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  1. Updates on Friday, 11 August 2017
  2. Deep fat frying of chips returns to fire-hit pier
  3. Pygmy hedgehog found wandering and taken into care
  4. Essex Police makes 'progress' with custody facilities

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That's it from the Local Live team for this week, so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Weather: Dry night ahead

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

Weather map

Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, at J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J27 M11, because of an earlier car fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

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

Severe congestion: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe congestion, between J9 for A11 Saffron Walden and J8 for A120.

M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A505 (Duxford).

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, between J8 for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

M11 Essex - Slow traffic on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

EEAS hub opened in Chelmsford

New ambulance hub in Essex opened:

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CCTV released after sex attack on woman

Essex Police has published a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted following a night out in Chelmsford.

Suspect caught on CCTV
Essex Police

Police said she had become "poorly" and was accosted while sitting on a bench in Moulsham Street in the early hours of 10 July.

The suspect left the scene after being challenged by the victim's friend.

Chip shop allowed back on Southend Pier

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A chip hut's opened on Southend Pier - it's the first time since the 2005 fire that deep fat frying the potato delicacy has been allowed on the pier.

Southend Pier
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Borough Councillor Ann Holland's told the BBC why it is now safe to do.

"Safety precautions were put in place after the fire including a £2m sprinkler and we've co-ordinated with the emergency services," she said.

"It will be nice to have a chip shop back on the pier."

The council said cooking and smoking on the pier has been tightly regulated since 2005, and, although cooking does take place at the end of the pier, chips have been off the menu.

No-one could remember whether Jamie Oliver cooked chips during his Channel 4 show Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, which was set in a pop-up cafe at the end of the pier.

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, before J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise before J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident involving a lorry and car.

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

Video weather forecast: Mainly dry, but cloudy

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Sunshine this morning will give way to cloud and rain this evening across the BBC East region.

The weekend will be cloudy, but dry with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

Pygmy hedgehog found wandering in Chelmsford

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The RSPCA is appealing for help in finding the owner of an African pygmy hedgehog, which was found wandering along a road in Chelmsford.

The hedgehog

The animal was discovered in Baddow Road last week and is now being cared for by the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

The hedgehog is said to be in good health, although overweight.

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Custody improvements by Essex Police, report says

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A new report has found that Essex Police is making progress in dealing with problems in handling people in custody.

However, it says issues are still being seen in the number of children who are being held overnight.

Essex Polcie HQ

The Inspectorate of Prisons and the Inspectorate of Constabulary have published a joint report which has been looking into police custody.

It's found that "progress was evident" after a critical study in 2013.

The latest findings highlight several newer custody suites in the county, although the older sites "remain poor".

It's also found that staff are continuing to treat detainees well and with sensitivity.

However, concerns were raised about the force's IT system and that too many children were being held overnight when alternative accommodation should have been provided.

Southend United including Wordsworth in squad

BBC Sport

Southend United will include Anthony Wordsworth in their squad to travel north ahead of the League One match at Rotherham tomorrow.

Colchester United will check on the fitness of Tom Eastman before confirming their squad to face Stevenage in League Two tomorrow.

Today's weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

It's due to be dry and sunny for most of the day, but there's a chance of it becoming cloudier later this afternoon with some patchy rain coming in from the west.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

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

Sunrise at Felixtstowe
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Good morning

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Welcome back to Local Live across Essex.

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

The full weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's another grey start to the day.

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Essex - Three lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

The M11 near Birchanger

A "brick-sized" lump of concrete hit the windscreen of a van which then crashed into a tree, killing the driver.

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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 - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A1023 (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

John Pordage shooting: Victim's mum makes emotional appeal
The mother of a man shot dead at a petrol station in Essex makes an emotional appeal for information.

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Scroll down to catch up on the stories we've been covering.

We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, any breaking news will still appear here overnight.

Have a great evening.

Weather: Dry overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening - any cloud in the BBC East region will thin and break to bring clear spells and some chilly temperatures overnight as it dips to 8C (46F) in light westerly or south westerly winds.

There will be a chilly start to Friday, with sunny spells and highs of 22C (72F).

BBC East weather map

It will gradually turn cloudier during the afternoon with patchy rain by the evening, spreading across the region overnight in light to moderate south westerly winds.

For a more detailed forecast of where you are, visit BBC Weather.

New anti-social behaviour order for Clacton after garden shears attack

A dispersal order has been put in place in Clacton for an area which includes the street where a woman police officer was attacked with garden shears this week.

Essex Police now has enhanced powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in an area covering:

  • Jackson Road
  • Rosemary Road
  • The Grove
  • Alexandra Road
  • Station Road
  • Carnarvon Road
  • Marine Parade East
  • Marine Parade West
  • Edith Road
  • all other roads within the area bordered by these roads

It means officers can ask people to leave the area for 48 hours, they can confiscate any item they believe could be used to commit crime or anti-social behaviour and they can remove under-16s from the area or take them home.

Insp Pete Gerard said it was a "proportionate response" following concerns from residents.

"I am confident the order and increased policing over the next two days will quell some of the anti-social behaviour and we can build on the activity with some longer term action against identified offenders."

Chelmsford murder inquiry: Victim's mother makes plea to wanted teen

The mother of a man who was shot dead at a petrol station has urged a teenager, who is wanted by poilce, to come forward.

As we've reported, Essex Police want to trace Bradley Blundell, 17, in connection with the inquiry into the murder of John Pordage.

Mr Pordage, 34, was shot outside a BP garage on Baddow Road, Chelmsford, on Saturday, just after 02:00.

A £5,000 reward has been offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of the teenager.

Mr Pordage's mother Sue Wilson said: "Bradley, if you are listening to me, please do the right thing and hand yourself in."

Bradley is known to have links in Chelmsford, Great Baddow, Thurrock and Norwich in Norfolk.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J8 for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

M11 Essex - Very slow traffic on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident involving van and other vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

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, between J7 for A414 and J8 for A120.

M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J7, A414 (Harlow) and J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Reward offered in Chelmsford murder suspect hunt

A £5,000 reward has been offered for information about the whereabouts of a teenage boy wanted in connection with a murder inquiry.

Bradley Blundell
Essex Police

John Pordage was shot outside a BP garage near the Army & Navy roundabout in Chelmsford on Saturday just after 02:00.

The 34-year-old, of Galleywood, was taken to hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound.

The charity Crimestoppers is offering the reward for information that leads to the arrest of Bradley Blundell.

Essex Police want to trace the 17-year-old who was last known to be living in Chelmsford and has links to Great Baddow and the Thurrock area. He also has links to Norwich.

Liam Duffy, regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: "It’s believed he is a danger to the public and must be found.

"Someone will either know where he is or is maybe giving him shelter.

"The public's safety is important to us, which is why we guarantee that anyone who contacts our charity with information stays 100% anonymous.

"Bradley should not be approached directly by members of the public."

Five arrests have made in connection with the murder investigation.

'Talking bins' to help reduce littering in Southend

Talking bins are being introduced to a town's high street and seafront in a bid to try to change people's litter-throwing habits.

The new rubbish bins are being installed in Southend-on-Sea.

They will "talk" or "make an amusing sound" when litter is thrown in them.

To encourage smokers to bin cigarette butts, "ballot bins" are being introduced.

The brightly-coloured bins, like the one shown below, will pose a question, such as "Who is the best player in the world?" with cigarette-sized slots for people to vote for, in this example, either Ronaldo or Messi.

Ballot bin

Gum on the pavements will also be circled with brightly-coloured chalk to highlight the scale of the problem.

Alison Dewey, manager of the Southend Business Improvement District (BID), said she is confident the #Mystreetisyourstreet campaign will help reduce littering.

She said: "If we engage the public in a manner that is positive, fun and encourages them to look after the streets they live and work on, rather than telling them what to do or giving them instructions, we really can make a big difference, simply by giving people a choice."

The bins will be introduced next week.

Severe disruption: A176 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A176 Essex both ways severe disruption, between South Wash Road and Burches.

A176 Essex - A176 Upper Mayne in Basildon closed and slow traffic between the South Wash Road junction and the Burches junction, because of flooding.

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

Arrested pair released after garden shears attack

A man and a woman, arrested after two policewomen were injured in Clacton, have been released under investigation.

The officers tried to break up a large disturbance on Jackson Road on Tuesday night.

One of them was slashed in the face with garden shears and is continuing to receive treatment.

A man and woman have been arrested and released as part of the investigation.

Jackson Road and West Avenue area of Clacton

Crackdown on county's 'openly on display' prostitution

Police are cracking down on what has been described as the only "street prostitution openly on display in Essex".

Sex worker at a car

Complaints have been made about sex workers in the Ambleside Drive and Riviera Drive area of Southend-on-Sea.

Members of Ambleside Social Club have said they have seen women waiting on the corners and have found condoms and needles.

They said members have been accosted and have to get taxis home.

"We want to get these people off the streets," said social club secretary Roland Hills.

Police said it is a historical problem, which goes back 30 years, and it is an "absolute priority" for officers in the area.

Insp Bill Potter of Essex Police said they received 191 reports of soliciting in the area in 2009, which has gone down to 25 so far this year.

Increase in number of young people with knives

Children as young as seven have been arrested for carrying knives in the region, according to figures obtained by the BBC.


In Essex, 115 people under 18 were caught with a knife between 2014 to 2015.

In 2016 to 2017, the figure went up to 332, according to the data received from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

There was also a rise in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The number of knife-related crimes in Norfolk doubled in the last three years, from 154 in 2014-15 to almost 300 in the last year.

In Suffolk, the youngest child arrested was 10. This year, 54 people under 18 were found to be carrying knives, compared to 20 two years ago.

Police said they are working closely with charities, and are dealing with young people face-to-face to tell them about the dangers of knife crime.

Vehicles stuck as roads flood

The wet weather's taken its toll on our roads overnight.

This is Haven Road in Colchester, which as you can see, wasn't passable earlier, even if you are quite a big van.

Haven Road in Colchester

And the fire service is advising people to avoid the area as they're getting reports of cars stuck in floodwater in adjoining Distillery Lane.

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Take care out there!

M11 fatal crash: 'Concrete' hit van in crash

Police said they believe a piece of concrete hit a van which then went off the road and crashed into a tree.

Road closure at Goose Road bridge

As we reported, police are treating the incident on the M11 yesterday afternoon as suspicious.

The van driver, a man aged in his 60s, died at the scene.

Ch Supt Rachel Nolan said: "It's being investigated fully because very sadly someone has lost their life on the road, but also because it appears something struck the windscreen of the van and there are bridges in the area as well.

"It's really important we find out what happened."

She said the object which struck the windscreen appeared to be a piece of concrete.

The road closure at Goose Lane bridge

M11 death treated as suspicious

The death of a driver on the M11 is being treated as suspicious after an object was found to have hit the windscreen, police said.


Officers were called at about 16:50 yesterday to the northbound carriageway at Goose Lane Bridge, between junctions 7 (Harlow) and 8 (Stansted Airport).

A van had left the road and crashed into a tree.

The driver, a man in his 60s, died at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with dash-cam footage.

Today's weather: Drier and brighter

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After yesterday's cool and wet weather, today is due to be drier, brighter and warmer across the BBC East region, with just a chance of a few showery outbreaks of rain in some coastal areas.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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Kate Scotter

BBC News

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