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By Philippa Taylor

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  1. Weather: Clear spells tonight, cloudy and breezy tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a fine end to today with sunny spells.

    There will be some clear spells overnight, but generally it will remain rather cloudy with the chance of rain by the end of the night. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain - some heavy - but it will become brighter later. Highs of 16C (43F).

    Get more where you live at BBC Weather.

  2. Man pleads not guilty to murder over Brentwood death

    A man has denied murder after a fatal assault in Brentwood.

    Dean Jose, 47, suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital five days later after being attacked outside a sports bar on Kings Road, on 28 August.

    A 23-year-old man was originally charged with grievous bodily harm over the offence, but that has been upgraded by the Crown Prosecution Service.

    He appeared at Basildon Crown Court earlier today to face the latest charge. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.

    He's next due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court towards the end of this month.

  3. Time to enjoy some photos from across the county

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    I hope you've managed to enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine we've seen during the day.

    Here's a couple of pictures from two of our BBC Weather Watchers...

    Seaspray in Frinton-on-Sea
    Trees in reflection in Roydon
  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, at J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock.

    M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

    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 - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident involving two motorcycles. Congestion to J7, A414 (Harlow).

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

  6. Purr-fect cast member needed for theatre production

    A theatre group in Westcliff-on-Sea is looking for a cat to star in its latest production.

    It's holding auditions for the role in the musical Curtains, which is taking place at the Palace Theatre next month.

    Palace Theatre

    Jimmy Allen, from the Players Theatre Company, said: "It has to be fairly calm and be able to be carried out of the orchestra pit and on to the stage for us.

    "There's no description in the script and we have a completely open mind.

    "Anybody that has a lovable cat that could fulfil our role would be more than welcome to apply to take part."

  7. Further arrest after three men stabbed

    We now know that two men in total have been arrested after a fight in Ipswich last night, which resulted in three people being taken to hospital with stab wounds.

    Cecilia Street

    Police were called just after 03:10 to reports that two men were involved in a fight in Cardinal Park with a group of other people surrounding them.

    During the incident, other people became involved, resulting in three men sustaining stab wounds. They were taken to hospital - one having suffered a potential punctured lung - but none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

    A 21-year-old man from the Colchester area has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, and a 19-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

    It's believed some of the parties involved were known to each other.

    Cecilia Street is currently closed and use of Wolsey Street (from Franciscan Way) is access only for buses and taxis to Cardinal Park.

  8. Plenty of tickets still available to see Nigel Farage

    A UKIP MEP says he's not surprised to hear that the party's former leader, Nigel Farage, has only sold a quarter of the available seats for an appearance at Clacton's Princes Theatre on Sunday.

    Just under 200 tickets have been sold so far.

    Nigel Farage

    UKIP held its one and only UK seat in Clacton between October 2014 and March 2017.

    Godfrey Bloom said: "To be honest it's not a bad showing to hear a politician, which you can hear for free on the television or on the radio.

    "I'm surprised anybody at all is prepared to pay £25 to listen to any politician.

    "I still do lots of after-dinner speaking and stuff, but if people are going to cough up 25, 30 or 40 quid they expect a three course meal to go with it."

    Mr Farage says he's expecting to sell hundreds more tickets for the event in the next few days.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J6 for M25 and J7 for A414.

    M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound between J6 M25 and J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an accident.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A120 Essex eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A120 Essex eastbound severe accident, between B1417 and A131.

    A120 Essex - A120 in Braintree closed and slow traffic eastbound between Felsted Turn Off and Panners Roundabout, because of an accident involving a tractor and a car.

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

  11. Today's weather: A chilly, sunny start

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    It's a rather chilly start, but there will be lots of blue sky and sunshine around today and the winds will be lighter than yesterday.

    It is due to stay dry, so should also feel very pleasant in the sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J1A for A206 and J31 for A1306.

    M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident involving a mini and lorry.

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

  13. Weather: A colder night...

    A fine sunny end to the day across the BBC East region, but isolated showers are possible, particularly in north east Norfolk.

    It'll be clear overnight with the risk of a touch of ground frost in sheltered spots as it dips to 5C (41F).

    Friday will have a cold start followed by sunny spells and the risk of showers feeding in across eastern parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

    The temperature will peak at 14C (57F).

    BBC East weather map
  14. Be prepared for flooding

    With strong winds forecast, and tides expected to be higher than usual, the Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings for Essex.

    High water is due at Clacton at 00:45, and waterside properties in Maldon and around The Hythe are at risk of flooding.

    Properties in West Mersea, including those on the holiday parks, are also at risk.

    Environment Agency flood map for Essex

    Flood alerts have been issued for other parts of the county, including from Clacton to the Colne and Blackwater estuaries.

    High tides at Southend, linked to spring tides, have put the coast from Fobbing to Purfleet, including Tibury, Grays and the Dartford Crossing at risk of flooding.

    A flood alert is also in force around Shoeburyness, the Crouch and Roach estuaries.

  15. Be prepared for flooding

    With strong winds forecast, and tides expected to be higher than usual, the Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Felixstowe and Bawdsey Quay.

    High water is due at 01:00 at Harwich, and could cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas.

    The areas most at risk are Bawdsey Quay and in front of the flood defences at Felixstowe Ferry.

    Environment Agency map showing areas at risk of flooding

    Flood alerts have been issued for other parts of the coast between Lowestoft and Bawdsey.

    The Tidal Deben Estuary is also at risk of minor flooding in low lying coastal areas, and a flood alert is in force from Felixstowe to Clacton, including the Orwell and Stour Estuaries.

    High waters at Great Yarmouth, which will restrict the normal drainage out to sea from the Broads has put the tidal River Waveney, from Ellingham to Breydon Water at risk of flooding.

  16. Easyjet invests in fourth aircraft at Southend Airport

    The airline Easyjet is adding a fourth aircraft to its fleet at Southend Airport.

    The Airbus A320 will come into service towards the end of July next year.

    Easyjet, which announced its summer schedule last week, says it expects to fly more than 500,000 passengers from the airport next year.

    Easyjet logo
  17. Greater Anglia investigation into 'breach of safety'

    Greater Anglia is investigating what the RMT Union is calling a serious breach of safety during a 24-hour strike on Tuesday.

    It happened at Ipswich station, where the union says two passengers got off a train on the wrong side because stand-in guards opened the wrong doors.

    Ipswich rail station

    The rail company says all staff manning trains that day had the proper training.

    RMT members are in dispute about the future provision of guards on trains.

    A second 24-hour walkout is under way today, following Tuesday's action.

    Greater Anglia says it will safely provide a full service on its network, which covers Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.