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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Regular updates for Essex Live have now finished for the week - thanks for joining us. 

    To recap, here are the top stories from today's page:

    • A 22-year-old man has been jailed after he admitted beating his dog, which died three days later, on a train
    • An Essex conman who defrauded Premier League footballers out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years
    • Cocaine worth an estimated £50m has been found concealed inside a cargo of tinned tuna at the London Gateway Port

    We're back Monday from 08:00.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Becoming cloudy with mist and fog

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry evening and night, with long clear spells across the BBC East region.

    Becoming increasingly cloudy, with mist and fog patches forming, becoming quite thick in places.

    Temperatures falling to 0-2C (32F-35F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday 14:00

    After a chilly and foggy start, Saturday will be dry with sunny spells, but becoming cloudy later.

    Temperatures will reach 10C (50F).

    You can find more details on BBC Weather.

  3. Number of fish saved from river rises to 10,000

    The Environment Agency say it's now rescued more than 10,000 fish from the River Stour in Sudbury on the Essex/Suffolk border.

    But the problems we reported earlier, with the jammed control gate, have not been resolved, and a spokesman says they're expecting divers on site on Monday to help.

  4. Your pictures: The sun goes down in Clacton

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Nice sunset photographed in Clacton a little while ago. 

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Shantelle" for this one.

    Clacton-on-Sea
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J6 for M25 affecting J5 for A1168.

    M11 Essex - Delays on M11 northbound at J6 M25, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J5, A1168 (Loughton).

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  6. Video content

    Video caption: Man who swung dog against train wall jailed

    A man who brutally attacked his dog on a train carriage in Essex is jailed for 21 months.

  7. Video: Ronnie 'The Rocket' O'Sullivan's rise to fame

    BBC Sport

    Having turned professional just a year earlier, Chigwell's Ronnie O'Sullivan won his first major ranking title in the 1993 UK Championships. 

    Now 23 years and 27 titles later, he's the favourite to win again at the York Barbican in 2016.

    Follow the results and schedule here.

    Video content

    Video caption: UK Championships: Ronnie O'Sullivan's first win - 'A new legend in the making'
  8. West Ham Christmas hamper fraudster jailed

    An Essex conman who defrauded Premier League footballers out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years.

    Stephen Ackerman

    Stephen Ackerman targeted West Ham players and staff including then manager Sam Allardyce and England striker Andy Carroll.

    The 48-year-old, of Loughton, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of 18 counts of fraud totalling more than £61,000 in October.

    Judge David Radford said Ackerman was "utterly deceitful and dishonest".

  9. Pensioner 'pushed to the ground and robbed' in Harlow

    A 77-year-old man had to be taken to hospital after being pushed to the ground and robbed on the streets of Harlow yesterday evening, police say.

    Harlow

    The victim was walking along a cycle path in Willowfield at about 18:30 when he was approached from behind by a teenager. 

    The suspect took the elderly man's wallet containing £15 and bank cards before running off. 

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J5 for A1168 affecting J4 for A406.

    M11 Essex - Slow traffic on M11 northbound at J5, A1168 (Loughton), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J4, A406 (Woodford).

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  11. Woman fights off attacker who tried to drag her into the woods

    A woman has fought off an attacker who tried to drag her into woods in Chelmsford last night, police say.

    Bunny Walk

    The 39-year-old victim was in Bunny Walks when a man, who is thought to have been carrying a knife, punched her in the face. 

    After a further altercation, the woman was able to run off.

    Police have now arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the incident and he is currently in custody. 

    The force says it has also increased patrols in the area. 

  12. Southend's 'bridge over troubled road' to be removed tonight

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Simon and Garfunkel once sang a song about a bridge over troubled water - well our very own bridge over something troubled is being demolished this weekend.

    Kent Elms

    Down in Southend, the Kent Elms footbridge, which passes over the infamous A127, is being removed over the weekend to make way for planned roadworks. 

    The junction will be closed between 19:00 and 07:30 tonight and Saturday, with Sunday night facing possible closure if needed. 

  13. Photo of man who beat dog released by police

    The British Transport Police has released a photograph of Kieran Milledge, 22, who today was jailed for beating his dog on a Greater Anglia train between Braintree and Witham last month. 

    The force thanked the public and media for their support after a CCTV appeal earlier this week was shared widely online. 

    The dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier called Ronnie, died three days after the incident on 10 October.

    Kieran Milledge
  14. Weather update: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    It should stay dry this afternoon with some good spells of sunshine, although it will become more cloudy by the evening.

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather map

    Popping out? Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

  15. Our top stories from Essex Live

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what we've covered so far today:

    • A 22-year-old man has been jailed after he admitted beating his dog, which died three days later, on a train in Essex
    • Cocaine worth an estimated £50m has been found concealed inside a cargo of tinned tuna at the London Gateway Port  
    • Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested after a 19-year-old man was stabbed on the forecourt of a petrol station in Ongar, police say 
  16. Money-saving teen warns us not to get carried away on Black Friday

    Before you join millions of others splashing the cash on Black Friday, an Essex money-saving blogger is, as you'd expect, urging caution.

    Jordon Cox

    Jordon Cox, from Shenfield, said shoppers should only make a purchase if they were already planning on buying something.

    "If you just buy things for the sake of it then you're not going to save money, and you're just giving more money away to the brands which is their job, to get you to spend," Jordon told BBC Essex.

  17. Danny Dyer discovers another famous ancestor

    Another revelation for Danny Dyer, who featured in the latest episode of the BBC's genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are was that through his Suffolk connections, he's also related to Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's right-hand man, who was played by Mark Rylance in the BBC drama Wolf Hall (pictured).

    Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell

    His 12-times great-grandmother, Catherine Cromwell, wife of Lionel Tollemache, was Thomas Cromwell's great grand-daughter.

    Cromwell family tree

    The programme ultimately traces Danny's bloodline back to an English king.... and we'd recommend watching it to find out which one!

  18. 'A violent dog abuser now off the streets'

    Speaking outside Chelmsford Magistrates Court, Det Sgt Steve Maguire from the British Transport Police responded to the sentencing of Kieran Milledge, whose dog died three days after he beat and threw it around a train carriage in Essex.

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