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Live Reporting

Philippa Taylor

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We're heading off into the sunset for another week, but rest assured we'll be back raring to go again on Monday morning from 08:00.

    Scroll down to find out what's been happening in the county during the week, and don't forget, you can contact us with your thoughts or your stories by using the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

    Enjoy your weekend - we'll see you on Monday.

  2. Overnight weather: Misty in places with the chance of some light rain

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be thicker cloud and outbreaks of light rain and drizzle spreading eastwards through this evening and overnight.

    It'll turn misty in places, with light south to south-westerly winds.

    Temperatures under clear skies initially dropping to about 9C (48F), but by the end of the night everywhere will have risen back into double figures.

    Overnight weather map

    A grey and mild start to Saturday, with some patchy mist, rain and drizzle.

    As the day goes on, drier and brighter conditions should gradually spread northwards.

    Some northern parts of the region may hold on to some very patchy rain until late afternoon.

    Temperatures will range from 15C (59F), where we keep the cloud, to 19C (66F) in the best of any sunshine.

    Get a full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

  3. Council considers late night levy for bars in Colchester

    Councillors in Colchester are considering a late night levy on the town's bars in order to fund extra police officers.

    It means bars, clubs and shops that stay open late serving alcohol could pay more than £1,000 extra each year.

    Mike Lilley, the councillor in charge of public safety in the town, said: "There was an application last week from one of the bars that wanted to open until 04:30 in the morning.

    "We thought the police are really struggling with numbers, they haven't got enough to cope, we need to look at trying to get as much as possible to help them, so I've asked the officers to look at the late night levy and see if we can make it work."

    Golden Fleece pub Chelmsford

    Brett Sanders, manager of the Golden Fleece pub (above) in Chelmsford, where a similar scheme was introduced in 2014, said: "It would sound fantastic if the money went to the police and the police were promising to put police on the street.

    "In the case of Chelmsford, the police actually agreed to return the money to the council and let the council use the money how they saw fit, so therefore we didn't see any extra police on the street and I would question, the money raised, is that going to put police officers on the street? I would doubt it very much."

    A Chelmsford City Council spokesman said: "The late night levy has been used to fund the ongoing work of the medical triage team provided on Friday and Saturday nights by Open Road, the alcohol intervention provider for our area, to financially support the comprehensive CCTV service which the city centre benefits from."

    He added the money was also used for the introduction of the "Best Bar None initiative", which has seen "a reduction in crime for all accredited premises to date".

  4. Teenager dies after being struck by train at Ingatestone

    We've just been told that a 15-year-old boy died when he was struck by a train close to Ingatestone station.

    William Tweed from the town died yesterday afternoon.

    William Tweed

    British Transport Police officers were called to the line at 16:35 and attended alongside paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service.

    Specialist officers are supporting William's family and work is ongoing to establish how he came to be on the tracks.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1A for A282.

    M25 Essex - Delays on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise in Lakeside between J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 50 to 55 minutes. Congestion to J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout).

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

  6. Men arrested over cannabis plants released under investigation

    Five men arrested on Thursday after more than 1,000 cannabis plants were found in Wickford have been released under investigation.

    Police made the discovery at an address on Burnham Road, Battlesbridge just after 08:00.

    The men, aged 56, 51, 38, 36 and 33, were arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of the cannabis.

    Cannabis plants found in Wickford
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A12 Essex eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex eastbound severe accident, between J25 A120 Coggeshall Road and J26 A1124 Essex Yeomanry Way.

    A12 Essex - Very slow traffic on A12 eastbound in Eight Ash Green between J25, A120 (Marks Tey) and J26, A1124 (Eight Ash Green), because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  8. Greater Anglia apology as its communication criticised

    Greater Anglia has apologised after travellers criticised the rail operator for a lack of communication following an incident on the line near Ingatestone.

    Services to and from the capital were disrupted for about six hours yesterday afternoon after a person was struck by a train.

    Spokeswoman Kerri Worral said: "The staff on the trains should have been making regular announcements just to keep people informed of what was happening.

    "At the stations we have our customer information screens, they're a help-point, and at some stations we ask extra staff to go down to those stations to support the staff that are there.

    "I know staff on staff stations do everything they can to try and keep people informed, but when there's large volumes of people that can become more difficult."

    Greater Anglia train
  9. Holidaymaker relieved to be home after escaping Hurricane Irma

    A Braintree holidaymaker says he's relieved to be home after "out-running" Hurricane Irma in the US.

    Julian Albert had to drive thousands of miles to catch a re-arranged flight from New York City after Orlando Airport shut down.

    Hurricane in Florida

    He said it was traumatic: "You don't know what you're up against.

    "You don't know if you're going to be safe. You don't know how you're going to get home.

    "You have to put your health, your safety, before anything, no matter what the cost is, because it cost us a lot of money."

  10. Man in 'critical but stable' condition after falling from roof

    A man is being treated in hospital for multiple injuries after he fell from a roof in Clacton.

    The 34-year-old was reported to have been involved in a verbal confrontation with six or seven youths on Jackson Road at about 20:00 on Wednesday, police say.

    He ran off and is believed to have been followed by the group.

    He ran into an alleyway and on to the roof of a shopping parade, before falling from height.

    Det Sgt Richard Edwards said: "It is unclear how the man came to fall from the roof.

    "We are appealing for witnesses who saw this group of girls and boys, who were described as being aged in their teens or early 20s.

    "We also want to hear from anyone who saw what happened."

    Police say the man is in a "critical but stable" condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

  11. Today's weather: Dry with plenty of sun

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    After a rather cool start, today will be a dry day with plenty of sunshine around, although a bit more cloud will develop in the afternoon.

    Early patches of mist and fog should have gone by about 09:00.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  12. Good morning Essex

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to our live coverage - we're here until 18:00 to keep you updated on what's happening across the county.

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

    • A Braintree holidaymaker who's finally home after driving thousands of miles to 'out-run' Hurricane Irma
    • An investigation into an incident in Clacton which led to a man suffering multiple injuries after falling from a roof

    We'll start with the weather though, and I don't know about you, but it was pretty misty when I drove in this morning. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Adrian, whose photograph shows it was misty in Great Dunmow too.

    How long will it last? Elizabeth Rizzini will be here next with the day's prospects.

    Misty morning in Great Dunmow
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J26 for A121.

    M25 Essex - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down car.

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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Essex - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down box van. Traffic is coping well.

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