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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

Live Reporting

By Zoe Applegate

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe accident, between J7 for A414 and J6 for M25.

M11 Essex - One lane closed on M11 southbound between J7, A414 (Harlow) and J6 M25, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, after J7 for A414.

M11 Essex - Slow traffic on M11 northbound after J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an accident earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock.

M25 Kent - Stop-start traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to beyond J2, Darenth Interchange.

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

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.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout) and J27 M11, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: A127 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A127 Essex both ways severe disruption, between A176 Upper Mayne Billericay and Gardiners Lane North.

A127 Essex - A127 Southend Arterial Road closed in both directions between Billericay and Mayflower Retail Park, because of a serious fire.

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

Football

Colchester's search for their first League Two win of the season continues as they are beaten by Luton.

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Mohammad Amir loses cool with team-mate over missed catch before missing two himself
Essex Eagles bowler Mohammad Amir fails to make two catches after earlier berating team-mate Callum Taylor for failing to spot a catchable ball in the sun.

Severe accident: A129 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A129 Essex both ways severe accident, between A132 and Castledon Road.

A129 Essex - A129 London Road in Wickford blocked in both directions between the A132 junction and the Castledon Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from the Local Live team - for the day and for the week.

We'll have more live updates for you from 08:00 on Monday, with any breaking news and big stories still published here over the weekend.

Have a great evening.

Weather: Thundery showers overnight

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There will be further showers moving eastwards this evening and these could be heavy and thundery, but there’ll be some sunshine too.

A band of rain following in behind later tonight and this could produce some heavy and possibly thundery downpours, with the winds possibly gusting to 40mph for a time.

By morning it should be dry everywhere and temperatures, for many places, staying in double figures.

Weather map
BBC

Saturday is looking a blustery day of sunshine and a few scattered showers. There’ll be a moderate to fresh westerly wind and highs around 20C (68F).

Sunday should also be largely dry with some sunshine. Cloud is eventually expected to increase but, at the moment, rain isn’t expected to arrive in the west until early evening.

There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

#GetInspired

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of a campaign for National Lottery-funded athletes to give a bit back and say thank you.

Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger with more information about parkrun.

V Festival: Global stars take to the stage

Thousands of ticket-holders are arriving at Hylands Park as the V Festival gets under way.

The annual comedy and music event features global stars such as Pink, Jay Z and Ellie Goulding.

Ellie Goulding on stage at Glastonbury
BBC

Other acts taking to the stage over the weekend include Madness, Clean Bandit, Rudimental and George Ezra (pictured).

George Ezra on stage at a festival in Glasgow
PA

The V Festival, which takes place at two venues - Hylands Park, near Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire - is expected to attract 150,000 people.

A shuttle bus will run from Chelmsford station to take people to the festival site.

For those travelling by roads, the event is signposted from the A12 and the A414.

Mohammad Amir

Pakistan grant bowler Mohammad Amir permission to return to Essex and play Somerset in a crucial County Championship match.

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Tips for a special parkrun weekend

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

Tomorrow, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

Bin rescued gecko taken into care

A tiny lizard has been taken to a wildlife hospital for care after it was rescued from underneath a dustbin.

It was spotted by a householder in Lodge Lane, Grays, who'd gone outside to move her wheelie bin.

The leopard gecko was underweight and had an injury on her tail, the RSPCA's Joe White said.

The rescued gecko
RSPCA

Leopard geckos are one of the top 10 reptile species that come in to the care of the charity, along with bearded dragons, corn snakes, royal pythons and yellow-bellied terrapins.

Nicola White, the senior scientific officer for exotics at the RSPCA says reptiles have increased in popularity as pets, and they've seen a rise in the number of call-outs to them in recent years.

The rescued gecko
RSPCA

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

#teamparkrun

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

#GetInspired

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of, or done a parkrun - it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps.

For more information on how to get into running, check out the BBC Get Inspired guide.

V Festival weather: It's looking good

No sign of a mud bath for festival-goers this weekend - the Met Office is tweeting of sunny spells and just the odd shower.

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Armed police at V Festival

Armed police will be on patrol at the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend.

The three day event at Hylands Park is expected to attract 60,000 people.

Essex Police say they've put on extra patrols to reassure the public and they are not in response to any particular threat.

Festival goers, with rucksucks, sit on ground near campside entrance
BBC

Delays to opening of busy A130 third lane

A new third lane along the A130, due to open this summer, now won't be available to traffic until the winter due to delays.

Satellite map showing the location of Howe Green and Rettendon
BBC

The extra lane, between Rettendon and Howe Green near Chelmsford, is to help reduce traffic congestion.

More than 50,000 vehicles use the road every day.

Michael Barrymore

Jodie Halford

BBC News

As entertainer Michael Barrymore is awarded damages for unlawful arrest, BBC News examines his rise and fall.

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BreakingMichael Barrymore: 'More than nominal damages' for wrongful arrest

The former entertainer Michael Barrymore is to get "more than nominal damages" after claiming his wrongful arrest by police destroyed his career.

The 65-year-old was detained 10 years ago on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock, whose body was found in the swimming pool of Mr Barrymore's home in Roydon, in 2001.

More on this story.

Barcelona: City in 'lockdown'

Spanish police say they've shot dead five suspected terrorists after 13 people were killed by a van driver in Barcelona.

Jason Seymour arrived at Stansted Airport from Barcelona a short while ago.

He got to the Spanish city at around 02:00.

It was in lockdown, they were checking every car coming out of Barcelona and every car going in... we got in a huge queue, thought we were going to miss the plane, armed policemen stopping everything... it was very scary."

Martin Seymour

Barcelona: Essex teacher describes the terror attack

Forensic policemen arrive in the cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona
AFP

An Essex man who now lives in Barcelona witnessed the terror attack in which 13 people died and dozens more were injured.

Tom Wheeler, who teaches English, moved to the Spanish city last year. He lives on a road leading to Las Ramblas.

Tom was on his way to the metro when he heard screams, and saw people running.

"I heard the van smashing into something, I heard a couple of smashes and then saw the van going down the middle of the pedestrianised area of Las Ramblas and people running away".

He describes people running into shops, and the shops pulling down their shutters, adding it was "pretty scary stuff".

Police prescence in Barcelona
BBC

For at least two or three hours afterwards, Tom says there was a "strong armed police presence".

I live next to the pedestrianised zone, it's always so crowded, in July and August it's absolutely packed... it's such an international city and it seems so sad that this kind of thing happens here."

Tom Wheeler

V Festival-goers urged to take care

Thousands of festival-goers will be heading to Chelmsford as the county's biggest music event of the year gets under way at Hylands Park.

The V Festival takes place over the next three days with headline acts including Jay-Z , Pink and Dizzee Rascal.

People pulling suitcases, and wearing rucksacks, heading to the festival
BBC

The East of England Ambulance Service is asking people to take care.

Last year, emergency crews dealt with nearly 400 people suffering from various ailments, including excessive alcohol consumption, fractures and bee stings. Thirty people needed hospital treatment.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today we'll see a mix of sunny spells and showers, which could be heavy in places.

Feeling cooler than yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 21C (70F).

There's a full forecast for where you are on BBC Weather.

Good morning

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome back to Local Live.

We'll have the latest news, sport and travel between now and 18:00.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you've a story you'd like to share with us - click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

Lucy Martin's weather forecast will follow shortly.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J25 for A10.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe accident: M11 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex both ways severe accident, between J6 for M25 and J5 for A1168.

M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked in both directions between J6 M25 and J5, A1168 (Loughton), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe disruption: A120 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A120 Essex both ways severe disruption, between B1024 Colchester Road and A12 J25.

A120 Essex - A120 Coggeshall Road closed in both directions between the B1024 Colchester Road junction in Coggeshall and Marks Tey, because of a building fire.

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

Our live coverage has ended for the day

That's it for the Local Live news stream for today - thanks for following us.

We'll be back with more news updates for you from 08:00 tomorrow.

Whatever you're doing tonight, we hope it's a good one.

The latest weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will staying mainly fine and dry this evening and tonight, with clear spells.

There's the small chance of an isolated shower in southern parts of the region.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather graphic for 05:00
BBC

Tomorrow will start dry with sunny spells, but it will turn cloudy with the risk of some scattered showers, heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures reaching a high of 22C (72F).

Weather graphic for 16:00 showing showers over parts of the region
BBC

There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

Six people detained on suspicion of immigration offences

Two adults and four children have been detained on suspicion of immigration offences following reports of people coming out of a lorry on the A12.

Police were called to a layby on the northbound carriageway near Hatfield Peverel shortly before 20:00 yesterday.

The six people have been handed over to Border Force officials.

The lorry driver was not arrested.