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Two teenagers have been facing trial over the shooting dead of a man at a filling station in Essex.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, at J30 for A13 Lakeside affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and stop-start traffic on M25 clockwise at J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an accident involving two lorries and a car. Travel time is around 35 minutes. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Severe congestion: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe congestion, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206 affecting J28 for A12.

M25 Essex - Delays on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe). Travel time is 40 to 45 minutes. Congestion to J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout).

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, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206 affecting J30 for A13 Lakeside.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to J30, A13 (Lakeside).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J26 for A121 affecting J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of emergency repairs. Travel time is around 25 minutes. Congestion to J27 M11.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J27 for M11 affecting J28 for A12.

M25 Essex - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J27 M11, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout).

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

Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

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

M11 Essex - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of a broken down vehicle.

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, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11 affecting J25 for A10.

M25 Essex - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

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

Witham MP Priti Patel elected to Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham, has been elected by her colleagues to serve as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

“With Britain leaving the EU and our role in the world changing, I want to see our country make the most of the new opportunities we will have," Ms Patel said.

Last November, Ms Patel resigned as UK international development secretary amid controversy over unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials

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A money-saving blogger hit the headlines after travelling from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin to save money - what inspired his love for watching the pennies?

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Damage to land from traveller encampment 'should be criminal matter'

The Labour leader of Basildon Borough Council is calling for travellers - who camped on a field in Billericay - to be investigated for criminal damage.

As reported in The Echo,the Hannikins Farm Community Centre was forced to close and stop hosting activities on its artificial football pitches following an encampment there.

Hannikins Farm damage
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"What I have seen at Hannikins Farm is criminal damage," said councillor Gavin Callaghan.

"I'm writing today to the district commander of Essex Police in Basildon - criminal charges should be brought."

Damage at Hannikins Farm
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Severe accident: A1169 Essex both ways

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A1169 Essex both ways severe accident, between Tillwicks Road and B1133 Water Lane.

A1169 Essex - A1169 Southern Way in Harlow closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Tillwicks Road junction and the B1133 Water Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

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A charity says January 2018 was its busiest ever month as unsecured personal loan debts increased.

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Duchess of Cambridge opens addiction centre in Essex
The Duchess of Cambridge meets staff and patients at Action on Addiction in Essex.

Club to build new 100-seater stand and lights

A football club in Essex is to get a new 100-seater stand and floodlights.

Holland FC put in a planning application for the covered stand and six floodlights at its ground in Dulwich Road, Holland-on-Sea, which was granted by planning officers.

The club had already successfully got planning permission for a new sports pitch and club house.

Tendring District Council said a condition on the new approval was that the floodlights must be properly screened from the road and neighbouring homes, and cannot be used after 22:00.

Duchess of Cambridge opens Wickford addiction treatment centre

The Duchess of Cambridge is in Wickford this afternoon, meeting local council officials and members of an organisation called Action on Addiction, where she is opening a new centre.

Here's the moment she arrived earlier on...

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Plans for new homes in Clacton rejected

Plans to build 175 new homes in Clacton have been refused by council officers.

Ray Chapman Associates had applied to Tendring District Council to build the development on land south of Centenary Way.

The proposals were rejected as they fall outside the boundaries of the settlement area agreed in local plans, and in the "green gap" separating Clacton from Little Clacton.

Land off Centenary Way
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Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, from J1A for A282 to J31 for A1306 affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise from J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) to J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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

Liverpool Street station

National Rail expects the disruption to last into the rush hour at London's Liverpool Street station.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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

M25 Essex - One lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Track defect causing disruption for Liverpool Street trains

Lines in and out of London's Liverpool Street to parts of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire have been blocked by a track defect just outside the station.

A spokeswoman for operator Greater Anglia said trains between Norwich and London were not affected by the problem.

Engineers from Network Rail are at the scene, she added.

A list of trains affected by the disruption is available here.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and queuing 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 disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J1A for A282 to J31 for A1306 affecting M25 J1B.

M25 Kent - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise from J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) to J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 50 minutes. Congestion on A282 to Dartford.

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

Severe disruption: A1114 Essex both ways

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A1114 Essex both ways severe disruption, at A138 affecting Chelmer Village Way.

A1114 Essex - A1114 Army And Navy Flyover in Chelmsford closed and slow traffic at Army And Navy, because of safety reasons. Diversion in operation - via the roundabout. Congestion on A138 Chelmer Road to the Chelmer Village Way junction, to the Waterson Vale junction and to the A1060 Maldon Road junction.

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

Great Chesterford bungalow 'uninhabitable' after fire

A bungalow has been left "uninhabitable" after a fire.

Firefighters were called to a bungalow fire in Great Chesterford, near Saffron Walden, just after 17:00 yesterday.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was started accidentally due to electrics.

It said the bungalow was badly damaged by the fire and was uninhabitable.

The bungalow on fire
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Severe accident: A12 Essex southbound

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A12 Essex southbound severe accident, at J12 A1023 Chelmsford Road affecting J14 Wantz Road.

A12 Essex - A12 closed and slow traffic London-bound at J12, A1023 (Mountnessing), because of an accident involving a lorry that has struck a bridge. Diversion in operation - Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slips. Congestion to J14, Wantz (Margaretting).

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

Six week consultation on Fairglen interchange

People are being asked to have their say on multimillion-pound plans to ease queues at a major road junction in south Essex.

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The county council wants to build new roads and widen existing ones at the Fairglen Interchange - that's where the A127 meets the A130.

Ipswich Town U23s thrashed at Colchester

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A Town U23 side featuring new signings Barry Cotter and Chris Goteni, as well as trialists Mohammed Sagaf and Ben Stephens, were comprehensively beaten 5-2 by Colchester United at the U's Florence Park training ground on Monday afternoon.

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