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  1. Updates for Friday, 5 January 2018

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  1. Colchester Council A-board ban is 'playing with our livelihoods'

    Colchester Gazette

    Businesses are set to stage a revolt against a “draconian” ban on advertising boards in Colchester town centre.

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    Severe accident: A130 Essex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A130 Essex southbound severe accident, between A13 London Road and B1014 Canvey Road.

    A130 Essex - A130 in North Benfleet blocked and very slow traffic southbound between Sadlers Farm Roundabout and Waterside Roundabout, because of an accident involving five vehicles.

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

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    Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, between J30 for A13 Lakeside and J29 for A127.

    M25 Essex - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J30, A13 (Lakeside) and J29, A127 (Romford), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Family of three forced to stay in hotel because of lack of social housing in London
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    Video caption: Ambulances filmed queueing outside Broomfield Hospital

    Ambulances were witnessed waiting to hand patients to the hospital.

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    Severe accident: A129 Essex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A129 Essex both ways severe accident, between Wash Road and Hanging Hill Lane.

    A129 Essex - A129 Rayleigh Road in Brentwood closed in both directions between the Wash Road junction and the Hanging Hill Lane junction, because of accident investigation work.

    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.

    M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

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    Severe disruption: A414 Essex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A414 Essex both ways severe disruption, between M11 J7 and Canes Lane.

    A414 Essex - A414 in Hastingwood closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Harlow and the Canes Lane junction.

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

  9. Rise in ambulance delays at A&E in the East of England

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Nearly 3,000 ambulance patients had to wait more than half an hour outside hospitals in the East of England between Christmas and New Year's Day, figures show.

    Of those, about a third were delayed for over an hour, waiting for A&E staff to become available, and preventing paramedics from attending other emergencies.

    Essex was the worst-affected county in the region with 827 ambulances having to queue outside hospitals, while there were 500 cases in Norfolk and 422 in Cambridgeshire.

    The worst individual hospitals were Broomfield in Essex with 243 delayed ambulances waiting to offload patients, Kettering General with 240 over the same period and Colchester with 233.

    Ambulance in transit.

    Across England as a whole there has been a sharp rise in the number of A&E patients facing delays on arrival in ambulances. Theresa May has apologised for the problem.

  10. Watch Graham Coxon perform a track for a lost friend

    The Line of Best Fit

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    Here's one you may have missed over the festivities but still well worth a watch if you get a quieter moment today.

    The Blur guitarist performed a live cover of a song by his friend and largely unknown songwriter Luke Daniel, who took his own life last year.

    Falling was released in December in support of The CALM Zone (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and it's absolutely beautiful.

    Watch the intimate gig, for The Line of Best Fit, above.

  11. Officers want to track down 'upskirting' suspect

    A man who used a camera to film up a woman's skirt on a train to Rayleigh is being sought by British Transport Police.

    It happened on a service between Liverpool Street and Rayleigh on 22 December between 12:35 and 13:15.

    Police said a passenger saw a man staring at a woman who then kept moving himself to look up her skirt by pretending to tie his shoe lace whilst bending down.

    As she stood up on arrival at Rayleigh, he positioned himself behind her and placed his head and a camera under her skirt to take a number of photos.

    Police want to speak to the man in the picture in connection with what happened.

    Man who allegedly filmed up woman's skirt