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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.
Suffolk Police
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.

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
Fielden and Mawson

'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
Terry-Harris.com

Prince of Wales takes a close look at stealth bomber

Prince of Wales in F-35 jet
BBC

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
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Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, between J6 for M25 J27 and J7 for A414 London Road.

M11 Essex - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M11 northbound between J6 M25 J27 and J7, A414 (Harlow), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J5 (Loughton).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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
BBC

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.

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.

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
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Severe accident: A134 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A134 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Furlong Drove and Lynn Road.

A134 Norfolk - A134 Stoke Road in Stoke Ferry closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Furlong Drove junction and the Lynn Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather extremes in Bury St Edmunds captured on camera
A woman captures the different weather extremes in her hometown just months apart.
(Clockwise from top left) Robert Wilson, Geoffrey Packman, Arthur (Brian) Cunningham, Sheila Gregory, Enid Spurgin and Elsie Devine

Police will carry out a fourth investigation into the deaths of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

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Clacton missing teenager: Search for Ben Quartermaine continues
The search resumes to find a teenage boy who went missing in the sea near Clacton Pier.

Search continues for boy missing off Clacton

Clacton missing teenager: Search for Ben Quartermaine continues
A search has resumed to find a teenage boy who went missing after going into the sea at a beach resort in Essex. The boy, named locally as 14-year-old Ben Quartermaine, was thought to have been in the water with a friend near the pier at Clacton on Thursday afternoon. The friend was rescued by a lifeboat crew, received treatment and was reunited with his family, but the search for Ben continues.
Fiona Onasanya

The Peterborough MP and her brother Festus Onasanya are alleged to have lied about who was driving.

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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 Environment Agency

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.

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."

#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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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
Homes England

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
Homes England

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.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue

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.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, before J27 for M11 J6.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise before J27 M11 J6, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, between J7 for A414 London Road and M11 J8.

M11 Essex - M11 partially blocked and slow traffic northbound between J7, A414 (Harlow) and M11 J8, Bishops Stortford, because of debris on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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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Colchester waste operatives attacked

Two violent assaults against bin men have been strongly condemned by their employer Colchester Borough Council.

The unprovoked attacks took place as the men collected food waste in Skipper Grove, Stanway, and Anglesey Road, Wivenhoe, just after 16:00 on Wednesday.

One of the workers was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries and is still receiving treatment. The other is recovering at home.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police.

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, from J24 A1198 to J26 A1096.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 Cambridge Road closed and queuing traffic eastbound from J24, A1198 (Godmanchester) in Godmanchester to J26 A1096 in Fenstanton, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, from J26 for A121 Honey Lane to J27 for M11 J6.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J27 M11 J6, because of a broken down van.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 London clockwise severe accident, at J28 for A12 Brentwood Bypass J11.

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 clockwise in Essex at J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Norfolk Day: Film composer Reg Length inspired to write county theme
Composer Reg Length creates a "theme for Norfolk" inspired by the county's music and landscape.
Norfolk Day: Drone flight over tourist hot-spots
As thousands celebrate the county of Norfolk we take an aerial view at some of the tourist hotspots.