in possession of a knife for a second strike.

This will be served concurrently with the 21-week sentence handed out earlier to the 22-year-old for animal cruelty. 

He also admitted the second charge of possessing an offensive weapon at today's hearing.

BreakingKieran Milledge jailed for 21 weeks for animal cruelty

Kieran Milledge, who kicked, punched and beat his dog on a train, is sentenced to 21 weeks in jail for animal cruelty.

Family of man who beat dog 'received death threats'

Stuart Woodward

BBC Essex

The girlfriend of Kieran Milledge had to move because of death threats she had received after the CCTV appeal was released earlier this week, Chelmsford Magistrates' Court has heard.

Prosecutor Lesley Chipps said the 22-year-old defendant was "very upset and distraught that he was involved". 

Magistrates have retired from court to consider a sentence.  

Dog 'beaten over a 20 minute period' on train died three days later

Stuart Woodward

BBC Essex

Kieran Milledge beat his dog over a 20 minute period with his hands, knees and feet, Chelmsford Magistrates' Court has been told. 

The animal, who was called Ronnie, appeared to lose consciousness during the attack and died three days after the incident, prosecutor Lesley Chipps said. 

Following Milledge's admission, magistrates were told the 22-year-old repeatedly swung the dog into the side of the train, and was pictured throwing Ronnie 6ft along the aisle of the carriage.  

Man who beat dog shows 'no emotion' during court appearance

Stuart Woodward

BBC Essex

Appearing in a grey long sleeved t-shirt, Kieran Milledge expressed no emotion as he sat in the dock listening to a list of the facts about his case.

Man, 22, admits beating his dog on train in Essex

A 22-year-old man has admitted beating his dog on a train as it travelled between Braintree and Witham last month. 

CCTV
British Transport Police

Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court, Kieran Milledge of no fixed address pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Milledge also admitted a second charge of possessing an offensive weapon - a knife.

BreakingMan pleads guilty to beating dog on train

A 22-year-old man has just pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

More follows.

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, after J26 for A121 affecting J25 for A10.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise after J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

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Reporter at court awaiting appearance of accused dog attacker

Stuart Woodward

BBC Essex

I'm at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court awaiting the appearance of a 22-year-old man who has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. 

Chelmsford Magistrates' Court
BBC

It's after CCTV showed a dog being beaten on a train between Braintree and Witham last month. 

Kieran Milledge, 22, of no fixed address, is due to appear this morning. We'll bring you further updates as we get them. 

Fish rescue in River Stour

We brought you news earlier of an operation to move 7,000 fish from one part of the River Stour in Sudbury to another, as they'd become stranded away from the main channel of the river, when water levels dropped.

The Environment Agency has just sent us this photograph:

Fish rescue in progress
Environment Agency

'The size of this gaff's ridiculous' says Dyer on Helmingham Hall

Driving down the avenue of trees towards Helmingham Hall, to visit his relative Lord Tollemache, in last night's Who Do You Think You Are, EastEnders actor Danny Dyer was heard to say: "The size of this gaff's ridiculous".

Helmingham Hall
BBC

Meeting Lord Tollemache, and having been given permission to "call him Tim, as we're related", Danny, who was brought up in east London and now lives in Essex, was taken to the local church, where he saw a monument to Lionel Tollemache, his 12-times great-grandfather:

Monument to Lionel Tollemache
BBC

West Ham football Christmas hamper conman sentenced later

An Essex conman who tricked former England and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and striker Andy Carroll out of thousands of pounds is due to be sentenced today. 

Stephen Ackerman
Met Police

Stephen Ackerman, 48, from Loughton, was found guilty of 18 counts of fraud totalling more than £60,000 following a trial earlier this month.

He visited West Ham football club's training ground to sell players and backroom staff luxury Christmas hampers in December 2014 which were never delivered.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard £13,270 was taken from Mr Allardyce.

Man charged after CCTV shows dog beaten on train

A man has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after a dog was beaten on an Essex train.

CCTV
British Transport Police

Kieran Milledge, 22, of no fixed address, has also been charged with possessing an offensive weapon and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court this morning, said British Transport Police.

CCTV footage released by police showed a man causing harm to a dog on a train between Braintree and Witham on 10 October.

BreakingMan charged after dog beaten on Essex train

A man has been charged with causing unnecessary animal suffering after a dog was beaten on a train between Braintree and Witham last month.

More follows.

Spoiler alert! Essex's The Apprentice contestant in The Boardroom

If you do not want to know who left The Apprentice last night, close your eyes and scroll down now...

It was curtains for Chigwell's Paul Sullivan as he became the ninth casualty in The Apprentice last night.

The marketing company director opted to be team leader - but came to blows with fellow candidates after a ticketing cock-up...

Paul gets heated over hot food and clashes with Jessica

Travel: Highways England warn of broken-down vehicle on A12

Teenagers arrested for GBH over petrol station stabbing

Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested after a 19-year-old man was stabbed on the forecourt of a petrol station in Ongar, police say. 

Stabbing
Everything Epping Forest

The victim, who is from Brentwood, is also to believed to have been sprayed with tear gas and suffered facial injuries following the incident in High Street on Tuesday evening. 

The teenagers were arrested yesterday on suspicion of GBH and have since been released on police bail until November. 

BreakingTwo teenagers arrested over Ongar petrol station stabbing

Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a 19-year-old man suffered facial injuries following a stabbing at the Tesco Express petrol station in Ongar earlier this week.

More to follow. 

How do you move 7,000 fish from one part of a river to another?

The Environment Agency has been describing how it's managed to move about 7,000 fish from one part of the River Stour at Sudbury, to another part.

Water levels in the river had been affected by heavy rain from Storm Angus, leading to a control gate becoming stuck because of the amount of debris underneath it. This had led to a drop in water levels in part of the river.

James Mason from the agency, says local canoe and rowing clubs, as well as local anglers, helped them "not only locate the stranded population of fish along the Stour" but also helped rescue them.

He said they use a method known as "electro-fishing", which is harmless to the fish: "We stun the fish, they then float to the surface, we put them in tanks then we locate them back to the main channel where they're able to swim away and find refuge."

If attempts to free the gate today fail, they'll bring in specialist divers next week.