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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 28 June 2016
  2. Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron joins Conservative Party leadership race
  3. Eastern Europeans feel 'unwelcome' in Essex after Brexit vote
  4. 'Rough sleepers' to be fined in Clacton council crackdown
  5. Colchester United sign Birmingham's Denny Johnstone
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Jack Warren

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Our live coverage across the day

Another day is done and dusted - thanks for stopping by. Here are the top stories we've covered today:

  • The Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron - who led the push for an EU Membership referendum in the last parliament - has become the latest contender in the party leadership race
  • A 52-year-old man has been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a bus crashed with a lorry carrying a steam engine in West Mersea last year
  • Those sleeping rough in Clacton Town Centre could be fined £100 as a new order comes into force on Friday

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with another look at news across the county. Have a great evening. 

Mum gives birth to healthy baby boy in the footwell of her car during hospital dash

Here's a story that made us smile in the Daily Gazette. 

A dad turned ambulance driver to get his wife to hospital before their second son was born, the paper reports.

But little Leo wasn’t prepared to wait and ended up arriving in the footwell of the couple’s Vauxhall Insignia.

Read the full story here

Elderly woman and dog rescued from chip pan fire

An elderly woman and her Jack Russell have been rescued from a bungalow fire in Pitsea.

Firefighters were called to Little Searles about 14:12 when a chip pan caught alight after being left on a hob.

Little Searles

Essex Fire and Rescue said the lady had become "distracted while cooking". There are no reports of any injures.  

Weather: Rain clearing into the night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A few showers, and perhaps some longer spells of rain will continue into this evening, before clearing through the first half of the night. 

Turning drier with some clear spells by dawn, allowing some mist patches to develop. 

Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


It'll be a dry start tomorrow with some brighter spells. However turning breezy, with mostly light rain spreading east by the afternoon.

You can get the latest forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Could an Essex MP be the next Conservative leader?

If John Baron even wants to make it on to the ballot paper he'll need be nominated by two other MPs.

If there are three or more candidates, a ballot or series of ballots will be held of all the party's 331 MPs to whittle down the field to two. In each round, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated.

After that, a vote of the wider party - in which all Conservative members will have a say - will be held to choose the winner, with hustings taking place.  


You can read the full process here

John Baron MP standing to ensure 'referendum decision is honoured'

John Baron, 57, is the latest contender to come forward in the Conservative Party leadership race.

Mr Baron was instrumental in pushing a reluctant Conservative leadership into committing to the EU Referendum, with a letter to the prime minister signed by more than 100 MPs, followed by a rebel amendment to the 2013 Queen's Speech. 

He is standing on his record as a long time Brexit backer, to ensure that the referendum decision is honoured. 

John Baron

BreakingBasildon and Billiericay MP John Baron latest contender in party leadership race

The Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron - who led the push for an EU Membership referendum in the last parliament - has become the latest contender in the party leadership race.

More details to follow...

Courtney Senior and Denny Johnstone

Colchester sign Birmingham's Denny Johnstone for an undisclosed fee and Brentford's Courtney Senior on a free transfer.

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Delays around Chelmsford due to lane closure on Baddow bypass

There are long delays exiting Chelmsford tonight... 

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Essex MP hopes Tory leader selection won't be a 'drawn out' process

The Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex, Bernard Jenkin, who supported the Leave campaign, has said he hopes the Conservative leadership content will not be a long, drawn out process.

Bernard Jenkin

"I hope all the leadership candidates will be reflecting on whether they can, after we've had a few ballots in parliament or maybe just one or two ballots, whether they could agree between themselves that the others should withdraw and we should be left with one candidate", he said. 

"After all, we chose Michael Howard without an election at all in 2003."

Where are Braintree Town's last XI now?

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex sport

There has been lots of movement in the Braintree Town transfer department lately. 

So much so that just two of the club's last starting XI are remain with the Iron.

Braintree's last starting XI
Jamie Day

Braintree boss Jamie Day brings in Hemel Hempstead goalkeeper Jamie Butler as his sixth summer signing.

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Peacocks take up residence in Brentwood

Earlier we mentioned Brentwood's new feathered residents that have been enjoying today's sunshine... they make quite a sight when walking about on the rooftops.

Thanks to Chris Mawsley for sending us a video.

Lorry driver charged over steam engine bus crash

A 52-year-old man has been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a bus crashed with a lorry carrying a steam engine, police say.

bus crash
Essex Fire and Rescue

Thirty-five people, including the driver, were on the number 67 bus when the accident happened on East Mersea Road in West Mersea, Essex, last September. 

Phillip Last, of Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on 28 July.

Next Tory leader needs to be a 'Brexiteer', says MEP

The next leader of the Conservatives needs to be a "Brexiteer", says Leave-supporting eastern region MEP David Campbell Bannerman.

It comes after chancellor George Osborne confirmed he will not be standing as a candidate in the Tory leadership race.

View more on twitter

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested Britain could hold another vote on the EU.

He said a deal should be made allowing UK access to the single market and a compromise on free movement of workers.

For the latest developments, head to the Politics Live page.

Weather: Outbreaks of rain arriving later

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to build through the afternoon, with outbreaks of rain arriving by the early evening, turning heavy at times as it continues to spread eastwards. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Weather for Essex

You'll find the latest detailed forecast for your area from BBC Weather.

Your pictures: A nice morning in Essex, but rain is on its way

What a nice morning in Essex. Don't be fooled though - rain is scheduled later this afternoon. 

White Notley

We've a more detailed forecast on the way... and if you love taking pictures of the weather, then sign-up to become a BBC Weather Watcher.

In the news...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

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

  • Those sleeping rough in Clacton Town Centre could be fined £100 as a new order comes into force on Friday
  • A Polish woman living in Thurrock says friends feel "unwelcome" in the county after Brexit vote

If you've spotted something you think we should be talking about you can share it with us via email, Twitter or Facebook

Brentwood peacocks look as if they've settled in...

Yesterday we were sent some pictures of peacocks which appeared on a roof in Brentwood. 

Well Chris Mawsley, who sent the photos, has been back in touch today to say the pair remain in residence. 

"They were sleeping in my garden last night, now they're sunbathing on the roof," he said. 


Chris added he spoke to the RSPCA who said a group of peacocks have been living in the area since the start of June. 

Rough sleeper crackdown: 'How are they going to pay the fines? Buttons I guess'

Thanks to everybody who has sent us their views via Twitter on the Clacton rough sleeper crackdown. 

Montage of tweets

Mark tweeted: "How's that going to work???"

Jason wrote: "I'm sure there are some who aren't genuine, but how do you fine someone with no money? How ridiculous!"

And Rita said: "How they going to pay fines? Buttons I guess."

You can share your thoughts on the topic of Clacton council preparing to fine those sleeping rough in the town using #esxlive.   

Clacton rough sleeper crackdown will 'benefit all'

Essex Police will be working with Tendring District Council to enforce it's new crackdown on rough sleepers which comes into force on Friday.

Quote: "It won't solve things overnight, but we do expect it to have a considerable impact on these activities..." Insp Julia Finch, Essex Police

Do you think fines for those sleeping rough in public places is a good or bad idea? Share your thoughts with us using #esxlive

Clacton rough sleepers to be fined as part of council crackdown

Those sleeping rough in Clacton Town Centre could be fined £100 as a new order comes into force on Friday. 

Map of the Public Spaces Protection Order
Tendring District Council

The Public Spaces Protection Order will see those begging, sitting in doorways or sleeping in public toilets penalised - which could lead to prosecution if they do not pay within 14 days. 

Those who refuse to stop drinking alcohol or get caught graffiting will also be fined. The council says the measures are "in response to people's demands and what they want to see tackled". 

Weather: Dry at first, outbreaks of rain later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

This morning will start off on a bright note, with spells of sunshine across the county. However, cloud will build from the west through the day, with outbreaks of rain arriving by mid-afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

You'll find the latest forecast for your area at BBC Weather

Eastern Europeans feel 'unwelcome' in Essex

BBC Essex has been looking at how European nationals living in the county are now feeling following the vote to leave the EU.

It's after reports of a number of "racially motivated" attacks across the country, including cards bearing the words "No more Polish Vermin" left outside homes in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Anti-Polish cards handed out in Huntingdon
Kathleen Gaynor

Ana Drohomirecka moved from Poland to work and live in Thurrock in 2007.

"In the beginning when I came to England everybody was happy to see me... Now more and more people are negative about us eastern Europeans. Some of my friends feel unwelcome here now, they feel that nobody wants us here anymore."

Ana Drohomirecka

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning. First of all, let's not mention the football - it's too early to be getting that upset.

In the meantime we'll begin by taking a look at what impact the vote for Brexit has had on European nationals living in Essex. 

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