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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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.

  6. '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

  7. 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.

    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.

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  8. 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."

  9. 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.

  10. 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
  11. 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
    Quote Message: 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." from Phil Brown Southend United Manager
    Phil BrownSouthend United Manager
  12. 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. 


    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.

  13. 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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  14. 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.

  15. 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
  16. 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.  

  17. 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 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".

  18. 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

    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.

  19. Rain prevents any play at Chelmsford

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