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  1. Updates for Friday, 19 May, 2017
  2. Search for Danielle Jones' body called off
  3. Care worker gets suspended jail term over arm lock
  4. Fly-tippers are 'scum', deputy council leader says
  5. PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'
  6. UKIP visit cancelled after bus hit by lorry
  7. Commuters hit after freight train breaks down

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By Patrick Byrne

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Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Essex Live team on Friday.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

These are some of the stories we've covered today:

  • Search for murdered teenager's body called off
  • Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint
  • PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

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 the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend in between any showers.

Vulnerable man took own life after dressing gown cord overlooked

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A vulnerable man who died after hanging himself at a mental health unit in Essex was "failed by the state", an inquest jury has concluded.

Richard Wade, 30, died in May 2015 after being found on the floor of a shower room at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford.

His inquest heard how staff who should have looked after him failed to remove a dressing gown cord that he used to take his own life.

Linden Centre

Essex Police is investigating a number of deaths at the centre since 2000.

The Essex NHS Trust said the history of serious incidents at the Linden Centre was of "great concern". It added it was "improving systems to ensure that investigations are carried out rigorously".

After an inspection of the Linden Centre in August 2015 by the Care Quality Commission, inspectors reported that "one patient attempted to strangle themselves with a ligature". A year later they found safety was still a concern.

"The trust must ensure that action is taken to remove identified ligature risks," a report said.

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

Severe accident: A12 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Essex northbound severe accident, between J27 A133 Cymbeline Way and J28 Axial Way affecting J22 B1389.

A12 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A12 northbound in Colchester between J27, A133 (Avenue Of Remembrance Roundabout) and J28, Axial (Colchester United Football Ground), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J22, B1389 (Witham North).

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

Search for murdered teenager's body called off

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A search for the body of Danielle Jones, who was murdered in 2001, has been called off, after nothing was found.

Police have been at a garage area in Stifford Clays, Grays, for five days since new information came to light about the 15-year-old's death.

Danielle Jones
Family photograph

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron said: "We were at this site acting on a credible line of inquiry following the information passed to us in February.

"Forensic searches have been completed along with investigations using ground penetrating radar and lastly searches using a specialist search dog.

"I completely stand by my decision to search this area. Not to search would have meant there would always have been a question mark over whether Danielle's body could have been buried here.

"I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this week has been for Danielle's family. Our activity here has reopened old wounds and thrust them in to the media spotlight again.

"The next steps for us will be to review the case and determine whether there are any other investigative avenues for us to take."

The girl's uncle, Stuart Campbell, was jailed for life for her kidnap and murder in 2002. He failed in an appeal against conviction three years later.

Danielle was last seen at a bus stop near her home in East Tilbury on 18 June 2001.

Fly-tippers are 'scum', deputy council leader says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The deputy leader of Basildon Borough Council, Kevin Blake, has told BBC Essex that fly-tippers are putting lives at risk, after asbestos was found in a large amount of rubbish dumped near to the Wat Tyler Country Park.

Other industrial waste was left along with used nappies and even human waste.

The offenders also knocked over two bee hives, killing more than 250,000 bees according to their keeper.

"These people could put lives at risk," he said. "Action should be taken because they're costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

"I make no apology for saying this but they are scum, the lowest of the low, and should be stopped."

Latest figures show during the 12 months to April 2016, there were more than 4,000 fly-tipping incidents in Basildon, costing over £125,000 to clear up, Mr Blake said.

Illegal bus route drivers to face £60 fines

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Drivers illegally using the buses, bikes and taxis only route under the railway bridge in Duke Street, Chelmsford, will soon face fines of up to £60.

An enforcement camera is set to be installed next week to deter drivers from using the cut through, which has been illegal since October 2011.

Bus gate

Signage and road markings are currently being upgraded to help make drivers more aware of the restrictions.

A section of Duke Street will be closed on 22 May, between 23:30 and 05:00, for 50 metres either side of the railway bridge.

Pedestrian access will be maintained.

PC disciplined for 'excessive force and abusive language'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A police officer who used "excessive force and abusive language" when restraining a man has received a final written warning for gross misconduct.

The incident happened in Braintree on 2 May and the officer, PC Grant Snow, was found at a hearing yesterday to have breached Essex Police's standards of professional behaviour.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: "I see police officers and police staff across Essex displaying professionalism, bravery and restraint in dealing with extremely challenging and often dangerous situations every single day.

"However, on this occasion, despite some provocation, the officer's actions fell below the very high standards the public and the force expect."

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather Watchers

Showers will continue to hit different parts of the county throughout the afternoon, before bright intervals develop later.

This morning was characterised by angry skies, as our Weather Watchers' pictures show. Clouds gathered for the deluge which will gradually become lighter towards evening.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

More details from BBC Weather:

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Parents angry that abusive carer received a 'shoplifter's sentence'

The parents of a young mother who was held in an arm lock by Mavis Offei, a carer at a Benfleet nursing home, are angry she received a suspended "shoplifter's" prison sentence.

Offei was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after she held Hollie Turner, who suffered a rare type of cancer that left her with symptoms of dementia, in 2015.

Ms Turner has since died.

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Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J28 for A1023 Brook Street and J27 for M11 affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout) and J27 M11, because of an accident involving a caravan, a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Rail lines remain blocked after freight train break down

After a freight train broke down near Brentwood earlier today, Greater Anglia is saying some lines are still blocked.

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Heart attack patient thanks paramedic who saved his life

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An 81-year-old man who survived a heart attack and 15 defibrillator shocks on the way to hospital has personally thanked one of his life savers.

David Walkden was watching the Formula 1 Grand Prix at home in Thorpe Le Soken in November when he developed severe chest pains.

Sheena and David

Paramedic Sheena Bumphrey and emergency care assistant Jason Purvis, from the East of England Ambulance Service, answered the 999 call but David's condition deteriorated en route to Basildon Hospital and the ambulance stopped at the roadside to begin advanced life support.

He was given 15 shocks using a defibrillator as part of the treatment to keep him alive.

Ms Bumphrey said: "This will be a job that will live with me forever; I honestly thought he wouldn't survive. But to see him now is a testament to his strength and the excellent team effort of all involved on that day."

David, who has now been fitted with two stents, said: "Thank you isn't enough; I feel humbled by what they did. Without them, I wouldn't be standing here now."

Care worker sentenced to suspended jail term over arm lock restraint

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

A care worker found guilty of neglect at a Benfleet nursing home has been given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Mavis Offei, 64, put 21-year-old Hollie Turner (pictured) in an arm lock to restrain her during a row in 2015. This went against an instruction banning the use of force in the patient's care plan.

Hollie Turner
Family photograph

Ms Turner, a mother, suffered from a rare cancer which left her with symptoms of dementia. She was treated at Parklands Nursing Home in Benfleet and has since died.

Her father, Ray, has said checks on staff need to be tightened to prevent anything similar happening again.

Offei, who told Basildon Crown Court she was unaware of the 'do not use force' requirement in the care plan, has also been told to do 300 hours unpaid work and to pay £300 in costs.

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BreakingCare worker guilty of neglect given suspended jail sentence

A 64-year-old care worker at a Benfleet nursing home has been given a suspended six-month jail sentence after being found guilty of neglect.

Police in replica gun shooting 'acted reasonably', watchdog concludes

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Officers who shot and injured a man holding a replica gun in Great Dunmow "acted reasonably", a police watchdog has concluded.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation report into the shooting of Stephen Debley said officers had to take action to prevent him from causing serious injury or death to them or others.

Armed incident

Debley was shot and injured on 1 September 2015 after he made threats to kill police and pointed a gun - later found to be a replica - at officers.

He was later jailed for six years on two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent, and one of affray.

He was the first person shot by Essex Police for more than 30 years. He was hit in the leg with a plastic bullet and Tasered when he refused to put his weapon down, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "This was a fast moving incident in which officers had to make split-second decisions. Mr Debley had made threats to kill and later pointed a gun at officers in a residential area.

"Evidence provided to the investigation supported the belief of firearms officers that they had to take action to prevent Mr Debley from causing serious injury or death."

Radio Caroline granted AM licence

The former pirate station Radio Caroline has been awarded an AM waveband licence from Ofcom, which will enable it to broadcast to Suffolk and parts of north Essex.

Ross Revenge

Peter Moore, who runs Radio Caroline, said he was delighted that the bid which was begun in 2010 had been successful.

He said his ambition was to broadcast from Radio Caroline's ship the MV Ross Revenge, on the River Blackwater in Essex.

"It's our intention to broadcast to the same people we used to when we had the ships off the Essex coast," said Mr Moore.

"It will be the same sort of service they would have heard in the past delivered in the same way and presented in many cases by the same people as before.

"It's like a living time capsule."

The 1967 Marine Broadcasting Offences Act rendered Radio Caroline, which broadcast from international waters, an illegal - or pirate - station.

Paul Nuttall postpones Essex campaigning after bus damaged

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has postponed a day of campaigning in Essex today after the party battle bus had a wing mirror knocked off over night.

Mr Nuttall was to join activists at two campaign events in the county, but the party's purple bus (pictured at a previous event) was clipped by a lorry in a coach park overnight, taking a wing mirror off and grounding the vehicle for a day while it is fixed.

UKIP battle bus
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A party spokesman said: "A lorry drove a bit too close on its way out early this morning or late last night and just knocked the wing mirror off.

"It's one of those rogue accidents you can't do anything about."

He said there was nothing to suggest the wing mirror had been knocked off on purpose, and the visit would be rescheduled.

BreakingUKIP visit cancelled after bus' wing mirror knocked off

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has postponed a campaign visit to Essex today, after his party's battle bus was clipped by a lorry last night. It is being fixed today.

Notices issued to illegal development residents to stop building

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A council has taken steps to prevent residents continuing to build on an illegal development in Essex.

Basildon Council has applied to the High Court to begin committal proceedings against people who have settled on land west of Hovefields Avenue in Wickford.

Hovefields development

Copies of notices were served on individuals in breach of a High Court injunction obtained by the council in October 2016. The order had banned any further development on the land.

The council said it had gathered evidence that further development had taken place.

The next hearing has been scheduled for 7 June at the High Court.

BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

We asked:

Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?


And you said:

Amanda, Peterborough: "I do not really have an opinion on this as I never use the railways. However, if it lowers the price for commuters and travellers then it may be a good thing."

Marilyn Samuel, Luton: "I agree to Labour's policy to propose to re-nationalise the railways and I agree to keep fares down and at a fair price, more affordable and a reliable transport system."

Barbara, Chelmsford: "I think that railways are great as they're now. No changes needed."

Jonathan, Norwich: "It would take billions to overhaul the railways, maybe the money would be better spent on trams going into major cities at affordable prices."

Jade, Southend: "Buses and trains need upgrading and a better service. If they want less people to drive cars, public transports need a lot of improvement."

Malcolm Younger, Ipswich: "If a nationalised railway could work cheaply and efficiently I would be for it. But don't think that they can so should be left as they are."

Fly-tippers 'kill 270,000 bees' as rubbish dumped

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

Tonnes of rubbish including asbestos and human waste has been dumped close to Wat Tyler Country Park near Basildon.

A further consequence of the waste, apart from a £20,000 clean-up bill for the council, is that a beekeeper says about 270,000 of his insects were killed when hives were knocked over.

Tonnes of rubbish dumped near country park in Basildon

Commuters hit after freight train breaks down

A freight train that broke down near Brentwood has caused travel problems for commuters on lines serving Shenfield, Southend and Chelmsford, Greater Anglia reports.

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Friday's forecast: 'Great weather for gardeners and the ducks'

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a wet start to the day, great weather for gardeners and the ducks. Plenty more rain about this morning but it will tend to dry out and brighten up. There could be a rumble of thunder or two in the evening.

Highs of 14C (57F).

Search for murdered girl's body enters fifth day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The renewed search for the body of murdered East Tilbury teenager Danielle Jones at a block of garages near Grays is entering its fifth day.

Danielle search

The 15-year-old girl disappeared in 2001 on her way to school, and her uncle, Stuart Campbell, was convicted of her murder a year later.

Essex Police started digging at a site in Stifford Clays earlier this week, after receiving new information, but nothing's been found so far.

Welcome to our live coverage for Essex

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Good morning and welcome back to our live updates.

Today we hear flytippers have killed 270,000 bees by dumping rubbish including asbestos and human waste near a country park.

We'll also be bringing you all the news, weather, sport and travel for the county until 18:00.

If you've got a story you want to tell us about, don't hesitate to get in touch by clicking "Get involved" above.

It's been a damp start to the day so first, let's see what the weather's got in store later.

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 closed on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Kate Scotter

BBC News

That's it from the team here at Essex Local Live for today.

Thank you for joining us, we'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've been covering:

  • An Essex Police officer is accused of kicking a prisoner in his cell
  • UKIP says it must do well in the general election or there'll be "no Brexit"
  • An Essex wildlife charity makes a plea to cat owners due to large number of bird deaths

We'll leave you with this sunny photo taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers.

Have a great evening.


Train employee subjected to 'vicious and unprovoked' assault.

A woman working at Westcliff-on-Sea train station was slapped in the face by a male cyclist on Monday.

British Transport Police

British Transport Police says the assault happened at about 06:50, when the woman was working at the ticket barriers.

A man exited an arriving service from Fenchurch Street, got on his bike and cycled along the platform.

At the ticket barrier, without producing a ticket, he then barged through the gates.

The woman challenged him and was slapped hard across the face, resulting in the bridge of her nose being cut and her glasses knocked to the ground.

A CCTV image has been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

PC Chris Henschel said: "It was a vicious and totally unprovoked assault.

"No one should ever be subjected to violence on the railway, especially for simply doing their job.

"We have a number of active enquiries underway but would welcome any help from the public."

Golden horse stirrups stolen in aggravated burglary

A pair of yellow gold horse stirrups, featuring the Queen's emblem, have been stolen in an aggravated burglary.

Stolen horse stirrups
Essex Police

Watches, jewellery and an air weapon were also stolen from a property in Creephedge Lane, East Hanningfield, on Tuesday.

Essex Police is investigating the crime.

Stolen stirrups
Essex Police

Man in 'life-threatening condition' after assault

A man in his 50s has been left in a life-threatening condition after an assault.

Colchester police station

Essex Police said two men were involved in an altercation in Gardenia Walk, Colchester, at about 17:30 yesterday.

One man was left with serious head injuries.

A 41-year-old man, from Colchester, has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

He was taken to Colchester police station where he remains in custody.

Motorbike death mother will be 'greatly missed'

Tributes have been paid to a mother who was killed in a motorbike crash.

Kellie Dowles
Essex Police

Kellie Dowles, 41, died after the motorbike she was riding on collided with a car in Bardfield Road, Braintree, at about 16:00 on Sunday, April 30.

She was riding as pillion on a grey BMW motorbike. The car involved was a blue Ford Fiesta.

Mrs Dowles, a florist who ran a cafe with her husband, was flown to hospital but died from her injuries.

In a statement, her family said: "Kellie was a dearly loved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to everyone that knew her.

“Alongside her floristry Kellie enjoyed spending time and travelling with her family. Kellie was also an animal lover with a particular fondness towards dogs.

“All the family members and friends greatly miss Kellie very much.”The rider of the motorbike, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has since been discharged and is recovering at home.