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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 19 May 2016
  2. Nick Alexander, from Colchester, who died in the Paris terror attacks in November was "unlawfully killed", rules coroner
  3. Mr Alexander, 35, was shot in the abdomen and chest in the Bataclan nightclub, Chelmsford Coroner's Court heard
  4. "Nick told me he had been shot in the stomach," his girlfriend Helen Wilson, who was with him at the venue, told the inquest in written evidence
  5. He was selling band merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal when he was killed at the concert venue
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Patrick Byrne

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Weather: Cloudy with patchy drizzle

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will turn cloudier as a band of patchy rain and drizzle moves in from the west.

Weather chart
BBC

Becoming drier later in the night. Minimum temperature 9C (48F).

Friday outlook: After a dry and bright start it will turn cloudy from the west, with the risk of isolated showers.

Maximum temperature 19C (68F). More from BBC Weather.

Timeline: Operation Spade

Jodie Smith

BBC News

  • In July 2012, intelligence was received by the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) about UK customers who had bought child exploitation material from a Canadian website
  • Essex Police was given the names of 35 individuals in the county as part of the intelligence in November 2013 
  • At the same time, Suffolk Police was made aware of Myles Bradbury, a paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, whose name had also been passed over by Toronto Police 
  • Bradbury was arrested in December 2013 and later pleaded guilty to 25 offences including sexual assault and the making of more than 16,000 indecent images 
  • Police forces in Essex, North Yorkshire and North Wales all referred themselves to the IPCC over their handling of the intelligence they received

Officer told to drop Canadian Operation Spade intelligence work

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

During an Independent Police Complaints Commission interview, a civilian intelligence officer said she was overworked and was told to drop Operation Spade, the Canadian intelligence source.

"I sent an email in February saying that I was sinking. They don't often get emails like that from me which shows I was struggling and although I tried my utmost to get through all the packages I could, something had to give.

"In a way it was a bit of a relief (dropping Operation Spade), that decision was not mine, it had been made for me," she concluded.

Police earlier denied warrant to search paedophile teacher's home

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Essex Police had earlier investigated paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg, but were denied a warrant to search his home by magistrates.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission also investigated a complaint about how officers questioned Mr Goldberg without arresting him.

The investigation found there was not sufficient evidence that the visit was inappropriate in the absence of a search warrant, and that officers could not have predicted the events that followed.

Police accept IPCC findings on paedophile teacher failings

Essex Police says it accepts in full the findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission's investigation in to the force's response to information about paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg. 

A statement said: "Once risks had been identified the force acted with speed and professionalism, but has recommended a series of 'operational learning' points for the force to address procedural failings."

Laura swims personal best to win semi-final place

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Laura Stephens has built up more race experience by swimming a personal best to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100m fly at the European Swimming Championships in London.

Laura Stephens
PA

The 16-year-old, who used to be based at Colchester Swimming Club, achieved a time of 59.27 seconds in the race. 

Now a Plymouth Leander swimmer, she was the youngest in the field, and came in seventh.

Travel: London to Stansted Airport trains disrupted

BBC Travel

A train fault has led to a number of cancellations on the route between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street, Abellio Greater Anglia reports.

More from Abellio Greater Anglia:

Images of boys undressing at school were found on teacher's computer

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

After a tip-off from Canadian investigators, Essex Police took eight months to follow it up allowing long serving paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg to continue offending.

Thorpe Hall School
BBC

Images of boys undressing at Thorpe Hall School in Southend and at a leisure centre were found on a computer owned by Goldberg, 46, who had taught at the school for 23 years. 

Essex Police commissioner: Failings 'regrettable'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Essex's Police and Crime Commissioner said his force's failure to act on a tip-off that a long-serving Southend teacher was a paedophile was "regrettable".

Roger Hirst
BBC

Roger Hirst said: "The eight-month delay from Essex Police receiving the Canadian intelligence to identifying the risk that Goldberg posed through his access to children in the workplace is particularly regrettable, especially since the IPCC finds that Goldberg continued to make covert images of children during this period."

Martin Goldberg investigation: The key findings

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Here are the main findings in the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into the Martin Goldberg case: 

  • Essex Police failed to promptly establish he was a teacher 
  • Risk assessment based on information known at the time did not show Goldberg had access to children at work 
  • Very high workload and significant staffing shortages led to resourcing issues that contributed to an eight-month delay in the investigation 
  • Intelligence checks showed Goldberg had access to children at work but there appeared to be little explanation for delay

Essex Police 'let down the victims of Martin Goldberg'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) has recommended that Essex Police improve their procedures to avoid paedophiles like Southend teacher Martin Goldberg slipping through their net.

IPCC Commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "My first thoughts are with Mr Goldberg's victims and their families. They have been let down by the failures of Essex Police. 

"We have made strong recommendations to the force about improvements to their policies and procedures that must be made to ensure that mistakes of this nature are not made in the future."

Martin Goldberg: What the police watchdog found

The Independent Police Complaints Commission found Essex Police did not have procedures in place to check if individuals worked with children after receiving intelligence about them. 

"Although the force acted once it knew Mr Goldberg worked in a school, this was eight months after the intelligence had been received," the IPCC said. 

The force did not carry out a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check when the intelligence was first received, the report says.

Goldberg tip-off came from Toronto Police

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Martin Goldberg's name was on a list of people who had bought online DVDs and videos, some of which showed graphic images of children, passed on to UK authorities by Toronto Police in 2012. 

The information was given to Essex Police in November 2013. 

Martin Goldberg
BBC

The force's officers first visited Mr Goldberg in September 2014 - he was found dead the following day.  

Martin Goldberg case: 'Lack of staff' to blame for failings

A lack of staff led to delays in police identifying a teacher found to have indecent photos of pupils as a risk to children, a report says. 

Information passed to Essex Police about deputy head Martin Goldberg, 46, was not acted on for eight months. 

Martin Goldberg
BBC

Images of boys undressing at his school and in a leisure centre were found when police searched his computer. 

An investigation found "high workloads" and "low staffing" led to a delay in realising he worked at a school.

BreakingPorn teacher failings 'due to staff lack'

A lack of staff led to delays in Essex Police identifying a teacher found to have indecent photos of pupils as a risk to children, a report says.

Call for volunteers to talk to lonely hospital patients

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A hospital has called for more volunteers to help patients who spend long periods alone and never receive visitors.

Colchester General Hospital
BBC

Colchester General Hospital said it was a problem affecting elderly and vulnerable patients. Some have said staff do not have time to chat. 

Debbie Farthing, Macmillan information and support manager at the hospital, said volunteers found that "in general terms [patients] were happy with the clinical care. 

"However, they were disappointed that the staff didn't always have enough time to sit and talk to them, and some patients do not receive any visitors at all." 

Missing homeless woman found dead with 'gaffer tape mask'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Gaffer tape that could have formed a "face mask" were found near the remains of a homeless woman from Essex found on Foulness Island nearly two years ago, police have revealed.

Angela Millington
Essex Police

The remains were found to belong to Angela Millington, who lived on the streets in the centre of Southend, and were discovered on the island in June 2014 but were not identified until a month later. 

Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett said: "We still don't know how she died. We've got only skeletal remains, what was found near her was a mask of gaffer tape around her face."

Police have released the clue in a bid to make progress on the case.

Giant waste heap fire started by accident

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

A look now at some of the other stories in Essex today - and a large waste heap blaze near Saffron Walden started accidentally, firefighters say.

Waste heap fire
Essex County Fire and Rescue

Emergency crews were called to the scene, in Hollow Road in Widdington, just before 03:00.

At its height, 40 firefighters were dealing with the flames but there were no reports of any injuries.

Nick Alexander: Family thanks authorities for support

Following the inquest into Nick Alexander's death, his sister Zoe thanked all those who have "supported us over the last six month", including the French and British authorities and the media for respecting the family's privacy. 

Sheelagh (left) and Zoe Alexander, mother and sister of Nick Alexander,
Press Association

"Our continued thoughts are with the many other families who also lost their loved ones that night in Paris," added Zoe Alexander.   

Timeline of the Bataclan massacre

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

  Friday 13 November  

  • 21:50: Gunmen open fire at the Bataclan nightclub as the band Eagles of Death Metal perform, shooting people at the bar before moving upstairs to kill concert goers on the balcony

  • 22:15: French armed police arrive, shooting at one gunman who blew himself up
  • 23:15: Two hostages behind a door tell police captors are wearing explosive vests
  • 00:18: Police behind metal shields entered the room to be met by a hail of bullets.
  • Minutes later the siege is over; 90 people were murdered in less than three hours

Nick Alexander inquest: How other media are reporting it

This is how local media are covering the Nick Alexander inquest:

  • The Essex Chronicle is reporting that the parents of Paris attacks victim Nick Alexander have paid tribute to their "precious son".
  • The girlfriend of Nick Alexander describes how she tried to save "the love of her life", reports the Colchester Gazette.
  • The main story on the East Anglian Daily Times website tells how Paris attack victim Nick Alexander from Essex "died in his ex-girlfriend's arms"..
  • And the Evening Standard reports on how the ex-girlfriend of Brit Nick Alexander, killed in Paris attacks, tells how she tried to shield him from gunfire.

Nick Alexander: Tributes to a 'great guy'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
BBC
  • Nick Alexander's family attended St Andrew's Church, in Weeley, where rector David Newman said: "I have known Nick for over 20 years, he attended the church when he came to visit his parents." 
  • His girlfriend Polina Buckley was in New York when he died and wrote on Facebook: "Three years ago on this day I met you. I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on you." 
  • Ian Birrell, who founded the Africa Express music project with Blur's Damon Albarn, described him as a "hero". 
  • Musician Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, tweeted that Mr Alexander worked as his tour merchandiser last year. "Sending love and condolences to his family," he wrote. 
  • Joe Trohman, lead guitarist of the rock band Fall Out Boy, also paid tribute to him on social media, describing him as a "great guy". 

In profile: Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander and Polina Buckley
Polina Buckley

Profile of Nick Alexander shot dead at Paris Bataclan music venue November 2015:

  • Born and brought up in Colchester, Mr Alexander attended St James's Primary School and Colchester Royal Grammar School. He went on to study at University in Liverpool. 
  • He was introduced to the music scene by his sister Zoe who was also a merchandiser for touring groups. 
  • He managed a number of nightclubs in London, where he lived when not on tour as a band merchandiser. 
  • Over his music career he supported a number of groups and individuals including Damon Albarn, Alice In Chains, Scissor Sisters, Sum 41, MGMT, Cat Stevens, Fall Out Boy, The Black Keys and Eagles Of Death Metal.

Graphic: Inside the Bataclan nightclub

Gunmen entered the building through the main entrance about 30 to 45 minutes after rock group the Eagles of Death Metal had begun performing at the Bataclan.

Graphic showing attack at the Bataclan theatre
BBC

Once in the building, they fired randomly into the crowd. According to witnesses they first shot everybody standing at the bar.   

Bataclan massacre: The aftermath of the Paris terror attacks

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Victim of attack
Reuters
Ambulance outside the Bataclan
Getty Images
Bataclan survivors
AFP
Vigil
Getty Images
Bataclan survivor
Reuters
Bataclan
AFP

Paris Bataclan massacre victim killed in 'indiscriminate act of terror'

Speaking after an inquest into the death of Bataclan massacre victim Nick Alexander, his sister Zoe said he "lived his life to the full".

Sheelagh and Zoe Alexander
PA

With her mother Sheelagh at her side (pictured), she said: "On November 13 last year our precious Nick... lost his life in an indiscriminate act of terror at the Bataclan theatre. 

"Nick was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend, a strong, gentle, generous and funny man who lived his life to the full. We were blessed to have him in our lives and we miss him beyond measure." 

'Loved family member and popular young man' died in salvo of bullets

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

A police officer at the inquest of Nick Alexander, who died in the Paris terror attack in November last year, confirmed three gunman opened fire on the Bataclan concert goers killing 90 people.

Det Ch Insp Philip Howarth, from Essex Police, said Mr Alexander, from Colchester, was the only Briton killed in the attacks. He said he was "a much loved family member and popular young man".

What happened at the Bataclan?

Former girlfriend tried to save terror shooting victim

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

The former girlfriend of Nick Alexander, the only Briton to die in the Bataclan terror shooting in Paris, held hands with him as she heard his breaths becoming shallower. 

Helen Wilson, in written evidence, said: "I twisted my body around and gave him mouth-to-mouth. I was telling him not to leave me and I love him." 

But he told her he was dying, and Ms Wilson said he died as she tried to revive him.

Shooting victims tried to 'play dead' as gunman approached and opened fire

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

Bataclan massacre victim Nick Alexander and his former girlfriend Helen Wilson tried to  "play dead" before one of the gunmen approached them and opened fire, the 

Ms Wilson said she tried to protect him by covering him with her body, before she felt a burning sensation in her legs.

Former girlfriend tried to shield shot victim from bullets

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

The former girlfriend of the only Briton to die in the terror attack at a Paris concert venue last year tried to shield him from the salvo of bullets.

Bataclan attack
AFP/Getty Images

Nick Alexander, 35, from Colchester, was in the venue when gunmen stormed the building midway through a rock concert by US rock band Eagles Of Death Metal on 13 November killing 90 people. 

Helen Wilson, an ex-girlfriend with Mr Alexander that evening, said: "Nick said he had been shot. He couldn't move and was in pain." 

Paris terror attack victim 'unlawfully killed' coroner rules

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

The coroner presiding over the inquest into the death of Nick Alexander, 35, from Colchester, who died at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on 13 November 2015 has ruled he was "unlawfully killed". 

Nick Alexander
Twitter

I'm at the coroner's court in Chelmsford where the family was told the medical cause of death was "gunshot wounds to the abdomen and chest". 

His mother and sister are expected to give statement shortly.

Inquest into death of Paris terror attack victim Nick Alexander

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

An inquest into the death of the only Briton killed in the Paris attacks last November has just got under way at Chelmsford Coroner's Court.

Nick Alexander
Stephen Budd

Nick Alexander, who was 35 and from Weeley in Essex, was in the Bataclan theatre when gunmen stormed the building midway through a rock concert killing 90 people. 

He'd been selling merchandise for the heavy metal band Eagles of Death who were on stage at the time.

Cricket: Cook needs 36 more runs for record achievement

BBC Sport

England test captain and Essex batsman Alastair Cook needs 36 more runs to becoming the youngest player to reach 10,000. 

Alastair Cook
PA

England begin the first test against Sri Lanka at Headingley this morning and Cook stands on the brink of an historic individual achievement. 

"It would mean a lot - and I hope I can get there sooner rather than later, so we can talk about something else. It's a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously," he said.

Car driver dies in hospital after crash with van near Basildon

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 26-year-old man has died after the car he was driving crashed with a van at Langdon Hills, near Basildon, yesterday afternoon. 

Police accident sign
BBC

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash at 16:25 after a Fiat Punto and a Renault Kangoo panel van travelling in opposite directions collided.

The driver of the Fiat, believed to be from Basildon, was taken to Royal London Hospital for treatment but died. The van driver was treated in Basildon Hospital for minor injuries before being released, police said.

Travel: Accident holds up Colchester-bound traffic on A133

BBC Travel

An accident has partially blocked the A133 northbound at Weeley causing congestion in heavy traffic travelling towards Colchester.

More details from BBC Travel.

Weather: Warm and sunny with showers possible

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After any mist clears, a fine day in store with spells of sunshine. Apart from the odd light afternoon shower, most places will stay dry. 

Weather
BBC

Light winds will make it feel rather pleasant in the sunshine with a top temperature today of 19C (66F).

Get a more detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

News: Inquest into death of Paris terror attacks victim... Cold War bunker sale hots up in Manningtree

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

These are the stories making the news in Essex today:

  • Inquest reopens into the death of Nick Alexander, from Weeley, killed in Paris terror attacks last year
  • Interest growing in the sale of a former Cold war nuclear bunker near Manningtree which is up for auction

Travel: Accidents causing congestion on M25

BBC Travel

Severe traffic congestion on M25 clockwise around J26 for the A121 because of an earlier accident. 

Another accident on the M25 anticlockwise at J28 for the A12 towards London is also causing severe congestion on the A13 around Lakeside.

More details on BBC Travel.

Welcome to Local Live for Essex

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Morning, and welcome to another day of live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Essex until 18:00 this evening.

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