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Dispersal order set up in Southend

A dispersal order has been put in place in Southend town centre to tackle anti-social behaviour, police said.

It started at 12:00 on Saturday and runs until 12:00 on Monday.

A police spokesman said: "It is in response to an increase in disorder within the town centre in the last 10 days linked to groups of young people.

"Much of this disorder has been focused on the High Street and officers have engaged with these groups."

The boundaries of the dispersal order area are Wilson Road, Cambridge Road, Avenue Road to the west; London Road and Queensway to the north; Queensway and Southchurch Avenue to the east; and Eastern Esplanade, Marine Parade, and Western Esplanade to the north.

Tourist office closures costing 11 jobs

Tourist information centres in Lavenham and Stowmarket are due to shut with the loss of 11 jobs, it has been announced.

Lavenham tourist office

The closures will happen at the end of this summer season.

Odeon cinema to become evangelical church as congregation grows

The derelict former Odeon cinema in St Margaret's Street, Ipswich, could soon have a new lease of life as a church.

A formal application has been made for a change of use by the Hope Church currently based at Fore Hamlet in the town.

Former Odeon cinema

Mike Cook, from the Ipswich Society, says the plans make sense as the Hope Church, part of the Evangelical Alliance which has 600 member churches, is growing.

"Formerly the Orwell church, the Hope has an attendance of 320 adults and 100 children at its two Sunday services.

"It needs a larger auditorium and the former cinema will be able to provide that," he said.

Ten schools opting for academy status win government approval

Ten Suffolk primary schools could become academies after winning approval from the Department for Education.

Helmingham Community Primary School, Shotley Community Primary School, Stutton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School and All Saints Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in Newmarket are converting already.

All Saints will join the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust in July while Stutton will be run by ASSET Education from June. Trusts for Helmingham and Shotley have not yet been disclosed. August is the proposed date for Shotley to be run as an academy.

Four Church of England schools - Stradbroke, Fressingfield, All Saints in Laxfield and St Peter and St Paul in Eye, as well as Wortham Primary School on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and Woods Loke Primary School near Lowestoft have all opted for academy status and have begun conversion and are searching for sponsors.

New Starbucks and filling station proposed for A14 near Ipswich

The Orwell Crossing Lorry Park on the A14 near Ipswich could get a new drive-through Starbucks after plans were lodged by developers – and long term plans aim to establish a petrol station there too.

The services, located on the eastbound carriageway near Nacton, is the proposed site for the coffee shop in a plan lodged by Orwell Truck Stop Ltd.

The plans were lodged at the beginning of the month and they are currently in the consultation phase, with a Suffolk Coastal District Council planning decision expected in May or June.

Chris Roberts from Orwell Truck Stop Ltd said: "We see that Felixstowe is the major port for the UK – particularly post-Brexit – and the roads are going to get busier so these offerings are required more and more.

“Lots of people particularly like Starbucks. We have a cafe but I think people will like the chilled out area and the outdoor seating."

The plans signal the latest in a string of development plans in the area, after a section of 26 hectares behind the truck stop had been eyed for development into a new business park.

The plan proposes to use the existing entrance for the Orwell Crossing cafe to access the park, which Mr Roberts believes will bring in the region of 1,500 jobs on the site, and improvements at junctions 57 and 58.

That proposal is expected to go before planning committee in May.

Plan aims to safeguard Lowestoft's history

Lowestoft’s historic buildings will get a new lease of life and a regular market will be restored as part of plans to safeguard the town’s history.

North Lowestoft and the waterfront
Mike Page

North Lowestoft was awarded Heritage Action Zone status by Historic England in 2017, which will allow renovation and regeneration work to take place to bring neglected historic buildings back to life and unlock economic and visitor potential.

A draft action plan has been drawn up and among the measures proposed are the return of a regular market and hosting cultural events for both visitors and locals.

The action plan focuses on the medieval High Street, the steep cliff paths known as Scores, the historic smokehouse, and the Victorian parks.

Waveney’s cabinet will decide whether to adopt the plan on Wednesday, which is recommended for approval.

Hunt for 'psychopath' animal killer spreads to Bedfordshire

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An investigation is under way in Bedfordshire following the deaths of three pet animals in the past six months.

Police have promised they would be "keeping tabs on your tabby" under a new probe - Operation Cosmic.

The force has been contacted by people concerned about fatal attacks on cats and other pets around the M25.

Northants Police
Rusty, a one-year-old cat, was mutilated and left on the doorstep of its owner's home in Northampton

The so-called M25 cat killer is believed to have slaughtered around 400 cats and small animals, leaving their bodies in plain sight in order to "horrify" people.

Police said they were hunting a "psychopath" who kills the animals with a blunt force before mutilating them.

Operation Cosmic will investigate links between the deaths of two cats and a rabbit across Bedfordshire.

Herts Police
The death of Taz, whose body was found in his owner's Hertfordshire garden, is one of many linked to the same killer

Other forces - in London, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire - have their own operations related to the killing of pets.

Norwich's Sainsbury Centre turns 40

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Andy Crouch

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - the first public building designed by architect Norman Foster - is 40 years old on Saturday.

The gallery was first conceived after Sir Robert Sainsbury, grandson of the supermarket founder, and his wife donated their art collection to the University of East Anglia in Norwich in 1973.

The gallery said hundreds of thousands of people have visited the centre on the UEA campus in the past four decades and it was marking the milestone with a "fitting" retrospective exhibition on architecture called Superstructures.

Ipswich man bailed in Stowmarket rape case

A man arrested in connection with a rape in Stowmarket has been released on bail.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman, reported to officers she was sexually attacked in the area of the recreation ground at about 02:00 on 1 April.

Suffolk Police said the 45--year-old man from Ipswich has been released on police bail until 1 May.

CCTV images from Eye Town Hall burglary investigation

CCTV images have been released in connection with a burglary and vandalism at a town hall.

Vandals attacked and slashed four paintings during the break-in at Eye Town Hall overnight over the Easter weekend.

CCTV images from outside Eye town hall
Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police said officers want to speak to the man captured on CCTV.

It said the man was wearing baggy trousers and a coat with a florescent logo, he was captured outside the front steps of the town hall on Sunday at about 22:20 and was seen leaving the area at about 22:45.

The slashed paintings
Eye Town Council
Before and after photos of one of the damaged paintings

Calls for ban on goldfish as prizes at Pleasure Beach

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A petition is calling for a fairground to stop giving away goldfish as prizes.

Live fish are among the prizes at the hook-a-duck stall at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.

As reported in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, the online petition by Emily Burrows of Norwich claims prize-winners have no idea how to care for the fish, which become "easily stressed and may even die from changes in water temperature or oxygen starvation".

It has attracted more than 1,200 signatories.

Albert Jones, managing director of the Pleasure Beach, said the practice was not illegal and it provided small tanks, food and care instructions. Children had to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and fish could be collected before the journey home, [or] on another day, he added.

"We have taken advice from a local pet shop and it is no different to how they sell their goldfish," he said.

"This is something we only had good feedback on and have people travel down just to win."

New walk-in health centre planned for Bedford

Bedford Borough councillors have said they are welcoming a proposal from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) for a new walk-in health centre at Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road, which will retain the offered at the Putnoe Medical Centre, once that shuts.

Putnoe Medical Centre
Philip Jeffrey/Geograph

Putnoe was due to close in March but will continue to operate until 30 September as its contract was extended to allow more time for a new urgent treatment centre to be set up.

The development of the £1m service will mirror the current Putnoe hours and delivery model. BCCG has said it will provide a medium-term solution from 1 October.

Labour councillor Anthony Forth called it "real progress" for all those who had campaigned for a walk-in centre.

"It would be even better news if this was announced as a long-term measure by BCCG but given the continued underfunding of the NHS by central government, I understand that this would be difficult to guarantee," he said.

The leader of the Conservative group, Stephen Moon, called it "good news" to "be applauded".

Dr Sanjay Sharma, Urgent Care Clinical Lead for BCCG said it is committed to "involving local people" and will continue to engage with the community.

Rickshaw plans approved for Suffolk towns

Councillors have approved plans to allow motorised tuk-tuks and cycle rickshaws in all but one town in north east Suffolk.

Southwold and a rickshaw

The scheme was supported by Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Lowestoft, but Southwold said it did not want "any such vehicles to operate within the town".

Approving the plans, Waveney District Council's licensing committee amended the proposals to allow passengers to travel at the front of pedal-powered rickshaws, as requested by a charity.

The same proposals will go before Suffolk Coastal District Council's licensing and health committee on 24 April, which covers towns including Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Leiston, Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Kesgrave and Framlingham.

Surgery after stomach stabbing

A man needed surgery after he was stabbed in the stomach following a row on a Northampton town centre bus.

Police have released CCTV footage in a bid to track down two men wanted in connection with the stabbing outside Steffans Jewellers between 20:45 and 21:05 on Tuesday.

CCTV image
Northamptonshire Police

The 25-year-old victim is believed to have been in some sort of altercation with two other men while travelling into town on the Number 1 bus from the east of Northampton.

When he got off the bus, he was followed and a further verbal row ensued after which he was stabbed in the stomach.

The offenders then ran back up Wellingborough Road.

CCTV image
Northamptonshire Police
CCTV image
Northamptonshire Police

The first offender, who is believed to have stabbed the victim, was white, in his early 20s, slim and about 5ft 7in. He was wearing a light-coloured top with the hood up under a black jumper and black trousers.

The second man was white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 8in with short dark hair. He was wearing a black jumper and light-coloured joggers.

Fulbourn High Street closed after Co-op ram raid

A white Land Rover Discovery was driven into the Co-op in Fulbourn near Cambridge in the early hours of this morning.

Cambridgeshire Police said four people wearing masks and dark clothes left the car and stole the cash box from a cash machine within the shop.

Co-op in Fulbourn

Officers were called to the scene at 02:18.

The High Street was closed and police are appealing for information.

Police cordon, High Street, Fulbourn

'Agitated' man placed items on railway at Braintree

CCTV image of a man police want to speak to
British Transport Police

Police have issued a CCTV image of an "agitated" man they would like to speak to in connection with a trespassing incident at an Essex railway station.

British Transport Police say that shortly before 07:00 on Sunday, 1 April, the man was in a waiting room at Braintree Freeport station when he started punching windows and walls, before pulling a bin from a wall and throwing it on the floor.

The red-haired man, who was wearing a dark red long-sleeved top, black trousers and white trainers later walked onto the tracks and in the direction of Cressing station.

Officers believe he then placed a piece of railway equipment over the tracks, causing extensive delays to trains.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the British Transport Police or Crimestoppers.

Cyclist dies two days after collision in Norwich

Aylsham Road at junction with Glenmore Gardens

A cyclist has died after he was hit by a car in Norwich.

The man, who was in his 30s, was on Aylsham Road, near Mecca Bingo, when he collided with a black Audi Q7 at about 16:00 on Tuesday.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with life-threatening injuries and died on Thursday.

Norfolk Police said a man, also in his 30s, has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, drug-driving and dangerous driving.

He been released under investigation.

New support for crime victims launched

A new victim support hub has been opened by Bedfordshire Police.

The Signpost Hub has taken over from Victim Support to look after those affected by crime.

The Signpost Hub

The force said it will be a "one-stop shop" offering practical and emotional support, help for witnesses through the court process, and referrals to specialists.

Kathryn Holloway, Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We are aiming to transform the service for victims... the most important thing is we are aiming to contact those individuals within 24 hours of crime.

"Every police officer who encounters somebody who's been affected by crime is required to put in an initial victim needs assessment so they can directly refer those individuals into the Signpost Hub.

"You can receive absolutely free, impartial and confidential advice.

"You are not speaking to police officers and there is no pressure on you to report to police."

Speed camera volunteers experience praise and abuse on road

Robby West

BBC Look East

A group of community volunteers who operate a speed camera patrol in partnership with Essex Police claim they receive abuse from drivers on a daily basis.

The volunteers cover busy stretches of road near Harwich and while many people applaud them for trying to slow down the traffic, others hurl insults.

Speed cameras

The group is led by Dave Blackiston, a former police officer, who said he had seen how speeding can tear apart families.

"I was on duty in the early morning when a young soldier was knocked down and killed and speed was a major factor," he said.

"I had to tell his family he would not be home for Christmas.

"Many drivers break the 30mph limit in built up areas as our camera shows."

Camera speed screen

When drivers are caught above 36mph, the team records the vehicle's details on dictaphone for the police who send a warning letter explaining the dangers of speeding.

Fire crews called to 'chemical incident' in Ipswich

Fire crews were called to a "chemical incident" in Ipswich tonight.

Six fire appliances were sent to Reavell Place just before 21:45, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said.

An eyewitness said an ambulance had also attended the incident.

"We are witnessing it now," the onlooker said. "I'm not quite sure what's happening but there's a number of fire engines and an ambulance.

"Five firefighters, one of which has breathing apparatus, [have been] standing outside some flats.

"There doesn't appear to be an actual fire, however."

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the incident was ongoing.

Fire engine near flats

Delays on Beccles bell tower repairs bust budget by £25,000

The budget to renovate St Michael's Bell Tower in Beccles has been overspent by £25,000.

Masonry falling from the historic tower owned by Waveney District Council sparked the need for urgent work and a conservation surveyor estimated costs at £70,000 for vital stonework and roof repairs.

St Michael's Bell Tower

A 15-week contract with a budget of almost £98,000 was awarded to Universal Stone but a report prepared for Waveney District Council's cabinet next week has revealed the final handover was only completed on 29 March - weeks after it was due to be finished, and the final cost will be around £123,000.

The council said the roofing work was the biggest delaying factor, with the original roof lead specification being incorrect, prompting work to start eight weeks late, and poor weather further delayed work.

Additional costs also came from the extended period for which scaffolding was needed. The council's report said the additional money will come out of the estates capital budget.

100 homes approved for Stowupland, but Bacton plan on hold

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build 100 homes in Stowupland have been approved – but proposals for 50 properties on the former Bacton Middle School site have been deferred.

Site for proposed homes in Stowupland
Mid Suffolk District Council

Mid Suffolk District Council’sdevelopment control committeemet to discuss the applications, where approval was given for 100 homes on land between Gipping Road and Church Road.

The committee also heard the application for outline plans to develop 50 homes and 3G football pitches on the former Bacton Community Middle School site in Wyverstone Road.

This has been deferred while a review of the proposal’s viability and affordable housing requirements is prepared.

Historic England raised concerns on heritage grounds, asking that the open green space is located on the eastern side to better preserve Bacton Manor and Wyverstone Parish Church.

Norwich teacher gets the boots

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A teacher in Norwich has been overwhelmed by the response to her appeal for football boots for her primary school team.

Jade Copeman, 23, a teacher at Lakenham Primary School, wanted her school team to enter a local tournament on 18 April, but found that a few of her players could not afford proper boots.

Four boots received so far
Jade Copeman

So she used Twitter and Facebook to appeal for boots.

"I could not believe the response. I anticipated a few pairs of boots, but we've had more than 100 offers and my tweets have been retweeted 1,000 times," she said.

Since the appeal three days ago, she has already received four pairs of boots (pictured).

Ms Copeman, who plays for Stalham Town Ladies football team, said any extra pairs of boots they get - her team is made up of 13 pupils - will be distributed among schools across Norfolk.

Anyone who wants to donate any boots should contact Jade via her Twitter feed @JadeCopeman.

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Jade Copeman
Jade Copeman

Daughter's tribute to 'kind and gentle' mother who suffered fatal burns

The daughter of a woman who died from serious burns after an incident in Benfleet has paid tribute to her "kind and gentle" mother.

Jenny Cronin, 72, suffered fatal injuries in the garden of a house in Boyce Green on Tuesday, 13 March.

She was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on Friday, 30 March.

Jenny Cronin
Family picture

Her daughter Susan Lynch said: "Mum was a very kind and gentle lady. She will be sadly missed by myself, her granddaughters and all her lovely friends."

Officers arrested Kieren Lynch, 50, from Canvey, on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the disturbance.

He had also suffered burns and died in hospital on 13 March.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Boyce Green incident

Huntingdon woman arrested in Sam Mechelewski murder inquiry

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A third person has been arrested by police investigating the murder of a 20-year-old man in Huntingdon.

Sam Mechelewski, 20, from the town, was found dead in Hinchingbrooke Country Park on 1 February.

Sam Mechelewski,
Cambridgeshire Police

A post-mortem examination revealed he died as a result of a stab wound.

A woman, in her 30s and from Huntingdon, was arrested this morning on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of a Class B drug and she remains in custody.

In February, a man in his 20s from Chatteris was arrested on suspicion of murder and was released under investigation.

Last week a woman in her 20s was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. She was later released under investigation.

Man and woman sought over gun pointed at rail station staff

A man who is believed to have pointed a gun at staff at Basildon railway station is sought for questioning by British Transport Police.

The incident happened on Wednesday between 05:40 and 05:50 when a man and a woman entered the station. The man approached the ticket queue and spoke with a staff member before then forcing his way through the barrier.

Basildon Rail Station suspect
British Transport Police

He was told to leave the station when he reached the platform and left the booking hall via the main exit door.

On his way he turned to face staff members and pulled out, what they believed was a gun and pointed it at them. He then left the station and was followed by the woman.

Officers would now like to speak to the man seen in the CCTV image and the woman as they believe they may have information that could help the investigation.

Two men arrested over rape of a woman in Tilbury

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with an assault in Tilbury in September.

A 31-year-old from Grays and a 30-year-old, of no fixed address, are being held in custody over the rape of a woman in a green area near Church Road on the evening of 9 September.

Frogs spawn spotted on waterlogged pitch

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If anything is a good indicator of how much rain there has been lately it's this...

Those marking the pitches at Woburn and Wavendon FC at Bow Brickhill, which have been waterlogged since December, found what looks like frogs' spawn nestling in the grass.

I'm sure they'll be "hopping" for a good season when football returns with some "ribit-ing" matches.

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Aquaphobic Dunstable dog gets first bath

A dog that was so scared of water he had to be cleaned for two months with dry shampoo, has finally had his first bath.

Duke, a six-year-old border collie had been kept in very poor conditions at his home in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, and was signed over to the RSPCA two months ago.

Duke the dog

"His coat was heavily matted and urine stained... and he stank, so he really needed a bath," says animal care assistant Serena Moore, who spent weeks de-matting his coat at the charity's Block Fen centre in Cambridgeshire.

However, when she first turned on a tap to bathe Duke, "he froze - he looked like he would die of fright", so she had to gently clean and groom the aquaphobe for months using the dry shampoo.

Serena Moore with Duke

Last week, Duke finally had his first bath - and "he quite enjoyed it", Ms Moore said.

Although the RSPCA is not sure where Duke's fear of water came from, he's quite a nervous dog and is frightened of quite a few things, so the charity is hoping to find him a new home in a quiet, rural area with an owner who has the patience to gain his trust and "who is willing to put in some time to help him become the amazing dog he can be".

Duke the dog

Canvey flooding priorities on agenda for partnership meeting

Several roads on Canvey Island, repeatedly flooded during heavy rains like those experienced last weekend, are on the agenda for discussion at an Essex Flood Partnership Board meeting later.

Furtherwick Road

Furtherwick Road, Eastern Esplanade and Western Esplanade were severely flooded during heavy rains in May 2016 and there were further downpours last weekend which affected the area.

Resident Della Crooks said: "The water smells, it's stagnant and it's not very nice. We've had to pave the front garden but is still spills over into my neighbours."

Anglian Water said: "Currently we are working positively with the Essex Highways team on creating sustainable landscaping schemes such as planting more trees and replacing hard standing with grass to help water drain away more quickly and slow the flow of water when there is a downpour."

Burglar jailed over car boot kidnaps

A man has been jailed after a series of burglaries during which he and two fellow thieves shut people in the boots of their cars.

James Connors
Hertfordshire Constabulary

The crime spree began in Ware in Hertfordshire at about 10:00 on 3 January when the trio forced open the rear patio doors to a property and stole £1,725 of jewellery.

After trying to trick an elderly woman in Saffron Walden in Essex, they ended up at the home of a disabled man in Hertford Heath where they stole thousands of pounds in cash.

In Baldock in Hertfordshire, they threatened a man in his home and shut him in the boot of his car which they then used as a getaway vehicle. Swapping cars again in Old Welwyn, they shut a woman in her boot and drove off.

Both cars were abandoned and the victims escaped.

James Connors, 49, of no fixed address, was eventually stopped behind the wheel of a car as it made its way towards Northampton.

He was jailed for nine years at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiring to burgle, two offences of kidnap and dangerous driving. The other members of the gang remain at large.

Council brings in specialists to eradicate Japanese Knotweed

Cambs Times

Specialist contractors have been brought in by Fenland District Council to eradicate Britain’s most invasive plant from its land and help stop it spreading.

Belle and Sebastian return to Latitude

Scottish band Belle and Sebastian are returning to the Latitude Festival near Southwold in Suffolk.

They headlined the main stage in 2010 - and this time round they will be second on the bill on Friday when Solange is headlining the Obelisk Arena.

Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch at Latitude in 2010
Jenny O'Neill
Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch at Latitude in 2010

Chris Geddes, keyboardist with Belle and Sebastian, said: "Latitude is a great festival - hopefully this time my mum will behave herself."

Unfortunately, we have no further information about what he can be referring to.

Other musical acts already announced for Henham Park include The Killers, Alt-J, Rag'n'Bone Man, Mogwai, The Breeders and James.

Whitlock leads England to first Commonwealth gold

Max Whitlock has led England to their first gold medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with victory in the men's gymnastics team event in Coomera.

Max Whitlock and the England team celebrate winning gold in the Men's Team Final
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The double Olympic champion, who grew up in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire and now trains at a gym in Basildon in Essex, top-scored with his floor and pommel routines to clinch the win alongside team-mates Nile Wilson, Courtney Tulloch, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham.

England's total of 258.950 left them more than 10 points clear of Canada in second place, with Scotland narrowly beaten into the bronze medal position.

People confused about recycling rubbish

Used nappies, food and glass are among the frequent items wrongly put in recycling bins in Suffolk and it’s costing the taxpayer more than £500,000 each year.

Suffolk County Council has received a report which shows the cost of residents putting items in the wrong bin.

Just 1% of recycling waste being contaminated with wrong items cost councils £50,000.

Rob Cole, Suffolk Waste Partnership manager, said surveys showed 97% of people supported recycling and that putting items in the wrong bin was generally not malicious.

A pilot launched in parts of Ipswich and Lowestoft last year, in which leaflets were distributed outlining what waste can and cannot be recycled, led to a significant reduction in the wrong items going into recycling waste.

Rubbish bins in Ipswich

Premier Inn jobs’ boost as new £7.5m seafront hotel takes shape

Eastern Daily Press

The new £7.5m Premier Inn taking shape in Great Yarmouth will create 70 new jobs when it opens next year.

Watford looking to expand Vicarage Road stadium's capacity

Watford Observer

Watford FC are exploring options to potentially increase Vicarage Road stadium’s capacity to 30,000.

Oundle crash death man named

Craig Lewis

BBC Online East

A man who died following a collision in Oundle, Northamptonshire has been named as 23-year-old Stuart Randall.

Mr Randall, from Bourne in Lincolnshire, died following the crash on Monday, 2 April.

The incident took place on the A605 when the silver Ford Fiesta driven by Mr Randall, which was travelling north, collided with a silver Renault Scenic and a grey Honda CRV travelling in the opposite direction.

Five occupants of the Honda CRV were taken to Peterborough Hospital with serious injuries. The two occupants of the Renault Scenic were not injured.