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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 8 June 2017
  2. London trains delayed after Chelmsford line closed
  3. Essex firefighters called out to 2,500 false alarms
  4. Calls for phone companies to block mobile signals from jails

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That's it for your live updates for now - but not for long.

We'll be bringing you all the election results for Essex as they come in overnight from the moment the polls close at 22:00, as you'll see if you keep an eye on our feed.

And of course we'll also bring you any other news, weather, sport and travel as it comes in, so we hope you'll join us then.

'Barbaric' burglars have sentences doubled

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Two "barbaric" burglars who tied up a couple in their home and poured boiling water over their heads have had their sentences almost doubled.

John and Janis Buswell were tied up with cable ties and tortured during a two-hour ordeal in Halstead, Kent.

Daniel Wallace and Kacey Adams were jailed in April.

Judges at the Court of Appeal said their original sentences did not reflect the "extreme gravity" of the crimes.

Adams, 34, of Covert Road, Ilford, and Wallace, 33, of St Mary's Barking, admitted aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

They had earlier been found guilty of conspiracy to murder after a man was shot in the face in a revenge attack.

Adams and Wallace were jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 and a half years at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Their sentences were appealed by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

At the Court of Appeal in London, the minimum term was increased to 23 years.

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BBC
Daniel Wallace (left) and Kacey Adams pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing

Lady Justice Victoria Sharp, Mr Justice Oliver Popplewell and Judge Martin Picton said it was a "quite exceptional case".

Mrs Buswell was left permanently disfigured after two kettles of boiling water were poured on her, the court heard.

The men poured one kettle over her husband and made threats to further injure both Mr and Mrs Buswell.

They stole £50,000 before going to Dubai. They were arrested on their return with more than £18,000 of luxury goods in their luggage.

In her victim impact statement Mrs Buswell described her attackers as "barbaric".

The appeal judges also increased the sentence imposed on 25-year-old Edward Dooley for his part in a drive-by shooting in May 2016.

Dooley, of Romford, was given a 16-year sentence for conspiracy to murder. That was replaced with a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.

Weather: Rain will spread eastwards leaving clear periods

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Showery rain in places this evening will spread eastwards to leave clear spells by the end of the night.

Weather chart
BBC

Southwesterly winds will ease and Friday will start with sunny spells but scattered showers are expected and these could be thundery with hail in places.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Four people injured in crash between coach and lorry

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Four people have been injured following a crash, involving a coach and a lorry, on the A120 near Great Dunmow.

The collision happened around 15:25 this afternoon. The East of England Ambulance Service says one person is seriously hurt. The injured have been taken to the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. The road is currently closed while emergency crews deal with the incident.

Drivers are being encouraged to avoid the area and diversions are in place.

crash scene
Ryan Cowan
crash scene
Ryan Cowan

Police urge motorists to avoid road after crash

A crash between a bus and a lorry is causing delays on the A120 near Great Dunmow, which has been closed in both directions.

The westbound carriageway is blocked between the Felsted junction and Dunmow South junction.

RTC involving a bus and a lorry near #Dunmow. Please avoid the area if you can. twitter.com/Essex_Travel/s…

Mean and moody skies over Essex... but sunshine promised later

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

We're told skies should brighten later, but up until now they've been pretty moody.. as BBC Weather Watcher ebb&flow at Great Chesterford...

Great Chesterford
BBC Weather Watchers/ebb&flow

And BBC Weather Watcher Judy at Tiptree Heath have revealed...

Tiptree Heath
BBC Weather Watcher/judy

Things should improve this evening, when the weather experts are promising us late sunshine.

For an up-to-date forecast where you are, you can find out more with BBC Weather.

School evacuated after fire in toilets

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

A school had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in a lavatory in Clacton.

Firefighters were called at about 10:30 and quickly extinguished the blaze at Clacton Coastal Academy.

The toilet suffered some smoke damage and Essex Fire and Rescue will carry out an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Clacton Coastal Academy
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'Lethal carbon monoxide levels' killed boat death couple

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A couple died on board their boat from "lethal levels of carbon monoxide", a coroner has concluded.

The bodies of Alan Frost, 64, and Tina Wilkins, 51, from Grays, Essex, as well as a dog, were found on the vessel moored near Wroxham Island, on the Norfolk Broads on 9 June last year.

Concerns were raised after the boat had not moved for some time.

Wroxham Island on the Norfolk Broads
David Dixon/Geograph

Their deaths were not treated as suspicious by the police and the case was passed to the coroner.

At an inquest today at Norfolk Coroner's Court the coroner recorded a narrative conclusion saying the couple died sometime between 6 and 9 June "as a result of lethal CO levels within the confines of the boat".

Polling stations open until 22:00 - unless you're a dog

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Up to 1.4m people will cast their votes in Essex today.

Nearly 1,000 polling stations are open.

One voter in Old Harlow had to leave Bertie, Hermione and Hagrid outside the station, but they don't seem to mind...

Three dogs at Old Harlow polling station
BBC

To bike or not to bike: Calls for better signs in pedestrianised Chelmsford

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

A cycling club is calling for better signs in Chelmsford city centre after a pedestrian said she was nearly hit by a cyclist earlier this year.

Parts of the centre - including Tindal Square (below) - are pedestrianised, but the city council says cycling is lawful within some of that area.

Chris Whiley, from Chelmer Cycling Club, says better signs would clarify where bicycles can go - and where they can't.

Tindal Square, Chelsmford
Mike Faherty/Geograph

Rail services returning to normal after earlier disruption

Commuters struggled to get to work earlier after the line between Chelmsford and Witham was closed because a person was hit by a train.

But it looks like Greater Anglia are anticipating a return to normal services once the evening rush-hour begins...

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Police arrest 25 for drink and drug driving offences in summer clamp-down

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

"Essex Police does not tolerate it and we are better equipped than ever to catch those who do it".

That's the message from casualty reduction manager Adam Pipe, as the force publishes figures for the number of people caught drink and drug driving in the first week of its summer clamp-down.

Nineteen people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving offences and six were arrested on suspicion of drug driving offences.

The campaign runs throughout June and those who are convicted are warned: "We will name you, we will shame you and we will put your photo out to the public."

Breathalyser
PA

Woman dies after car and van crash

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

An 84-year old woman has died following a road crash near Rettendon.

The collision between a white Mercedes Benz van and a blue Ford Grand C-Max took place on the A132 at about 14:30 yesterday.

The woman who died was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Four others - including both drivers - suffered minor injuries.

Olly Murs gig should be bag-free zone

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

Heading to the Olly Murs concert this weekend?

Officers are asking you not to bring a bag unless it is absolutely necessary.

The Colchester gig at Weston Homes Community Stadium kicks off from 17:00 on Saturday.

Supt Steve Johnson said: "We would like to reassure everyone that we do not anticipate Saturday’s event to be anything other than safe and secure, however, given the tragic events in Manchester and London, it is sensible and proportionate to have an intensified policing presence."

Olly Murs
BBC

Wickford travellers: Land sale allowed them to stay

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Basildon Council has been trying to get the unauthorised development removed from Hovefields Avenue in Wickford for some time now.

Caravans, mobile homes, sheds and fences have been put up on the green belt land.

On 18 October, the council won an injunction preventing further development and restricting occupation to those living there at the time - including the Tidd family, John Hilden and George Davis.

But a parcel of the land was then sold to Michael Smith, who is one of 11 people who applied to the High Court hoping to vary the injunction order to allow them to stay - which is what has now happened temporarily at least.

High Court rules travellers can stay on Wickford green belt site - for now

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Eleven travellers have won the latest round of a High Court battle to remain on unauthorised pitches set up on green belt land at Wickford.

Basildon Borough Council said an injunction covering the land west of Hovefields Avenue had been breached.

But Justice Singh allowed the travellers to remain on the site until 23 June, when the council can return to the court to puts its case.

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BBC

Dovercourt cricket club's plea to travellers: 'Try not to damage pitch'

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Several cricket games have been cancelled this weekend after more travellers moved onto playing fields at Dovercourt.

At least 15 caravans and 19 vehicles are parked on the fields and Tendring District Council says the outfield of the cricket pitch has been churned up.

Lee Davis, from Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket Club, had this message for the group: "While you are still there, please have a regard for the pitch and the outbuilding, try not to damage it for us please.

"Please be aware to not affect us and affect the pitch so that we can continue playing for the rest of the season, to offer cricket to adults and youngsters alike."

Essex Countywide Traveller Unit will serve a direction to leave on the group today, giving them 24 hours to move on.

Towards Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket Club
Robert Eva/Geograph

Travellers face eviction from Dovercourt playing fields

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

A group of travellers who have temporarily settled on public playing fields a Dovercourt will be served a direction to leave today.

This will give them 24 hours to move on - although Tendring District Council said it would take the matter to the courts if that doesn't happen.

Council spokesman Nigel Brown said: "Unfortunately their vehicles have churned up the outfield of the cricket pitch site, although the wicket itself was roped off and unaffected."

He believes Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket Club has had to cancel two adult and two junior games this weekend because of the damage.

Caravans at Dovercourt
Tendring District Council

Train line between Norwich and London running again

The train service between Norwich and London, via Ipswich and Colchester, is back up and running.

The line between Chelmsford and Witham had been closed after a person was hit by a train, but it has now reopened.

Delays are still expected until 12:00.

More travellers move onto Dovercourt playing fields

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

At least 15 caravans and 19 vehicles are now parked on a playing field in Dovercourt - according to Tendring District Council.

The council said it is working with Essex Countywide Traveller Unit to start the eviction process.

The group is pitched on Low Road Playing Field at the end of West End Lane.

Council spokesman Nigel Brown said during initial talks the travellers said they intended to stay for between three and four days before moving on to a fair.

Caravans at Dovercourt
Tendring District Council

Ministry of Justice investigates claims Nile Ranger posted from prison

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

The Southend player is reported to have paid tribute on his Instagram account to fellow player Cheick Tiote (below), who died suddenly aged 30.

The Ministry of Justice said Nile Ranger's prison has launched an investigation.

But Chelmsford Prison's former acting governor Lindsay Whitehouse warns there isn't yet evidence Ranger put the post up himself - he pointed out the player could have given access to his account to a friend outside prison.

Cheick Tiote
PA

Calls for phone companies to block mobile phone signals from jails

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

A former acting prison governor has called for jails to block mobile signals after reports that Southend player Nile Ranger (below) sent a message from his cell.

Ranger was jailed for eight months for carrying out a an online banking fraud.

Lindsay Whitehouse, who was once the acting prison governor at Chelmsford Prison, said mobile phone companies had the technology to block phone signals - but legislation would need to be introduced to make them do so.

The Ministry of Justice said an investigation was under way into whether Ranger sent the message from prison - and warned to do so is a criminal offence.

Nile Ranger
Southend United FC

Trains delays on Norwich to London line

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Trains between Norwich and London, via Ipswich and Colchester, are disrupted this morning as we're told a person has been hit by a train.

Great Anglia train
BBC

Greater Anglia say that all trains have been stopped just before Chelmsford whilst the emergency services attend to the incident.

A very limited Rail Replacement Bus service will operate between Chelmsford and Witham, but in order to get to that you'd have to get to Colchester and change, so if you're travelling from Norwich your best bet is to go via Cambridge, where your tickets will be accepted.

National Rail says disruption is expected until around 11:00.

Essex firefighters called to Chelmsford flats 11 times

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

The county's fire service was called out to nearly 14,000 incidents between April 2016 and April 2017 - almost 6,000 of which were false alarms.

BBC Essex has been told the majority of them are unavoidable and are usually by people calling 999 because they genuinely think there is a fire.

But after firefighters were called to a block of flats in Chelmsford 11 times in the last two weeks because of a faulty system - yes that's 11 times - BBC Essex learned that 40% of the fire service's call-outs are false.

And 2,500 of those are due to faulty alert systems..

Essex fire engine
Martin Addison/Geograph

Essex firefighters called to hundreds of false alarms

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Essex Fire and Rescue Service was called out to more than 2,500 false alarms in the last financial year - due to faulty alert systems.

About 40% of its call outs were false alarms last year.

Assistant divisional officer Paul Gardner said the service works with businesses to avoid unnecessary call outs.

Essex fire engine
BBC

Weather: Dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will be dry and breezy but cloudy early on with skies brightening up later.

Today will be dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Some warm and sunny spells will develop.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Rail commuters warned about disrupted service through Chelmsford

Greater Anglia is warning rail passengers about serious delays on its services.

The line is blocked between Chelmsford and Whitham...

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Almost 1,000 polling stations opened their doors across Essex about an hour ago and will remain open until 22:00 - and this will be a politics-free zone until then.

BBC Essex has discovered the county's fire service responded to hundreds of false alarms in the last financial year - we'll bring you the latest on that and other news across Essex.