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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 17 February 2017
  2. Anti social behaviour zone introduced near Basildon
  3. Justice secretary visits HMP Chelmsford after recent criticism
  4. Tributes paid to man who died after arrest at holiday camp
  5. Association of Headteachers in Essex warn of 8% funding shortfall

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Kate Scotter

BBC News

That's the last of our live updates for the rest of today - and indeed the week.

Before we go, here's a look at some of the stories we've covered this fine and sunny Friday:

We'll be back again with all your news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.  

Have a fabulous weekend.

Clacton sunrise
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Overnight weather: Generally dry and cloudy

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A few spots of drizzle around this evening and overnight but generally it will be dry and cloudy across the BBC East region.

Where we get any breaks in the cloud we could see some mist and fog developing. 

Light south to south-westerly winds and temperatures down to about 5C (41F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

A mild and cloudy start to Saturday and it could take a little while for any mist and fog to clear, although we're likely to see some sunny intervals developing eventually.

Highs of 12C (54F) and a light southerly breeze.

Get a full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Dispersal area for Pitsea in place this evening

Essex Police have been granted a dispersal order in Pitsea, starting at 18:00 today, following problems over anti-social behaviour.

It gives police powers to deal with people engaging in anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder. 

It can be used either for issues taking place at the time, or if officers suspect anti-social behaviour is likely to happen.

Map of the dispersal area as set out by police
Essex Police

The order was granted after reports of anti-social behaviour affecting businesses and customers in the Pitsea retail park and Pitsea market areas of Northlands Park (shown above).

A statement from the force says police will be on patrol in this area and will issue notices to anyone causing problems. 

Anyone refusing to leave the area when directed can be arrested and, if convicted, they could face up to three months in prison and a £2,500 fine. 

Members of the public using the restaurants and businesses in this area will be unaffected.    

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Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the People's Cup

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Bar closed due to fears about 'bring a bottle' event

Essex Police have issued a closure notice to a bar in Loughton town centre.

The force said it had already suspended the licence last Friday for the Nu Bar, pending a full hearing in March, but the venue had since advertised a "bring a bottle" event.

Nu Bar, Loughton
Google

Ch Insp Lewis Basford said: "We have issued this closure notice because of the concerns around anti-social behaviour the advertised ‘bring a bottle’ event may cause.

"People in Loughton need to be able to enjoy an evening out free from the threat of violence and disorder." 

Ryman League: Needham looking to bounce back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Promotion-chasing Needham Market get the chance to make amends for Wednesday's 6-0 hammering at Billericay when they go to Dulwich Hamlet tomorrow.

Ryman League ball
Ryman League

Despite that loss the Market Men are still just three points off the top of the Ryman Premier Division

Leiston are at Harrow Borough, AFC Sudbury travel to Staines Town while Lowestoft Town welcome Leatherhead to Crown Meadow. 

Bury Town, who have lost their last five matches, head to Thurrock in the North Division.

'Some way to go' at HMP Chelmsford, says Burns

Chelmsford MP Simon Burns says despite the fact there's some way to go in tackling issues in the city's prison, he felt the justice secretary's visit was "positive". 

He said: "[She] also went away with a determination to deal with a number of other issues and problems that were drawn to her attention by the prison officers and the governor.

"Although there is some way to go, I am heartened that positive action will be taken to improve HMP Chelmsford and overcome the problems that have been highlighted to Liz Truss."

Prison bars
BBC

The visit took place after the government faced criticism over the way prisons are staffed, following the death of Basildon man Dean Saunders who took his own life at the jail last year.   

MP on 'positive meeting' with justice secretary at jail

The justice secretary Liz Truss's visit to Chelmsford Prison today has been described as a "positive" - by the local MP.

It comes after the government faced criticism over the way jails are staffed, following the death of Basildon man Dean Saunders, who took his own life at the prison last year.  

Simon Burns
BBC

Chelmsford Tory Sir Simon Burns said actions are already being taken to address issues at the jail.

He said: "‘Following the promise Liz Truss MP, gave me in the House of Commons that HMP Chelmsford would get more prison officers, I had a very positive meeting with her, members of the staff at HMP Chelmsford and the prison governor.

"I was reassured by Liz Truss’s recognition of the problems facing HMP Chelmsford and am pleased that she reiterated that action is already being taken to address them. 

"I was also encouraged by the actions she is going to take to overcome the issue of retention of staff by increasing the money that is being paid to some prison officers and addressing the anomalies facing a number of other officers."

Don't let Gary down!

#PeoplesCup

Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the People's Cup

Here's one from our friends at BBC Get Inspired. I dedicate it to someone very close to me who, it is fair to say, is something of a fan of Mr Lineker - and has a life-size cardboard cut-out of him that I carried across the piazza at Media City.

Anyway, Gary would endorse the sentiment that it’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup - as long as you do it by the deadline anyway - and that is at midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Charities call on government to improve care system

A group of charities is calling on the government to improve the social care system. 

The Continuing Healthcare Alliance has been speaking after Chris Maughn from Pitsea told the BBC his father, who has dementia and Parkinson's, was initially denied state support, so had to sell his home to pay for his care.

The family is now receiving the money, but Chris said his family had found it tough.

Elderly person's hands
PA

The fact that people aren't getting support from the health care system means more people are relying on the social care system, which we all know is under-funded, and is really struggling. It's a big, big problem.

Moran VineContinuing Healthcare Alliance chair

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It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Weather: Dry and mild for the rest of Friday

BBC Weather

Staying dry and mild for the rest of this afternoon with light winds and highs of 11C (52F). 

Tonight, there will be large amounts of cloud coming in with mist and fog patches forming in some places.

Friday weather
BBC

Tomorrow's due to start off cloudy with mist and fog, but things should brighten up through the day.

It will keep getting milder as the weekend goes on, with a plume of "tropical air" making things unseasonably warm. Have a look at the latest forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Lorry driver admits causing death of 73-year-old cyclist

A lorry driver from Chelmsford has admitted causing the death of a cyclist, aged 73, in Kent.

Barbara Phipps was killed on the A2 in Teynham on 13 February last year.

Barbara Phipps
Kent Police

William Magee, 59, of Readers Court, had denied causing death by dangerous driving, but he's admitted a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving at Maidstone Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.   

Watch: Latest from Pontins in Pakefield after death of arrested man

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

I've been to Pontins near Lowestoft, where Paul Gladwell, 38, of Colchester had been on holiday.

He was arrested after police were called to reports of an altercation and was being taken to Great Yamouth.

Officers abandoned that plan and took him to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston-on-Sea, where he died yesterday morning.

View more on twitter

Rugby: Diss ready for top of the table clash

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

It's a big weekend for Diss Rugby Club. 

They are top of London League 2 North East, but only a point clear of South Woodham Ferrers who they play away from home on Saturday afternoon. 

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Diss have lost only one of their 16 league matches so far this season. The winners of this fixture will be firm favourites for promotion with just five further games to play before the end of the season. 

Family of Parkinson's sufferer wants care system review

A Pitsea man is calling for a review of the care system, after his family was forced to sell his dad's home when state support was first rejected. 

Chris Maughn's dad developed Parkinson's and dementia and is in a care home. 

The family is now receiving the money, but Chris says his family found it tough:

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Bird man helps control pigeons

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Meet Mark and his hawk, Faith.

He's part of a pest control firm that uses the birds of prey to disperse other birds.

The pair are often hired by councils and other organisations, such as Cambridge University, to control pigeons and gulls.  

What is it like to work as a falconer?

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed the amount spent by councils on pest control across the country rose from £452,000 in 2013-2014 to £830,000 in 2015-2016, with some interesting figures across the East of England.

Falconer Mark White, of Suffolk-based Step Pest Control, said councils were increasingly using non-lethal methods of bird control.

He uses a combination of methods ranging from netting and spikes, special gels which look like fire, hawks and even a high-powered laser beam.

Mr White, who's lives in Norfolk but grew up in Essex, said a lot of people think pest controllers "use hawks for killing".

"It is in fact the complete opposite.

"We use the birds for disruption and discourage killing as much as possible."

The British Pest Control Association said the increase in spending might reflect a growing awareness of public health risks posed by some birds.

Councils spent £37,000 on getting rid of pigeon problems

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Councils across Essex spent almost £37,000 on ridding streets of pigeons and gulls over the last three years, the BBC has learned.

The main methods of bird control in the county include netting, which prevents them getting on to buildings; spikes, and birds of prey.

Freedom of Information requests to councils across England revealed the amount spent almost doubled during the same period.

Pigeons
Thinkstock

The British Pest Control Association said the increase in spending might reflect a growing awareness of public health risks posed by some birds.  

In Essex, the three-year spend was £36,983.23 - but some councils did not respond to the request.

BreakingJustice secretary visiting Chelmsford Prison

The BBC understands justice secretary Liz Truss is visiting Chelmsford Prison today.

It comes after the government faced crticism over the way jails are staffed, following the death of Basildon man Dean Saunders who took his own life at the prison last year.

An inquest into his death found he had been "let down" by mental health services and the prison system.

Ms Truss had told the Commons she would visit HMP Chelmsford and is understood to be there today.

Liz Truss
PA

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10.

M25 Hertfordshire - Heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident earlier on.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Stansted evacuated after e-cigarette sets off smoke alarm

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Passengers were evacuated from Stansted Airport earlier after someone used an e-cigarette in the toilets and set the fire alarm off.

The departure lounge was closed for 15 minutes after the alarm went off at 06:00, the airport said.

Tom Orrell, who was trying to catch a flight, said there was "no crowd control" and disorganised scenes outside the terminal building.

Stansted evacuation
Tom Orrell

Good news - the deer on the M25 has been removed

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, at J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - M25 lane closed on entry slip road from M11 southbound anticlockwise at J27 M11, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Family of Paul Gladwell say he had Asperger Syndrome

The family of Paul Gladwell, the Colchester man who died after being arrested at the Pontins resort near Lowestoft, say he had Asperger Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).

Flowers
BBC

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the case. Mr Gladwell was being taken to the Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, when officers realised he needed medical treatment.

He died at James Paget Hospital yesterday.

Police were called to the holiday park by security to investigate reports of a fight between holiday-makers.

Andrea Water, from SAFE - a support group for people and families affected by Asperger Syndrome, says people with the condition "typically do suffer with anxiety".

"If they were really agitated, they could lash out and become aggressive or they could run," she added. 

"It would be very hard for them to communicate how they are feeling."

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London both ways severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed on M25 in both directions between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a deer on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Listen: Neighbour pays tribute to Paul Gladwell

Pontins holiday camp death: Paul Gladwell had 'heart of gold'

A man arrested at a holiday park who later died in hospital had a "heart of gold", one of his friends has said.

Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester, was detained by staff at Pontins in Pakefield near Lowestoft on Tuesday and was later arrested on suspicion of assault by Suffolk Police.

He was taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston when officers became concerned for his wellbeing while on the way to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

Pontins at Pakefield
Google

His friend Jane Harvey said she had not been able to take in the news of his death.

"It's come as a terrible shock," she said. "As soon as I was told about his death I completely lost it, I got hysterical - I couldn't help it."

Friday's weather: Mild start with sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There's a spring-like feel in the air today with a dry start and brighter spells developing, perhaps with some sunshine in places.

There will also be light winds everywhere and it'll feel very mild with highs today of 11C, 52F.

Check the latest forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Friday's live updates for Essex

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Good morning. We're back for Friday's live updates to fill you in on all the latest news, sport, weather and travel happening across Essex.

Our top story this morning: The family of Paul Gladwell, a Colchester man who died during a holiday at Pontins, say they'll never get over their loss.

Paul Gladwell
Justgiving

Mr Gladwell, who was 38, became ill after being arrested following a fight and died later in hospital. 

His family say he had Asperger Syndrome and claim his death was avoidable.  

We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A11.

M11 Essex - Two lanes closed on M11 southbound at J9, A11 (Saffron Walden), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A1235 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A1235 Essex both ways severe accident, near Festival Way.

A1235 Essex - A1235 Cranes Farm Road in Basildon blocked near the Festival Way junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe accident, between J9 for A11 Saffron Walden and J8a for A120.

M11 Essex - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8a, A120 (Stansted Airport), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

All the news during the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

It's been another busy news Thursday here in Essex. For those who may have missed the main things we've been looking at, here's a quick recap:  

That's all for now, but any breaking news will be put on the site. Have a great evening and we'll start our regular updates again at 08:00 on Friday.

Man who died at holiday camp was father-of-three

The BBC has been speaking to relatives of Paul Gladwell, who died after an incident and his subsequent arrest at Pontins holiday camp near Lowestoft.

The 38-year-old from Colchester was a father-of-three.

His family have made complaints on social media about how an alleged confrontation and its aftermath was handled by Pontins and Suffolk Police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating, but Suffolk Police and Pontins have not issued any comment or statements themselves.

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of an accident and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Long queues at Dartford Crossing

BBC Travel

There have been long queues approaching the Dartford Crossing this afternoon after an accident involving two lorries and a car.

The accident happened just over the bridge, on the Kent side, and two lanes were closed on the M25 clockwise at the A282.

Dartford Crossing
BBC

Woman taken to hospital after Army & Navy crash

A woman has been taken to hospital after a road accident in the centre of Chelmsford. 

Three fire engines and an ambulance attended the crash at the Army & Navy roundabout just after 14:30.

The woman's condition is being assessed by paramedics. The road was closed.

Crash scene
BBC

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J27 for M11 and J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time