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Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Monday's weather: Misty, murky, mild and muggy

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    Most places will have a dull and damp start, with cloudy skies and some light rain and drizzle.

    This afternoon will be drier and possibly brighter as some sunny spells start to develop.

    Top temperature: 20C (68F).

    Get a full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

    Sara Thornton with Monday's weather map
  2. Good morning Essex

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to our live coverage from across the county.

    Among the stories we'll be taking a closer look at:

    • Reports of a ram raid at a store in Earls Colne
    • A crash involving a pedestrian and a car in Stansted, which police say was "deliberate"

    But as ever, we'll start the day with a look at the weather prospects - is it going to stay grey all day?

    Sara Thornton will be here next to tell us all what's in store...

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1124 Essex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1124 Essex both ways severe disruption, between Burrows Road and Queen's Road.

    A1124 Essex - A1124 High Street in Earls Colne closed in both directions between the Burrows Road junction and the Queen's Road junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J29 for A127 and J28 for A12.

    M25 Greater London - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of flooding.

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

  5. Our live coverage this week

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from the Local Live teams for the week. We're now taking a break for the weekend and will return at 08:00 on Monday.

    We hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

    Whatever you're doing, we hope you have a great weekend.

  6. Video content

    Video caption: Hadleigh Farm rescue centre wants tortoises microchipped

    A rare breeds centre says microchipping "wandering" tortoises is a good idea to help locate them.

  7. Teenager charged with driving offences following police pursuit

    An 18-year-old man has been charged with six offences following a police pursuit on the outskirts of Ipswich yesterday.

    Shortly before 14:00 police tried to stop a blue Ford Focus near the junction of Main Road and Bell Lane, Kesgrave. It failed to stop and crashed with a police motorcycle.

    The car also caused damaged to a black BMW before it was stopped on Purdis Farm Lane.

    Two teenagers were arrested and an 18-year-old from north Essex has been charged with driving offences.

    A 17-year-old boy from the Saxmundham area has been released under investigation.

  8. Travellers served with court summons

    Travellers who set up camp on an overflow car park in Walton-on-the-Naze have been served with a court summons.

    The group was served with a "Direction to Leave" on Wednesday but remained on land at the Columbine Centre, owned by Tendring District Council.

    The group has been told it must leave or attend court on Monday.

    Summons served on travellers site
  9. Knife held to shopkeeper's throat during armed robbery

    A shopkeeper managed to escape unharmed after having a knife held to his throat during a robbery in Southend.

    Shortly after 02:00 two men entered Costcutter on London Road. They then threatened the shopkeeper while money was stolen from the till.

    Costcutter store in Southend

    The first suspect was described as white and he wore a blue converse hooded top, blue tracksuit trousers and grey trainers.

    The second suspect was also white and wore a cream hooded top with black sleeves and Adidas stripes, blue Adidas tracksuit trousers and blue shoes.

    Both men had pulled the hoods of their tops over their faces.

    Anyone with information has been asked to contact Essex police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

  10. Jury concludes prisoner 'died from natural causes'

    An inquest jury has concluded an inmate at Chelmsford Prison died of natural causes.

    John Ajidahun, from Grays, was found collapsed in his cell in September last year.

    The 27-year-old had a serious and rare heart disease. Jurors were asked to consider whether his death could have been prevented.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Andy Carroll robbery: Motorbike chase captured on camera

    The West Ham striker was chased by motorcyclists who had tried to rob him of his £22,000 wristwatch.

  12. The latest weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

    There'll be heavy showers this afternoon, mostly near the coast, with sunny spells in the west of the county.

    Feeling warm, with the mercury expected to rise to 20C (68F).

    BBC Weather has further details for you.

    Visit here to find out how you, too, can be one of our Weather Watchers - in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this selection of photos from around the county...

    Blue sky over harvested field, with a lone tree on the horizon
    Black grapes on vine leaves
    A view of a garden, with herbaceous border
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J27 for M11 and J26 for A121.

    M25 Essex - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  14. BBC Essex update

    There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

    Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

    We've still got problems with our 0300 200 4041 number, so it's best to text if you wish to contact us.

    A reminder of that number - 81333, and start your text with "Essex".