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  1. Updates for Friday, 1 September 2017
  2. Man jailed for Andy Carroll robbery bid
  3. Mushroom forager in hospital after eating deadly fungus
  4. Further arrest in South Ockendon murder inquiry
  5. Appeal for second lorry following M11 death
  6. Six bank branches to close
  7. Oyster harvest to begin

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Monday's weather: Misty, murky, mild and muggy

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Most places will have a dull and damp start, with cloudy skies and some light rain and drizzle.

This afternoon will be drier and possibly brighter as some sunny spells start to develop.

Top temperature: 20C (68F).

Get a full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Sara Thornton with Monday's weather map

Good morning Essex

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live coverage from across the county.

Among the stories we'll be taking a closer look at:

  • Reports of a ram raid at a store in Earls Colne
  • A crash involving a pedestrian and a car in Stansted, which police say was "deliberate"

But as ever, we'll start the day with a look at the weather prospects - is it going to stay grey all day?

Sara Thornton will be here next to tell us all what's in store...

Severe disruption: A1124 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A1124 Essex both ways severe disruption, between Burrows Road and Queen's Road.

A1124 Essex - A1124 High Street in Earls Colne closed in both directions between the Burrows Road junction and the Queen's Road junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Nile Ranger

Nile Ranger makes his first appearance since being released from prison as Southend are held to a goalless draw by 10-man Rochdale.

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Uche Ikpeazu's goal secures Cambridge their second League Two win of the season as they beat Colchester.

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Laurence Cawley

BBC News

The curious tale of the breakaway state of Sealand - the offshore fort with its own currency, flag and football team.

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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 A12.

M25 Greater London - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of flooding.

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

Our live coverage this week

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Local Live teams for the week. We're now taking a break for the weekend and will return at 08:00 on Monday.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

Whatever you're doing, we hope you have a great weekend.

Hadleigh Farm rescue centre wants tortoises microchipped
A rare breeds centre said microchipping "wandering" tortoises is a good idea to help locate them.

Teenager charged with driving offences following police pursuit

An 18-year-old man has been charged with six offences following a police pursuit on the outskirts of Ipswich yesterday.

Shortly before 14:00 police tried to stop a blue Ford Focus near the junction of Main Road and Bell Lane, Kesgrave. It failed to stop and crashed with a police motorcycle.

The car also caused damaged to a black BMW before it was stopped on Purdis Farm Lane.

Two teenagers were arrested and an 18-year-old from north Essex has been charged with driving offences.

A 17-year-old boy from the Saxmundham area has been released under investigation.

Travellers served with court summons

Travellers who set up camp on an overflow car park in Walton-on-the-Naze have been served with a court summons.

The group was served with a "Direction to Leave" on Wednesday but remained on land at the Columbine Centre, owned by Tendring District Council.

The group has been told it must leave or attend court on Monday.

Summons served on travellers site
Tendring District Council

Knife held to shopkeeper's throat during armed robbery

A shopkeeper managed to escape unharmed after having a knife held to his throat during a robbery in Southend.

Shortly after 02:00 two men entered Costcutter on London Road. They then threatened the shopkeeper while money was stolen from the till.

Costcutter store in Southend

The first suspect was described as white and he wore a blue converse hooded top, blue tracksuit trousers and grey trainers.

The second suspect was also white and wore a cream hooded top with black sleeves and Adidas stripes, blue Adidas tracksuit trousers and blue shoes.

Both men had pulled the hoods of their tops over their faces.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Essex police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Jury concludes prisoner 'died from natural causes'

An inquest jury has concluded an inmate at Chelmsford Prison died of natural causes.

John Ajidahun, from Grays, was found collapsed in his cell in September last year.

The 27-year-old had a serious and rare heart disease. Jurors were asked to consider whether his death could have been prevented.

Andy Carroll robbery: Motorbike chase captured on camera
The West Ham striker was chased by motorcyclists who had tried to rob him of his £22,000 wristwatch.

The latest weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

There'll be heavy showers this afternoon, mostly near the coast, with sunny spells in the west of the county.

Feeling warm, with the mercury expected to rise to 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has further details for you.

Visit here to find out how you, too, can be one of our Weather Watchers - in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this selection of photos from around the county...

Blue sky over harvested field, with a lone tree on the horizon
Black grapes on vine leaves
A view of a garden, with herbaceous border

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 - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

BBC Essex update

There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

We've still got problems with our 0300 200 4041 number, so it's best to text if you wish to contact us.

A reminder of that number - 81333, and start your text with "Essex".

Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, at J10 for A505.

M11 Cambridgeshire - Queuing traffic on M11 northbound at J10, A505 (Duxford), because of an accident earlier on. Travel time is 30 minutes.

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

Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden in Great Chesterford and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford) in Essex, because of earlier lorry tyre change. Travel time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A505 (Duxford).

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

Mushroom forager in hospital after eating deadly fungus

A woman received hospital treatment for several days after accidentally eating a death cap mushroom.

The Southend resident, who's an experienced mushroom picker, was foraging in Hockley Woods when she picked the poisonous mushroom by mistake. She's now said to be recovering well.

The borough council says residents should be cautious when foraging for food, and if they're in any doubt, don't eat it.

It also advises that foraging should only undertaken with the consent of the land owner, and that picking plants in Sites of Special Scientific is prohibited.

A death cap mushroom in woods at night

The death cap - or Amanita phalloides - is the most deadly fungus known. Eating just half of one can lead to death.

  • It's responsible for the most fatal mushroom poisonings worldwide
  • It's common in England and found in broad-leaved woods, growing on the ground between August and November
  • Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea and severe abdominal pain from six to 24 hours after being eaten
  • It causes kidney and liver failure

Oyster harvest set to begin

Colchester celebrates one of its oldest annual traditions today - the opening of the Colne Oysteries Fisheries ceremony.

The gin and gingerbread ceremony dates back some 500 years, with the mayor and town sergeant taking part in full regalia.

It marks the start of this year's oyster harvest.

A hand holding two oysters

A chilly night marks the start of autumn

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Today marks the start of meteorological autumn... and this was reflected in the overnight temperatures.

Santon Donwham, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, had the coldest night since 15 May, as this tweet from Weatherquest's Dan Holley shows.

How cold was it where you live?

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BreakingFurther arrest in murder inquiry

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in South Ockendon have made a sixth arrest.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder in Snaresbrook, London yesterday.

Police were called to Eden Green, South Ockendon, on Monday, 21 August following reports a man suffered serious knife injuries.

The victim, Daniel Adger, 34, was taken to hospital but died.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of multiple injuries.

One man's already been charged with murder while four others have also been questioned.

Appeal for second lorry following M11 death

Police have issued this image of a second lorry they want to trace in connection with a fatal crash on the M11 near Harlow yesterday.

Police photo of a lorry on the M11
Essex police

They believe the driver may have witnessed a crash between a car and a motorbike, in which the motorcyclist was killed.

They are also appealing for information about a lorry with a black trailer, which had an image of a fruit - possibly a tomato.

Anyone with dashcam footage, or witnesses to the collision, are asked to contact Essex police or call Crimestoppers.

Technical problems affecting BBC Essex output

BBC Essex is experiencing technical problems this morning and we're not sure how long the disruption will last.

The phone system is also affected, so callers to the regular 0300 200 4041 number won't be able to get through. Instead, you can text 81333, starting your message with the word "Essex", and someone will call you back.

We'll keep you posted with any developments.

BBC Essex in Chelmsford

High street banks to close

Barclays Bank has confirmed that six of its branches in Essex are to close in the coming months.

Customers in Halstead (pictured) will lose their branch today, with Pitsea closing on 8 December.

Barclays bank in Halstead

Branches in Dovercourt, Tilbury, Rochford and Waltham Abbey will close by the end of the year.

The bank says customers increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices for their banking services, and the closures will keep them relevant and competitive.

Weather: A mostly dry and bright day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cool start to the day, with early morning mist patches soon clearing.

Sunny spells, with the risk of showers in eastern areas.

Feeling pleasantly warm, with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England

Good morning Essex

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Friday's Essex Live.

Throughout the day we'll have the latest news updates from around the county.

Do you have a story you'd like to share with us? Click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

There's a distinctly autumnal nip to the weather this morning, but what about the rest of the day? Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly.

Sunrise, with a few clouds in the sky

Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M11 Essex - Two lanes closed on M11 southbound between J7, A414 (Harlow) and J6 M25, because of an accident involving car.

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

Brandon Comley

Colchester sign Brandon Comley, Brandon Hanlan, Nicke Kabamba and Ryan Inniss on loan, while Sanmi Odelusi joins on a free.

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Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, around J7 for A414.

M11 Essex - Very slow traffic on M11 northbound around J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an earlier vehicle fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6 M25.

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

Severe congestion: Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

Greater London both ways severe congestion, at M25.

Greater London - Delays on Brook Street Roundabout at J28. Congestion on M11 to J6 M25, on M25 to J29, A127 (Romford), on A12 to J12, A1023 (Mountnessing) and on A1023 High Street to Wilsons Corner.

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

Our live coverage through the day

Thanks for following our coverage. Our regular news updates will return at 08:00 tomorrow morning, but scroll down to catch up on anything you may have missed.

See you again after 40 winks.

Overnight weather: Chilly with showers, clearing by midnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a bright end to the day for many areas.

Heavy, slow-moving showers will affect some parts of the region, although these will clear by midnight.

It will be chilly tonight, with lows of 7C (45F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start cold, but bright.

Showers will develop later - some heavy and thundery.

Top temperature: 22C (72F).

Get the full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Jamie Porter had never previously taken a 10-wicket match haul before

Essex paceman Jamie Porter's career-best 7-55 helps to beat Somerset and ease the Division One leaders closer to the title.

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BreakingM11: Motorcyclist dies at scene of crash

A man has died in a serious crash between a car and a motorbike, near junction 7 of the M11 at Harlow.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 50s from Nottingham, died at the scene.

Essex police closed the road while officers investigated the collision, but it has now re-opened.

Insp Danny Parsons said police urgently need to trace a lorry in connection with the incident, which was travelling southbound at the time.

The lorry had a black trailer with an image of fruit on it, possibly a tomato.

Anyone who has information about the lorry, or dashcam footage of the crash, has been asked to contact Essex police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Tour of Britain: Mark Cavendish returns from injury

Mark Cavendish will return to action in the Tour of Britain for the first time since fracturing his scapula in a high-speed crash at the Tour de France in July.

He's to lead Team Dimension data at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which begins on Sunday in Edinburgh.

Mark Cavendish suffers injury at the Tour de France
Getty Images
Mark Cavendish gets injured at the Tour de France

Stage 5 of the race comes to Essex on Thursday, 7 September, with Tendring hosting an 16km (10 mile) individual time trial with riders racing against the clock. The route starts and finishes in Clacton-on-Sea.

Route of Clacton time trial
Google/Tour of Britain

Stage 6 of the race will take place (almost) entirely within Suffolk on Friday, 8 September.

The 183km (113 mile) stage will head east from Newmarket to finish in Aldeburgh, via a brief excursion through Fordham in Cambridgeshire, and then onto Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Leiston.

Route of Suffolk Stage 6 race
Google/Tour of Britain