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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 May 2017
  2. Hospitals IT systems affected by cyber attack
  3. Man, in 70s, dies after car mounts pavement in St Osyth
  4. Man denies murdering Bulgarian teenager
  5. World War One rescue celebrated at airfield
  6. Chelmsford flyover 'very safe'
  7. Airport X-ray machine failure was 'isolated incident'

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By Nic Rigby

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That's it for another week from the BBC Local Live: Essex team.

Scroll down for today's news, highlights of which include:

  • Pedestrian in his 70s killed after a car leaves the road in St Osyth
  • Man appears in court to plead not guilty to murdering a Bulgarian teenager in Rettendon
  • Cyber attacks affect Essex hospitals

Our regular updates resume on Monday at 08:00. Have a great weekend.

Man dies in car crash on Canvey

Essex Police say a 69-year old man has died after his car crashed into a wooden fence on Canvey Island.

His orange Daewoo Matiz went off Central Wall Road at about 14:30 on Thursday.

The man was taken to Basildon Hospital, but couldn't be saved.

Police said no other vehicles were involved, but they're appealing for witnesses on 01245 240590.

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

General election 2017 nomination papers in

With all the general election 2017 candidates' nominations papers in, we've collected together links to where you can find full information from the returning officers in the 18 Essex constituencies:

The election takes place on Thursday, 8 June.

Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map

It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

NHS cyber attacks affecting Essex hospitals

NHS hospitals across the UK have been hit by cyber attacks affecting their IT systems.

Among those affected elsewhere are the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and hospitals in Blackburn, Blackpool, Nottingham and Carlisle.

In Essex, Colchester General and Broomfield in Chelmsford has confirmed they are affected. Southend said it was not directly affected, while other hospitals were still checking.

Colchester A&E advises patients to only arrive for emergencies

Colchester General Hospital in Essex is asking patients not to come to its accident and emergency department and is postponing all non-urgent procedures for the rest of the day.

It's due to the cyber-attack on NHS IT systems across the UK.

Colchester is still open for 999 emergencies.

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From the archives: New domes market unveiled at Pitsea 1969

Some 48 years ago this month, the new futuristic market at Pitsea, near Basildon - which comprises of four plastic-covered domes made of steel-pipe, each dome housing 52 stalls - was photographed.

Pitsea domes
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The temporary new market place was constructed, with domes built in Sweden, when a flyover took the place of the old one.   

The domes were taken down towards the end of the 1970s after the market moved to a new site.

House destroyed by fire in Downham

A house has been destroyed by a fire in the village of Downham near Chelmsford. Crews were called to School Road just after 11:00.

An investigation's started to try and work out what caused it. There are no reports of any injuries. 

Fatal crash in St Osyth

Here is a picture of the crash in St Osyth yesterday afternoon, which killed a man who was on the pavement outside The Hoy pub.

Floral tributes to the victim, who was in his 70s and has been named locally as Ron Ramsey, have been left outside the pub today.

St Osyth pub crash

A 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital with what Essex Police called "serious, but not life-changing, injuries".

She was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is in police custody.

Forklift truck raiders rip out cash machine in Manningtree

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Raiders have ripped a cash machine out of a bank in Manningtree using a forklift truck.

Damage caused by theft of cash machine in Manningtree

Officers are investigating the theft at NatWest, at the junction of High Street and Brook Street, which happened at about 02:10 today.

A number of suspects wearing balaclavas were reported to have been seen to use a forklift truck to create a hole in the wall.

The cash machine was then pulled from the building.

Police chased three vehicles, which were seen travelling along Clacton Road into Dead Lane, Lawford.

These vehicles - a Toyota pick-up truck, a blue Audi and a black Ford Fiesta – were believed to be driven by the suspects.

Following this pursuit the Toyota pick-up truck and Fiesta were recovered, however the suspects made off in the blue Audi.

Site of theft

An Audi was later discovered in Wyncolls Road, Colchester and had been set alight.

The forklift was found in School Lane, Lawford, while the cash machine was found near to the Toyota, which had been abandoned.

Witnesses reported descriptions of two suspects, however due to the number of vehicles involved in the pursuit, it is believed there were more. 

One man was described as white, and was wearing a plain hoodie and jeans. 

The other man was described as stocky, and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms. 

Remains of machine

Symptoms 'not picked up' at Harlow hospital

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been reporting the story of the Essex teenager who was left with irreversible brain damage caused by negligence at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital when she was 13 months old...

The girl's frantic mother told the Civil Appeal Court in London that her daughter's eyes were rolling as she was rushed to hospital by ambulance in September 2003.

Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital

But, after she arrived in A&E, the doctor failed to ask an "obvious question" - why the child had been brought to hospital in the early hours of the morning - and so did not learn of the symptoms of the eyes rolling.

The girl's damages claim was rejected by a judge in 2015, but the Court of Appeal today reversed that decision and ruled the trust liable.

Lady Justice Thirlwall, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Mrs Justice King, said: "The conclusion that the history-taking was not carried out to the standard to be expected of a competent senior house officer is inevitable."

Lord Justice Jackson said: "History-taking is a basic skill which hospital doctors at all levels are expected to possess.

"The fact that the girl's eyes had been rolling and unco-ordinated was the event that precipitated the hospital visit. The ambulance staff picked this up."

"I must acknowledge that junior hospital doctors work long hours under considerable pressure. 

"They are often involved in life and death decisions. "

Essex teenager wins damages from Harlow hospital

Nic Rigby

BBC News

An Essex teenager, who was left with irreversible brain damage after battling meningitis, has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation from the NHS.

Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital

The High Court judges ruled that the 14-year-old's injuries were caused by the negligence of a hard-pressed young doctor at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The 25-year-old medic had failed to take a proper medical history before discharging the girl home with a suspected upper respiratory tract infection.

The girl, who was a 13-month-old baby at the time, was left with learning difficulties and profoundly deaf, London's Civil Appeal Court heard.

Today's ruling means she is entitled to massive compensation from the NHS trust which runs the hospital.

Despite overnight rain, the dry spell continues

After one of the driest Aprils - just 41% of the monthly average rainfall - it was refreshing to see that rain has fallen overnight.

But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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Floral tributes at St Osyth pub crash site

Floral tributes have been laid outside The Hoy pub in St Osyth, where a man in his 70s died following a road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

Floral tributes

Essex Police said a car mounted the pavement and struck a pedestrian who died at the scene.

A 36-year-old woman is in hospital and she has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The police said there had been some structural damage to the pub.

The Hoy pub, St Osyth after being hit by a car

Mother speaks of missing son from Colchester

The mother of a Colchester man who has gone missing says she hasn't given up hope:

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Four month wait for lung cancer scan result, says Billericay man

A man from Billericay talks about the four-month wait he had to find out that he had lung cancer:

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Woman arrested after pedestrian killed in St Osyth crash

A pedestrian, in his 70s,  has died following the road crash in St Osyth which we mentioned earlier.

Site of crash in St Osyth

Essex Police say a Volkswagen estate car left Clacton Road, hitting the pensioner and colliding with a pub (pictured before the incident) at about 16:20 on Thursday.

A 36-year-old woman from the Clacton area was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-changing, injuries.

She was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Braintree vet gives dog-buying warning

People need to do research before buying a pet, a Braintree vet tells BBC Essex:

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Museum open to bring Essex aerodrome back to 'former glory'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We reported earlier how the 100th anniversary of the first recorded British ambulance flight, during World War One, has been celebrated at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Chelmsford.

The recreation of the rescue

The event, which included a recreation of the rescue (pictured), also saw the opening of a museum at the site yesterday.

Ian Flint, chief executive of the trust which runs the airfield, said: "We want to bring the site back to its former glory and bring the stories of these incredible people and their bravery back into the public mindset 100 years after their work finished."

Car hits building in St Osyth crash

Specialist firefighters have been helping at the scene of a road crash in St Osyth in which a car hit the side of a building.

It happened in Clacton Road during yesterday evening's rush-hour. Emergency crews made the property safe by shoring up the damaged area. 

Chelmsford flyover 'very safe'

A council tells BBC Essex a flyover is safe, despite peoples' concerns:

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X-ray machine failure at airport was an 'isolated incident'

Bosses at Stansted Airport say a major X-ray machine failure earlier this week was an "isolated incident". 

Long delays were seen at the north Essex terminal and a number of people missed their flights. A technical glitch is being blamed. 

Stansted Airport

World War One rescue celebrated at Essex airfield

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A World War One fighter plane has taken part in a simulated air evacuation to mark the 100th anniversary of the first recorded British ambulance flight.

First World War rescue recreation

The BE2 twin-seater plane (pictured), used in a demonstration to open a new WW1 museum at Stow Maries aerodrome, near Chelmsford, was the same model of bi-plane that was used in 1917 to lift a soldier to safety from the Sinai desert in Egypt after he was shot in the ankle during a raid. 

The Sinai evacuation took 45 minutes by plane, and would have taken three days by camel. 

Aeromedical services were started up in various parts of the world in the 1920s, but aircraft were still relatively primitive at the time.

Hercule transport plane flies past

It formed part of the official opening of a second museum at the site, which is Europe's largest surviving WW1 aerodrome, and is located near Purleigh, around 10 miles east of Chelmsford.

Stow Maries was established to help protect Britain from German Zeppelin bombing and its first operational anti-Zeppelin flight was in May 1917. Fighter planes were used to guard the approaches to London and Chelmsford.

The Royal Flying Corps Home Defence museum opened at the aerodrome last year, and a museum to 37 Squadron was officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester yesterday.

The museum at Stow Maries will open six days per week, and work is under way to develop an engineering education programme. 

A Hercules transport plane (pictured) flew overhead to mark the occasion.

Blogger receives hate mail after bid to be MP

Leigh-on-Sea food blogger Jack Monroe tells BBC Essex she's had hate mail before but "nothing as vicious or vitriolic" before she decided to stand as an MP:

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Video: Forecast of sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp and grey start to the day, with some showers still to clear across the BBC East region.

We can expect sunny spells later, with showers - these could be heavy in places, with the chance of thunder.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

As for the weekend - tomorrow's looking mostly dry and warm. After a wet start to Sunday, there'll be sunny spells and showers through the afternoon.

BBC Weather has a local forecast for where you live.

Welcome to BBC Essex Local Live

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Welcome to Friday's Essex Live - we're here from now until 18:00, bringing you the latest news from across the county.

You can get in touch with us by clicking on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page - we'd love to hear what's happening where you live. 

And you can always get in touch too - drop us a line by emailTwitter or Facebook.

The weather forecast will be coming shortly.

Severe accident: A127 Essex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A127 Essex eastbound severe accident, between B1013 Nestuda Way and A1159 Priory Crescent.

A127 Essex - A127 in Prittlewell closed eastbound between Tesco Roundabout and Cuckoo Corner, because of a serious accident.

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

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 - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a rolling road-block and a vehicle fire.

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

Jack Monroe

The food writer says she stepped back for the sake of her sanity and the safety of her son.

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Goodbye from Essex Local Live

That's it for another day of news and views from around the county of Essex - thanks for your company.

Don't forget if anything breaks later or overnight - you'll still find it here. 

And you can always get in touch too - drop us a line by emailTwitter or Facebook. Or just click on the Get Involved button at the top of this page. 

In the meantime have a lovely evening.

Overnight weather: Turning cloudy with the risk of some heavy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day and a clear start to the night across the BBC East region.

Gradually turning cloudy from the south with the risk of some heavy and possibly thundery downpours.  Muggy, humid conditions will make it feel much milder than last night, with lows of 8C (46F).

Friday's weather map

Friday morning will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, possibly thundery.

Becoming brighter but turning showery later in the day, with the odd heavy downpour.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Travellers have moved on says Brentwood council

Brentwood Borough Council says a group of travellers - who were camped on land at the former Toomey Peugeot garage on Ingrave Road - have now moved on after legal action was taken against them.

However, the authority says caravans remain at two privately-owned sites in the area.  

Food writer Jack Monroe abandons bid for election

Food writer Jack Monroe has abandoned her bid to win a seat in the House of Commons after receiving hate mail and suffering a deterioration in her health.

Ms Monroe, who is also a campaigner on health and poverty issues, said she was taking the decision "for my own sanity and also the safety of my seven-year-old son".

She had planned to contest the Southend West seat for the National Health Action (NHA) Party.

In a statement on her Twitter feed Monroe said: "I have withdrawn my candidacy from the General Election. 

"My health is terrible right now (don't be fooled by the glowing tan - it's from a bottle) and after having two separate letters along the lines of 'die you bitch' delivered to my home address, I am making the decision to step back, for my own sanity and also the safety of my seven-year-old son."

She said she had been left "crippled in bed" by arthritis and "throwing all of my energy into a personal campaign is the fastest way to burnout I can possibly imagine". 


Ferne McCann: Towie star breaks down on This Morning

Towie star Ferne McCann has appeared on This Morning after her ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins was charged following an acid attack at a London nightclub.

Ms McCann, who is 12 weeks pregnant, broke down as she told presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "Reading through the private messages on Instagram has been so touching".

Two defenders released by Colchester United

BBC Sport

The Colchester United Football Club head coach John McGreal says injuries played a key in the decision to release both Matt Briggs (pictured in blue) and Lloyd Doyley.

The two defenders are the only senior first team players to be allowed to leave the club.

Matt Briggs of Colchester United clears the ball from Cristian Ceballos of Charlton Athletic during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Colchester United and Charlton Athletic at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on January 9, 2016
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Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Essex - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of a broken down box van.

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

Consultation over Essex police and fire service collaboration

Nic Rigby

BBC News

More than 1,700 people have responded to the consultation into the local case for joint governance of Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is looking at further collaboration between the services, the sharing of premises and back office functions such IT and HR.

The PCC said projected savings of up to £23m will be reinvested back in to front line services over the next 10 years.

PCC Roger Hirst, who has been consulting over the plans, said: "My office and I have spent the past 12 weeks engaging with police and fire and rescue staff, talking to the people of Essex and engaging with Essex County, Southend-on-Sea Borough and Thurrock councils.

"Further support has been given by Essex MPs and positive conversations have been had with staff unions and associations.

"I will be submitting the final business case to the Home Office on the 18 May along with a thorough evaluation of the public consultation.

"I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to submit their views."