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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 December 2017

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Alex Lees has left Yorkshire for Durham

    As the 2018 county season draws toward its end, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours.

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    Severe disruption: A414 Essex eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A414 Essex eastbound severe disruption, between King Street and Rookery Road.

    A414 Essex - A414 Chelmsford Road in Norton Mandeville closed eastbound between the King Street junction and the Rookery Road junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  3. Woman hit by bus in Chelmsford

    Collision

    A pedestrian is in hospital after a being hit by a bus on New London Road, Chelmsford at just before 1500 on Friday.

    The woman, in her 30s, has been taken to Broomfield Hospital.

    The road is currently closed at the junction with Writtle Road and police are appealing for witnesses.

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    Video caption: Premature twin boys home for Christmas after 20-week hospital stay

    Twin boys who were born more than three months prematurely have finally made it home for Christmas.

  5. Miniature horse brings Christmas joy to hospital patients

    A tiny horse has been bringing festive cheer to Southend Hospital, where he's been visiting elderly patients with dementia.

    "Applause", as he's called, stands just 28 inches (71cm) high and is 14 years old.

    Applause the horse

    "He can be very mischievous at home, but put him next to a two-year-old child with a brain tumour or at a fundraiser with fire engine sirens going off, and he knows his job," said Amanda Poulton, the horse's owner from Alamanda Therapy Animals.

    Clinical development nurse Claire Buckell said: "In the past 'doggy therapy' has proved very positive, so when the opportunity came up to have a miniature horse we jumped at it.

    "Any change to the daily routine for people who are unwell can really make a difference and Applause had such a fantastic positive impact."

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    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206 affecting J29 for A127.

    M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and stop-start traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

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    Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex southbound severe accident, between J9 for A11 Saffron Walden and J8 for A120 affecting J10 for A505.

    M11 Essex - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Travel time is around 45 minutes. Congestion to J10, A505 (Duxford).

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

  8. Inquest opened into death of Braintree woman

    The inquest into the death of a woman, who was fatally stabbed in Braintree, has opened and adjourned.

    Suzanne Brown, 33, was found injured on the floor of a property in Mountbatten Court on Saturday.

    A provisional post mortem examination found she died from "stab wounds to the neck and chest."

    Jake Neate, 36, of Mountbatten Court has been charged with her murder and is due back in court in February.

    Suzanne Brown
  9. Bin man suffered fatal neck injury, inquest hears

    A bin man who was hit by a bin lorry in Chelmsford earlier this month died from a fatal neck injury, an inquest has heard.

    Father-of-three Steve Bishop, 37, died in Osea Way on 8 December.

    The hearing will be resumed at a later date.

    Steve Bishop
  10. Scunthorpe Utd boss Graham Alexander set to name Devonte Redmond in side

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    Video caption: Young Man Utd player could play due to Neal Bishop suspension
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    Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, before J8 for A120.

    M11 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M11 northbound before J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of a broken down car.

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