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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 17 March, 2017
  2. Police constable dismissed for gross misconduct
  3. Man jailed for attacking PC and stealing his dog
  4. Basildon Council 'frustrated' by efforts to remove travellers
  5. Two charged after M25 Waltham Abbey road death
  6. Horse retrieved from ditch after being stuck in silt and sludge
  7. Children sought for interview after crash involving five-year-old
  8. Police release images after shooting at boxing event

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, between J8 for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

    M11 Essex - One lane closed and slow traffic on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting M25 J1B.

    M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock). Congestion on A282 to Dartford.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, at J8 for A120.

    M11 Essex - M11 in Bedlar's Green partially blocked and Queuing traffic on entry slip road northbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of an obstruction on the road.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Down's syndrome toddler wins Matalan modelling contract

    A two-year-old toddler with Down's syndrome has been chosen as one of the new faces of Matalan.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Artwork celebrates Harlow's diversity after 'single punch' death

    Large-scale artwork celebrates a town's diversity after a Polish man was killed in a street.

  6. Our live coverage across the day

    Goodbye from the Essex Live team for another week. We'll be back with all your live news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 on Monday.

    Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories making our headlines today:

    • A man who assaulted a police officer and hijacked a patrol car is jailed
    • Shortage of GPs prompts recruitment drive in schools
    • Police release images after shooting at a boxing event.

    Scroll down for the full details... and have a great weekend.

  7. Game of cat and mouse captured underground

    A real-life underground game of cat and "mouse" was captured on CCTV as road workers repaired a drainage tunnel.

    Rat in drainage system
    Cat in drainage system

    Highways England was working on the drainage off the A120 at Wix, near Manningtree.

    Workers ran a camera down to check for any problems and to ensure everything had gone smoothly.

    The camera picked up a large rat heading down one of the drains - with a cat in hot pursuit.

    Site supervisor Jason Appleton said: "Sometimes we see rats going down the drains, but it’s the first time we’ve ever seen an intrepid moggy in hot pursuit.

    "It was like an episode of Tom and Jerry live."

    The cat was later spotted leaving the drainage system, apparently foiled, much like the real Tom & Jerry.

    The drainage system
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A13 Essex westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A13 Essex westbound severe disruption, at A176 Nether Mayne.

    A13 Essex - A13 in Fobbing blocked London-bound at Five Bells Interchange, because of a spillage of concrete slabs on the road.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

    Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday morning

    It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

    Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

    Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

  10. Shortage of GPs prompts recruitment drive in schools

    The national shortage of GPs has prompted a NHS commissioning group to think long-term about encouraging students into working in medicine. 

    Local doctors across south east Essex have been touring schools in a bid to encourage students to consider a career as a GP. 

    Tricia D’Orsi, chief nurse at NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are keen to encourage students to consider careers in general practice – this includes GPs and nurses. 

    "We hope that students may be inspired by real-life stories of local GPs and nurses to become the GPs and nurses of the future."

    Students at the GP talk

    Last night over 100 students attended an event headed up by Dr Mike Saad, who works at Wakering Medical Centre, who gave a talk on his role. 

    He said: "It’s fair to say the work can be hard, the hours may be long, but knowing that you can change and improve people's lives is very rewarding.

    "Every day is different. You simply never know what you will be dealing with next. It could be a headache that won’t go away, a chest infection, a schizophrenic breakdown, a pregnancy or a child with breathing difficulties.  

    "It’s time to raise the profile of primary care and the vital role that it plays as part of our community.

    "Many GPs are approaching retirement and we are looking for a new generation of doctors to take the reins.”

  11. PC sacked for 'misleading' investigation into racially-aggravated assault

    A police officer has been sacked for misleading an investigation after a woman was punched and knocked unconscious.

    Chelmsford Police Station

    An independently-chaired misconduct panel heard PC Alan Conran, of Essex Police, had been called to reports of two women being racially abused by a group of men in Bond Street, Chelmsford, on 14 December 2014.

    The panel was told PC Conran failed to "adequately investigate" the allegation and "deliberately misled" colleagues during the investigation.

    As a result, an offender was convicted for assault, but "the true impact of the racial abuse which may have aggravated the assault was not brought before the court".

    PC Conran, who is based at Chelmsford police station, was dismissed for gross misconduct. 

    Essex Police  Ch Supt Luke Collison said: "Public trust in policing depends on the honesty and integrity of police officers being beyond reproach. 

    "Officers make mistakes and we must always ensure that they and the force learn from them. 

    "However, PC Conran’s conduct fell well below the standard the public expects and amounts to gross misconduct. In such cases dismissal is a regrettably a necessary sanction."

  12. Shedding light on the darkness

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

    But today's the Spring Equilux.

    Confused? This tweet explains:

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