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Summary

  1. Essex election results latest
  2. Conservatives win all 18 Essex seats, retaining everywhere held previously and gaining Clacton
  3. In Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price is re-elected with a majority of just 345
  4. UKIP lose significant numbers of votes across county
  5. In Clacton, the party has gone from getting 19,642 votes in 2015 to 3,357 this time around
  6. Turnouts around the county up on 2015 levels

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By Zoe Applegate

All times stated are UK

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Fly-tipping costs taxpayers £58m in clean-up costs

A drone-camera filmed the extent of rubbish dumped in Purfleet in south Essex in 2014

More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England in 2016-17, costing taxpayers £58m to clear up.

It was the fourth year in a row that incidents increased.

About 56,000 fixed penalty notices were handed out by councils to people caught illegally dumping.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said two-thirds of fly-tipping was household waste.

There were about 1,002,000 cases of fly-tipping handled by councils in England between April 2016 and March 2017, equivalent to 114 every hour.

This was 66,000 (7%) more than the year before.

Chart showing areas with the most incidents of fly-tipping by population
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M11 accidents 'an increasing worry' says MP

The government is promising to hold talks after concern over the spate of accidents on the M11 in Essex.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, told the Commons it was an increasing worry, with many Harlow motorists facing significant problems from congestion and accidents.

Roads minister Jesse Norman said he was aware of the issues, adding that he'd be delighted to meet with Mr Halfon.

Emergency services at the scene of an accident on the M11 in 2001
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Mixed fortunes for rare seabird on Tendring peninsula

Despite a promising start, one of the UK's rarest seabirds had a turbulent breeding season on the Essex coast.

Only seven little tern chicks have successfully flown the nest in the county, ready for what will be the first of many 6,000 mile round-trips to West Africa.

The successful chicks hatched from nests on Horsey Island, in Hamford Water off Walton-on-the-Naze.

A little tern with a chick
Kevin Simmonds

Hopes were high for a successful season at Old Hall Marshes on The Naze peninsula, with 10 nests, but these were lost to high tides in June.

Other nesting attempts were made at Stone Point on The Naze, and many birds were seen at Colne Point, near Jaywick and St Osyth, which Essex Wildlife Trust say could mean the site would be an important place for nesting little terns in the future.

A little tern with a chick
Kevin Simmonds

As recently as 20-30 years ago, the county supported several hundred pairs of nesting little terns. But numbers have dropped dramatically, and RSPB spokeswoman Sarah Gelpke says it's crucial to protect the colonies.

Predators, high tides and human disturbance can seriously affect the little tern's fortunes... the struggles for little terns along the Essex coast show the challenges they face."

Sarah GelpkeRSPB

Seven arrests following anti-burglary raids in Harlow

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle after raids in Harlow.

Around 50 officers, including the dog unit and firearms officers, executed warrants in Fern Hill at around 05:00 today.

The join operation forms part of an investigation by Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent police forces into burglaries across three counties where petrol stations and local stores have been targeted and large quantities of cash and cigarettes taken.

Cigarettes and tobacco taken in Chelmsford Co-op burglary

A police investigation is under way after thieves smashed their way into a Co-op store in Chelmsford.

Cigarettes and tobacco were stolen from the shop in Havengore after it was broken into shortly before 01:30.

The Co-op store in Havengore
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Two people dressed in black were seen making off on black mopeds.

Police say they're looking into whether this break-in is linked to a similar incident at a Co-op store in Writtle on Monday.

Man burnt as hot drink is thrown into a train at Benfleet

British Transport Police (BTP) have issued this CCTV image of a man they want to trace after hot liquid was thrown into a train at Benfleet station.

CCTV image of the suspect
BTP

The incident occurred on the 06:27 C2C service from Benfleet to Fenchurch on Tuesday, 26 September.

There was an altercation between two men on the platform shortly before the train was due to depart.

One of the men threw his cup of coffee inside the train, and the hot liquid hit a 21-year-old man in the face.

He suffered minor burns, reddening and soreness. The suspect left the station.

Anyone with information is asked to call BTP or Crimestoppers.

Concerns at broken speed restriction signs at Kelvedon Hatch

Some people living in Kelvedon Hatch say they're concerned that illuminated speed restriction signs outside a local school don't work.

Essex Highways installed the 20mph signs outside the Community Primary School in February, at a cost of £14,000 but the parish council says they've never worked.

A spokesperson for Essex Highways says it's working to sort out the fault.

A child and man stand by the sign
BBC

Six-year-old pupil Leah says they need fixing as soon as possible as there are too many near-accidents.

"Too many accidents are nearly occurring... too many cars are speeding and it's not safe, some kids might cross the road and it's extremely risky in case they get hurt," she said.

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206 affecting J30 for A13.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J30 A13.

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

Dan Lawrence

Essex batsman Dan Lawrence signs a new deal to stay with the county champions until 2019.

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Severe accident: A414 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A414 Essex both ways severe accident, between Lodge Road and B1018 Limebrook Way.

A414 Essex - A414 Maldon Road in Maldon blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Lodge Road junction and the B1018 Limebrook Way junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Prison death to be investigated

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

The Prison Service says there will be an independent investigation into the death of a man at Chelmsford Prison earlier this week.

Ashley Austin, 36, died in custody on Monday.

The Ministry of Justice says the matter will now be looked at by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

Chelmsford Prison
BBC

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "We were contacted shortly after 06:20 on Monday with reports of the death of a man at Chelmsford Prison.

"The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His death is currently being treated as unexplained, not suspicious."

Elvis Bwomono

Southend United's teenage full-back Elvis Bwomono signs a three-year professional deal with the League One side.

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Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock in a degree celebration pose
Max Whitlock MBE becomes a Doctor of Science at Anglia Ruskin University.
Norman Fowler

The fraudster used eBay and Gumtree to advertise items like watches, phones and laptops he did not have.

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Repair work to start on Venetian Bridge

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Work to repair Clacton's 103-year-old Venetian Bridge will start at the end of the month.

The project is costing about £350,000 and is due to be finished by spring. The bridge's surfacing will be removed and replaced with waterproof material.

Clacton Venetian Bridge
Josie Campbell/Geograph

The bridge first started showing signs of distress in 2014. Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said he was aware of the frustration over the length of time the project had taken to get to this stage.

"It is a significant project involving an iconic landmark on Clacton seafront and we had to make sure that we opted for the right way forward and a programme of work that would stand the test of time," he said.

"The contractors will begin on site on 30 October and the aim is to have everything completed by the start of next season."

Dr Whitlock

It was a very proud day yesterday for Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock, who received his Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

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Anglia Ruskin University says he was chosen for his "dedication and success" helping to "raise the profile of gymnastics with young people throughout the UK".

Council spends £5m repairing potholes

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

New figures show £5m was spent repairing potholes and resurfacing roads last year across Essex.

Drivers also received nearly £40,000 in compensation for damage caused to vehicles.

Essex County Council said it resurfaced 3,000 sq km (1,158 sq miles) of road during 2016.

Pothole
PA

Stephen Robinson, Liberal Democrat councillor for Chelmsford North, said: "We really need to focus on repairing potholes rather than paying out compensation.

"We also have issues with potholes at the side of the road which aren't classified as that important, but for cyclists they can be lethal."

A spokesperson for the Conservative-led Essex County Council said: "The figures do no present a true picture of the situation in Essex."

Hospitals failing to meet waiting time target

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Four of Essex's five hospitals are failing to meet waiting time targets in three key areas, set by the government.

That's according to new analysis by the BBC.

Waiting times have been assessed across three areas: A&E, cancer care and planned operations.

Princess Alexandra Hospital
BBC

Basildon, Broomfield, Southend and Colchester are missing their targets in all three of those categories.

Princess Alexandra in Harlow does meet its cancer care and planned operations targets, but it is the worst in the UK when it comes to meeting the target for A&E waiting time.

The government says 95% of patients should be seen within four hours, but at Princess Alexandra it's 70%.

You can see how your local hospital is doing by using the NHS Tracker.

Billericay Town

Big-spending Billericay Town progress to the first round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 win at sixth-tier Brackley Town.

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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, at J28 for A12.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed on M25 clockwise at J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football

Jack Marriott scores his 10th goal of the season to secure Peterborough United a 1-1 draw at Southend United.

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Frank Nouble of Newport County is tackled by Doug Loft of Colchester United

Goals from Ryan Jackson and Mikael Mandron give Colchester United victory away against Newport County in League Two.

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Cash machine stolen from Writtle Co-op

Police are looking for four men, who reportedly stole a cash machine from a Co-op store near Chelmsford, armed with a chainsaw and a crowbar.

Officers say the Co-op on Bridge Street in Writtle was left badly damaged following the break-in last night.

A neighbour told us: "We woke up to the sound of a lot of crashing and banging going on.

"Looked out the window to see a big silver van which had been used to rip the shutters off the front of the Co-op.

"They were then loading up the cash machine into the boot of the car and drove off."

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, at J28 for A12 affecting J27 for M11.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J27 M11.

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

Funding reinstated for Colchester autism diagnostic service

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Essex Political Reporter

A service in Colchester which diagnoses children with autism and other special needs is being reinstated.

Funding has now been agreed to keep the Child Assessment and Development Unit (CADU) running for six months, until a longer-term financial solution is reached.

Last week BBC Essex learned that 138 families are on a waiting list for the CADU.

The service gives a clinical assessment for pre-school children who have autism, speech and language problems or other special needs.

This can lead to an Education Healthcare Plan, which means they can go to a special school or get one-to-one support at a mainstream school.

Conservative councillor Dick Madden, who has responsibility for children and families at Essex County Council, said: "Our priority is to ensure a service is reinstated as quickly as possible and over the coming days will be agreeing the finer details with partners on when the service will begin and where it will be provided from.

"We will be in contact with families currently on the waiting list for the CADU service to apologise for the pause in the service, and update them on the latest situation."

One-handed pianist proves teacher wrong
Nicholas McCarthy says he was told by the head teacher of a music school that he would never make it as a professional pianist.

E-fit released of man sought in Colchester rape inquiry

Police investigating a rape in Colchester have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to.

E-fit of man sought in connection with a rape in Colchester
Essex Police

A woman, in her 20s, was hit over the head and sexually assaulted by a man as she walked along Layer Road between 03:07 and 03:30 on Sunday, 1 October.

Police say a witness told them they saw him at about 04:00 in the area between Mareth Road and Glebe Road.

They also want to trace another man and a vehicle witnesses saw in the Layer Road area at about 03:30. The vehicle was described as a dark blue transit-size van which did not have its lights on, until prompted by a pedestrian.

Det Con Kelly Blackwell said: "Our investigation is progressing well but I need to trace both men and the driver of the van as they may have key information about what happened."

Billericay owner on why he's taken on a homeless man

The owner of Billericay Town FC has been talking about why he offered a homeless man a job - and somewhere to live, at the football club.

Glenn Tamplin
BBC

Glenn Tamplinn, speaking to Richard Young live on air with BBC Radio Essex, told him: "You've been very honest from day one, you've done everything you said, and I'll make this commitment on the radio which I made to your face.

"As long as you don't give up on you Richard, I won't give up on you.

"This offer is for life, it's not for five minutes. It's not a stunt, it's the truth.

"I wasn't homeless, but I was in such a bad way 10 years ago that I did want to take my life, I was in a mental institution for three months.

"If I didn't get the help from people then I could have very much ended up like Richard did."

Mr Tamplinn explained that a second homeless man, to whom he'd made the same offer, has had to go to a centre in Southend for treatment for a couple of weeks, and he will then be taken back.

Homeless man given chance by Billericay Town owner

A Billericay man, who was homeless for two and a half years, says he's still in a daze after being offered a place to live, and a job, by the owner of Billericay Town FC.

Glenn Tamplin has helped Richard Young, after seeing him on the streets.

Billericay Town FC ground
Google

Mr Young said he used to beg on the town's High Street, and every now and then Mr Tamplinn and his wife would buy him a coffee.

He said: "Last week Glenn came up to me and said this is the offer, sat down next to me, and said 'I'm willing to offer you a job, a full-time job, a paid job, accommodation, security, and get you off the streets. What do you say?'

"It took me roughly half a second to think it over and say 'yes please'.

"I looked him in the eyes and said 'is this for real?' and he said 'yes, it's very much for real' so obviously it was very much like 'wow'.

"I'm still walking round in a bit of a daze even now."

Dashcam shows car mounting pavement to avoid queue
Dashcam footage showed the 28-year-old driver leaving the road to avoid a queue.
'Red sun' captured in the East of England
The red-looking sun and hazy sky was caught on camera by photographers across the East of England.

Rayleigh school cancels London trip over terror fear

An Essex school says it's cancelled its annual trip to London, following concerns over recent terror attacks.

A year four group from Grove Wood Primary in Rayleigh was due to visit the capital, and spend the night on HMS Belfast on the Thames.

Grove Wood Primary School
Google

Rich Green, headteacher, said: "We take the safety and well-being of our pupils extremely seriously.

"Whilst we are extremely disappointed to have made this decision and cancel this visit, we consider that at a time when there is a heightened level of risk in London, it is important to take appropriate steps to avoid putting our pupils at unnecessary risk."

Ophelia inspires new SuperGlu song

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Last night's colourful sky provided a talking point for many, and an inspiration for BBC Introducing favourites SuperGlu.

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Earlier this year the band, from the Suffolk/Essex border, played at the South by Southwest Festival for BBC Introducing and are currently recording their eagerly awaited second EP.

Who knows if Ophelia will be on it.

How amazing are these photographs?

Our BBC Weather Watchers had a field day with the incredible skies across the county yesterday.

Sand from Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal are thought to have been churned up by Storm Ophelia.

Here are just a few of our local pictures:

Red sky in Colchester
BBC
Red sky in Great Baddow
BBC
Red sky in Southend
BBC

Council responds to calls for Canvey Island independence

We brought you news earlier of a call from the leader of the Canvey Independents for a bigger say in its future, by having its own local authority at district level - separate from Castle Point Borough Council.

Jeffrey Stanley, deputy leader of Castle Point and a resident of Canvey Island, says: "Calls for independence for Canvey Island have been raised from time to time.

"Canvey is one part of Castle Point, the others being Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley, each with its unique qualities, history and attractions.

"Despite mischievous claims to the contrary, we work very hard to ensure all corners of the borough get their fair share of resources.

"And we can prove that.

"I’ve lived on Canvey for almost 60 years and know the view of the Canvey Independents is not universal.

"But it is going to be interesting to see how they would intend to pay for the extra government in these days of austerity.

"I’m sure their leader is surprised that his casual comments on independence have reached the national newspapers, but, like him, I quite like to see Canvey and Catalonia in the same headline.

"It’s good for tourism."

Strange red sun seen over Essex

We've heard of a red sky at night, and a red sky in the morning... but what about a red sun in the sky during the rest of the daytime?

This unusual occurrence, as been captured by our BBC Weather Watchers, has been caused by Storm Ophelia which is pulling air, sand and dust up from southern Europe and Africa.

A red sun in the sky, with silhouettes of trees
BBC
A red sun in the sky
BBC
A red sun in the sky, with silhouettes of trees and plants
BBC

As Weather Quest's Dan Holley explains, normal service will resume shortly.

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