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  1. Pensioner threatened with "criminal record" over "intimidating" peacocks
  2. Man appears in court over fatal stabbing in Basildon town centre
  3. Updates on Thursday, 30 June 2016

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Weather: Becoming windy overnight, cloudy with sunny spells tomorrow

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It should stay dry for the rest of this afternoon, turning breezy as we head into this evening.

Overnight, patches of light rain or drizzle are possible.

Weather map

Tomorrow, it will be cloudy at first with some rain clearing during the morning. Then sunny spells are likely to develop, with the risk of isolated showers later.

Check the latest weather for where you live here.

Essex Highways apologises for delays caused by Chelmsford roadworks

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Roadworks that have been causing lengthy delays around Chelmsford in rush hour are due to finish on Saturday.

Essex County Council said line-painting work along southbound Essex Yeomanry Way, from the Army and Navy down to the A12, is due to be completed in time for tonight's rush hour.

An Essex Highways spokesman apologised to drivers who had been delayed "by urgent works to improve the A1114 over the last few days".

A1114 in Chelmsford

Headlines: Friend of Basildon murder victim 'struggling'... Driver killed in north Essex crash

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

  • A close friend of a Pitsea man who was fatally stabbed in Basildon town centre says he's struggling to come to terms with what's happened
  • A driver has been killed in a road crash near Manningtree
  • It's been announced that roadworks which have been causing lengthy rush-hour delays around Chelmsford are due to finish on Saturday

Stansted links should be improved, says MP

There's been a furious reaction in Parliament to news of another delay in deciding where to build a new runway for south-east England.

Ministers were due to make an announcement next week, but this has now been put off until "at least October".

Sir Alan Haselhurst, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, says it's all the more reason to improve transport links to Stansted.

Stansted Airport

Gas explosion house rebuild to take 22 weeks

Tendring District Council says rebuilding the levelled house in Clacton will take about 22 weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

Planning permission was granted earlier this year for the Cloes Lane development.

Map of the scene

One half of the semi-detached house was totally destroyed and it is hoped the second half will be rebuilt in due course.

The council home will be constructed in such a way that the other home can be added on at a later stage.

Firefighters at the scene in Clacton
Essex Fire and Rescue

Gas explosion homes to be rebuilt

It was an enormous gas explosion that left a number of people injured and shook the ground back in 2014.

Cloes Lane
Cloes Lane
Cloes Lane
Cloes Lane

But now work is to begin to replace the house destroyed following the Cloes Lane blast in Clacton in February 2014.

It reduced one family's semi-detached home to rubble and wiped out a second home.

Other properties were also damaged in the incident.

'Not guilty by reason of insanity', the Essex link

You may well have heard of the special court verdict "not guilty by reason of insanity".

What you might not know is that the judge who introduced it to common law was born in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Museums

Chelmsford Museum has now acquired a portrait of Judge Tindal (1776-1846) painted by Thomas Phillips.

When residents and visitors to Chelmsford take a stroll down Tindal Square and Tindal Street, it is Judge Tindal's memory that their names bear.

Police issue appeal over missing James Bergin

Police are appealing for help in finding James Bergin, who is reported missing from Sible Hedingham.  

James Bergin
Essex Police

Mr Bergin, 77, was last seen at 11:00 in a park off Hawkwood Road and officers and his family are concerned for his welfare.He is wearing a navy blue shirt and trousers and black shoes, and is 5ft 10in (1.77m) tall and of medium build.

Man killed in Manningtree road collision

Police say a 20-year-old man has died following a road crash earlier in Manningtree. Firefighters and police were called to the B1035 Clacton Road in Horsley Cross at 07:30 after a black Fiat Punto collided with a Volvo tipper truck. The Fiat’s engine caught fire but was quickly extinguished. Its driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The lorry driver, a 50-year-old man, was uninjured.

The road is closed between the junctions with the A120 and Steam Mill Road.

A120 and B1035 junction

No Baron amid BoJo no-show

Despite the early speculation, John Baron's hat was not tossed into the Conservative leadership ring.

The MP for Basildon and Billericay had taken soundings but, like former London Mayor Boris Johnson, had not put himself forward by the midday cut-off point for nominations.

We will be bringing you news of who our Conservative MPs are backing later.

John Baron
The Conservatives

Container fire likely to be 'protracted'

A fire that took hold in containers filled with cloth and material is "expected to be a protracted incident".

The fire in Maidstone Road, Grays, started at about 02:00 and involves a number of interlocked metal containers.

Maidstone Road, Grays
Essex Fire and Rescue

Assistant divisional officer John Sherrington said: "Crews are likely to be here all day and potentially into the night as we continue to battle to find the seat of the fire to extinguish it.

"The situation crews are facing is a series of nine containers piled two high in the yard of a fabrics and material shop.

"The containers are all filled to the brim with linen, pillows and fabric and we know that at least four are alight."

Maidstone Road, Grays
Essex Fire and Rescue

'Intimidation' warning over peacocks

A pensioner has been threatened with a criminal record because her peacocks have been "intimidating local residents".

One of Frances White's peacocks
Kate Carvey

Evening flights planned for Clacton Air Show

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Three exciting new evening flights have been unveiled for this year’s Clacton Airshow. It will be the first time that the organisers Tendring District Council (TDC) have included this attraction and on the ground activities will continue up to the display which will last from 8pm to 8.30pm on August 25. The Twister Duo, Aerosparx and Brendan O’Brien’s OTTO helicopter have been lined-up for the skies above the seafront

A new aerobatics team called Aerosparx will use wing-tip fireworks to paint the evening sky at this year's Clacton Air Show.

The display will take place between 20:00 and 20:30 on 25 August.

BBC Essex is the media partner for the air show and will be doing live coverage throughout.

Aerosparx is one of three evening-time shows lined up for the event.

Wycombe bring in Southend winger Weston

Myles Weston

Wycombe Wanderers sign winger Myles Weston on a two-year deal following his release by Southend United.

Myles Weston

Wycombe bring in Southend winger Weston

Wycombe Wanderers sign winger Myles Weston on a two-year deal following his release by Southend United.

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John Baron watch

We're still waiting to see whether MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron will throw his hat into the Conservative leadership ring.

He's still taking soundings and awaiting a couple of calls from colleagues before making a final decision on whether to run or not.

John Baron
Conservative Party

A12 driver caught speeding at 108mph

Speeding driver clocked going 108mph on A12 in Essex
Essex Police

Traffic police this morning caught a driver going 108mph down the A12.

They've tweeted this picture from their speed sensor. 

We're awaiting further details from the police.

Man in court on Basildon murder charge

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

A man has appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

Daniel Mitchell-Monroe, 37, died from stab wounds to the chest in Basildon on Tuesday.

During a brief hearing, Joram Bakumanya was brought into the dock, wearing a red jumper and tracksuit bottoms.

The 22-year-old, of no fixed address, confirmed his name and age.

No plea was entered and there was no application for bail. He will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.

Daniel Mitchell-Monroe, 37, died from stab wounds to the chest in Basildon on Tuesday

Lorry and car crash shuts road

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Police are at the scene of a serious road crash near Manningtree.

Officers were called to the B1035 Clacton Road in Horsley Cross at 07:30. The car was on fire.

Emergency services are still at the location dealing with the incident. The road is shut between the junctions with the A120 and Steam Mill Road.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Watch: 'Barking mad' Harlow lawyer to become a teacher

A barrister who quit the law to become a teacher says his family and friends have labelled him "barking mad".

Harlow-based lawyer and political strategist John Paul Goddard said he was applying as an unqualified teacher.

He has applied for posts in primary education and is only interested in east London schools that are not rated good or outstanding.  

Watch: Harlow teacher tells of 'stupidly long days'

A newly-qualified teacher says she loves working with children but is having to work "every weekend".

Michaela Midwinter has started work at her old school Passmores Academy in Harlow. She said while she hugely enjoyed working with pupils, the role had become increasingly "paper and data" based.

Most teaching gaps in science, English and maths

Georgie Bevan

BBC Look East

The TeachVac survey found the largest numbers of teacher vacancy adverts were for science, English and maths.

These subjects also saw the largest rises in vacancies between the first six months of 2015 and the same period this year. 

Table of teacher vacanies

Rise in teacher job vacancies in Essex

Georgie Bevan

BBC Look East

Figures released by TeachVac - a teaching jobs website - reveal the number of advertised teaching vacancies in Essex, Southend and Thurrock has risen 6% in the past year.

In the first six months of 2015 there were 535 jobs advertised compared with 569 in the same period this year.

Friend of fatally-stabbed man tells of disbelief

A life-long friend of a man fatally stabbed in Basildon town centre says he is shocked at what has happened.

Daniel Mitchell-Monroe, 37 and from Pitsea, died on Tuesday evening. 

Joram Bakumanya, 22, of no fixed address, has been charged with his murder.

Paul Parker, a close friend of Mr Mitchell-Monroe, said: "I just can't believe it's happened to him."

How do you deal with nuisance peafowl?

The family threatened with a community protection warning over their peacocks fear the only options might be a cull.

The community protection warning notice
Frances White

Frances White's daughter Helen Theckston-White said: "The peacocks who roam are actually free-range fowl and were not bred, brought up or ever contained on the farm premises.

"We feel to take a wild bird and restrict it to captivity would be cruel after a lifetime of freedom. To meet the deadline, and after seeking advice, we have been advised to have the flock culled."

A spokesman for Maldon District Council said: "We are not asking for them to be culled, but we hope the owner of the peafowl acts responsibly in this case."

Murder accused to appear in court later

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Basildon town centre.

Daniel Mitchell-Monroe, 37,from Pitsea, died on Tuesday evening.

Joram Bakumanya, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court later today.

Basildon town centre

Pensioner warned over 'intimidating' peacocks

A pensioner has been threatened with a "criminal record" because her peacocks have been "intimidating residents".

Maldon District Council has issued a community protection warning notice stating Frances White must stop her peafowl in Mayland straying from her land.

A peacock
Kate Carver

Weather: Bright spells with a few showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look East

A dry start, with possible showers later. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Some well scattered showers are forecast for later this afternoon. 

Good morning and welcome

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Today on Local Live we will be taking a special look at teacher recruitment and telling the story of a barrister who has just given up the law to work in primary education.

Kate Carvey

We'll also be reporting on the latest in the fatal stabbing in Basildon and telling the story of peacocks which a council claims could land their elderly owner with a criminal record.

Stay tuned.