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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 May 2017
  2. Hospitals IT systems affected by cyber attack
  3. Man, in 70s, dies after car mounts pavement in St Osyth
  4. Man denies murdering Bulgarian teenager
  5. World War One rescue celebrated at airfield
  6. Chelmsford flyover 'very safe'
  7. Airport X-ray machine failure was 'isolated incident'

Live Reporting

By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for another week from the BBC Local Live: Essex team.

    Scroll down for today's news, highlights of which include:

    • Pedestrian in his 70s killed after a car leaves the road in St Osyth
    • Man appears in court to plead not guilty to murdering a Bulgarian teenager in Rettendon
    • Cyber attacks affect Essex hospitals

    Our regular updates resume on Monday at 08:00. Have a great weekend.

  2. Man dies in car crash on Canvey

    Essex Police say a 69-year old man has died after his car crashed into a wooden fence on Canvey Island.

    His orange Daewoo Matiz went off Central Wall Road at about 14:30 on Thursday.

    The man was taken to Basildon Hospital, but couldn't be saved.

    Police said no other vehicles were involved, but they're appealing for witnesses on 01245 240590.

  3. NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

    "It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

    "Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

    "It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

    "The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

    An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

  4. General election 2017 nomination papers in

    With all the general election 2017 candidates' nominations papers in, we've collected together links to where you can find full information from the returning officers in the 18 Essex constituencies:

    The election takes place on Thursday, 8 June.

  5. Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

    Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

    Overnight weather map

    It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

    The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

  6. NHS cyber attacks affecting Essex hospitals

    NHS hospitals across the UK have been hit by cyber attacks affecting their IT systems.

    Among those affected elsewhere are the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and hospitals in Blackburn, Blackpool, Nottingham and Carlisle.

    In Essex, Colchester General and Broomfield in Chelmsford has confirmed they are affected. Southend said it was not directly affected, while other hospitals were still checking.

  7. Colchester A&E advises patients to only arrive for emergencies

    Colchester General Hospital in Essex is asking patients not to come to its accident and emergency department and is postponing all non-urgent procedures for the rest of the day.

    It's due to the cyber-attack on NHS IT systems across the UK.

    Colchester is still open for 999 emergencies.

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  8. From the archives: New domes market unveiled at Pitsea 1969

    Some 48 years ago this month, the new futuristic market at Pitsea, near Basildon - which comprises of four plastic-covered domes made of steel-pipe, each dome housing 52 stalls - was photographed.

    Pitsea domes

    The temporary new market place was constructed, with domes built in Sweden, when a flyover took the place of the old one.   

    The domes were taken down towards the end of the 1970s after the market moved to a new site.

  9. House destroyed by fire in Downham

    A house has been destroyed by a fire in the village of Downham near Chelmsford. Crews were called to School Road just after 11:00.

    An investigation's started to try and work out what caused it. There are no reports of any injuries. 

  10. Fatal crash in St Osyth

    Here is a picture of the crash in St Osyth yesterday afternoon, which killed a man who was on the pavement outside The Hoy pub.

    Floral tributes to the victim, who was in his 70s and has been named locally as Ron Ramsey, have been left outside the pub today.

    St Osyth pub crash

    A 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital with what Essex Police called "serious, but not life-changing, injuries".

    She was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is in police custody.

  11. Forklift truck raiders rip out cash machine in Manningtree

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Raiders have ripped a cash machine out of a bank in Manningtree using a forklift truck.

    Damage caused by theft of cash machine in Manningtree

    Officers are investigating the theft at NatWest, at the junction of High Street and Brook Street, which happened at about 02:10 today.

    A number of suspects wearing balaclavas were reported to have been seen to use a forklift truck to create a hole in the wall.

    The cash machine was then pulled from the building.

    Police chased three vehicles, which were seen travelling along Clacton Road into Dead Lane, Lawford.

    These vehicles - a Toyota pick-up truck, a blue Audi and a black Ford Fiesta – were believed to be driven by the suspects.

    Following this pursuit the Toyota pick-up truck and Fiesta were recovered, however the suspects made off in the blue Audi.

    Site of theft

    An Audi was later discovered in Wyncolls Road, Colchester and had been set alight.

    The forklift was found in School Lane, Lawford, while the cash machine was found near to the Toyota, which had been abandoned.

    Witnesses reported descriptions of two suspects, however due to the number of vehicles involved in the pursuit, it is believed there were more. 

    One man was described as white, and was wearing a plain hoodie and jeans. 

    The other man was described as stocky, and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms. 

    Remains of machine
  12. Symptoms 'not picked up' at Harlow hospital

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been reporting the story of the Essex teenager who was left with irreversible brain damage caused by negligence at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital when she was 13 months old...

    The girl's frantic mother told the Civil Appeal Court in London that her daughter's eyes were rolling as she was rushed to hospital by ambulance in September 2003.

    Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital

    But, after she arrived in A&E, the doctor failed to ask an "obvious question" - why the child had been brought to hospital in the early hours of the morning - and so did not learn of the symptoms of the eyes rolling.

    The girl's damages claim was rejected by a judge in 2015, but the Court of Appeal today reversed that decision and ruled the trust liable.

    Lady Justice Thirlwall, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Mrs Justice King, said: "The conclusion that the history-taking was not carried out to the standard to be expected of a competent senior house officer is inevitable."

    Lord Justice Jackson said: "History-taking is a basic skill which hospital doctors at all levels are expected to possess.

    "The fact that the girl's eyes had been rolling and unco-ordinated was the event that precipitated the hospital visit. The ambulance staff picked this up."

    "I must acknowledge that junior hospital doctors work long hours under considerable pressure. 

    "They are often involved in life and death decisions. "

  13. Essex teenager wins damages from Harlow hospital

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    An Essex teenager, who was left with irreversible brain damage after battling meningitis, has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation from the NHS.

    Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital

    The High Court judges ruled that the 14-year-old's injuries were caused by the negligence of a hard-pressed young doctor at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

    The 25-year-old medic had failed to take a proper medical history before discharging the girl home with a suspected upper respiratory tract infection.

    The girl, who was a 13-month-old baby at the time, was left with learning difficulties and profoundly deaf, London's Civil Appeal Court heard.

    Today's ruling means she is entitled to massive compensation from the NHS trust which runs the hospital.

  14. Despite overnight rain, the dry spell continues

    After one of the driest Aprils - just 41% of the monthly average rainfall - it was refreshing to see that rain has fallen overnight.

    But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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  15. Floral tributes at St Osyth pub crash site

    Floral tributes have been laid outside The Hoy pub in St Osyth, where a man in his 70s died following a road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

    Floral tributes

    Essex Police said a car mounted the pavement and struck a pedestrian who died at the scene.

    A 36-year-old woman is in hospital and she has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

    The police said there had been some structural damage to the pub.

    The Hoy pub, St Osyth after being hit by a car
  16. Four month wait for lung cancer scan result, says Billericay man

    A man from Billericay talks about the four-month wait he had to find out that he had lung cancer:

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  17. Woman arrested after pedestrian killed in St Osyth crash

    A pedestrian, in his 70s,  has died following the road crash in St Osyth which we mentioned earlier.

    Site of crash in St Osyth

    Essex Police say a Volkswagen estate car left Clacton Road, hitting the pensioner and colliding with a pub (pictured before the incident) at about 16:20 on Thursday.

    A 36-year-old woman from the Clacton area was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-changing, injuries.

    She was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.