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  1. 'Obsessive' man jailed after sexual images threat

    An "obsessive" man, from Hertfordshire, who threatened to post sexual images of a teenage girl on the internet has been jailed for 13 weeks for breaking a court order linked to a suspended sentence.

    Mathew Mallaghan, 21, of Bishop's Stortford had been ordered never to contact the girl and was told he would be jailed if he did so when he was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court in June.

    But within three months he was again sending the girl social media messages where were described by his lawyer as a bid "to establish some kind of relationship" and not intended to be a threat.

    Judge Andrew Bright QC said "the effect has been to cause the girl great distress and anxiety".

    Mallaghan, who had been living at the YMCA, admitted breaching the terms of the restraining order, breaching the suspended sentence and failing to attend court on 30 January. He had already spent five weeks in jail and described the experience as "difficult and isolating".

    Defending, Corinne Bramwell said Mallagan had difficulty dealing with his "obsessive" behaviour and suffered "a terrible sense of guilt' for what happened.

  2. Family pay tribute to woman killed while walking dog

    The family of a woman who was killed while walking her dog in Newport Pagnell have spoken of their "tragic loss" in a tribute to her.

    Ann Waters

    Ann Waters, 64, died when she was struck by a grey Vauxhall Mokka on Westbury Lane at 20:05 last Friday. She was walking her dog with her daughter at the time.

    In a statement released by Thames Valley Police the family said: "No words can ever express the sorrow and heartbreak we feel as we try to come to terms with the untimely and tragic loss of Ann Waters, our beautiful, selfless mother, wife, sister, auntie and great auntie.

    "She was kind, had the biggest heart, and always put everyone else before herself."

    A man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit in connection with the crash.

    He was later released under investigation.

  3. Thousands of cannabis plants discovered in Felthorpe

    Police say they've found what is believed to be one of the biggest cannabis factories in Norfolk in recent years.

    Cannabis
    Cannabis

    Up to 4,000 cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment were found at an outbuilding on Holt Road in Felthorpe, north of Norwich, on Wednesday.

    Ch Insp Wes Hornigold said: "We are at the early stages of our inquiries and the factory is very large, therefore, CSI teams will be there all weekend to gather evidence before the set-up is dismantled next week."

  4. Man jailed after about £200k of cannabis is found in loft

    A man has been jailed for four years after 226 cannabis plants worth up to £189,000 were found growing in a loft.

    The discovery was made during a police raid at a top-floor flat in Westborough Road, Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex, in September 2016.

    Cannabis plants found in a loft during a police raid.

    Christopher Tame, 40 of Wallace Street, Shoeburyness, was arrested there and officers later found £21,000 in cash, which belonged to him, at another property.

    He admitted production of cannabis and was found guilty of abstracting electricity and various criminal property offences.

    The flat's tenant, Roy Laidlaw, 49, admitted cannabis production and abstracting electricity in June, and was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence.

  5. Harlow hospital has England's worst A&E waiting times

    Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow has the worst A&E waiting times in the country, according to the latest figures.

    In the last 12 months, 70.9% of patients were seen within four hours, compared to the NHS target of 95%.

    Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

    A difficult winter period means the health service overall has recorded its worst-ever annual performance - at 88.4% - since records began in 2004.

    Last month, Princess Alexandra was moved out of special measures following a visit by inspectors, which a hospital spokesman said reflected "positive changes".

    The specific rating for emergency services there was upgraded from "inadequate" to "requires improvement".

  6. Luton Mall to fight Hatters' stadium finance plan

    The Mall, Luton

    The owners of Luton's Mall have said they now support a new football stadium in the town centre but would continue to strongly oppose plans to fund it with a retail park.

    The Mall's owner's Capital and Regional had said in 2016, when plans were submitted, that relocating Luton Town FC to Power Court could lead to "social issues" on match days.

    Its new chief executive Lawrence Hutchings said: "I think the stadium could bring some great things for the town centre in terms of regeneration."

    But he added 2020 Development's plans to fund the ground by creating Newlands Park, a retail and leisure site at junction 10 of the M1, would swamp the market at "a tough time for the High Street".

    "There are alternate uses at Newlands Park or other sources of funding - we could pitch in with funding to plug the gap," he said.

    Luton Town FC chief executive Gary Sweet said the company's decision to challenge the plans regardless was "disrespectful" ahead of a meeting of both parties.

  7. Firefighters tackle blazing taxi in Tring this morning

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    Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus (BA) were called to a tackle a burning taxi in Tring and used a hose reel jet (HRJ) to douse the flames just before 10:00.

  8. Rail safety boost after passenger gets trapped in moving train door

    New safety guidelines are to be published by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) after a passenger attempted to board a train at a Hertfordshire station and got trapped in a closing door.

    The incident happened at Bushey station at about 21:25 on Monday, 26 March. The train started and had moved 30 yards ( 27m) before being stopped. The passenger remained upright but sustained a minor injury to their arm, an accident report said.

    Bushey station

    "We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident," an RAIB spokesman said. "Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest which will be available on our website."

    The RAIB website said: "We could never hope to investigate every accident that is notified to us, the law gives us discretion about whether or not to investigate less serious accidents."

    When deciding to investigate an accident the RAIB consider the severity of the outcome, potential for the consequences to have been more severe, the potential for new safety learning, and how widely it could be applied and safety trends or areas of particular safety concern.

  9. Man arrested after two people injured by knife in Hemsby

    A man has been arrested after two people received knife injuries at a house in Hemsby.

    Police say they were called to reports of an "altercation" in The Marrams at 19:20 last night.

    A man and a woman were taken to hospital and a man in his 20s is being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

    It's believed those involved in the incident are known to each other.

  10. Man killed in Gamlingay collision is named

    The man who died in a collision with a tree in Gamlingay on the border with Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire has been named as Luke Emery.

    The crash happened at about 14:40 on Sunday on Potton Road and Mr Emery, 24, of Maunder Road in Biggleswade, died at the scene.

    Bedfordshire Police said a four-year-old boy was also treated for minor injuries.

    PC John Blood is appealing for witnesses.

    Potton Road, Gamlingay
  11. Norwich health store closed due to fire

    A health shop in Norwich has had to temporarily close after a fire.

    Fire crews at the Guildhall

    Fire crews were called to Rainbow Wholefood store in Labour In Vain Yard, Guildhall Hill, at about 21:00 yesterday.

    Crews used a thermal imaging to check for hot spots and put the fire out.

    Fire crews at the Guildhall

    A sign on the shop today said it would be closed for a while and apologised to customers.

    It said staff would update customers when possible.

  12. Woman raped in 'horrific' attack in Halstead

    An investigation is under way after a woman was raped in what police have called a "horrific and frightening attack" in Halstead.

    The woman in her 20s said she was grabbed as she walked across a field near Windmill Road on Thursday afternoon.

    Windmill Road in Halstead.

    The suspect has been described as being white, aged in his mid-20s, around 6ft, of a skinny build and wearing a black hoodie and black tracksuit bottoms.

    Officers said it was being treated as an isolated incident.

  13. Drugs are 'pants' - just say 'no'

    A suspected drug dealer learnt the true meaning of "stop and search" when he was stopped - and searched - and police pulled a load of drugs out of his pants.

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    Officers from Northamptonshire Police stopped a car in Judith Road, Kettering, at about 19:00 on Wednesday.

    There were three people in the vehicle and one of them - a 17-year-old male - was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs.

    Officers tweeted a photograph of the drugs saying they were found in the teenager's underwear following a stop and search operation.

    He is still in custody being interviewed.

  14. Wisbech bowler takes bronze at Commonwealth Games

    Ellen Falkner from Wisbech will be bringing the bling back home to Cambridgeshire after winning the bronze medal in the women's triples bowls final at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

    Falkner and fellow England lawn bowlers Katherine Rednall and Sian Honnor beat Canada 20-12 in the bronze-medal match.

    England women's lawn bowls team
    Image caption: Sian Honnor (l), Ellen Falkner (centre) and Katherine Rednall (r) with their bronze medals

    Australia beat Scotland in the final of the women's triples lawn bowls to take Commonwealth Games gold.

  15. Peterborough's 'Toys R no longer US' as store set to close

    The children's toys retailer Toys R Us has announced its Peterborough store is set to close later this month.

    The retailer went into administration at the end of February and now its remaining 75 stores across the country are due to be shut by 24 April.

    Peterborough's store will close its doors on 22 April.

  16. Man charged with possession of explosive substance

    A 43-year-old man has been charged with possession of an explosive substance in Burnham, Buckinghamshire.

    Thames Valley Police also charged the man with drugs offences.

    It follows a warrant which was carried out by the force in June 2016.

    The man has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug of class B, cannabis, one count of possession of a controlled drug of class A, cocaine, and four counts of possession of an explosive substance for unlawful purpose.

  17. Man charged over Ely Travelodge missing Kent teen probe

    A man has been charged following a large-scale police raid at a Travelodge hotel involving officers searching for a missing teenager.

    About 12 vehicles from both Cambridgeshire Police and the Kent force descended on the Travelodge in Witchford Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire on Tuesday.

    Police at Ely Travelodge

    The Kent Police-led operation was part of a hunt for a missing girl from the county.

    A spokesman said the teenager had been found safe and well.

    A 29-year-old man of no fixed address has subsequently been charged with "assisting a child to stay away from the responsible person" and released on bail to appear before Maidstone magistrates later.

    An 18-year-old man from Weybridge, Surrey, who also arrested, was released pending further enquiries.

  18. Boy, 16, in court over Ipswich stabbing

    A 16-year-old boy has been charged after another teenager was stabbed in the back, police said.

    Suffolk Police said officers were called at 19:55 to the incident at Cemetery Road, Ipswich, on Monday.

    It said a 17-year-old boy was taken to Ipswich Hospital with a one inch stab wound in his back, but was discharged the same night.

    The 16-year-old boy has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of a bladed article and assault by beating. He is due to appear before Ipswich magistrates today.