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  1. Updates on Monday, 25 July 2016
  2. Easyjet jobs likely to benefit Southend and Stansted airports
  3. Thirteen men face charges over football fan attack
  4. Body of missing kayaker found in Jaywick
  5. Singing hospice nurse becomes internet hit
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us at Essex Live today - thanks for stopping by.

You can now scroll back through our coverage of stories across Essex for Monday 25 July. 

We'll have more regular updates tomorrow morning from 08:00.

Have a great evening. 

Our top stories from Essex Live today

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here's what we've covered on Essex Live today: 

  • A video of a nurse performing Adele's Make You Feel My Love to patients at an Essex hospice has been viewed more than 40,000 times
  • Ryanair has announced it is cutting the frequency and capacity on many of its routes from Stansted Airport this winter after the UK voted to leave the European Union
  • An angler has told how he saw a kayaker drown off the Essex coast while he was getting ready to swim out and help him

Weather: A dry night ahead

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening there’ll be some sunny spells and a few isolated, light showers. 

Tonight will be dry, with the skies clearing at times and lows of around 13C (55F).

Weather map for the East

Tuesday is looking similar to today with sunny spells and a few light showers, although many of us are likely to stay dry. 

Temperatures in the sunshine around 23C (73F) and there’ll be a light south-westerly breeze.

Your pictures: A view from Clacton beach

We'll have the overnight weather soon, but if you've had a busy day - enjoy this view. 

We always love seeing your pictures on Essex Live, thanks to Alan who sent this one from Clacton beach earlier. 

Clacton Pier
Alan Conran

If you'd like to share yours with us, tweet them using #esxlive or drop us an email

Hospice nurse picked Adele song because it 'could mean something to somebody'

We've tracked down the Essex hospice nurse who has brought the internet to tears after she was filmed singing an Adele song to patients.

Emma Young
St Helena's Hospice

Emma Young, of St Helena's Hospice in Colchester, told BBC Essex she's been working at the centre for about a year. 

Asked why she picked Make You Feel My Love, which was originally released by Bob Dylan, Ms Young said: "It's a nice song to play at the hospice as it could mean something to somebody.

"The patients close their eyes, relax and some of them sing along and enjoy it." 

I always try and bring my music in [to work] anyway, so if there is a spare moment I can play for the patients."

Emma Young

Hundreds of new Easyjet jobs likely to benefit Southend and Stansted airports

On the day Ryanair said it has plans to cutting its number of flights from Stansted Airport post Brexit, Easyjet has announced it's creating thousands of new jobs which are likely to benefit the county.


The airliner said it was hiring about 600 new UK-based cabin crew, with a number of those likely to be working from Southend and Stansted airports. 

However, the firm hasn't yet given any specific breakdown of where the posts will be based.

Kayaking safety advice from the RNLI

We're lucky enough to have one of the longest coastlines in the UK, but as we've heard today it does come with a risk. 

The RNLI says the number of rescue incidents involving kayakers and canoeists has increased significantly over the last few years.


If you're planning on heading out to sea in a kayak, here's a few suggestions from the lifeboats charity to help you stay safe:

  • Wear clothing appropriate for your trip and the weather
  • Always paddle with others. Make sure that someone ashore also knows your plans and what time to expect you back
  • Inform the Coastguard of your plans when departing for lengthy sea expeditions
  • Check the tide, wind and weather before launching
  • Carry a means of calling for help. Take a waterproof VHF radio and two flares – one parachute and one pinpoint

Timlin set to miss start of season

BBC Sport

Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin will miss six weeks of action after straining his hamstring in a pre-season friendly against West Ham.

Michael Timlin
Getty Images

The 31-year-old, who missed the final nine League One games of last season, had been looking at a return to the starting line-up.

Timlin is joined on the sidelines by fellow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, who also has a hamstring problem.

Details of Ryanair Stansted flight cuts 'not yet confirmed'

Earlier we told you that Ryanair was cutting the frequency of its flights from Stansted Airport this winter following the vote to leave the European Union.


We contacted the airliner to find out what routes are likely to be affected - however a spokesman told us the details have not yet been confirmed.

We'll stay in touch with Ryanair to bring you more details as soon as they release them.

Stansted Airport

A drone came within 82ft (25m) of a Boeing 737 near Stansted Airport, posing a "serious risk of collision", a report reveals.

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Hospice nurse wows patients with rendition of Adele song

A nurse singing Adele's Make You Feel My Love to patients at an Essex hospice has been viewed more than 40,000 times.

Emma Young at the piano
St Helena Hospice

Emma Young revealed her hidden talent on Friday afternoon after she performed the melody at the St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

"She really brought a smile to everyone's faces", the hospice wrote. 

In the news...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live so far today:

  • A fisherman who tried to rescue a 21-year-old kayaker yesterday afternoon off the coast at Jaywick says the man died in a "tragic accident"
  • Ryanair has announced it is cutting the frequency and capacity on many of its routes from Stansted Airport this winter after the UK voted to leave the European Union
  • The defence has started its summing up in the trial of a Canvey Island man who's accused of murdering a woman last November

Weather update: Fresher, but still feeling warm

BBC Weather

There will be some sunny breaks throughout this afternoon and feeling fresher than in recent days, though still warm with a maximum temperature of 23C (73F).


Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "BeaconHill" who took this picture down in Dovercourt earlier. They reported temperatures at about 24C (75F).

Get more details on your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Kelly Pearce murder trial: Defence begins summing up

The defence has started its summing up in the trial of a Canvey Island man who's accused of murdering a woman last November. 

Murder scene

Anthony Ayres, 49, of Fairlop Avenue, is accused of killing Kelly Pearce, 36, in a "frenzied attack", but he has denied murder.

The barrister has told the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court they should try the case on the facts and not be mislead by the defendant's prior convictions for violence against his partners. 

The trial continues.

Simon Dobbin investigation 'thorough and complex'

The investigation into the attack on Simon Dobbin had been "thorough and complex", Essex Police says.

Thirteen people now face charges but we are continuing our inquiries

Men to appear in court over Simon Dobbin football attack

Details have been released of the men who are to face charges linked to the attack on football fan Simon Dobbin following a nil-nil draw between Southend United and Cambridge United in March last year.

Mr Dobbin, 41, from Suffolk, suffered a serious head injury during the fracas between fans outside the Railway Pub in East Street, Southend.

Simon Dobbin
Nicole Dobbin

Eleven men have been summonsed to face charges of affray. They are:

  • Lewis Courtnell, 33, a fence installer, of Stadium Road, Southend
  • Jamie Chambers, 22, unemployed, of Coleman Street, Southend
  • Thomas Randall, 21, a consumer credit employee, of Seaforth Avenue, Southend 
  • Michael Shawyer, 30, a tiler, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea 
  • Matthew Petchey, 24, a labourer, of Lascelles Gardens, Rochford 
  • Alexander Woods, 24, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff
  • Philip McGill, 31, an electrician, of Hornby Avenue, Westcliff
  • Greg Allen, 28, a painter, of Wellington Avenue, Westcliff
  • Rhys Pullen, 20, a telecommunications engineer of Bridge Road, Wickford 
  • James Woods, 24, a chef, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff 
  • Scott Nicholls, 40, a construction worker, of Sherwood Close, Langdon Hill

Ryan Carter, 20, who is unemployed, from York Road in Southend, has already been charged with affray after answering bail on Friday.

Ian Young, 40, an electrician, of Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff, has been summonsed to face charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas or an electrical incapacitation device

All of the men are to due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2 September.

BreakingSimon Dobbin: Thirteen men face charges over football fan attack

Thirteen men are to face charges after a football fan was left brain damaged following an attack at a Southend United match last year. 

Simon Dobbin

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin, 44, from Mildenhall, in Suffolk, was assaulted in East Street at about 19:15 on 21 March. 

More to follow...

Jaywick kayak rescue attempt: 'As time went on you knew it was going to be a recovery job'

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

I've been speaking to locals in Jaywick who witnessed yesterday's rescue attempt of a 21-year-old kayaker. 

Martyn Joyce

You hope when things like this happen you're going to get a good ending, but obviously as time went on you knew it was going to be a recovery job".

Martyn JoyceLocal resident

Angler describes Jaywick kayak rescue attempt

An angler who tried to rescue a 21-year-old kayaker yesterday afternoon off the coast at Jaywick says the man died in a "tragic accident". 

Grant Scott

Grant Scott was onboard his boat when he saw the man fall off his kayak and "go under".

"He was trying to swim against the current... I knew I couldn't swim that far with my clothes on, so by the time I'd got my clothes off - he'd gone under.

"Seeing him go like that is tragic. If he'd held on to the canoe he'd been there long enough for the lifeboat to get him," Mr Scott said. 

Ryanair to cut frequency of Stansted flights following Brexit result

Ryanair has announced it is cutting the frequency and capacity on many of its routes from Stansted Airport this winter after the UK voted to leave the European Union


It said it would instead pivot its growth away from UK airports and focus more on "growing at our EU airports over the next two years". 

The airline added no routes would close from Stansted.

Beach remains open after Jaywick kayaker body discovery

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

I'm in Jaywick this morning under warm blue skies where it's a calm morning near the beach. There is no sign of the tragedy of a little more than 12 hours ago when the body of a missing 21-year-old kayaker was discovered here.

Jaywick beach

The man, who has not yet been named, is said to be local to the area. 

There is no cordon in place and the beach remains open. We'll have more on this throughout the day.

Travel: A12 closed London-bound near Brook Street Roundabout

BBC Travel

There are long delays leaving Essex this morning as the A12 is closed London-bound due to an accident between the Brook Street Roundabout and Maylands way. 

There are queues either side on the M25 and queues back on to the A12.

You'll find the latest travel updates here.

Monday's weather: Mainly dry with bright or sunny spells

There will be some sunny breaks through the day and a moderate westerly breeze. It will feel a bit fresher than recent days, though still quite warm when the sun shines, with a top temperature of 23C (73F).  

This evening will be dry with some late sunny spells, followed by a dry and settled night. Lows of 14C (57F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather

Body found in missing Jaywick kayaker search

The body of a missing kayaker was found after a huge search operation yesterday, police say.

Map of Tendring

The 21-year-old local man is believed to have fallen from a craft off the coast at Jaywick near Clacton yesterday afternoon.

A coastguard helicopter and the Clacton lifeboat led the search which ended at about 22:00.

Kayaker death 'not suspicious'

The death of a 21-year-old kayaker in the sea off Jaywick is not being treated as suspicious, Essex Police said this morning. 

Jaywick beach

A man's body was recovered by the coastguard last night. A file will now be prepared for the coroner. 

Our reporter is currently on his way to the scene. 

Welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Our top story this morning:

The search for a missing kayaker off the coast of Jaywick has been called off after a body was discovered late last night. 

More news on that shortly.