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  1. Goodbye

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's it for another week of live updates.

    You can scroll back on this page to catch up with any Essex stories you may have missed, including:

    • Man jailed for driving car into pregnant woman
    • Pitsea tower blocks fail fire safety tests
    • Staff shortages blamed for Chelmsford Prison violence
    • Knife crime crackdown sees 40 arrests in a week
    • Road flooded after burst water main

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Our live coverage across the day - and the week

    That's it for our regular updates for another week - thanks for your company, it wouldn't be the same without you.

    Scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county, and remember, any breaking news will still appear here over the weekend.

    Whether you're going for a walk - doesn't this photograph from BBC Weather Watcher "Tammy's Cottage" look inviting - seeing friends and family, or just enjoying a bit of peace and quiet, have a great weekend.

    We'll see you on Monday morning.

    Woodland walk in Lavenham
  3. That's it for this week's live coverage

    The team here is signing off, but we'll be back bright and breezy on Monday morning.

    You can catch up with what's been happening during the day by scrolling down through our coverage since 08:00 and as ever, if there's any breaking news over the weekend, this is where you'll find it.

    Have a great weekend, hopefully we'll see more of the blue sky captured by one of our BBC Weather Watchers at Cromer this morning.

    Beach at Cromer
  4. Academy responds to concerns over charges for transport

    Following on from our story about parents of some pupils attending the Samuel Ward Academy facing charges for school transport from September, we've received a statement from the Trust.

    Mark Neild, Deputy CEO and Director of Education said: "The Trust has worked closely with leaders and governors of the Academy and has made a number of savings always with a keen focus on protecting the educational experiences of young people.

    "However the Trust can no longer fully subsidise the cost of transport for parents living outside of the Council's Transport Priority Area.

    "As such we have had to make the very tough decision that from September this subsidy will be at a level of 50% with parents haveing to pay £1 per journey and in so doing bringing it closer to the position of other schools in the area who charge for transportation.

    "The Trust has met with concerned parents and from the outset the Academy has supported parents for whom this change represents a financial hardship, as well as parents of children with special educational needs/disabilities."

  5. Snetterton hosts Touring Car championship

    The British Touring Car championship, which is taking place at Snetterton this weekend, is expected to attract crowds of about 30,000 people.

    The championship sees professional motor racing teams and amateur drivers competing in highly modified versions of family cars.

    Snetterton has been hosting the event for more than fifty years.

    BBC Norfolk's Phil Daley's been out on the track:

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  6. Unexpected transport charges imposed on parents

    Pupils at a Suffolk academy have been told they'll have to pay for school transport from September.

    Parents of children at Samuel Ward in Haverhill who travel from Hundon, Clare and Glemsford, have been told they'll have to pay £10 a week for each child, despite getting a letter in March saying there'd be no change to the current provision.

    Samuel Ward Academy

    Rachel Cannon, chair of governors at Hundon and Thurlow Primary Federation, a feeder school for the academy, said: "It's come too quickly for parents, they're not able to plan for that change to their financial situation.

    "They were told in a letter just a few weeks before the end of term that they would have to pay from September and they were asked to commit to paying for transport within a week of receiving the letter.

    She said it's almost certainly the case that some parents would have chosen other schools to send their children to, if they'd known this was going to happen.

    At the time of choosing a school, she said parents were "assured" by Samuel Ward that transport would be free and therefore they felt free to make that choice of school.

    "Had they had the information about transport charges they may well have made a different decision," she said.

    We've tried to contact the academy for a response, but have so far, not received one.

  7. Central role the long term aim for Ipswich loanee

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is set to give the biggest hint yet over his team selection for next weekend's Championship opener when his side faces Charlton tomorrow.

    Dominic Iorfa

    The match at the Valley will be the Blues final warm-up game before the serious stuff starts against Birmingham seven days later.

    Recent arrival Dominic Iorfa (pictured) is one of those hoping to get the nod, as he competes with Jordan Spence at right-back.

    But the versatile defender, who made 25 appearances for his parent club Wolves last season, has been telling us that he sees his long term future at centre half.

    "As things stand, I've played more games at right back, but I think I'm adept in both positions," Iorfa said.

    "I'd prefer to play at centre-back on a regular basis in the future."

    "At the moment, my speed is one of my best attributes and I like to use that when I'm out wide to overlap and help push teams back."

  8. Extra help enlisted to help boat on Broads

    We understand a salvage vessel, equipped with a large pump, has been taken to the mouth of the Chet to assist in pumping out a vessel on the Broads which is taking in water.

    The fire service are also involved in the pumping operation.

  9. Baden Powell reaches her destination

    The historic fishing boat, the Baden Powell, is back in the water.

    She was lowered into the Bentinck Dock at King's Lynn a short time ago - much to the delight of the team which has been restoring her.

    The boat will be fitted out in the dock before she makes her first trip in the river for 25 years.

    Baden Powell about to be lowered into dock
  10. International call-up for Witches skipper

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches captain Danny King will represent Great Britain at the World Games event in Poland this weekend.

    Danny King

    The 30-year-old, pictured here after being crowned British Champion last year, has received a late call-up, as the current British title holder Craig Cook is injured.

    King joins Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall in the GB side for the event in Wroclaw tomorrow.

    The meeting is the first of a couple this weekend for the Witches skipper, as he will race for the Suffolk side away at Glasgow on Sunday in the Championship.

  11. Appeal for witnesses after man has substance thrown over him

    A man was taken to hospital for treatment, after he had something sprayed on him while he was asleep on a bench in Gippeswyk Park in Ipswich.

    The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, at about 16:30. Police believe the substance may have been bleach, although this has not been confirmed.

    The man was taken to hospital for treatment to his eyes but he's not thought to have suffered any permanent damage.

    Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnesses the attack, or saw anything suspicious inthe park at the time.

  12. Coastguards called to help boat on Broads

    A boat's taking on water on the Broads.

    The cruiser, called Midsummer Dream, contacted the coastguard at about 14:30 asking for help.

    A couple of teams from Lowestoft and Southwold are on their way.

    The fire service has also been called out to the incident, at Hardley near Loddon.

  13. Council chairman has no regrets over wording of graves notice

    The chairman of a parish council in the south of the county is refusing to apologise in a row over graves.

    A woman who contacted BBC Suffolk told us she'd been asked to remove sentimental items from the grave of her husband at St Mary's Church in Glemsford.

    The notice from the parish council there referred to "offending items", which upset Tina Bell.

    In response, Michael Brown, chairman of Glemsford Parish Council, says they get ornaments, windmills, ceramic stuff and glass vases on the graves, and the grass can't be cut properly with those sorts of items on there.

    "When we say 'offending', it's offending in as much as they can be dangerous to mowers", he said.

    Mr Brown said he doesn't regret using the word. "Not really, it depends how you take the word really.

    "The word was not 'offensive', they're offending items that we don't allow on there.

    "The rules are displayed in the cemetery.

    "We've had people complain about the amount of items that are on graves and how much it spoils it for other people.

    "We are in a no-win situation."

  14. Norfolk Euro MP in bid to become UKIP deputy leader

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Nominations close today in the latest election to choose a leader for the UK Independence Party, an election which could see one of the East of England's MEPs become deputy leader.

    Norfolk farmer Stuart Agnew is the running mate of Anne Marie Waters, a controversial candidate who's seen as one of the favourites to win.

    Ms Waters has made a number of disparaging comments about muslims and ethnic minorities and there is pressure on the party leadership to prevent her from standing.

    But Mr Agnew says he expects her to be allowed to stand and he's praised her for her "real courage" in being prepared to talk about issues which he says, other people arn't prepared to confront.

    "There is an increasing element of people who are beyond the law in this country," he said.

    "Well we say we have our own way of life and culture in this country and we want to keep it."

    He said it was "really really frustrating" that some people regarded such views as racist.

    Nominations for UKIP's fourth leader in a year close at 5pm. The list of those standing probably won't be made public until next week.

    Stuart Agnew MEP
    Image caption: Stuart Agnew MEP
    Anne Marie Waters
    Image caption: Leadership contender Anne Marie Waters
  15. 'Attitudes need to change in Garby's survival fight'

    Diss Express

    This is the back page of the Diss Express:

    Back page of Diss Express
  16. Man dies and girl badly hurt in crash

    Diss Express

    Here's a look at the front page of the Diss Express:

    Front page of Diss Express
  17. Man jailed for driving car into pregnant woman

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A man who ran over a pregnant shop-worker and left her with life-threatening injuries has been jailed for three years.

    Vinisha Ajanraj, 32, was working in an off-licence on London Road, Leigh on Sea, at around 17:00 on Monday, 27 March when she suspected three men of using a stolen credit card.

    She chased the group after they went behind the till, took the card back and ran out of the shop with some goods.

    They got into a car driven by Rico Dupres which was then reversed into Mrs Ajanraj - who was 27-weeks pregnant at the time - leaving her in intensive care with serious internal injuries.

    Rico Dupres.

    Dupres, 25, of Anderson Close, London pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.

    Mrs Ajanraj, who has since given birth to a healthy baby girl, said: "I am still unable to walk and am in constant pain every day. My family and I are also suffering financially.

    "I think those responsible for my injuries are very cruel and it upsets me greatly that anyone could do this to another human being."

  18. 'Something for everybody' at revamped pier

    A multi-million pound reconstruction project for Felixstowe Pier will see the pier partially open on Saturday, ahead of the official opening in September.

    According to the Felixstowe Pier website, the pier will include a boardwalk, a cafe/bar with alfresco dining, bowling, a family entertainment centre and food kiosks.

    Catering manager Greg Barnes agrees there's something for everybody: "I think we've done a great job here making sure it's up-to-date, it's modern.

    "We're maintaining that Felixstowe seaside feel, but we've got the contemporary feel of the new pier building."

    Felixstowe Pier
  19. Afternoon weather: Cloudy and drizzly

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will continue to thicken and it will become breezy, with some oubreaks of rain.

    There will be the occasional bright spell too, but it will feel cool for late July.

    A top temperature of 19C (66F).

    Forecast for Southend.