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  1. Two people questioned over Great Baddow death
  2. BBC Essex hosts EU Referendum debate
  3. Paramedic suspended over 'offensive' Instagram posts
  4. Cricket: Day two of Essex v Leicestershire abandoned
  5. Updates on Monday, 20 June 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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So that's it for the first day of summer

Thank you for joining us during the day. By way of a brief recap, our main stories today have included:

  • A paramedic is suspended for posting pictures of patients to increase traffic to his sideline jewellery website
  • A neighbour has paid tribute to 78-year-old Brian Hurry who was found dead at a property in Great Baddow over the weekend
  • Southend United midfielder Jack Payne is to join Huddersfield Town
  • It has been an incredibly wet day

We'll be back to bring you all the latest news, sport and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Better weather on the horizon

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening the last of the heavy and possibly thundery showers will clear to the south-east and it’ll be a largely dry night with clear spells.   

Weather Tuesday

Some patchy mist and fog is possible. The winds will fall very light and temperatures for most of us will remain in double figures.

Tuesday is looking a largely dry day with just the small chance of a shower. There’ll be some spells of sunshine but it is likely to turn quite cloudy at times. Highs of around 21C (70F) and mainly light south-westerly winds.

Police issue wanted-man picture

Police have issued an image of a man wanted on suspicion of making threats to kill.

Frank Williams, 36, was last known to be living in Southend.

Anybody with information on his current whereabouts is asked to contact Essex Police.

Frank Williams
Essex Police

Two roses in House of Commons

Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris has tweeted this poignant image of two roses following the death of fellow parliamentarian Jo Cox.

Parliament, which was in recess for the EU referendum, was recalled to remember MP for Batley and Spen Mrs Cox, 41.

Politicians are now at a memorial service at St Margaret's Church.

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Paramedic 'glamourised' blood on floor to boost website visits

Earlier we mentioned the case of a former East of England Ambulance paramedic who has been suspended after posting a series of inappropriate pictures on his Instagram account.

Instagram on iPhone

The Health and Care Professions Council heard Simon Williams posted 24 pictures with the aim of getting more visitors to a website for his jewellery business.

Some of the posts identified patients and their medical conditions. One showed "extensive blood" on the floor, which Mr Williams said was related to a stabbing.

But it later emerged no-one had been stabbed and he had "glamourised" the event.

'First day of summer' proves to be a washout

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Believe it or not (more likely not if you've been outside), today is officially the first day of summer.

Facebook message

Our colleagues over at BBC England have noticed that the weather isn't quite living up to the time of year, and have been looking at how people have been reacting to the wet weather online.  

If you've got pictures of rain-soaked scenes - or perhaps even a ray of sunshine that's managed to break through the cloud, you can share them with via email or tweet us using #esxlive

Patient photo-share paramedic suspended

A Health and Care Professions Council panel heard Mr Williams had been "extremely unprofessional".

A paramedic who posted pictures of patients and injury scenes in order to promote his jewellery business online is suspended.

A Health and Care Professions Council panel heard Mr Williams had been "extremely unprofessional".

Patient photo-share paramedic suspended

A paramedic who posted pictures of patients and injury scenes in order to promote his jewellery business online is suspended.

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Great Baddow pensioner death: Neighbour pays tribute

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

I've been speaking to the next-door neighbour of Brian Hurry, who was found dead at a property in Great Baddow over the weekend.

Police say the death of the 78-year-old is being treated as murder. Three people were arrested.

Tim Hatcher

Mr Hurry's neighbour, Tim Hatcher, said he was a "lovely man".

"He was very social, he used to come into the local Co-operative and talk to everybody in there, and everybody loved him," Mr Hatcher said.

"God bless him."

Great Baddow death: One person released on bail

Police have just confirmed one person arrested in connection with the murder of 78-year-old Brian Hurry in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford, has been released on bail.

Police van

The 43-year-old man was one of three people from Chelmsford arrested over Mr Hurry's death.

A 41-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man are still being questioned.

Essex Police also said a post-mortem examination was taking place to establish how Mr Hurry died.

Jack Payne to leave Southend United

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex Sport

Talking of which... Southend United midfielder Jack Payne is to join Huddersfield Town.

The 21-year-old's contract at Roots Hall will end on 1 July.

Payne, who came through the Blues Academy, made his debut in 2013.

Jack Payne
Getty Images

Southend United manager looking for numerous new signings

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

Southend United manager Phil Brown says he's hoping to sign "at least three players" this week. 

A number of players have left the club in recent weeks, and goalkeeper Dan Bentley and midfielder Jack Payne are set to sign for new teams soon.

Phil Brown
Getty Images

Hopefully by the end of the week we'll have three or four new players in the camp, and hopefully that will strengthen the squad when we come to pre-season training on 4 July."

Phil BrownSouthend United Manager

Essex first-time buyers 'priced out' of government scheme

Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England, including here in Essex, are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found. 

Getty Images

The Help to Buy Individual Savings Account, which was introduced last year, has a maximum purchase cap of £250,000 - and the average asking price of a two-bed house in our county is more than £2,000 above that.

Housing charity Shelter says the scheme only helps "the lucky few". The government says the cap allows it to focus on first-time buyers.

Cricket abandoned due to 'first day of summer' weather

As we mentioned earlier, day two of the County Championship match between Essex and Leicestershire has been abandoned due to the wet weather. 

Essex are 266 for 9 in their fist innings.

As our BBC Leicester colleague points out, conditions were less than ideal...

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Weather: Scattered showers and sunny spells

BBC Weather

It might be a good idea to take your brolly out with you this afternoon, as scattered showers are expected.

However, in better news, there will also be sunny spells.

Weather for Monday

Later on, we have a dry night ahead with mist or fog expected by dawn.

Check the latest forecast with BBC Weather.

Headlines: EU Referendum debate takes place... Great Baddow residents speak of shock over pensioner death

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

  • Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, is to appeal against an attempt to bring him back to Britain after he was detained by authorities in Luxembourg on suspicion of murdering a couple from Suffolk
  • Two Essex politicians have been taking part in an EU Referendum debate ahead of Thursday's vote
  • A number of local residents have been speaking of their shock after the death of pensioner Brian Hurry in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford

Travel: Latest from northbound A12

Capsized canoeist rescued in Southend

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

The Southend lifeboat has rescued a capsized canoeist near to the town's pier. 

He was left suffering from hypothermia.

The victim was pulled to safety by the local RNLI crew yesterday afternoon and is now recovering at home.  

Weybread murder: Waiting game for Suffolk Police

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Officers taking part in a double murder inquiry will now play a waiting game to see if a suspect can be brought back to Britain.

Ali Qazimaj, 42, who had been living in Tilbury in Essex, was arrested by the authorities in Luxembourg on Thursday.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police wants to question him about the murder of Peter Stuart, from Weybread, and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia Stuart.

A police spokeswoman said Mr Qazimaj appeared in court on Friday and "will now be subject to the appeals process in Luxembourg".

Murder suspect to appeal extradition

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A man who left the UK after a body was found in north Suffolk is to appeal against an attempt to bring him back to Britain.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Peter Stuart's body was found in Weybread on 3 June, while his wife Sylvia is still missing. Police are treating it as a double murder inquiry.

Ali Qazimaj (pictured), 42, who had been living in the Tilbury area of Essex, was detained by the authorities in Luxembourg after he was found in a hostel there.

Rain prevents any play at Chelmsford

No play is possible on day two of Essex's Championship game with Leicestershire following heavy rain.

Paramedic suspended over 'offensive and frightening' Instagram posts

A paramedic who posted "offensive, frightening and highly unprofessional" photos on Instagram to promote his jewellery business has been suspended for a year.

Simon Williams, who worked for the East of England Ambulance Trust, posted photos of car and lorry crashes with the comments "got to laugh sometimes" and "no-one dead on this one", intending to encourage more visitors to his struggling jewellery business website.

He also shared confidential patient details, the Colchester Gazette reported.


A Health and Care Professions Council competence committee decided to suspend him for 12 months.

The East of England Ambulance Service said he was no longer employed by the trust.

Travel: A12 closed northbound

BBC Travel

Take care if you're heading up the A12 towards Colchester this lunchtime. It's been closed northbound at junction 25, for Marks Tey, and junction 26, for Stanway, after a vehicle went into the central reservation.

Find out more on BBC Travel.

Two treated after South Woodham Ferrers house fire

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Two people have been treated by paramedics after breathing in smoke during a house fire in South Woodham Ferrers.

Shirebourne Vale, South Woodham Ferrers

Emergency crews were called to the blaze in Shirebourne Vale yesterday afternoon. 

A garage, car port and car were also damaged in the fire.

EU Referendum debate: Thanks for your questions

Jodie Smith

BBC News

That's it for this morning's special BBC Essex EU Referendum debate with Douglas Carswell and Richard Howitt.

Thanks for all of your calls and questions - if you want to see what happened, you can watch the Facebook live video we did or listen back on iPlayer.

Normal service will resume here on the Essex Live page now - we'll bring you other news of what's been happening across the county so far today.

EU Referendum debate: Who is actually in charge of Britain?

Jodie Smith

BBC News

We're coming to the end of the debate now, and one of the final calls was from Peter in Black Notley. He wanted to know who actually controls our country - is it the British government or Europe?

Studio debate

Douglas Carswell responded by saying he had "huge admiration" for Germany and countries like it. He said his stance was not "us against Jonny Foreigner", but instead was "about us saying we need to take back control."

"If we vote to leave, I think others will follow suit," he added.

Richard Howitt said as an MEP, he was not being dictated to: "It's me going over there and representing you. We're having arguments round the table rather than firing guns and dropping bombs. That must be better."

'Why are we even having an EU referendum?'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

That's the question put to Richard Howitt and Douglas Carswell by caller Helen, from Halstead.

"I know David Cameron said about the referendum in the Conservative manifesto, but he promised lots of things he hasn't delivered on," she said. "Why is he sticking to having this referendum?"

David Cameron

In response, Stronger In's Richard Howitt said the referendum was the "most important political decision for all of us in our lifetime" and urged voters "not to leave an empty seat at the table" by leaving the EU.

But Douglas Carswell argued Mr Cameron had agreed to a referendum because "he knows it's not so awful", and had said "actually we could do quite well outside".

EU Referendum debate: Impact on small businesses

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Jo from Rettendon has called with concerns about the possible impact of Brexit on her small business.

"I work in retail and I'm really worried," she said. "We buy a lot from Europe and it could cost us a lot more, which will put prices up. I really don't want to go through another recession - I could lose my job."


Vote Leave's Douglas Carswell reassured Jo that trade with European countries would not be affected if we exit: "[European traders] aren't selling to you because we're all governed by Brussels - it suits them and you, and that's not going to change."

But Richard Howitt, who wants to stay in the EU, said he was also worried about the impact on small businesses.

"Retail is the UK's biggest sector for private employment - if we leave, there would be higher prices, higher costs, less business," he said. "Why should we vote for that?"

EU Referendum debate: 'Give us some positives'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Dave in Epping has asked Richard Howitt and Douglas Carswell to give him some "factual positives" for staying or leaving.

Labour MEP Mr Howitt says, as a child of people who were around during World War Two, he sees peace as a huge positive.

Richard Howitt

He said he also believed people should listen to what big Essex employers - including Stansted Airport, Harwich International Port, Airbus and Unilever - were saying, and they had said Britain would be at risk if people voted to leave.

Mr Carswell, of Vote Leave, said Britain would be more prosperous if we exit on Thursday, as we would be able to trade freely with the EU and countries around the world.

EU Referendum debate: Can we blame infrastructure problems on immigrants?

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Another caller, Noel, has raised the issue of infrastructure problems, and how the country might cope with continued migration.

Douglas Carswell

Vote Leave campaigner Douglas Carswell says "without doubt" immigration is to blame for infrastructure problems around the UK and here in Essex.

"If we can't control who comes in, more pressure will be placed on our systems," he said. "We can't direct money that we send to the EU on our priorities."

'Unexplained' death in Wickford

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Elsewhere...We've just spoken to the police, who told us officers are dealing with an "unexplained" death in Wickford.

Essex Police was called to Highcliffe Road at 15:45 yesterday to reports a man in his 50s had been found dead in a property there.

We don't have too much more information at this stage. Investigations are continuing.

Highcliffe Road, Wickford

Labour MEP grilled over housing provision

One of the early questions put to the two politicians as part of the debate has been about housing for migrants who come to the UK in the future, if Britain chooses to remain in the European Union.

Studio debate

One caller, 95-year-old Peter, asked Richard Howitt - for Britain Stronger In Europe - about Labour's plan to build more housing. He suggested there was not enough for people who already live here.

"Labour's policy is to build on brownfield sites," Mr Howitt said. "We think you can build housing for everyone."

Addressing caller Peter, Mr Howitt added: "Your generation fought for the peace in Europe; I'm fighting to keep the peace in Europe."

Politicians pay tribute to MP Jo Cox

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Before listeners start putting their questions to Douglas Carswell and Richard Howitt as part of our EU Referendum debate, the politicians have been reflecting on the death of Jo Cox MP.

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

Mr Carswell said: "To think this happened at a surgery when she was serving her constituents, it's absolutely appalling and shocking, and I think quite rightly, everyone has taken a bit of time out to reflect on what's important in this world."

Mr Howitt said: "On behalf of the Labour family, we do feel it's a loss within our own family and express huge condolences to Jo's family."

Put your leave or remain questions to politicians

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Our EU Referendum debate is just getting started this morning.

Labour MEP Richard Howitt will be representing the remain side, while UKIP MP Douglas Carswell will be speaking on behalf of Vote Leave.

They will be taking calls from listeners, but if you've got something you'd like to put to them, you can email us or tweet using #esxlive.

Douglas Carswell and Richard Howitt

You can also watch the whole thing on the BBC Essex Facebook page and put your questions on there.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's a very British summer kind of day today - cloudy with outbreaks of rain through this morning.

We might see some sunny spells this afternoon, but heavy showers are still likely.

Highs today of 20C, that's 68F.

You can check the latest forecast for your part of Essex here.

BBC Essex to host EU Referendum debate

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex political reporter

This morning from 09:00, we're going to be bringing you a debate on the EU Referendum ahead of Thursday's vote.

The Clacton MP Douglas Carswell, for leave, and Essex MEP Richard Howitt, for remain, will be taking calls this morning.

If you want to get involved, you can watch the debate live on our Facebook page or tweet us your questions to put to the politicians using the hashtag #esxlive.

Great Baddow death: Three people questioned

Tom Croasdell

BBC Essex

I've been to Bramwoods Road in Great Baddow, where an investigation is taking place into the death of a 78-year-old man.

He's been named as Brian Hurry. A post-mortem examination has yet to take place.

Police car
Forensic tape

As you can see, yesterday there was a heavy police presence and sections of the road and houses there were sealed off.

Three people from Chelmsford - a 41-year-old woman and two men, aged 24 and 43 - were arrested on suspicion of murder and are being held in custody.

Good morning

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Welcome to today's Essex Live page, and the start of another week.

The first story we're going to look at today is one which broke over the weekend - three people are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a 78-year-old man was found dead in Great Baddow.

Police were called to a property in Bramwoods Road on Saturday afternoon after reports a man had died.

If you'd like to get in touch you can email us, tweet us using #esxlive or visit our Facebook page.