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  1. Updates on Friday, 30 June 2017
  2. Mother goes missing with two children without guardian's permission
  3. Fatal crash driver who 'ploughed into car' jailed for four years
  4. Trans-continental journey by girl raised £2,500 for cancer aid
  5. Fraudster who preyed on older people jailed for 20 months
  6. Villagers give ex-firefighter with motor neurone disease DIY SOS treatment
  7. Warning over 'violent' bogus pothole repair gang

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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, so goodbye and have a good weekend rest.

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:

  • A former firefighter with motor-neurone disease is looking forward to getting out and about in his Tollesbury garden after villagers rally round to make it wheelchair friendly.
  • Harlow MP Robert Halfon suggests using the international aid budget to bolster wages for public sector workers and earns a rebuke from Oxfam.
  • Essex county cricketers are celebrating after going to the top of Division One with a crushing win over Middlesex.

For more on these and other stories just scroll down the page.

See you again next week.

Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

Weather chart

Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Nurse struck off over abuse to dementia patient

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A nurse who dragged a heavy dementia patient out of her bed at an Essex nursing home has been struck off after a review of allegations of abuse.

Alagie Badjie worked at the Admiral's Reach Residential and Nursing Home, in Ridgewell Avenue, Chelmsford.

The patient was too heavy for him to lift alone and his hands ended up slipping so they were under her armpits, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Admirals Reach

She suffered other incidents of abuse and two other patients reported having rough treatment while being fed. Mr Badjie was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after four charges of abuse against him were proved in 2015.

A disciplinary panel reviewing his case has now decided he should be struck off altogether. The panel concluded he had made no attempt to engage with the nursing watchdog, or to address his misconduct.

He didn't attend the hearing and panel chair Timothy Cole said: "We considered that Mr Badjie's persistent lack of engagement with his regulator, lack of insight and failure to provide any evidence of remediation of his failings is now fundamentally incompatible with him remaining on the register.

"We concluded that a striking-off order is the only appropriate and proportionate order in these particular circumstances."

Fraudster who preyed on older people jailed for 20 months

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A fraudster who targeted elderly, vulnerable people in Southend, Westcliff and Leigh-on-Sea has been jailed for 20 months.

Hamit Hamit, 34, formerly of Croydon, stole thousands of pounds from eight people in April and May last year.

Hamit Hamit
Essex Police

Unknown accomplices of Hamit posed as bank workers who told victims they needed to return their bank cards so they could be re-issued, and that a courier would come and collect them.

The victims were also asked for personal details and PINs.

Hamit was the courier who collected the cards and later withdrew thousands of pounds from accounts. His victims were aged between 77 and 95.

He was arrested on 4 May 2016 and later charged with 14 counts of fraud by false representation.

Hamit pleaded guilty to all the charges at Basildon Magistrates' Court and was was sentenced today at crown court to a total of 20 months for each of the 14 charges, to run concurrently.

Trans-continental journey by girl raised £2,500 for cancer aid

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 10-year-old girl travelling by road with her grandparents from Mumbai to London across 18 countries, visiting more than 100 cities and going through eight time zones, taking 72 days, has raised more than £2,500 in sponsorship for the head and neck cancer service at Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust.

Nishi Randive
Nishi Randive

Nishi Randive, the daughter of two consultant anaesthetists at Broomfield Hospital, embarked on the 13,000-mile adventure to help raise money for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from cancer.

Parents Seema and Nilesh Randive said she was inspired by hearing about the cancer work from her father and raised the money through sponsorship.

"My most exciting day was the day when I got stuck on a zip-wire with a 3,000 foot drop in India, and my most monotonous day was sitting in the car with nothing to see but the numerous sandy plains in Kazakhstan," Nishi, pictured on the Great Wall of China, said.

"I have managed to raise £2,863.07 and I am really pleased with this amount."

Ryan Jackson

League Two side Colchester United sign former Gillingham right-back Ryan Jackson on a two-year contract.

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Plans for waste incinerator discussed at 'drop-in' meeting

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Environment Agency is hosting a special meeting in Coggeshall this afternoon to discuss plans for an energy from waste incinerator near Witham.

A specialist company, Gent Fairhead, is hoping to operate the facility at Rivenhall.

No formal deal has yet been agreed and the "drop-in" session for people to talk about proposals is taking place at Christ Church between now and 20:00.

Arcade leading to Roman temple open to public at coffee shop

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The remnants of a Roman arcade discovered while excavating foundations for a coffee shop in Colchester have been officially opened to the public.

The shop is called Claudius Gateway by owners the Flying Trade Group and it is built around the archaeological ruins of an an arcade which led to the Temple of Claudius built in 58AD.

Cladius Gateway
Flying Trade Group

The ruins are lit up and visible behind a suspended glass floor.

The arcade was a series of 28 arches with a giant gateway in the middle and it was used as a meeting place.

Visitors can now enjoy a coffee and transport themselves back to Roman times via the archaeology and displays.

Suki Dulai, Flying Trade Group CEO, said: "When we discovered the historic importance of the Temple of Claudius and its impressive Arcade the decision was made to immortalise the ruins and preserve an important part of UK history.

"We are incredibly proud of the finished result which has been greatly supported by Colchester Archaeological Trust, who have helped us fully extract and share the fascinating history of this unique site, as well as Colchester Borough Council."

How far could you go in one of these?


Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

Weather: Sunny spells with odd showers

BBC Weather Watchers

This afternoon will be bright and dry for most people but showers are possible in places.

It will be warm in the sunshine and this is attracting pollinators and other insects to plants in the countryside as our BBC Weather Watchers' pictures show.

Angela G
Joan's view

It will be warm in the sunshine.

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Villagers to turn limbo garden in to place for MND sufferer to enjoy

Plans are under way to transform a garden for a former firefighter diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Darren Black, who has run 11 marathons, was diagnosed with the condition in January and feels he has been left in limbo.

He cannot even get around his garden in Tollesbury near Maldon to enjoy it in the sunshine although he has a very robust wheelchair.

A group of villagers motivated by Sara Carter will remedy that this weekend and this is what they are going to do.

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Listen to Mura Masa and Damon's new track

On Thursday's MNL we shared with you Mura Masa's new collab with Christine and the Queens dubbed the Hottest Record by none other than Radio 1's Annie Mac.

Well, Mura must be in a generous mood as he's only gone and released another track, this time working with Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

You can listen below to the stripped back track...

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Celebrations as county goes 29 points clear in Championship

Celebrations are continuing for the Essex County cricket squad who are topping the table after a huge win.

Ravi Bopara
Getty Images

All-rounder and former England player Ravi Bopara said the County Championship defeat of Middlesex at Chelmsford was the club's best ever.

The team took four wickets in the final four overs to beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs.

Essex are now 29 points clear at the top of Division One.

It's time to celebrate cricket!


With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Rebuke for MP over using aid budget to bolster public sector pay

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A suggestion by Harlow MP Robert Halfon to use the British overseas aid budget to boost the wages of lower-income public sector workers has brought a sharp rebuke from a large fundraising organisation dealing with disasters throughout the world.

"Britain can afford to give our teachers and nurses a decent pay rise without taking money from the poorest people on the planet," Oxfam's head of UK policy, Richard Pyle, said.

"Too many people in the poorest countries still die for the lack of basic healthcare and British aid provides a vital lifeline of which we can all be proud."

Use overseas aid budget to boost public sector wages, MP says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The overseas aid budget should be diverted to give a pay rise for public sector workers, a former Conservative minister has suggested.

MP for Harlow Robert Halfon, who was sacked from his frontbench role by Theresa May after the General Election, said the 1% cap should be scrapped for lower-paid public sector workers.

Robert Halfon

"People recognise that many public sector workers have had to struggle over the past few years," Mr Halfon told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"I think we have to look, potentially, at sacred cows. What I'm suggesting is that we look at some of the overseas aid budget, which is going to be over £13 billion in the coming year."

The UK has a commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas development but the target is controversial in the Tory ranks.

Home owner turns to social media to get a good selling price

Shanty Helim from Rayleigh, who is selling her house, has produced a film about its features and has posted it on social media in a bid to get a good price.

She aims to be the first person in Britain to sell their home on Facebook Live.

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Mother goes missing with two children

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A woman has gone missing with her two children after taking them from their legal guardian without permission.

Cheryl Wilkins, 31, is with Dylan Wilkins-Barnes, four, and Leo Wilkins, two, probably travelling on public transport, police said.

Cheryl Wilkins
Essex Police

Cheryl is white, 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and is believed to be wearing a long brown coat, light-coloured jeans and white trainers.

Dylan is white, 2ft 6ins tall, of slim build with brown collar-length hair. It is believed he may be wearing a grey coat and dark-coloured jogging bottoms.

Leo is white, 2ft 3ins tall, of slim build with brown shoulder length hair and is believed to be wearing a blue coat and dark-coloured jogging bottoms.

Dylan Wilkins-Barnes and Leo Wilkins
Essex Police

They were last seen on Canvey Island but Cheryl has links to St Albans, Hertfordshire, and South Ockendon.

"I need the public's help to find Cheryl, Dylan and Leo as soon as possible," Chief Insp Scott Cannon said.

"There is no indication that any harm has come to them but I am concerned for their welfare and I want to help them."

Simon Harmer

Off-spinner Simon Harmer says he is "riding the wave" after taking 28 wickets in two Championship matches for Essex.

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Fatal crash driver pushed car in to back of another lorry

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Car driver Fodo Koroma, 23, from Basildon, died when a lorry ploughed into the back of his car on the A13 and pushed it into another lorry in front of him.

The lorry driver who caused the crash was jailed at Basildon Combined Court for four years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

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Family release film of fatal crash as 'warning to reckless' drivers

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The family of a 23-year-old car driver killed in a fatal crash on the A13 near Grays in February have granted police permission to release footage of the incident as a "warning to dangerous drivers".

Car driver Foday Koroma, 23, from Basildon, died in pile-up involving two lorries on the London-bound carriageway.

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Lorry driver Mark Williams, 45, of Park Lane West, Tipton, was jailed for four years at Basildon Combined Court over the incident.

Det Supt Pete Harris said: "This was a completely avoidable crash which has led to the death of an innocent man.

"Mark Williams' recklessness has had devastating consequences."

The victim's family hopes releasing the video will act as a warning of the consequences of dangerous driving, police said.

Fatal crash driver who 'ploughed into car' jailed for four years

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 45-year-old lorry driver has been jailed for four years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving over a fatal crash on the A13 near Grays.

Car driver Foday Koroma, 23, from Basildon, died in the crash which involved two lorries on the London-bound carriageway at the A1012 exit slip road on the morning of 2 February.

Mark Williams
Essex Police

Lorry driver Mark Williams, of Park Lane West, Tipton, in the West Midlands, ploughed into the back of Mr Koroma's car in slow moving traffic, pushing it into the back of another lorry.

At Basildon Combined Court on 3 May Williams admitted the charge and was jailed when he returned to court on Thursday.

He has also been disqualified from driving for three years and will have to take an extended test when released.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J27 for M11 and J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Speed restrictions causing disruption on London-bound trains

There are delays on Greater Anglia trains heading for London Liverpool Street.

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Warning over 'violent' bogus pothole repair gang

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A gang offering to repair potholes on private land are charging high prices for poor work and threatening people with violence if they do not pay up, police have warned.

Incidents so far have been reported on the Dengie Peninsular and in the district of Tendring but police believe the gang is moving to other parts of the county.


"If you are approached by someone offering to fill in potholes I urge you not to agree to the work," Sgt Paul Downes said.

"The group lays a strip of tarmac and are charging, in some cases, several thousands of pounds.

"They are also threatening violence if you refuse to pay. The work is of poor quality and the prices are way above average for this work."

Villagers give ex-firefighter with motor neurone disease DIY SOS treatment

Victoria Polley

BBC Essex

Villagers in Tollesbury near Maldon are rallying around this weekend to carry out a DIY SOS project for a former firefighter diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Darren Black, who has run eleven marathons, was diagnosed in January and feels he has been left in limbo by the condition.

The 50-year-old's not sure how ill he'll get and, given how active he was, being in a wheelchair's really tough.

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A big group of villagers are going to his home tomorrow to transform his garden, so he can get around it in his chair.

He recorded this film to say a really big thank you to them all as well as the many people who have helped him since he was diagnosed with the condition.

Friday's weather: Brighter spells and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Plenty of cloud around today but there will be some brighter spells.

There will be some sunshine here and there but also some showers developing through the afternoon.

The vast majority of us will stay dry until the evening.

Winds are light and it's a touch warmer than yesterday.

Top temperatures between 18C (64F) and 21C (70C).

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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South Africa spinner Simon Harmer takes 9-95 as leaders Essex wrap up a thrilling late win over champions Middlesex.

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Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's the end of Thursday's live updates for Essex.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county, tomorrow from 08:00.

In the meantime, any breaking stories will appear here and you can scroll back to see anything you might have missed from today, including:

  • High Court date set for Wickford travellers hearing
  • Call for more travellers' sites in Essex
  • Big rise in number of young driver crashes and deaths
  • Teen sentenced after filming himself 'driving dangerously'

Have a good evening.

Chelmsford Cathedral targetted by 'arson attack'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Chelmsford Cathedral has said a fire there last night was a "deliberate attack".

A cathedral verger spotted smoke coming from St Cedd's Chapel during a service led by a children's choir.

A banner hanging in the chapel was alight and had to be put out with a fire extinguisher.

St Cedd's Chapel.
Chelmsford Cathedral

The service was able to carry on shortly afterwards.

A cathedral spokeswoman said a prayer book had been used to start the fire.

The chapel has been temporarily closed while Essex Police investigate but the rest of the cathedral is open as normal.

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, after J27 for M11 affecting J28 for A1023 Brook Street.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic and three lanes blocked on M25 anticlockwise after J27 M11, because of an accident involving a van, a car and a 4x4. Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

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

Cricket: Essex v Middlesex about to resume

BBC Sport

The final day of Essex's County Championship match against Middlesex is about to get under way at Chelmsford.

The visitors trail by 269 runs and will resume on 27-0 in their second innings.

Essex declared on 542-3 in their first innings.

Click here for live commentary from 14:00.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Delays and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier vehicle fire. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

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Southend United re-sign left-back Stephen Hendrie on a two-year contract, with the option of a third.

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Calls for extra training for new drivers

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We reported earlier how the number of under-25s killed in road crashes in Essex had tripled in the space of a year, from three in 2015 to nine in 2016.

Mark Cole, chairman of the Colchester and District Driving Instructors' Association, wants the government to force new drivers to receive further training.

"We as an association have gone to ministers to suggest what can be done - things like Pass Plus, which was a wonderful scheme.

"It was brought in a number of years ago to give people that additional tuition after they'd passed their tests.

"The problem was, it was voluntary," he said.

Afternoon weather: Mostly dry but cloudy

BBC Weather

Some limited bright or sunny intervals may develop, perhaps sparking off one or two sharp showers, although most places will stay dry.

A top temperature of 19C (66F).

Weather forecast for Southend.

Click here for more details from BBC Weather.