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Essex: Queen Elizabeth II bridge to close before midday

PUBLISHED: 11:03 23 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:04 23 December 2013

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The Queen Elizabeth II bridge near the Dartford tunnel will close today in anticipation of bad weather.

The bridge will close just before midday and is expected to remain shut for around 16 hours until 4am on Tuesday.

The tunnel will remain open, but congestion is expected. Police are advising motorists to avoid the Thurrock and Dartford areas of Essex and Kent.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Body positivity is a term that is bandied about a lot at the moment and that can make it sound flippant, unimportant and self indulgent, writes Kate Dickinson.

Major traffic disruption and storm damage is being reported across the region today as gusts of up to 80mph were recorded in Suffolk and north Essex.

A man suffered face and hand injuries when his car hit a tree on the A12 northbound in north Suffolk earlier today.

Multiple fire crews were at the scene of a blaze that started in a north Suffolk village this morning.

An MP has told parliament 20 people died in instances when ambulances arrived late to emergencies in East Anglia during a spell of intense pressure over the Christmas period.

A teacher training scheme in Colchester which works with dozens of schools in the area has been rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

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