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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 21 April, 2017
  2. Weather: Pleasantly warm in the sunshine
  3. Five jailed for killing Harwich man
  4. Inquest opens and adjourns into travellers' site fatal shooting
  5. Cricket: Essex take on Middlesex at county championships
  6. Man appears at court over shooting at travellers' site

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for another week from the Essex Live team, although any breaking news over the weekend will still appear here.

    Before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've been looking at since 08:00:

    • Two people have been sent to prison for life for the murder of Michael Beckwith, and three other people have also received custodial sentences
    • A man has appeared in court in connection with a fatal shooting at a travellers' site
    • Former public toilets will have a new lease of life as a recording studio 
    • A food blogger has announced she is to stand in the general election

    Scroll down for more on these and other stories.

    If you're running in the London Marathon we wish you well - and it's good luck to Basildon's Stuart Bingham who's 9-7 down going into this evening's final session of his World Snooker Championship second round match against Kyren Wilson.

    Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham
  2. Weather: Cloudy with bright spells and much cooler

    BBC Weather

    A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F). 

    Weather graphic

    Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).

    A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.

    BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

  3. Beautiful blooming bluebells brighten the day

    It may be a bit grey out there today but spring is still in full swing, with carpets of bluebells springing up.

    It's staying mainly dry for the rest of the day with some sunny spells...feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine with only light winds. 

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

    Thank you to our BBC Weather Watcher judy for this photo. 

    Tiptree Heath
  4. Have you ever wondered how you can become a candidate in the election?

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

    You can't stand if you're:

    • Under 18
    • A member of the police forces
    • A member of the armed forces
    • A civil servant, a judge or a peer
    • You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
    House of Commons

    If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the  Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:

    • You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500 
    • You also need an election agent
    • You probably want to plan and run a campaign

    There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, at J6 for M25.

    M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J6 M25, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Horse rescued from pond

    Firefighters helped to rescue what's been described as a "large" horse from a pond in Great Cornard near Sudbury this morning.

    The animal, which was stuck in four foot (1.2m) of water at New Farm, off Joes Road, had to be sedated before the rescue could be carried out.

    It was then moved to a paddock, apparently none the worse for its ordeal.

  7. Pixie Lott reminisces about Essex school days

    Essex singer Pixie Lott has been telling BBC Essex about her days at a performing arts school in Chelmsford. Here's the full interview with the singer:

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    Video caption: Essex singer Pixie Lott chats to Tony about the release of her new single 'Baby'.
  8. Blogger to stand in general election

    A food blogger from Southend is set to stand in the general election.

    Jack Monroe, who recently won a libel case against newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins, has not yet announced which party she will stand for, and has said she is still "crunching" as to whether it will be Rochford and Southend East or Southend West.

    View more on twitter
  9. 'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

    #Get Inspired

    Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday

    Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

    Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

    Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

    If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

  10. Snooker: Wilson edging it with two-frame lead

    Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham

    Kyren Wilson of Kettering (left) has a two-frame lead over Basildon's Stuart Bingham following the daytime session in Sheffield.

    The pair will begin the final session of their second-round World Snooker Championship match at 19:00, with Wilson 9-7 up in the best of 25-frame match.

    The match is live on the BBC Red Button. Full coverage details here.

  11. Michael Beckwith's murder was a 'violent and cowardly attack'

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    The judge sentencing a man and a woman found guilty of murdering a Harwich man has said their attack was "violent" and "cowardly".

    Michael Beckwith's former girlfriend Rebecca Ryan, 22, of Hilltop, Weeley, and Scott Swift, 27, of Station Road, Dovercourt, have been jailed for life.

    Sentencing them at Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Charles Gratwicke said: "It was a violent, cowardly attack in which Michael Beckwith stood no chance.

    "He'd done you Swift no harm at all. He had the misfortune at one stage or another of replacing you in the affections of Rebecca Ryan.

    "It was not a spur of the moment attack, he delivered himself into the the trap you and Ryan had set for him."

    Ryan and Swift's accomplice Joseph Smith, 18, of Canning Street, Harwich, was imprisoned for 12 months for manslaughter.  

    Triston and Enderlein Biddlecombe, from East Street, Harwich, were jailed for two and a half years for assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down car and a rolling road-block.

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

  13. Are you running in London this weekend?

    #GetInspired

    Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

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    Video caption: London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

    If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

  14. Michael Beckwith murder: Thirty months in prison for Biddlecombes

    A man and a woman have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for their role in the killing of Michael Beckwith.

    Triston and Enderlein Biddlecombe, from East Street, Harwich, were found guilty of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

    As we've reported, Rebecca Ryan and Scott Swift have been jailed for life for murder and Joseph Smith has been imprisoned for 12 years for manslaughter.

    More to follow.

  15. Snooker: Wilson leads Bingham - just

    Kettering's Kyren Wilson is leading Basildon's Stuart Bingham 8-7 as we come to the end of their morning session in Sheffield.

    The final session in their second-round match at the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible begins at 19:00.

    Wilson hit a 110 break with no response in the 10th frame. There's one frame of this session left.

    Follow the snooker results at BBC Sport.

  16. BreakingMichael Beckwith murder: Twelve years for Joseph Smith

    A teenager convicted for his role in the killing of Michael Beckwith has been jailed for 12 years.

    Joseph Smith, 18, of Canning Street, Harwich, was found guilty of manslaughter.

    As we just reported, Rebecca Ryan and Scott Swift have been jailed for life for murder.

    More to follow. 

  17. BreakingMichael Beckwith murder: Life imprisonment for Rebecca Ryan

    The former girlfriend of a murdered Harwich man has been sent to prison for life.

    Rebecca Ryan, 22, of Hilltop, Weeley, has been told been told she must serve a minimum of 17 years.

    Her co-defendant Scott Swift has also been jailed for life, and told he must serve at least 24 years.

    More to follow.