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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. 'Drug-addled' attacker has jail term increased for 'wasting' Appeal Court's time
  3. Essex have Lord's final in their sights
  4. Colchester land cup tie at home to Aston Villa
  5. Essex primary school pupil and teachers hurt in M25 crash
  6. Weather: Another sunny day in store with temperatures rising to 21C (70F)

Live Reporting

By Orla Moore

All times stated are UK

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'Benefits' to hospitals' merger

Colchester and Ipswich hospitals have published plans to merge into one hospital trust.

The two sites already share the same chief executive, Nick Hulme, with doctors and consultants also working between them both.

Colchester hospital
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A final decision won't be made until next year.

Mr Hulme says there are numerous benefits to the merger.

Ipswich hospital
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I think coming together we can provide some equity and shorten the waiting times for people, deliver better services and address the workforce challenges, as well as the financial challenge which the whole of the NHS faces."

Nick HulmeChief executive of Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals

Southend Airport hangar fire: Crews remained on site until 21:00

Firefighters spent more than 10 hours yesterday tackling a blaze at an aircraft hangar at Southend Airport.

Six fire engines were called to the scene shortly after 10:30.

Three fire engines remained at the scene until 17:30 to continue damping down and making the scene safe.

After checking for any remaining hot spots, firefighters finally left the scene at 21:00.

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There were no planes inside the hangar and the airport remained open and operated as normal.

The fire service said an investigation into the cause of the blaze was under way and it was believed it started accidentally.

The fire-damaged aircraft hangar
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews at the aircraft hangar
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Laser pens pose 'real danger' to planes

The British Airline Pilots Association has been commenting following the story of an Essex father questioned by Spanish police for shining laser pens from his hotel balcony - a few miles from Malaga Airport.

Captain David Smith says it's right the issue of laser pens near planes is taken seriously, as the dangers to pilots are very real.

The two laser pens taken from Eddie Napp by the police in Spain
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"We had a pilot last year who had permanent eye damage... some of the lasers that people use can actually cause eye damage at ranges of 1km," he said.

"There's a real danger not just to pilots but to passengers... if you're looking out of the window when lasers are shone at the aircraft it could hit you in the eye as well."

Eddie Napp, who was released after questioning, said he was not pointing the pens with his sons at aircraft and was just "messing about" with them after purchasing them at his hotel.

Laser pens turn holiday into 'nightmare'

A father from Essex has spoken of his shock at being taken to a police station while on holiday in Spain.

Eddie Napp, from Chelmsford, was in Torremolinos with his sons last week.

They were spotted playing with laser pens on their hotel balcony by an off-duty police officer.

Police said the laser beams could affect pilots trying to land aircraft at Malaga Airport and Mr Napp was taken for questioning.

He was later told he could return to the hotel.

Laser pen taken from Eddie Napp
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Under Spanish law he could have faced a fine of more than £500,000.

Mr Napp said it was a "nightmare", adding he wouldn't have bought them if he'd known the pens could cause trouble.

"They were meant to be a toy, to have a bit of fun with... they were a holiday-wrecker," he said.

"It was a bit of a nightmare really... we weren't shining them at aeroplanes, we were about four miles from the airport... loads of kids have got them out there. If it's a problem they shouldn't sell them."

A spokesman from Spain's National Police confirmed no arrests were made.

Normal service resumes for BBC Look East

Some of you may have been wondering why Look East was taken off-air last night.

Unfortunately a fire alarm meant The Forum in Norwich had to be evacuated (pictured below).

Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm, but by the time everyone was allowed back in the building it was too late to go back on-air.

Normal service resumed for the 20:00 and 22:30 bulletins.

And for those of you who had hoped to see the Red Arrows at Cromer Carnival - stay with us, the video will appear here later.

People standing outside the Forum
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Derailment causing problem for freight deliveries

Freight deliveries from the Port of Felixstowe are getting behind schedule because of the train derailment near Ely.

Greater Anglia is warning passengers to expect disruption until the end of next Monday after a freight train came off the tracks earlier this week.

Passengers are being taken on replacement bus services, but freight traffic has become stuck.

Chris MacRae, the head of rail policy at the Freight Transport Association, says the disruption is causing many problems.

Freight derailment
BBC

It's important to remember that Felixstowe is Britain's biggest container port and the freight that comes in and out of that by containers is coming from the whole world and is literally being distributed to the rest of Britain."

Chris MacraeFreight Transport Association

Rail disruption continues following derailment

Train services between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough remain suspended after a freight train derailment earlier this week.

Cranes have been brought in to move the wagons that came off the track near Ely on Monday.

Network Rail says it will take a number of days to remove the wagons and replace the damaged track.

Buses are taking rail passengers between Ely and Peterborough.

Engineers and crane at site of freight train derailment
BBC

Thursday's weather: Brightening later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Early morning cloud and rain will clear, with sunny spells developing.

There'll be some scattered showers, heavy at times.

Feeling warm with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

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

Lucy Martin and the weather chart for 16:00 showing temperatures and scattered showers
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Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Welcome back to Essex Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us at the start of a new day on Essex Live.

We're here throughout the day, bringing you the latest news updates from around the county.

We always like to hear from you, so if you've a story you'd like to share - don't hesitate to click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

Lucy Martin's forecast follows shortly.

Our coverage for today

That's it folks. Our live stream updates have now ended.

Do scroll back and take a look at what's been happening across the county.

Don't forget you can keep us informed or share views and images via the "Get involved" button at the top of the stream.

The team will be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy start to the night with rain moving erratically eastwards, perhaps turning heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures will be no lower than about 14C (57F) and the winds will increase to a moderate south to south-westerly.

Weather graphic
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Thursday will see the thicker cloud and rain pulling away to the east and sunny spells developing from the west.

There'll be some showers too, and some of these could be heavy and thundery and could band together to give a longer spell of rain in some parts of the region.

Temperatures possibly reaching 24C (75F) with mainly moderate south-westerly winds.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Southend Airport hangar fire: Crews dampening down

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are still at the scene of an aircraft hangar fire at Southend Airport.

Crews were called to the blaze at about 10:40 today and are currently damping down remaining hot spots.

Parts of the roof are being cut away to make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way, though it is thought it was started accidentally, the fire service said.

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It also said no planes were inside the hangar at the time.

No injuries have been reported.

Work starts to remove derailed train from tracks

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A train carrying a crane has arrived in Manea, Cambridgeshire, to start the process of removing derailed wagons that are blocking the line.

Train with crane on
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A number of carriages left the line after a freight train derailed on Monday afternoon.

Engineers worked through the night to repair the tracks so the crane could arrive.

Crane on train
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Another train with empty wagons has also made the journey so goods on the derailed carriages can be transferred over.

The total time to remove all the wagons from the track is expected to take 48 hours, with a workforce of about 25.

Train derailmemt
BBC

While the work takes place, services between Stansted and Birmingham, Norwich and Liverpool and Ipswich and Peterborough will be affected, with replacement buses due to operate until at least Sunday.

Afternoon weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry with sunny spells today and feeling warm in the sunshine.

However, the cloud will increase from the west later in the day, with freshening winds.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

For the full forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Great Chesterford
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Bouncy castle death: Fairground workers due on trial next year

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

We've just heard from court that two fairground workers have denied manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.

Shelby and William Thurston
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Shelby Thurston, 25, and 28-year-old William Thurston, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, both pleaded not guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The pair also denied failing to discharge a health and safety duty relating to the management of an "inflatable circus super dome".

They were both granted bail and are due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for trial on 5 February 2018.

Southend Airport hangar fire: Blaze 'almost out'

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Essex Fire Service says the blaze inside the aircraft hangar at Southend Airport is "almost out".

Six crews are on the scene and are using an aerial ladder platform to pour water on the large building from above.

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Southend Airport hangar fire: Latest from the scene

BBC Essex reporter Nick Alliker has tweeted this video from Southend Airport...

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Photos: Southend Airport hangar fire

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Six fire crews are tackling a blaze in an aircraft hangar at Southend Airport.

Firefighters are using an aerial ladder platform to pour water on the large building from above.

The officer in charge at the incident reports crews are making good progress in extinguishing it.

Hangar fire
George Butcher
Hangar fire
George Butcher
Hangar fire
George Butcher
Hangar fire
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Video: Southend Airport hangar fire

Six fire crews are tackling a blaze inside an aircraft hangar at Southend Airport.

The fire service was alerted at about 10:40 this morning.

This video was captured by an eyewitness...

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A spokesperson from the airport said: "London Southend Airport is still open and operating as normal."

Southend Airport fire: Crews 'making good progress'

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Fire crews tackling a blaze in an aircraft hangar at Southend Airport are "making good progress", according to the officer in charge.

The fire service was alerted to the blaze at 10:40 this morning.

BBC Essex understands there were no aircraft inside the Air Livery hangar at the time of the blaze.

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BreakingBouncy castle death: Fairground workers plead not guilty to manslaughter

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Two people have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.

We'll bring you more shortly.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Aircraft hangar fire at Southend Airport

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A blaze has broken out at an aircraft hangar at Southend Airport.

The fire service was called at about 10:40 and six fire engines were sent to the scene.

Hangar fire
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Eyewitnesses have reported seeing "thick black smoke" billowing from a hangar, understood to be at the far end of the runway.

It is understood aircraft have continued to land and take off despite the fire.

Hangar fire
George Butcher

Eyewitness Jade Hodges said: "The fire is still ongoing and there is still smoking coming from there."

A spokesperson from the airport said: "Essex Fire and Rescue is currently dealing with an incident at the Air Livery hanger on the north side of the airfield.

"London Southend Airport is still open and operating as normal."

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J27 M11, because of a broken down car. Congestion to J28 A1023 Brook Street.

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

MP to lobby transport secretary over rail fare increase

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Clacton, Giles Watling, says he'll be lobbying Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to make sure there's a better rail service if fares are being increased.

Millions of people will see costs go up by 3.6% from January, with passenger groups saying commuters will be worst hit by the rise.

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Mr Watling told BBC Essex ministers must get the rail operators to provide a quality service.

"The railways are privately run, but it is the government's job to oversee the railways. We must hold them to account in a far firmer way," he said.

"If they are going to be asking for these increases, there must be serious penalties if they do not supply us with a proper service that commuters deserve."

Weather: Dry with warm spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a cool start it will be mostly dry with sunny spells today. It will feel warm in the sunshine.

However, the cloud will be increasing from the west later in the day, with freshening winds.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

You can get more at BBC Weather.

Replacement buses still in place after train derailment

BBC News Travel

Replacement bus services are still running on CrossCountry and Greater Anglia trains after Monday's freight train derailment close to Manea in Cambridgeshire.

Disruption is expected until the end of Sunday while recovery and repair work takes place.

It's affecting passenger services from Peterborough and Cambridge to Stansted Airport, London and Bury St Edmunds.

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Armed officers to patrol V Festival

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Armed officers will be on patrol for this weekend's V Festival in Chelmsford, according to Essex Police.

Tens of thousands of people will head to Hylands Park to watch the likes of Pink and Jay Z perform.

Deputy chief constable Ben-Julian Harrington says the patrols are only for reassurance and lots of work has been done to make festival-goers feel safe.

Armed officer
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"You will see an additional police presence and you will see armed officers in and around the festival," he said.

"There is no specific threat, but we want to make sure people recognise we are there to keep them safe should the worse happen, but it's not something we expect.

"I want to stress that festivals are safe.

"We've worked really hard with the organisers. They have taken our advice and they are a company that is used to running these kind of events," he said.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, at J28 for A1023 Brook Street.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Congestion to J27 M11.

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

Welcome back

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to Local Live across Essex.

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for your local area.

The full weather forecast will be with your shortly, and it looks as though it's going to be a mostly dry day.

As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook and Twitter.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, at J28 for A1023 Brook Street.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic for 7.5 miles on M25 anticlockwise at J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J30, A13 (Lakeside) and on A12 to J12, A1023 (Mountnessing).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J29 for A127 and J28 for A1023 Brook Street.

M25 Greater London - Three lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an overturned car.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J29 for A127 and J28 for A1023 Brook Street.

M25 Greater London - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an overturned car.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates today, thank you for joining us.

Scroll down to take a look at the stories we've been covering.

We'll be back again with regular updates from 08:00 tomorrow. Until then, any breaking news will still appear here.

Have a great evening.

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M11 Essex - Stationary traffic on M11 northbound between J5, A1168 (Loughton) and J6 M25, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

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