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  1. Police 'open-minded' about what happened to injured man

    Police have said they're "open-minded" about what happened to a man found injured on the ground near his home in Ipswich.

    Clive Wyard, 74, left the Royal George pub at about 23:30 on Thursday and walked along Colchester Road towards Sidegate Lane.

    Clive Wyard.
    Image caption: Clive Wyard

    He was then found by passers-by in Valley Road at 07:15 the next morning with injuries to his face and head, and is still being treated in hospital.

    Suffolk Police has appealed for help from witnesses to try to work out exactly what happened to him.

  2. Winning design for Broads centre unveiled

    A triangular barn built on stilts and overlooking the River Bure has been unveiled as the winning design for a Broads visitor centre in Norfolk.

    The design for the site at Acle Bridge was chosen from 95 entries from around the world to a competition held by the Broads Authority.

    The winning entry was by Norwich-based architects Fielden and Mawson.

    The Broads Authority said it would now develop a full business analysis of the potential costs and income the centre could generate before approaching funding bodies for financial contributions.

    Visitor centre design
  3. 'Busy month' for fire crews in hot, dry conditions

    Figures tweeted earlier by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service reveal crews were called out 851 times over the past four weeks - an average of 30 call-outs a day.

    On Thursday, the service admitted the hot, dry weather was posing a "significant challenge".

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    Yesterday, more than 50 firefigthters tackled a 100 acre (40 hectare) field fire at Meldreth near Cambridge - photographer Terry Harris captured the fire's aftermath.

    Aftermath of Meldreth field fire - pic cleared for online and LE but NOT network BBC TV
  4. Prince of Wales takes a close look at stealth bomber

    Prince of Wales in F-35 jet

    The Prince of Wales has stepped into the cockpit of one of the new generation of stealth jets at RAF Marham.

    The US-made F-35 Lightning, which will be flown by 617 Squadron, cost £92m each and will replace the Tornado GR4.

    Five more F-35s will flying in from the US next week.

    Station commander, Group Cpt Cab Townsend, said: "Not many people in the UK have seen one yet, so for His Royal Highness to see one up close and personal is a great opportunity for us to discuss why the F-35 is so different.

    "I think he warmed well to the technology aspects of the F-35 and also the UK industrial commitment within the programme."

    F-35
  5. Children's services likely to be big loser in council cuts

    James Averill

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Children's services are likely to be one of the hardest-hit areas when Northamptonshire County Council makes cuts in order to balance its finances.

    The county council issued a further section 114 notice this week banning any new expenditure.

    Chief finance officer Mark McLaughlin had issued a first notice in February for the previous financial year.

    Northamptonshire County Council headquarters, Northampton

    But at an audit meeting yesterday, chief finance officer Mark McLaughlin admitted the budget for last year "won't balance", meaning a further £60m-£70m of cuts are needed.

    "The council is actually a low spender on a lot of things, but a lot of attention will go on children's services where it's a big spender," he said.

  6. Fire risk stops heritage railway line running engines

    Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough has suspended its steam train services over fears sparks from the locomotives' coal-fired engines could set fire to "tinder dry" neighbouring fields.

    Instead, the voluntary-run vintage railway line - which is home to a blue engine named Thomas by Rev W Awdry (below) - is running heritage diesel trains between its stations at Peterborough, Wansford and Yarwell.

    Thomas at Nene Valley Railway

    Marketing officer Jerry Thurston said: "We thought, we have a social responsibility, we run through the best agricultural land in the country, let's be sensible."

    He added there is another advantage - the crews are much cooler on the diesel trains.

    Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service said it was called to 21 open air fires between Saturday and Tuesday, while yesterday crews tackled a 100 acre (40 hectare) field fire at Meldreth near Cambridge.

  7. Lorry stuck under railway bridge

    A delivery lorry wedged under a railway bridge caused traffic chaos today.

    The Spar vehicle got stuck at lunchtime, forcing the A4251 London Road to close near Hemel Hempstead railway station.

    The road reopened at about 14:30.

    SPAR lorry wedged under railway bridge near Hemel Hempstead
  8. Grandfather, 74, suffers life threatening injuries

    Ipswich Star

    The family of a 74-year-old who was left lying on the floor for up to seven hours with head and face injuries after a suspected assault have appealed for witnesses.

  9. Whipsnade Zoo's 'spontaneous fire' brought 'quickly under control'

    An area of Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable was evacuated on Thursday after a vehicle "spontaneously caught fire" outside the zebra house.

    Whipsnade fire

    On Twitter, a zoo spokesman said the area was "immediately evacuated" and the fire brigade arrived "within minutes", quickly bringing the blaze under control.

    "Thanks to the swift actions of our team no-one was hurt during the incident and the zoo is open as usual," the tweet said.

    Eyewitness Tom Baines said: "All the staff were so quick to corden it off and make sure customers were at a safe distance, they were very professional."

  10. Bid to save city's last grass tennis courts

    Campaigners hoping to save the last remaining grass tennis courts in Norwich have called a public meeting.

    Ten courts at Heigham Park have been closed since last summer and could be replaced with three all-weather courts by Norwich City Council.

    Heigham Park Grass Courts Group wants to take on the running and maintenance of the courts, which it said had been part of the park for almost 100 years.

    Gavin McFarlane, the group’s secretary, said: "We are not fighting against hard court tennis whatsoever, but there are several other places to do that in the city... without Heigham Park there will be no grass court provisions left in the area at all.”

    It is holding a meeting next Thursday.

    Heigham Park entrance
  11. Missing William Taylor sightings 'prove negative'

    A number of reported sightings of missing man William Taylor have "unfortunately proved negative", Hertfordshire Police have said.

    William Taylor search

    Mr Taylor, who has turned 70 while missing, was last seen at his home in Gosmore, near Hitchin, at about 21:00 on Sunday, 3 June.

    Earlier this month, police joined more than 100 specialist volunteers in scouring fields around his farm.

    Ch Insp Julie Wheatley said: "We are nearing the two-month anniversary of William going missing and extensive inquiries are being carried out to try and trace [him].

    "This is an incredibly worrying time for his family and we are growing more concerned for William’s welfare by the day."

  12. Temporary bridge built for 'vital' Ouse Washes work

    The second phase of work to raise the banks of the Ouse Washes reservoir is under way, the Environment Agency has announced.

    Operations manager Claire Jouvray said it is a vital scheme that will maintain the level of protection provided for more than 2,000 properties and 260 sq miles (670 sq km) of agricultural land.

    Works on Ouse Washes bank

    The £27m project to raise the Middle Level Barrier bank between Earith and Welmore Lake sluice, and part of the South Level Barrier bank between Sutton Gault and Chain Corner, began in 2017 and will take four years to complete.

    The latest phase includes a temporary bridge and construction of an access route between Earith and Mepal.

  13. Police ask for CCTV footage in Witham rape investigation

    Essex Police is asking for residents of the River Walk area of Witham with CCTV cameras at their houses to contact detectives investigating a rape on 21 July.

    A woman was attacked just after midnight having left Newland Street, walked down Mill Lane and then along a footpath where she encountered two men, one of who raped her.

    Det Ch Insp Greg Wood said: "As local people will know, there are a number of routes that provide entry to the riverside walk.

    "If you live in the surrounding area that is close to the riverside walk – for example in Guithavon Road, Guithavon Valley, Mill Lane or Chelmer Road – and you have CCTV which would have been working between 22:00 on 20 July and 01:00 on 21 July, we want to hear from you."

  14. #NorfolkDay gets a plug from famous son

    Writer, author, actor, former Norwich City director and proud Norfolkian Stephen Fry has told his 12.8m Twitter followers about #NorfolkDay.

    Mr Fry grew up in Booton, near Reepham, and still has a home in the county.

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  15. RSPCA urges window closure after cat falls

    The RSPCA has warned cat owners to keep their windows closed during the current heatwave after three cats fell out of them in the space of a day this week in part of Hertfordshire.

    Kara

    One of the owners, Nicole Stevens, from Hitchin, woke up on Wednesday morning to find that one of her kittens, Kara (pictured), had fallen out of her daughter’s bedroom window on the second floor. She was taken to a vet but died the next day.

    "I am shocked that an accident like this can happen and other owners need to be aware that their cats can fall from any open window," Ms Stevens said.

    Herts East Branch operations manager, Vicky Burrell, said: "We have had three incidences of kittens falling from windows in the past 24 hours, I’m sure this isn’t deliberate but kittens and cats are naturally curious so it’s an accident waiting to happen."

  16. 10,000-home new town's second phase gets under way

    Construction has begun on the second phase of Cambridgeshire's latest new town.

    Northstowe is being built on the former RAF Oakington barracks site north west of Cambridge and will provide 10,000 homes.

    Aerial view of Northstowe location

    It's being led by the government national housing agency Homes England rather than private developers - so far a primary school has been built and 140 homes are already occupied.

    The agency said it will now focus on building a town centre (below) and 3,500 more homes, including 1,000 flats.

    Some 40% of the homes have been planned to help young people on to the property ladder, Homes England said.

    Artist's impression of Northstowe town centre
  17. Dog rescued from 40-foot well in Suffolk

    Firefighters from across Suffolk were involved in the rescue of a dog which had fallen 40ft (12m) to the bottom of a well.

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    Crews from Felixstowe, Saxmundham and Lowestoft - including an "advanced working at height" team - were called to Blaxhall yesterday afternoon.

    Dog rescued from well in Suffolk.

    Ollie was winched to safety and returned to his owners in what Suffolk Fire and Rescue called a "great team effort".

    Dog rescued from well in Suffolk.
  18. County celebrated for #NorfolkDay

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    A day to celebrate all that's great about Norfolk has kicked off - and is already causing a social media frenzy.

    Started by the Eastern Daily Press and BBC Radio Norfolk, the inaugural day to champion all things Norfolk is jam-packed with events across the county.

    And it's already caught the nation's imagination. #NorfolkDay was one of the UK's top-trending hashtags on Twitter this morning.

    Sports presenter Jake Humphrey, who grew up in Norfolk and has a home near Norwich, has also got involved.

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