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  1. Updates for Friday, 8 December 2017

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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

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M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, at J28 for A12 affecting J27 for M11.

M25 Greater London - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Congestion to J27 M11.

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

Weather: Snow expected

There's a warning that snow could fall in the Eastern region this weekend.

In Northamptonshire, it's expected tonight.

The Met Office says snow may fall in Norfolk and Northants on Saturday, as "one or two snow showers are possible in the west."

On Sunday snow is predicted for the rest of the East.

Southend Road, Grays

Police believe Paul Robertson was one of a group of armed people who tried to burgle the launderette.

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Severe accident: A13 Essex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A13 Essex eastbound severe accident, at A132 South Mayne affecting A1012.

A13 Essex - A13 in Pitsea blocked, stationary traffic and long delays eastbound at Pitsea Flyover, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to the A1012 junction.

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

Council 'deciding what action to take' over Christmas Wonderland

Tendring District Council says it is considering what action to take after a Christmas attraction continued to operate despite the authority telling it to close down.

Christmas Wonderland, which is in a garden centre in Earl's Hall Drive, was shut because of concerns about traffic congestion having a negative impact on road safety.

On Thursday, its bosses said it was open again for business despite the temporary stop notice.

"The council is currently considering what action to take," a spokesman for the local authority said.

Man dies in Chelmsford bin lorry collision

A man has died after a collision involving a bin lorry in Chelmsford, police say.

Officers were called at 09:05 this morning to Osea Way, where the man died at the scene.

Essex Police said the Health and Safety Executive was at the scene alongside Chelmsford City Council.

Osea Way
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Dying mother starts petition to lower age of breast screening
A mother dying from breast cancer has set up a campaign to expand a screening programme.

Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

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M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A1168 and J4 for A406.

M11 Essex - Stationary traffic on M11 southbound between J5, A1168 (Loughton) and J4, A406 (Woodford), because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Anorexic student Averil Hart 'let down' by NHS
University student Averil Hart's family said she starved herself to death in 10 weeks.
Child on a scooter in near miss with car at Colchester crossing
A woman in her 80s had her licence revoked as a result of the dashcam footage being given to police.

Severe accident: A1124 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A1124 Essex both ways severe accident, around The Street.

A1124 Essex - A1124 Colchester Road in Wakes Colne closed and queuing traffic in both directions around The Street junction, because of an accident involving one vehicle.

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

Clacton winter wonderland reopens after council closure

A Christmas attraction in Clacton, which had been closed down by Tendring District Council, has reopened again today, its bosses say.

Christmas Wonderland, which is in a garden centre in Earl's Hall Drive, was shut because of concerns about traffic congestion having a negative impact on road safety.

The local authority issued the attraction with a stop notice, but organisers say it's fully open today - adding on the attraction's Facebook page that they were "overwhelmed" by the support they'd received.

Christmas Wonderland elves
Christmas Wonderland
Ravi Bopara

All-rounder Ravi Bopara renews his contract until the end of next season at county champions Essex.

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Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

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M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, after J6 for M25 affecting J5 for A1168.

M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 northbound after J6 M25, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J5, A1168 (Loughton).

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

Co-op plans to put bollards outside shops to deter ram-raiders

The East of England Co-op says it is putting more stringent measures in place to try to deter ram-raiders from targeting its stores.

Joint chief executive Roger Grosvenor said: "We've upped our patrols, and we're looking to put in place more bollards at the front of our stores."

Great Cornard store following attempted ram-raid
East of England Co-op

Mr Grosvenor was speaking after a white Citroen Berlingo van was reversed into the front of the Great Cornard store last night, but the raiders then abandoned it after it became stuck in the shutters.

"We're most fortunate, we've got our own security firm so we were able to respond very quickly, as did the police," he said.

There were two ram-raids at East of England Co-op stores last month, in Long Melford and Halstead, and one earlier this week at a Central England Co-operative in Rickinghall.

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J27 for M11 and J28 for A12.

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J27 M11 and J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, at J27 for M11 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J27 M11, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Honest cannabis dealer Jonathan Ayres tells police 'I sell it but I don't grow it'

Colchester Gazette

Police were tipped off about a drug dealer selling cannabis after a whistleblower overheard a row between him and his partner in a school playground.

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry says internet research of "bad jackets and flouncy hair" helped shape the life of his character Julie.

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Snow prospects for Sunday across BBC East region

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BBC Look East weather

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, at J28 for A12.

M25 Greater London - M25 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J28, A12 (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

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Gilwell Oak, Essex

The tree was apparently central to the Scouting movement and sheltered highwayman Dick Turpin.

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England's first 'garden villages' to get £3m

More money is being earmarked for England's first "garden villages", Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

Aerial shot of proposed garden town on the Essex-Hertfordshire border
Places for People

About £3m will be spent on 14 sites, where tens of thousands of homes are due to be built.

The locations chosen are said to be distinct, and not part of existing developments.

The sites are at:

  • Long Marston in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Oxfordshire Cotswolds, West Oxfordshire
  • Deenethorpe in Northamptonshire
  • Culm in Devon
  • Welborne in Hampshire
  • West Carclaze in Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills in Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath in Lincolnshire
  • Halsnead in Merseyside
  • Longcross in Surrey
  • Bailrigg in Lancaster
  • Infinity Garden Village in Derbyshire
  • St Cuthberts in Cumbria
  • Handforth in Cheshire
New £50k project to overhaul Basildon's image
The Breakthrough Basildon Commission has been launched in Parliament, with a budget of £50,000.

Gorillaz to headline Boomtown Fair

Gorillaz will headline Boomtown Fair, organisers have announced.

The Winchester music festival will run from 9-12 August next year.

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'Winter Wonderland' stopped over Clacton road fears

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

An immediate 'stop notice' has been served on organisers of Clacton's Winter Wonderland attraction.

Opened in October the wonderland site, off Earls Hall Drive, features a miniature train ride, stalls and a Santa's grotto.

But Tendring District Council said a 28-day stop notice had been imposed amid "serious road safety concerns" following an accident on 28 November.

Fred Nicholls, the council's lead for corporate enforcement, said: "This action is felt necessary due to the potential risk of serious injury - or worse - due to the congestion at this particular site."

Earls Hall Drive, Clacton
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Graham Onions has joined Lancashire from Durham

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Shopping centres sold in £3.4bn deal

A company which owns major shopping centres in Milton Keynes and Watford is being taken over by a rival firm.

Intu, Watford
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Hammerson, which owns Birmingham's famous Bullring, has agreed a £3.4bn takeover of Intu.

Intu owns the former Midsummer Place shopping centre in Milton Keynes and the former Harlequin shopping centre in Watford as well as the Lakeside shopping centre in Essex and the Trafford Centre in Manchester.

Hammerson owns Bicester Village designer outlet and London's Brent Cross shopping centre.

The deal will create the UK's biggest property company, worth £21bn.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident involving a lorry and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11 affecting J23 for A1.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of a broken down lorry cab. Congestion to J23 A1(M).

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

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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

M25 Kent - Delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident involving three lorries earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 20 to 25 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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