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  1. Updates for Friday, 31 March, 2017
  2. Teenager jailed for killing two passengers in his car at Christmas
  3. Shopkeeper to sell shop after fraud bid
  4. Police find large cannabis factory
  5. Weather: Mostly bright and just the outside chance of a shower

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  1. All the news for Essex through the day

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from the Essex Live team for the week so goodbye and have an enjoyable evening and weekend.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

    These are some of the stories we've covered today:

    If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us using the "Get involved" button at the top of this page.

  2. Killer car driver had no licence or insurance

    Essex Police has issued a statement on the four-year jail sentence given to the 16-year-old who crashed a car in Leigh-on-Sea at Christmas, killing his two passengers.

    Vigil in Leigh-on-Sea for Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips

    Det Insp Scott Egerton said: "Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips were two young men with their lives ahead of them.

    "They were passengers in the car and had no control over the events that led to their tragic deaths. "The driver of this car has pleaded guilty - he drove dangerously without a licence or insurance in a car he had bought and he caused their deaths."He has to live with this for the rest of his life, but so do the families of Reigan and Liam. "Their loved ones will never come home and our thoughts are very much with them." 

    The killer cannot be identified for legal reasons - because of his young age.

  3. A dry night, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be mostly dry across the BBC East region, with clear spells as temperatures drop to 7C (45F).

    It's a mixed bag of weather for Saturday. There'll be sunny spells and the first of those April showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

    Temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

    Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00
  4. Tinkler: Whitlock is a 'massive inspiration'

    Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler says training alongside Max Whitlock has been a "massive inspiration".

    Tinkler, 17, has taken the decision to move to the South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon from the club she was training at in County Durham when she won her medal in Rio last year.

    She made a tentative return to competition last weekend when, recovering from a minor calf injury, she competed in the parallel bars and finished fourth. 

    Amy Tinkler

    Next month, she has the European Championships in Cluj, Romania, and the World Championships in Montreal later this year.   

    She said: "A lot of athletes lose motivation after an Olympics, but I had even more reason to get back in the gym. 

    "The environment at South Essex is great and just the sort of place you want to be training every day. 

    "Training alongside Max is a massive inspiration and he has made me feel so welcome. 

    "It's like one big family and it feels so relaxed. We've got a really strong team and it's up to us to make the most of it this year."

  5. Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler joins Max Whitlock gym club

    Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler has left her home club in County Durham to join the club where double Olympic champion Max Whitlock trains at in Basildon. 

    Tinkler was just 16 years old when she won a surprise bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, and subsequently was quick to pile praise on the Pink Gym in her home town of Spennymoor where she had trained since a toddler. 

    Amy Tinkler celebrating winning her bronze medal

    But shortly after returning from Brazil, Tinkler made the choice to switch to the successful south Essex club which trained Whitlock and GB team-mate Brinn Bevan. 

    She said: "It wasn't a particularly hard decision, because I knew it was one I had to make if I wanted to further my career. 

    "It had reached the point where things weren't really working out for me at Spennymoor any more. 

    "Everything happened suddenly after Rio, and I didn't really get the chance to think about it, but I know it was the right move." 

    The extent of the upheaval is not to be under-estimated - it involved Tinkler's mother giving up her job at the gym and moving with her daughter to Basildon, from where Tinkler is now continuing her A-level studies with Durham High School via e-mail. 

  6. Teenager sentenced to four years after fatal Essex crash

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A 16-year-old has been sentenced to four years in custody for causing the deaths of two teenagers by dangerous driving during a police pursuit.

    Liam Phillips and Reigan Knight

    Liam Phillips and Reigan Knight (pictured), both 17, died when the Ford Escort they were passengers in crashed in Leigh-on-Sea on 27 December.

    A boy from Great Wakering, who cannot be named, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

    He was also banned from driving for four years at Chelmsford Crown Court.

    In the wake of the deaths about 300 people attended a candlelit beach vigil for the two boys.

  7. Teenager jailed for fatal car crash

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A teenager's been jailed for causing the death of two of his friends in a car crash at a junction on Southsea Avenue in Leigh-on-Sea.

    Flowers left in tribute

    The 16-year-old, who can't be named, has been jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for four years from the date of his prison release.

    Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips, who were both seventeen-years-old, died just after Christmas when the car, that they were passengers in, crashed . It was being followed by an Essex Police vehicle at the time.

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  9. Warning from shell fishery owner

    The owner of a shell fishery in Essex, where a fishing ban has been lifted, says we all need to take more care of our rivers and estuaries.

    The Food Standards Agency has lifted a two-year ban on shell fishing at Barton Hall on the River Roach.

    Paul Gilson

    High levels of the bacteria E. coli meant it wasn't safe to eat shellfish from there.

    It meant owner Paul Gilson had to put his plans to sell his business on hold.

    "This place is just part of a network of places that we must look after," he said.

    "For all of us. Not just me as a fisherman. Everybody."

  10. Ban lifted on shell fishing two years on

    A two-year shell fishing ban on the River Roach, near Rochford and Southend, has been lifted.

    The river, at Barton Hall, was closed by the Food Standards Agency in March 2015 after tests showed extremely high levels of E. coli in the water.

    River Roach

    Paul Gilson, who owns a shell fishery, said: "We were devastated.

    "At that time, we actually had a company which were looking to buy the river from us, and that was going to be our pension."

    An investigation carried out by the Environment Agency found raw sewage was getting into the river upstream, as homes weren't being plumbed-in properly.

    Anglian Water says it wasn't responsible for the misconnections, but it did fix them.

    It also repaired a partly-collapsed sewer, and cleared some blockages from sewer pipes.

    The quality of the water has since improved and the ban was lifted last month.

  11. BBC Inside Out: Captain Darell a 'hero'

    BBC Inside Out

    This year is the 350th anniversary of the first ever land battle of the predecessors to the Royal Marines.

    Historic image of Capt Nathaniel Darell
    Languard Fort, Felixstowe

    The battle took place near Landguard Fort in Felixstowe.

    In July 1667, about 1,500 Dutch soldiers tried to attack the port and destroy the English fleet as part of an ongoing war over trade. 

    But 400 soldiers led by Captain Nathaniel Darell defeated them.

    Warrant Officer Jake Laidlaw, a Royal Marine veteran, was in charge of last year's parade but had no idea of the history on his doorstep until a few years ago.

    "As far as we're concerned in East Anglia, he's our hero, he gives us something to celebrate once a year," he said.

    Landguard Fort located on the northern side of Harwich Harbour was designed to guard the naval port of Harwich on the other side of the harbour, as well as the mouths of the Stour and Orwell rivers.

    You can find out more about the anniversary and the importance of the fort tonight on Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC1 .

    The programme also looks at the case of Suffolk's Lauri Love, who is facing extradition to the USA to answer computer hacking charges .

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A12 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex northbound severe disruption, at J25 A120 Coggeshall Road.

    A12 Essex - A12 in Great Tey lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic northbound at J25, A120 (Marks Tey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  13. When tackles go wrong...

    #PeoplesCup

    Just how did those legs end up there? Find out with our top 10 magic moments from last weekend's FA People's Cup semi-finals.

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: top 10 magic moments from the semi-finals

    For more FA People's Cup action, watch our semi-final highlights programme,  available on the iPlayer from 06:00 BST on Saturday morning, 1 April, and on the Red Button at 13:50 BST and repeated throughout the weekend.

  14. Shortage of local crabs in Thames raised in Commons

    The Conservative MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, has raised the issue of a shortage of crabs in the Thames estuary, due to excessive dredging.

    Crabs

    He said: "Local fishermen have drawn to my attention that the marine conservation zones prohibit fishing in 20% of UK waters, but allow dredging for sand or gravel.

    "And this is weakening the British fishing industry as Thames estuary fish stocks are at a bare minimum due to dredging. 

    "And apparently with crabbing, which is very popular in our area, there's a shortage of local crabs."

  15. Hopes of 'package' for Laindon printing firm

    The Unite union says it's hoping that a buyer and "rescue package" can be found for a Laindon printing firm that's been placed in administration. 

    As reported yesterday, more than 100 workers have already been made redundant at the Anton Group. About 200 other jobs are believed to be under threat.   

    Anton Group
  16. The Detectorists set to return to Suffolk

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The BBC's confirmed the stars of the popular show Detectorists will return to Suffolk this year.

    Scene from the Detectorists

    Filming for the third series will start this summer around Framlingham, although the story is actually set in a fictional Essex village called Danebury.

    It's due to be broadcast later this year.

    One of the stars, Mackenzie Crook (pictured right) told the BBC: "The prospect of filming another summer in the beautiful English countryside is a good one."

  17. Police chief's take on travellers at Wickford

    Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Roger Hirst has said the force would only be involved in dealing with a group of travellers who've set up an unauthorised camp in Wickford, if they were investigating any criminal activities, as they would with any other section of the community.

    Hovefields Avenue, Wickford

    Some local residents have been voicing their concerns about the site near Hovefields Avenue, and PCC says officers are looking at the situation. 

    He said: "Is it a criminal activity or not?

    "If it's not a crime, then we need to understand that properly and I think sometimes there's a misperception as to whether what's happening is criminal, whether it's unlawful, or whether it's just unauthorised."