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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 11 August 2017
  2. Deep fat frying of chips returns to fire-hit pier
  3. Pygmy hedgehog found wandering and taken into care
  4. Essex Police makes 'progress' with custody facilities

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

  2. Weather: Dry night ahead

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

    There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

    The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

    Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, at J27 for M11.

    M25 Essex - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J27 M11, because of an earlier car fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M11 Essex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex southbound severe congestion, between J9 for A11 Saffron Walden and J8 for A120.

    M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A505 (Duxford).

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M11 Essex - Slow traffic on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  6. CCTV released after sex attack on woman

    Essex Police has published a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted following a night out in Chelmsford.

    Suspect caught on CCTV

    Police said she had become "poorly" and was accosted while sitting on a bench in Moulsham Street in the early hours of 10 July.

    The suspect left the scene after being challenged by the victim's friend.

  7. Chip shop allowed back on Southend Pier

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A chip hut's opened on Southend Pier - it's the first time since the 2005 fire that deep fat frying the potato delicacy has been allowed on the pier.

    Southend Pier

    Borough Councillor Ann Holland's told the BBC why it is now safe to do.

    "Safety precautions were put in place after the fire including a £2m sprinkler and we've co-ordinated with the emergency services," she said.

    "It will be nice to have a chip shop back on the pier."

    The council said cooking and smoking on the pier has been tightly regulated since 2005, and, although cooking does take place at the end of the pier, chips have been off the menu.

    No-one could remember whether Jamie Oliver cooked chips during his Channel 4 show Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, which was set in a pop-up cafe at the end of the pier.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, before J26 for A121.

    M25 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise before J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident involving a lorry and car.

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

  9. Video weather forecast: Mainly dry, but cloudy

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Sunshine this morning will give way to cloud and rain this evening across the BBC East region.

    The weekend will be cloudy, but dry with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

  10. Pygmy hedgehog found wandering in Chelmsford

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The RSPCA is appealing for help in finding the owner of an African pygmy hedgehog, which was found wandering along a road in Chelmsford.

    The hedgehog

    The animal was discovered in Baddow Road last week and is now being cared for by the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

    The hedgehog is said to be in good health, although overweight.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: A former gang member is warning youngsters not to make his mistakes

    Ex-gang member Gavin McKenna wants to prevent young people making the mistakes he did.

  12. Custody improvements by Essex Police, report says

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A new report has found that Essex Police is making progress in dealing with problems in handling people in custody.

    However, it says issues are still being seen in the number of children who are being held overnight.

    Essex Polcie HQ

    The Inspectorate of Prisons and the Inspectorate of Constabulary have published a joint report which has been looking into police custody.

    It's found that "progress was evident" after a critical study in 2013.

    The latest findings highlight several newer custody suites in the county, although the older sites "remain poor".

    It's also found that staff are continuing to treat detainees well and with sensitivity.

    However, concerns were raised about the force's IT system and that too many children were being held overnight when alternative accommodation should have been provided.

  13. Southend United including Wordsworth in squad

    BBC Sport

    Southend United will include Anthony Wordsworth in their squad to travel north ahead of the League One match at Rotherham tomorrow.

    Colchester United will check on the fitness of Tom Eastman before confirming their squad to face Stevenage in League Two tomorrow.

  14. Today's weather: Dry and bright

    BBC Weather

    It's due to be dry and sunny for most of the day, but there's a chance of it becoming cloudier later this afternoon with some patchy rain coming in from the west.

    Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

    For a full forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

    Sunrise at Felixtstowe
  15. Good morning

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Welcome back to Local Live across Essex.

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

    The full weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's another grey start to the day.

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  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, between J26 for A121 and J25 for A10.

    M25 Essex - Three lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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