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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 8 September 2017
  2. Teenager sentenced over fatal 'superman punch'
  3. Man, 72, jailed for 'merciless' murder of his wife
  4. CCTV images released of possible witnesses to fatal assault
  5. New work on £63m road junction to take a year

Live Reporting

By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye to all as this week's live page closes

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's all for this week so goodbye to all - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 bring you news, sport, travel and weather.

Meanwhile have a good weekend despite the forecast not looking good.

You can get in touch with the team over the weekend via the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

We're always pleased to hear from you.

Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Weather chart
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Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Lancashire v Essex

Essex remain 36 points clear at the top of Division One after a rain-affected draw with second-placed Lancashire at Old Trafford.

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Link road repairs will have impact on travelling public and business

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A year of remedial work on one of the county's busiest junctions is likely to have a huge impact on travellers and local businesses, according to the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council, Mike Mackrory.

Sadlers Farm junction
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He's concerned that improvements are needed to two bridges built in 2012 at a cost of £63m on the Sadlers Farm interchange - the junction of the A13 and A130 near Benfleet.

"Delays are going to have a massive impact on the travelling public and business in that part of the county," he said.

"When the original scheme was under construction there was a big impact on some businesses that reported a drop in orders of up to 90%."

County highways officials said disruption for motorists would be kept to a minimum and there'd be no cost to the taxpayer from the work.

Josh Wright

Southend boss Phil Brown is hoping to sign ex-Gillingham midfielder Josh Wright because of injuries at Roots Hall.

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John Chapman

The judge described it as a "merciless, sustained attack on a defenceless woman who stood no chance."

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BreakingTeenager sentenced to three year juvenile detention over 'Superman punch'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to three years in juvenile detention over the manslaughter of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, who died from head injuries when he fell to the ground after a "superman punch" in Harlow in August 2016.

Nicke Kabamba

Striker Nicke Kabamba hopes to be the answer to Colchester's scoring problems following his loan move from Portsmouth.

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Two people treated at scene as coach and two cars crash on M11

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A crash on the M11 between junction 9 for Saffron Walden and junction 8 for Stansted involved a coach and two cars, which led to severe delays this morning, but no casualties were taken to hospital.

The East of England Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance and crews treated two patients at the scene but neither needed hospital treatment, a spokesman said.

Long tailbacks were experienced by drivers on the southbound carriageway.

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 - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

New work on £63m road junction to take a year

Tom Croasdell

BBC Essex

New work lasting 12 months is to be carried out on a busy road junction completed in 2012 at a cost of £63m.

Improvements are to be made to the drainage on the A13 Sadlers Farm link road (between Pitsea and South Benfleet) and on two bridges over the junction to ensure they last.

A13/A130 junction
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Essex County Council's Conservative deputy leader Kevin Bentley said in a statement: "These remedial works are being completed at no additional cost to the taxpayer following completion of the Sadlers Farm scheme in 2012.

"All work has been carefully planned to cause as little disruption to the driving public as possible.

"Once complete, it will ensure Sadlers Farm continues to deliver benefits to Essex residents and commuters over the next century."

Teenager to be sentenced over fatal 'superman punch'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A teenager is to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, who struck his head on the ground after being floored with a single "superman punch".

Arkadiusz Jozwik
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The defendant, who was 15 years old at the time of the last year's attack and cannot be named because of his age, denied the charge, but was found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Mr Jozwik, 40, had been drinking vodka with two friends and had just bought a pizza when he was set upon outside a row of takeaway shops in Harlow shortly after 23:30 on 27 August 2016.

He died two days later in hospital from head injuries.

Severe accident: A12 Greater London northbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Greater London northbound severe accident, between M25 J28 and J12 A1023 Chelmsford Road.

A12 Greater London - Heavy traffic on A12 northbound between Brook Street Roundabout in Brentwood and J12, A1023 (Mountnessing) in Essex, because of an accident involving three cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

CCTV images released of possible witnesses to Brentwood fatal assault

CCTV images have been released of two people police believe may be key witnesses to a fatal assault outside Murphys Sports Bar on Kings Road in Brentwood on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.

The 47-year-old man died on Saturday, 2 September as a result of his injuries and detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and would still like to hear from any witnesses.

Potential witnesses to fatal attack in Murphys Sports Bar, Brentwood
Essex Police

Police had issued a photo of a second man they wanted to talk to, but they now say he has been identified.

Severe accident: A130 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

A130 Essex southbound severe accident, at A1114 Great Baddow Bypass.

A130 Essex - A130 blocked and slow traffic southbound at Howe Green, because of an accident involving one car.

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

Tour of Britain: Crowd pushed Alex through time-trial

The crowd in Clacton helped make Thursday one to remember for competitors in the Tour of Britain and, for Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett, the cheering pushed him through a time-trial.

Dutchman Lars Boom won the Stage 5 time trial on the Essex coast, and took the overall lead in the Tour.

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Today's Stage 6 takes place between Newmarket and Aldeburgh in Suffolk, and there's a dedicated BBC Live Reporting page.

Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M11 Essex - Slow traffic on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of an accident involving two cars and a coach earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A505 (Duxford).

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

Today's weather: Scattered showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's getting to look a lot like autumn!

After a cloudy, wet and blustery start it will get slightly brighter but there is a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon, some of which could be heavy.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
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For a more detailed forecast for where you are, or where you're going, visit BBC Weather.

Welcome to the live news page for Essex

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to a new day on Essex Live.

A 16-year-old boy is to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court later for the manslaughter of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik who struck his head on the ground after being floored with a single "superman punch".

More on this story shortly, along with our regular news updates.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher OSJ from Brentwood for our morning picture - but the skies look bleak there.

We'll have the day's weather forecast for you soon and we'll see what the experts say.

Brentwood
OSJ

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, before J25 for A10.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving two lorries. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Our live coverage today:

The local live team is now signing off for the day... but stay with us, as any breaking news stories will appear here.

You can scroll down to see the stories we've brought you... and if there's anything you think we should know about where you live, click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow - have a good evening.

Weather: A damp night ahead

BBC Weather

A dull, damp end to the day with outbreaks of rain and brisk south westerly winds across the BBC East region as it dips to 13C (55F).

Rain will clear towards the end of the night.

Weather forecast.
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Friday will be a mixture of sunny periods and scattered blustery showers, possibly thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Cycling: Alex Dowsett 'gave it 100%'

Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett said he heard "every single shout" from supporters as he competed in the time trial for the Tour of Britain's fifth stage in Clacton.

It's one of his last races for the Movistar team and he said the last few hundred metres were "really tough".

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Tom Bailey

Lancashire post 290 all out against Essex before reducing the Division One leaders to 115-4 in reply at Old Trafford.

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Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, at J25 for A10.

M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an earlier broken down vehicle and an accident earlier on. Congestion to J24, A111 (Potters Bar).

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

Terror suspect released under investigation

A man who was arrested at London Southend Airport by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command has been released under investigation.

The 49-year-old man, who was due to board an outbound flight, was stopped by the officers on Tuesday, 1 August.

He was taken to a south London police station and and subsequently arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. He was initially released on police bail until late August.

London Southend Airport
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'Blooming incredible' sunflower

Take a look at these photos, sent to us by June Morrell from Colchester..

June says she's no gardener, but this sunflower produced 70 heads and she wonders if it's a record.

Can you top that? If so, don't be shy - we'd love you to email your photos to us.

Multiple heads on a sunflower
June Morrell
Multiple heads on a sunflower
June Morrell

Cycling: Crowd cheers for Alex Dowsett

There was a huge roar of support for Alex Dowsett as his set off on his time trial in the Tour of Britain in Clacton earlier.

Alex, of team Movistar, completed his lap in a time of 19'23", hitting the half way mark at 9'18".

He finished in ninth place - 21 seconds behind the winner Lars Boom.

Check the Tour of Britain website for full results.

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Earlier, his dad Phil said they'd checked the time trial course last week, and Alex was "feeling confident".

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Cycling: Lars Boom takes the green jersey

It's time for the podium ceremony.... Lars Boom of team Lotto NL Jumbo takes the green jersey for his time trial in the Tour of Britain's fifth stage in Clacton.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J7 for A414 and J8 for A120.

M11 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M11 northbound between J7, A414 (Harlow) and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of an accident.

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

Boom wins Tour of Britain Clacton time trial

All the racing is over in Clacton for the 15km time trial.

The winner of the Stage 5 event is Lars Boom of The Netherlands, riding for Lotto NL Jumbo.

Cycling: Keeping the public safe

With thousands of people in Clacton today, as Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain comes to town, the police are using a variety of measures to keep the public safe:

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Our police are always looking for a good lead to follow up, and it looks like this little dog could be just what they're looking for:

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Man hit by car at zebra crossing went 'went in the air'
The 22-year-old with autism was knocked over as he used a zebra crossing.

New leader at Clacton stage of Tour of Britain

Lars Boom has become the new leader of today's time trial - the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain.

The Dutchman has posted a time of 19m02s in the 15km race.

Visit the Tour of Britain website for the latest.

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Tour of Britain: Dowsett crosses finish line in Clacton

Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett has completed his time trial in Clacton in 19m27s.

The leader is Belgium's Victor Campanaerts with 19m08s.

For more updates, follow things at the Tour of Britain website.

Cycling: Alex Dowsett warms up for time trial

Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett warms up ahead of his time trial in Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain.

Alex, who's due off the blocks in Clacton shortly before 13:30 is one of the favourites:

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Cycling: Mark Cavendish completes time trial in Clacton

We're about halfway through the Tour of Britain time trial in Clacton...

Mark Cavendish hit the halfway point, and was joint second fastest in a time of 10'04" at the split.

He finished his full lap in a time of 20'44" - the fourth fastest so far.

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Cycling: See the first rider in the Tour of Britain time trials

The Tour of Britain time trials got under way a short while ago, and Graham Briggs was first off the block.

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Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett is one of the favourites - he's due to race at 13:28.

Stay with us, we''ll let you know how he gets on.

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Cycling: Tour of Britain about to get under way in Clacton

The Stage Five time trial of the Tour of Britain is due to begin at 12:01 in Clacton.

The riders will set off individually in the 15km route along Clacton seafront and out to Great Holland.

Racing is scheduled to last about two hours, with the final rider setting off at 14:04.

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