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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Barrymore wins payout over wrongful arrest
  3. V Festival gets under way
  4. Teacher caught up in Barcelona terror attack

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The team here is signing off for the day, but we'll be back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning from 08:00.

If you're just joining us, scroll down and see what's been happening across the county during the day, and don't forget, any breaking news overnight will still appear here.

Have a great evening.

Overnight weather: Mild with areas of mist, low cloud and drizzle

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy night across the BBC East region with areas of mist, fog, low cloud and drizzle.

Temperatures will drop to no lower than 13C (55F), in light winds.

The overnight mist, fog and low cloud should steadily clear on Tuesday morning to leave a largely dry day with some sunny spells and a few isolated showers.

There'll be light south-easterly winds and highs around 25C (77F) in some spots.

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Overnight weather map
BBC

'No brainer' for Tour of Britain to come to Clacton

With just over two weeks before the Tour of Britain comes to Clacton, route director Andy Hawes has been visiting the town, along with some of the cyclists taking part.

Andy Hawes
BBC

Andy Hawes said: "After the success with the couple of stages we had with the Women's Tour here, we were looking for a new venue for the [men's] tour this year and Tendring and Essex County Council came up and said we'd love to host you, so it was a no-brainer.

"It will be a very, very fast time trial. A real spectacle.

"The wind will be a major factor on the outcome of the stage, so equipment selection will be crucial."

Clacton stage of Tour of Britain will be 'crucial'

One of the cyclists taking part in this year's Tour of Britain has been at a publicity event for the Clacton stage of next month's race..

James Gullen
BBC

James Gullen, from JLT Condor, said: "I think it will be a crucial stage, particularly with it being a relatively flat edition of the Tour of Britain compared to other years.

"This stage will be a deciding factor, along with the time bonuses.

"Most people will see the Time Trial as what will win or lose the race."

The riders will be competing in Clacton on Thursday, 7 September.

The individual time trial stage is 10 miles (16km) long, starting and finishing on the seafront, with a circular detour through Holland-on-Sea and Great Holland in the middle.

Tour of Britain - Clacton time trial route map
Google

Action being taken in Clacton to evict travellers

Measures are being taken to evict a group of travellers from Clacton's Vista Road Recreation Ground.

Travellers at Clacton Recreation Ground
Tendring District Council

The group, comprised of eight caravans and 12 vehicles, turned up at lunchtime yesterday just as a cricket match was getting under way.

They said that they are on holiday and intended to stay until Wednesday when they would leave the recreation ground.

They also paid to use the showers at Clacton Leisure Centre.

One of the travellers asked for Portaloo-type facilities to be provided, but the request was declined.

Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council's spokesman for housing, said: "We will need to go through the laid down legal processes to get this latest encampment evicted and then tidy up the site after they have left."

Essex County Council's Essex Countywide Traveller Unit has been informed of the situation.

Iraqi family found running alongside A12

The chairman of the Essex Police Federation has been describing how he was involved in the rescue of a family of six who had been seen jumping out of the back of a foreign lorry in a lay-by on the A12 at Hatfield Peverel.

Steve Taylor, who'd been on patrol in Chelmsford on a "keep in touch" day, said "we arrived to see a very frightened family of six running along the A12", so they put a closure on the road.

The family, comprising the parents, three boys aged 11 to 15 and a seven-year-old girl, had made their way to the county from the Kurdish-controlled area of Iraq.

According to Mr Taylor, they had broken English, and "hadn't eaten for 36 hours".

He said they had hurt themselves, being thrown about in the back of the lorry.

The group has since been handed over to the Border Force.

Teenager seriously injured in collision

A 16-year-old boy is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries in hospital, following a collision between a motorbike and a delivery van in Tilbury.

An 18-year-old man was also badly hurt.

The crash happened in St Chads Road on Saturday.

The van driver, 36 and from Grays, was questioned on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He's since been released under investigation.

Man denies charge after collision kills cyclist, 72

A man has appeared at Ipswich Crown Court, charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving near Hadleigh last year.

The appearance follows a crash on the B1115 near Hitcham in November, in which 72-year-old cyclist Colin Taylor died.

Mark Tuffs, 51, from Dagenham, denied the charge. He's due to appear at court again on Friday.

Fire damaged business strives to return to 'business as usual'

The business, whose premises were destroyed by a huge fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, says it's working with the "relevant authorities" to determine the cause of the fire and to ensure minimal disruption to the local area.

Firefighters tackle blaze
Essex Fire & Rescue

P2P Mailing adds: "Our thanks are extended to the emergency services for the extremely efficient and effective manner in which the incident was brought under control.

"Our comprehensive short-term contingency plans are now in action to enable us to return to a business-as-usual status with as minimal disruption as possible to staff and customers."

Arrest follows discovery of woman's body

A 51-year-old woman from Chelmsford has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It follows the death of a woman, in her 70s, in Stanford-le-Hope, who was found at an address in Milton Road early yesterday.

An initial post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death was "compression of the neck".

Witnesses sought to fatal crash

A man in his 30s from South Woodham died at the scene of a crash in which a van hit a tree near Ongar early on Sunday morning.

Police say they were contacted shortly after 02:00 to reports that a Mercedes Springre van had left the road in Wenlocks Lane, Blackmore.

They would like to hear from any witnesses, or anyone who has dash-cam footage of the incident.

Men sprayed public with fire extinguisher

A number of people were taken to hospital as a precaution after two men riding a moped approached members of the public in Brentwood on Saturday night and sprayed them with a fire extinguisher.

The incidents happened in various locations, including St James Road, and Crown Street.

No-one sustained any serious injuries.

In pictures: The scene of the Basildon fire

This is the scene at Festival Way this morning, following yesterday's massive blaze at the P2P Mailing warehouse.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

Front view of warehouse
BBC
Fire-damaged warehouse
BBC
Alternative view of warehouse
BBC

Hylands Park tidy-up operation

A clean-up operation is getting under way this morning, after the weekend's V festival in Chelmsford.

Tens of thousands of people were at Hylands Park for the two-day event.

Rapper Jay Z closed the show last night, thanking people for staying out in the rain to watch the show.

Some festival-goers weren't happy that Saturday night's headline act Pink (pictured) was apparently drowned out by music from other stages.

Pink at the V Festival
Getty Images

Investigations continue into cause of Basildon fire.

Eyewitnesses to a massive fire at a warehouse in Basildon have praised the emergency services for their response.

Basildon fire
Essex Fire & Rescue

Crews were called to the blaze, in Festival Way, early yesterday.

The P2P Mailing packaging and distribution centre was completely destroyed.

Mollie Houliston spotted the fire as she was on her way home from the V Festival: "The police were amazing.

"They were at the end of every road, nicely redirecting everyone, trying to get everyone back to their hotels safe."

An investigation is taking place into the cause of the blaze.

A perfect weekend for Suffolk speedway

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There were wins for both Ipswich Witches and Mildenhall Fen Tigers at the weekend as their seasons head towards the final lap.

Foxhall Stadium
BBC

The Witches won 51-39 at Workington Comets on Saturday night to make it four victories in a row, keeping them second in the Championship League table.

Yesterday, Mildenhall number one Connor Mountain scored a 15-point maximum as his side thumped Lakeside Hammers 55-34 at West Row in the National League.

Man dies following Harlow fight

A man who was taken to hospital after a fight in Harlow, has now died.

Police were called to the Poplar Kitten Pub on Thursday night.

A 48-year old local man had suffered a head injury and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

He died over the weekend.

Two men have been arrested and released on bail as investigations continue.

Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M11 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M11 southbound between J7, A414 (Harlow) and J6 M25, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Monday's weather: Humid with the chance of a spot of rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy and humid start to the week, with the best of the brightness the further north-east in the BBC East region you are.

Cloud will tend to increase there as well during the course of the day.

The cloud may be thick enough to produce the odd spot of rain or drizzle.

The top temperature will be about 21C (70F).

Watch my full forecast here:

Lucy Martin has the outlook for the East of England on Monday, August 21 2017.

Good morning Essex

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us as we start a new week of regular updates from across the county.

We'll be hearing praise for the emergency services after yesterday's massive warehouse fire in Basildon.

And a man who was taken to hospital after a fight in Harlow last week has now died.

If there's anything we're not mentioning which you think the rest of the county would be interested in, we'd love to hear from you - contact us via the "Get involved" button at the top of this page.

What's the weather got in store for us? Lucy Martin will be along next to tell us all.

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, at J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J27 M11, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J28 A1023 Brook Street.

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

Severe disruption: A414 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

A414 Essex northbound severe disruption, between A12 J15 and A414 Greenbury Way.

A414 Essex - A414 Three Mile Hill in Chelmsford closed and slow traffic northbound between Three Mile Hill and the A414 Greenbury Way junction.

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

Severe disruption: A414 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

A414 Essex northbound severe disruption, between A12 J15 and A414 Greenbury Way.

A414 Essex - A414 Three Mile Hill in Chelmsford closed and slow traffic northbound between Three Mile Hill and the A414 Greenbury Way junction, because of V Festival. Congestion to the A414 Greenbury Way junction.

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

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

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