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  1. Updates on Friday, 21 July 2017
  2. 'Moving film' Dunkirk features Essex fish boat
  3. Jobs could be saved after Witham factory bought
  4. Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise
  5. Holiday flights from Stansted Airport

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By Nic Rigby

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Nic Rigby

BBC News

That's it for this week on Local Live: Essex.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

The latest regional weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia

A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Thousands rescued by armada of 'Little Ships'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The historic fishing boat from Essex which features in the new Dunkirk film first went over to Dunkirk in May 1940.

The Endeavour in the 1940s
The Endeavour Trust

The Leigh-on-Sea boat the Endeavour (pictured above in the 1940s) answered the call for boats and volunteer crews to help rescue more than 300,000 British and French soldiers from the beaches (pictured below) above after the German invasion of France saw the army cut off.

Skipper PO Halls and crews including James Stroud and Norman Ewing took part in Operation Dynamo on 31 May.

The Dunkirk beach in 1940
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The boat, which was built in 1926, joined over 800 craft, dubbed the "Little Ships", which helped bring 338,000 soldiers to Britain.

Charity the Endeavour Trust was set up in 2001 in order to restore and maintain the fishing boat and bring it back to its former glory.

Film Dunkirk features Essex fishing boat

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been covering the story of the historic fishing boat the Endeavour, from Leigh-on-Sea, which is featuring in a new World War Two film directed by Christopher Nolan (pictured bottom, with producer Emma Thomas).

Christopher Nolan/Warner Bros

The film (pictured above and below) tells the story of the mass evacuation of Allied troops from the northern coast of France in 1940.

Christopher Nolan/Warner Bros

It is seen as representing a gamble for the Hollywood studio Warner Bros, especially in relation to the US market where the target audience has little knowledge of the event.

Christopher Nolan/Warner Bros
Christopher Nolan with co-producer Emma Thomas
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The film has been getting glowing early reviews. Here are a selection:

  • The Guardian gives it five stars and calls it Nolan's "best film so far"
  • The Telegraph calls it "heart-hammering"
  • The Sun says Harry Styles is "remarkably confident and watchable"
  • Empire calls it "stunningly rendered and thunderously intense" and also gives it five stars

Transport in Chelmsford: 'We cannot continue upgrading junctions and roads'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

People in Chelmsford are being urged to have their say on plans for a major revamp of transport in the city.

Essex County Council has launched a six-week consultation into a series of proposals on upgrading road, bus, cycle and walking infrastructure.

Chelmsford Cathedral
Basher Eyre/Geograph

Deputy leader Kevin Bentley says they're investing millions to make improvements, so it's vital people give them their views.

He said: "Chelmsford roads are almost at capacity and we need to completely rethink how we travel.

"We cannot just continue to build new roads and upgrade junctions. That is why we have worked with our transport experts and local feedback to help create 30 solutions we believe can help keep Essex moving and support economic growth for residents and businesses.

"Please take five minutes out of your day check out the plans either online or at our consultation events and then give us your views on if they work for you.

"We are keen to ensure that we can deliver value for money on this £15m investment to help improve transport for everyone."

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From the archives: Model train at the Shrubbery in Southend 1964

Some 53 years ago this month, a photographer captured Joe Page at work painting a toy train in a fairyland setting in The Shrubbery at Southend-on-Sea in preparation for the switch-on at the end of that month.

July 1964: Joe Page at work painting a toy train in a fairyland setting in the Shrubbery at Southend-on-Sea in preparation for the switch-on at the end of July
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'Moving film' Dunkirk features Essex fish boat

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

A member of a charity which helped restore an historic fishing boat from Essex, which was involved in helping rescue British troops at Dunkirk, has spoken of the craft's involvement in a new film about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of troops from the beaches of north east France.

Paul Gilson

Paul Gilson (pictured above), of the Endeavour Trust, was one of three members who took the boat, the Endeavour (pictured bottom), to Dunkirk for the filming of scenes in the new Christopher Nolan film - called Dunkirk.

"It was an amazing experience and quite moving at times going on to the beach with the noise going on around," he said.

Warner Bros

Mr Gilson said the film (pictured above) is "pretty moving. I shed a couple of tears. It is hard-hitting and very different from any other film I have ever seen".

The Endeavour

Starry, starry night

Clear skies over Essex were captured in the north east of the county last night:

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, after J27 for M11 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise after J27 M11, because of a rolling road-block and an accident involving two cars, a lorry and a van. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Historic Essex boat stars in movie Dunkirk

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

An historic Essex fishing boat returned to the beaches of Dunkirk, more than 75 years after she took part in the World War Two operation to evacuate troops, to star in a film which celebrates the operation.

The Endeavour

The Endeavour (pictured above), from Leigh-on-Sea, was one of more than 800 "Little Ships" captained by civilians which helped rescue thousands of British soldiers.

The film Dunkirk, produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas (BBC video report below) is released today and features the Endeavour.

The boat has been restored by the Endeavour Trust.

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film reviewed

Holiday flights from Stansted Airport

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Air traffic controllers reckon more than two million Britons will be heading abroad this weekend at the start of the school summer holidays - with 136,000 flying out of Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport

Jamie Hutchinson, director of the National Air Traffic Control Service, said: "If you imagine airspace as the invisible motorway network in the sky, it has not been changed for decades and is not designed to deal with the two million flights [per year] we have in the UK.

"If we are to meet the demands for future growth - in the UK we are anticipating three millions flights by 2030 - we need to start making changes to airspace now."

Essex councillor welcomes new Lib Dem leader

There's an Essex welcome to new Lib Dem leader from the leader of the party on Chelmsford City Council.

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MP pleased Essex hospitals' plan dropped

The Conservative MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, is pleased major NHS restructuring plans have been dropped.

Yesterday we reported that health bosses in Essex have decided not to go ahead with plans which campaigners argued would have downgraded two accident and emergency departments.

They were thinking about turning Basildon into the main A&E centre, while Broomfield and Southend hospitals would have dealt only with specialist emergencies, such as burns at Broomfield.

Under a revised plan, all three hospitals will keep their A&E departments - with patients being taken to their nearest - and they would each offer a wide range of specialist treatments.

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From the archives: Sculptor Epstein at Epping Forest in 1930

Some 87 years ago a photographer took this picture of sculptor Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) with his daughter in Epping Forest, Essex.

July 1930: Sculptor Jacob Epstein (1880 - 1959) with his daughter in Epping Forest, Essex
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New boy from Essex speaks in Commons

Clacton's new MP Giles Watling has given his maiden speech six weeks after he replaced UKIP's Douglas Carswell as the constituency's representative in the Commons:

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Buy out firm values skills of Essex plant's workforce

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We reported earlier that Liberty House Group had bought up Amtek's plants in Witham and the West Midlands.

Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of the Liberty House Group said: "Despite current challenges, this operation is a valuable asset and a vital part of the UK and EU automotive supply chain.

"We are very pleased to use our resources and extensive experience in the automotive sector to rescue this enterprise and enable it to recover and reach its true potential.

"We greatly value the specialist skills of the workforce and we will be working closely with them and with key customers to get the business back on a sound footing."

Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Most parts of the BBC East region should see a dry day with sunny spells.

Cloud may thicken later, with the chance of a few showers for some.

Temperatures will reach 23C (73F).

BBC Weather will have more details for where you are.

Jobs could be saved after Witham factory bought

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Engine component plants in Essex and the West Midlands, in the hands of administrators, have been bought by the Liberty House Group in a deal which aims to save about 550 jobs.

Amtek, Witham

Liberty has bought the trade and assets of Amtek Aluminium Castings (Witham) Limited and King Automotive Systems Limited (Amtek UK) for an undisclosed sum from administrators PwC.

Amtek UK, which supplies major vehicle manufacturers, has two plants in the West Midlands and one at Witham in Essex.

The business manufactures aluminium die castings and undertakes a range of processes including machining, assembly and testing of parts used in engines.

Almost all of its products go directly to leading vehicle manufacturers across the EU.

Good morning Essex

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday's live updates for Essex. We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

We'll be bringing you news about a Witham engine component being bought up with jobs saved.

A full regional weather forecast is alos on the way...

Severe disruption: A282 Kent northbound

BBC News Travel

A282 Kent northbound severe disruption, between M25 J1A and M25 J31.

A282 Kent - Two lanes closed on A282 northbound in Dartford between Swanscombe and the M25 J31 junction, because of emergency repairs.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's it for Thursday's live updates for Essex.

You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed, including:

  • Plans to 'downgrade' two A&E units scrapped
  • Phone charger warning after house fire in Billericay
  • Man arrested after A12 crash
  • Couple reach settlement with hospitals over baby deaths
  • New trans-Atlantic flights for Stansted

Any breaking stories will appear on this page overnight and we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

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Weather: A dry night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day with some late sunshine across the BBC East region.

It'll stay dry overnight with temperatures dropping to 9C (48F).

Weather grahic for Friday afternoon

Tomorrow will be fine and dry, with sunny spells. Cloud will increase later, with outbreaks of rain overnight, heavy at times.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

New trans-Atlantic flights for Stansted

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A Danish airline is opening a base at Stansted Airport and will run direct flights to New York and Boston.

The new services from Primera Air will begin in April 2018, and the company says it will announce another trans-Atlantic route by the end of the summer.

Stansted Airport.
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Stansted's chief executive Andrew Cowan said: "We know from our customers that there is enormous demand for flights to New York and Boston from London and the east of England, so the arrival of Primera Air is fantastic news for both business and leisure passengers."

Your pictures: Cloudy skies

BBC Weather Watchers

OK, so this morning looked more like November than July, but our BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of it by capturing some moody shots of the county:

Cloudy skies in Holland-on-Sea.
Cloudy skies in Saffron Walden.
Cloudy skies in Tiptree Heath.
Cloudy skies in Great Leighs.

Plans to 'downgrade' two A&E units scrapped

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Health bosses in Essex have decided not to go ahead with plans which campaigners argued would downgrade two accident and emergency departments.

They were thinking about turning Basildon into a specialist A&E centre, redirecting ambulances which would previously have gone to Broomfield and Southend hospitals.

Under a revised plan, all three hospitals would keep their A&E departments - with patients being taken to their nearest - but would each offer a wider range of specialist treatments.

Entrance to Basildon Hospital.

At the moment some patients are transferred to the relevant specialist centre - for example, those with severe burns go to Broomfield - and doctors are now looking at whether this can be expanded to cover more medical conditions.

Clare Panniker, chief executive of Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals, said: "We have discussed with staff and local people the benefits of one hospital, possibly Basildon, providing the most serious emergency treatment.

"But, in the feedback from over 100 local discussion events, we have heard very clearly that some people have significant concerns about all ‘blue light’ ambulances going straight to Basildon.

"We have been thinking how we could address these concerns, and still improve patient care with different specialist teams across our three hospital sites and the separation of planned and emergency care."

Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, between J8 for A120 and J7 for A414.

M11 Essex - One lane closed on M11 southbound between J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J7, A414 (Harlow), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

A12 fully reopens after early morning crash

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Some good news after this morning's crash on the southbound A12 near Chelmsford.

One lane was closed at about 05:45 - causing delays of up to two hours - but has now reopened.

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Man arrested after A12 crash

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man has been arrested after a crash on the A12 near Chelmsford this morning resulted in "severe delays" of up to two hours.

A Nissan Terrano, which was towing a caravan, overturned on the southbound carriageway between junctions 17 and 18, at about 05:45.

A large amount of oil leaked from the car and spread across the road, and one lane is still closed for cleaning.

Essex Police said a 49-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of driving a car while unfit through drink or drugs, careless driving and failing to stop.

He's been taken to hospital in Chelmsford with minor injuries.

Google map showing congestion after accident on A12.
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Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of people slowing to look at an accident involving a car and lorry. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

T20 Blast cricket: Fourth defeat for Essex

Glenn Speller

BBC Essex sport

A fourth defeat from five games has left Essex with a mountain to climb if they're to qualify for the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast.

They lost by 10 runs to Surrey at The Oval last night.

Kevin Pietersen (pictured) made a half century for the home side and Essex failed to chase down their victory target of 151, falling short on 140-7.

They host Hampshire tomorrow night.

Kevin Pietersen.
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Couple reach settlement with hospitals over baby deaths

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A couple whose twin babies died have said it should never have taken five years for three hospitals to agree compensation.

Elizabeth and Jon Dunks' two daughters were delivered by caesarean section 27 weeks into the pregnancy.

Prior to that, Mrs Dunks raised concerns her waters had broken but they were dismissed by medical experts at Basildon, Southend and Kings College Hospitals.

Babies Eliza and Beth died when their life support machines were turned off at just six days old in 2012.

Their case has just been settled at the High Court.

But Mrs Dunks said it didn't need to get to that stage: "Waiting two years extra when they had all the evidence they had - to go to the Royal Courts of Justice in London and to put our family through going there as witnesses - it was extremely stressful.

"I could have had IVF in that time. Two years ago could have made a tremendous amount of difference for me to try and get pregnant again."

Elizabeth and Jon Dunks with their two babies.
Family photo

In a joint statement, the hospitals said: "The terms of the settlement are confidential to the parties and it would be inappropriate to comment in any detail.

"The claim has been compromised with no admissions of liability at a significant discount in respect of damages and legal costs to reflect the uncertainties for both sides in presenting their cases to the court.

"We would like to express our sincere sympathy to Mrs Dunks and her family. The death of loved ones is a cause of great sadness in any circumstance."

Severe accident: A12 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Essex southbound severe accident, between J18 A414 Maldon Road and J17 A1114 Great Baddow Bypass affecting J20A B1137.

A12 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A12 London-bound in Sandon between J18, A414 (Danbury) and J17, A1114 (Howe Green), because of an accident involving a car towing a caravan which has overturned, an oil spillage and central reservation barrier damage. Travel time is one hour. Congestion to J20a, B1137 (Hatfield Peverel South).

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident.

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

Phone charger fire warning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

This is the aftermath of a fire at a house, which was caused by a phone charger bought online.

Martin Warner, who was at his home in Billericay at the time of the fire on Tuesday, said: "The smoke alarm went off and I noticed a smell.

"I ran up the stairs and my son's bedroom was on fire - there were about six or seven fires dotted around the room."

Fire at house.

The charger was bought for £15 on Amazon, which says it's investigating and is trying to contact the manufacturer.

Neil Fenwick, head of community safety at Essex Fire Service, said: "Chargers should have a 'CE' mark which indicates they comply with European standards.

"If a product is running hot or showing signs of scorching, stop using it.

"Don't overload sockets and don't charge things overnight."

Thursday's weather: Continuing unsettled

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's fairly cloudy this morning with some showers as well, fairly heavy at times, perhaps thundery.

They'll be moving off to the north east, taking most of the cloud with them. The further west you are, the more chance you've got of seeing some sunny spells by the end of the day.

Temperatures up to about 19C (66F).

Watch my full forecast for the BBC Eastern region here:

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Thursday's live updates for Essex on 20 July.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

It's been a cloudy and damp start for many of us - a full forecast is coming up shortly.

Rain in Canewdon.

You can get in touch at any time via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Severe accident: A12 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Essex northbound severe accident, between J26 A1124 Essex Yeomanry Way and J28 Axial Way.

A12 Essex - A12 Colchester Bypass closed northbound between J26, A1124 (Eight Ash Green) in Colchester and J28, Axial (Colchester United Football Ground) in Great Horkesley, because of an accident.

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

Kevin Pietersen

Steve Marshall

BBC Sport

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