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  1. 'Neigh-bourhood' watch scheme starts in rural Beds

    Bedfordshire Police have a new string to their bow to fight rural crime and it comes with a tail, four legs and like sugar cubes.

    Horsewatch starts on Saturday and will provide "extra eyes and ears" according to the police.

    Members of Horsewatch, which is made up volunteers similar to Neighbourhood Watch schemes, are being specially trained to patrol country roads.

    They will also have distinctive clothing, provided by the British Horse Society.

    Rural road
  2. The Bedford cafe offering chit-chat and friendship

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A friendship group, to give lonely people the chance to meet others is starting in Bedford.

    Fay's cafe, based at the Riverside Tennis Club, will hold its first event on Saturday at 14:00.

    It will then run every Monday morning and Saturday afternoon, offering free tea, coffee cake and chat.


    Charlie Fay, who is behind the idea, said the invitation-only event is is all about "helping to get people out of the house to meet others".

    "It is not just for elderly people, but anyone who happens to be lonely," she said.

  3. Arrest after jogger attacked in Ipswich

    An arrest has been made after a man was attacked while out running in Ipswich on Saturday.

    Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, on Google Earth

    The 19-year-old victim was in a wooded area off Kelvedon Avenue, near Foxhall Stadium, at about 21:15 when a man approached him, assaulted him and he ended up with injuries to his stomach, hand and elbow.

    A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and he is being questioned at Suffolk Police HQ.

    They're "still keen" to hear from witnesses.

  4. Fire breaks out in roof of Halstead wine bar

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Seven engines have been sent to tackle a fire in the roof of a wine bar in Essex.

    The fire broke out in the building on the High Street in Halstead just after 11:00.

    Halstead fire

    Steve Hall, an independent town councillor in Halstead, told the BBC: "If you're travelling to Halstead be aware that the High Street A131 may be closed."

    Firefighters are tackling the fire from the outside of the building and from the flat roof at the back by removing roof tiles to access hot spots, Essex County Fire and Rescue said.

    Halstead firefighters
    Halstead fire crews
    Fire hoses
  5. Luton considers waste bin collections every two weeks

    Luton News

    Luton residents are being asked for their views on fortnighly bin collections.

    A report is going before Luton Borough Council’s Executive on March 5 asking councillors for approval to consult on the council’s Draft Waste Strategy 2018-2028.

  6. Beds hospital merger delay due to 'finances'

    The proposed merger of Bedford Hospital and Luton & Dunstable Hospital has been delayed.

    The plan was for it to happen by 1 April.

    The merger business case was passed to NHS Improvement (NHSI) in December.

    Both the hospital chief executives say the delay is down to "financial agreements not yet in place".

    Further meetings between the two boards are due to take place in June to review progress.

    Bedford Hospital
  7. Richard Harrington MP calls on businesses to #PassOnPlastic

    Watford Observer

    An MP is encouraging businesses to reduce their single-use plastic usage.

    Watford MP Richard Harrington in encouraging business in the area to #PassOnPlastic, as part of the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign.

  8. Investigation under way as body recovered from River Brain

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A body has been recovered from a river in Essex and police have begun an inquiry.

    Officers were alerted to the discovery in the River Brain at Chipping Hill in Witham at about 09:40.

    Body found in river

    "Inquiries are continuing and the death is currently being treated as unexplained," a police spokesman said.

  9. Great Yarmouth: Dodgy brake light, bald tyre, insurance issues...

    Another pick from the Norfolk & Suffolk Roads Policing team's Twitter feed:

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  10. Police release image of car in fraud probe

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    Detectives in Peterborough have released this image of a car they believe has been used by fraudsters posing as police officers.

    car in police appeal

    On one occasion a victim handed over £5,000 after he was threatened with arrest by a man pretending to be a police officer.

    He had been led to believe the police were investigating criminal activity on his bank card.

    The suspect is described as Asian, around 6ft to 6ft 6in (1.82m to 1.98m), with brown hair.

    Det Con Louise Mann said: "Your bank and the police will never ask you to withdraw cash, reveal your PIN number or passwords or purchase high value goods that they will then collect from your home."

  11. Barclays Bank replaces 'Framlington' sign

    A bank has replaced a sign on which it had misspelled a town's name.

    As reported, the new sign outside Barclays Bank in Framlingham said "Welcome to Barclays Framlington".

    The sign now correctly says Framlingham and Barclays Bank apologised for the error.

    Barclays, "Framlington" sign
    Image caption: From this...
    The new sign which says Framlingham
    Image caption: ... to this
  12. Oliver Cromwell won't be pulling train back to London

    Stuart Howells

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A mechanical failure on the Oliver Cromwell steam engine has meant it will not be powering the journey back to Liverpool Street this evening.

    Oliver Cromwell steam locomotive at Bentley, Suffolk
    Image caption: The Oliver Cromwell steams through Bentley, between Manningtree and Ipswich stations

    The train eased in to Norwich railway station having had to travel at about 20mph for the last six or seven miles of its journey from London Liverpool Street.

    It took close to four hours to get to Norwich, having left the capital at 10:20.

    The Oliver Cromwell has been de-coupled from the carriages which will have to be pulled back to London by a diesel engine, leaving Norwich at 19:05.

  13. Oliver Cromwell arrives in Norwich

    The Oliver Cromwell engine has arrived at Norwich railway station - about 50 minutes late.

    It's travelled from Liverpool Street and here's footage of it passing through Suffolk, between Stowmarket and Diss:

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  14. 'Massive turnout' for Cambridge University strikers

    Lecturers have walked out at universities across the UK - including Cambridge - at the beginning of a month-long strike campaign.

    Members of the University and College Union say they are striking because changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme will leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.

    Strikers in Cambridge

    Striking research fellow and teaching associate Edward Anderson captured the atmosphere in the centre of Cambridge on Thursday morning as crowds gathered to show support.

    Crowds supporting striking lecturers

    It was a "massive turnout" and "incredibly heartening and quite emotional to see such remarkable solidarity and support from our students," he said.

    Striking lecturers and supporters in Cambridge
  15. Jeremy Corbyn in Great Yarmouth

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in Great Yarmouth today, with the issue of police funding top of his agenda.

    He took some time out to speak with Look East's Susie Fowler Watt - we'll bring you details of the conversation later.

    Jeremy Corbyn and Susie Fowler Watt
  16. New date for setting Northants County Council budget

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    It was supposed to set today of course, but was delayed on the advice of Northamptonshire County Council's auditors.

    Today's full council meeting has established when the 2018-19 budget will be signed-off:

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