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  1. An Essex suspect accused of being involved in the death of a pensioner and disappearance of his wife likely fled to France, police say
  2. Two men are continuing to be questioned on suspicion of murder after 35-year-old Paul Olney was found dead at a house in Wivenhoe
  3. Updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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Make sure you join us from 08:00 tomorrow. We'll be live at Basildon Hospital, as we go behind the scenes and look at what it is really like working in the NHS.

Until then, have a great a evening. 

Weather: Scattered thundery showers overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Scattered thundery showers are likely to continue overnight, although most will have eased by tomorrow morning. It'll be another muggy night with lows of 14C (57F).

Weather for East

Tomorrow will be another warm day with some sunny spells. The odd thundery shower is possible later, but most parts will stay dry. Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F).

You can find the latest forecast here.

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In the news: Murder suspect 'fled to France'... Strawberry bargain story goes viral

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here are the top stories for the county: 

  • Police say it is "strongly believed" Ali Qazimaj from Tilbury, who is a suspect in the killing of a Suffolk pensioner and the disappearance of his wife, fled to France "unaccompanied"
  • An Essex supermarket shopper has become the self-proclaimed "king of the yellow stickers" after purchasing punnets of strawberries worth £16 for 80p
  • A weather warning is in place for Essex overnight with heavy, thundery showers possible

Cops cuff TV presenter Phil Spencer in Chelmsford

He's been arrested! Oh, wait, hold on a minute...

The Location Location Location star was in Chelmsford with fellow presenter Kirstie Allsopp today when he stopped for a cheeky photo with a couple of Essex police officers.

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'I could see the shadow of a gun', says Ali Qazimaj's neighbour describing police activity at her flats

Gareth George

BBC Look East

I asked Kirbi Collyer what the atmosphere at the flats on Darwin Road in Tilbury has been like over the past few days since the disappearance of Ali Qazimaj.

Armed police came and I could see through my window the shadow of a gun. Since they left there's been police outside constantly, with forensics and detectives in and out."

Kirbi Collyer

Neighbour of Ali Qazimaj said he 'kept himself to himself'

Gareth George

BBC Look East

I've been to Tilbury to meet the neighbour of Ali Qazimaj, who is wanted over the death of a man and disappearance of a woman from Weybread in Suffolk.

Kirbi Collyer

Kirbi Collyer said the 42-year-old, who is believed to have gone to France, always "kept himself to himself".

She said she last saw Mr Qazimaj a week ago, adding: "He would only visit his flat for about five minutes once a week."

Heading off for some football fun?


Are you or a friend off to France to cheer on your country at the Euros? We'd love to hear from you.

Get in touch using #esxlive on Twitter. You'd make us as happy as Roy...

Roy Hodgson arriving in France

England fans from Essex heading to the Euros


With just three days to go until Euro 2016 gets under way, football fans across the continent are waiting like excited children at Christmas...

David Hancock at England v Italy in Brazil
David Hancock

This is David Hancock from Southend. He's flying to Paris on Thursday ahead of England's first match against Russia on Saturday. He's pictured here watching England v Italy at the Brazil World Cup. 

We all know how that game ended... but we asked him to describe how he's feeling about this year's competition and England's chances. 

His answer: "Optimistic". 

More from David, and other Essex footie fans too, throughout the tournament. 

Where is Pulham Market?

Pulham Market is about six miles (9km) north of Weybread, home of Sylvia and Peter Stuart.

Map showing Weybread and Pulham Market

CCTV footage shows the couple were at Goodies Farm Shop, on Wood Lane, at about 10:18 on 29 May - five days before they were reported missing and the body of Mr Stuart was found in Weybread.

'No let up' in Weybread investigation, says officer leading the inquiry

Police hope CCTV footage will 'trigger someone's memory'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes says he hopes CCTV footage of Sylvia and Peter Stuart in Pulham Market will "trigger someone's memory and help us piece together their movements".

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

"We know that family members were with the couple at their home address on Saturday 28 May and CCTV now places them in Pulham Market the next day.

"If you remember seeing Peter and Sylvia in Pulham Market, or if you spoke with them or saw them around this time, we are urging you to get in touch."

BreakingWeybread murder: CCTV released of missing couple

Police have released CCTV footage showing Sylvia and Peter Stuart at Goodies Farm Shop in Pulham Market, Norfolk, at 10:18 on 29 May.

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'Highly likely' that Ali Qazimaj has left the country

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes, who is in charge of the Weybread investigation, said: "Based on this new evidence it is highly likely that he (Ali Qazimaj) has left the country, so our officers are working with colleagues within the UK and internationally in an effort to trace him.

"Necessary legal proceedings are being undertaken to assist this part of the investigation."

International searches begin for Ali Qazimaj

Some breaking news just in from Suffolk police.

Detectives say they have "reliable information" that Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, wanted over the death of a man and disappearance of a woman from Weybread, has left the country "unaccompanied".

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

The body of Peter Stuart, 75, was found near Diss, Norfolk, on Friday night after he and Mrs Stuart - who has yet to be found - were reported missing.  

After his car was found in Dover, police believe he boarded a passenger ferry at 18:30 on Friday, arriving in Calais at 19:00.

"Inquiries nationally and internationally continue in an effort to locate him," a police spokesman said.

BreakingMurder suspect 'fled to France'

Police say it is "strongly believed" Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, who is a suspect in the murder of a Suffolk pensioner and the disappearance of his wife, fled to France "unaccompanied".

More to follow.

Weather: Cloud building with the risk of thunder storms

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually build this afternoon. This will bring the risk of showers later, these turning heavy and perhaps thundery at times.

Feeling hot though - maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Weather for Essex

If you're off out on your lunch break, you will find the latest forecast for your area here.

In the news: Wivenhoe murder probe victim named... Peter and Sylvia Stuart were a 'lovely couple'

If you're just joining us, here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live so far today:

  • A man found dead in Wivenhoe yesterday has been provisionally identified as 35-year-old Paul Olney of Denham Close
  • A pensioner found dead in Suffolk and his wife who remains missing have been described as a "lovely couple" by an Essex friend
  • A weather warning is in place for Essex this afternoon with heavy, thundery showers possible

£16-worth of strawberries for 80p... the best bargain ever bagged?

What's the biggest bargain you've ever got your hands on?

Is it as impressive as supermarket shopper Will Strutt, from Heybridge? He has become the self-proclaimed "king of the yellow stickers" after purchasing punnets of strawberries worth £16 for 80p.

Will Strutt
Will Strutt

The 25-year-old posted on Tesco's Facebook page about his experience in the reduced fruit and veg aisle in Maldon. The post has since attracted hundreds of comments.

Travel: Signalling fault affecting train services between Shenfield and Stratford

What other media outlets are reporting on today

Here's a few stories that have caught our eye from other local media outlets today:

  • A snake which can grow up to 8ft (2.4m) long was spotted in a Southend park - nearly 2,000 miles away from its native habitat, reports the Echo
  • The Harlow Star says Essex County Council has vacated 32 operational or office buildings to save £7m after cuts to local government
  • The Gazette claims Essex University is under investigation after music blaring out at its summer ball could be heard four miles away

'Yellow' weather warning remains in place this afternoon

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

I've just had a look at the Met Office website, and it's not looking good if you were planning an afternoon down at the beach.

Yellow weather warning

From 13:00 there is a weather warning for possible heavy, thundery showers in Essex, with localised flooding. 

The warning is in place until 06:00 tomorrow. 

A glorious morning in Essex

A cracking sunrise pictured in Hullbridge this morning... 

Hullbridge sunrise

We're keeping an eye on those thunderstorms forecast for Essex later - we'll bring you more information as we get it.

Paul Olney named... Two men remain in custody

On provisionally identifying Paul Olney, 35, Essex Police said two men arrested on suspicion of his murder in Wivenhoe yesterday are still being questioned. 

Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings has appealed for anyone who may have known Mr Olney to come forward. 

Formal identification of the victim will take place at a post-mortem examination later today, which could also establish a cause of death.

Murder scene

BreakingWivenhoe murder probe victim named as Paul Olney

A man found dead in Wivenhoe yesterday has been provisionally identified as 35-year-old Paul Olney of Denham Close.

Post-mortem examination to take place today

Essex Police say a post-mortem examination on the Wivenhoe victim will take place today.

At the moment we don't know the man's name, but he's believed to be aged in his 30s.

Denham Close

Pictures from the scene this morning

BBC Essex reporter Chris Flynn has sent these pictures back from the scene this morning.

As you can see a cordon remains in place at a property in Denham Close. 

Murder scene 1
Murder scene 2
Murder scene 3

Police 'not looking for anybody else' in Wivenhoe murder investigation

Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings

We have made two arrests and are not looking for anybody else in relation to the incident at this time, but are still keen to talk to any potential witnesses. We believe all the people involved were known to each other."

Det Ch Insp Stephen JenningsEssex Police

Police continue to question two men in Wivenhoe murder investigation

Now to return to a story that came in late yesterday afternoon. 

Two men are continuing to be questioned on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at a house in Wivenhoe yesterday. 

Murder scene

Police were called to Denham Close at about 15:50. Paramedics also attended but the man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men from Colchester, aged 30 and 37, were arrested shortly afterwards.  

Weather: Dry to start, risk of thunder this afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a sunny start, with mostly clear skies leading to a very warm day. Cloud will increase from mid-morning, bringing a risk of heavy and thundery showers in the afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

You can stay up-to-date with the forecast at BBC Weather

Peter and Sylvia's retirement 'was all about doing things together'

Continuing her conversation about Peter and Sylvia, Teresa Lawrence added: "They loved being together and line dancing was something they enjoyed together... Their retirement was all about doing things together."

Police arrested the couple's son-in-law, Steve Paxman, who has since been released on bail, and are searching for Ali Qazimaj from Thurrock.

Peter and Sylvia
Suffolk Police

Peter liked a bit of a laugh and a bit of banter and he was quite happy to make a fool of himself."

Teresa LawrenceFriend of the couple

Peter and Sylvia Stuart had 'zest for life'

A pensioner found dead in Suffolk and his wife who remains missing have been described as a "lovely couple" by a friend. 

Teresa Lawrence

Teresa Lawrence, from Basildon, taught Peter and Sylvia Stuart line dancing about 20 years ago when they lived in Essex. 

"They used to attend our class and were always very bubbly and very loving towards each other. Sylvia was always very well kept and Peter was a jolly-type chap," she said.

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

We start this morning with an exclusive interview with a friend of a Suffolk couple - where the husband has been killed and the wife is missing - who says the pair shared a "zest for life" through line dancing.

More on that shortly, plus a look at other stories happening around the county. 

You can get in touch with us at any time using #esxlive on Twitter.