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'Why are you littering?' - Residents' sign in Mersea park

An anti-littering sign
Darren Goddard

While signs aimed at litter louts are common place, this one from a Mersea community group offers up some passive-aggressive reasons for offenders to explain their behaviour.

The sign at the Glebe, on the Essex island near Colchester, is from the Proud of Mersea group.

Diane Geraghty

Diane Geraghty's pension payments were stopped after her husband's death, leaving her with no money.

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Severe accident: A12 Essex northbound

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A12 Essex northbound severe accident, before J17 A130.

A12 Essex - A12 in Howe Green blocked and queuing traffic northbound before J17, A130 (Howe Green), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to J16 (Galleywood).

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Suffolk man's beach clean marathon
Jason Alexander has a "beach clean marathon challenge" at 12 sites in one county in six days.

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

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M11 Essex northbound severe accident, at J8 for A120 Priory Wood Roundabout.

M11 Essex - M11 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of an accident.

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

Calls for new Cambridge conservation zone

Josh Thomas

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There are calls for a new conservation area to be set up in Cambridge to protect the "distinct architectural character" of one of the city's "major gateways".

Cambridge currently has 12 conservation areas which the city council says are notable "because of their buildings, open spaces, trees, or a mixture of these and other features."

Development is more tightly controlled in these areas than in other parts of Cambridge.

A section of Hills Road in Cambridge

Wendy Blythe, chair of the Hills Road Area Residents Association (HRARA) said they will be pressing the council for a new conservation zone to protect buildings in the southern parts of Hills Road which she said were an important part of making the city an "interesting and nice" place to live.

Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J5 for and J6 for .

M11 Essex - Queuing traffic on M11 northbound between J5, / (Loughton) and J6, M25 J27, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

A song for Cambridge...

Nic Rigby

BBC News

An East of England band is planning to play a song about the Cambridge Folk Festival at the event this year.

Thursday's Band
Thursday's Band

Thursday's Band, pictured, which has members from Bury St Edmunds, St Neots, Royston and Bishop's Stortford, is playing the Club Tent this evening.

Mark Gamon, of the band, said: "We're really happy to have a feature Club Tent slot at Cambridge this year.

"This is partly because it's a bloomin' lovely festival (and I don't have to camp because I live just down the road) and partly because we do have a song - Eating Mexican - that's about the festival and the cuisine that can be enjoyed therein, so that's a bucket list moment satisfied."

Earth moves - slightly - in Norfolk

A minor earthquake measuring 2.7 magnitude was felt in Norfolk yesterday afternoon.

The British Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at 17:42 in Downham Market.

It may have been a relatively small shudder, but several people in Downham and neighbouring villages took to social media to report a "rumbly noise" and the earth moving "slightly".

Minor earthquakes are common, with 12 recorded in Great Britain in July.

Newdigate in Surrey has experienced three earthquakes of a similar magnitude to Downham Market since the end of June.

Church in Methwold
Villagers in Methwold reported feeling the shudder of an earthquake
Tayo Edun in action for Fulham

Championship side Ipswich Town sign 20-year-old Fulham midfielder Tayo Edun on a season-long loan deal.

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Swamptruck headlines first night of Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Cambridge country and bluegrass band Swamptruck headlined stage two at the Cambridge Folk Festival on on Thursday night - the first night of the event at Cherry Hinton Hall.


The band, which has been going for about 10 years and is fronted by Alastair Taylor, got the crowd dancing to their infectious songs.

Texan Americana band Whiskey Shivers opened the festival, which has been going since 1965 and attracts more than 14,000 people.

Whiskey Shivers
Whiskey Shivers

Unashamedly political singer-songwriter Grace Petrie told the BBC it was her "dream" to appear at the festival, and it came true on Thursday.

Grace Petrie
Grace Petrie

Police hunt men who stole Aldi cash machine

The discovery of cash machine in an abandoned car near Brentwood is being linked to theft of a money dispenser from a supermarket, Essex Police say.

Officers are linking the find in Navestock with the theft at Aldi in Loughton at about 03:30 on Sunday.

Three suspects were seen to remove the cash machine using a white Mitsubishi Barbarian truck before leaving in a grey Audi.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Combine harvester destroyed by fire in field

A combine harvester has been destroyed after a fire in a field in a village near Harlow.

Three Essex Fire crews were called to Harlow Road in Matching Tye at 20:45 and found about 2,500 sq metres of field (0.6 acres) ablaze.

Combine harvester on fire
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It took them until 22:15 to extinguish the combine harvester, with firefighters remaining on the scene for a further hour to ensure the affected area was sufficiently dampened down.

Two arrested after police pursuit in Westcliff

Essex Police arrested two men after a police chase in Westcliff-on-Sea yesterday.

A car was signalled to stop at 20:10, but it didn't and crashed into another vehicle shortly afterwards.

Officers and a member of the public detained a 44-year-old man from Shoebury who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, theft of a car, dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without a licence or insurance.

The passenger fled the scene, but was tracked by a police dog and arrested on suspicion of theft of a car.

Both men remain in custody.

Ipswich Town: Paul Hurst faces quick-fire question round
New Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst steps up to face a round of quick-fire Q&A.

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, from J26 for A121 Honey Lane to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe disruption: A11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, between M11 J9A and A1307 Cambridge Road.

A11 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A11 northbound between the M11 J9a junction in Hinxton and Four Went Ways in Babraham, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J30 for to J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J30/31, A282 J30 (Lakeside) to J29, A127 (Romford), because of a broken down van and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Conservatives regain overall control of Peterborough

The Conservatives have regained overall control of Peterborough City Council after winning the Orton Longueville by-election.

Gavin Elsey (back and centre in the photograph) was elected last night after losing his previous Orton Waterville seat to the Greens in May's local elections.

The by-election was sparked after fellow Tory June Bull stepped down for health reasons six weeks ago, leaving the council briefly under no one party's control.

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The Tories have now regained their control, which they had held since May.

Local acts rub shoulders with legends at folk festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Seven-strong Americana band Morganway (pictured) are one of a clutch of East of England bands playing this year's Cambridge Folk Festival.


The band, hitting Stage 2 today, was formed in Norwich by twin brothers Callum and Kieran Morgan, who live in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge respectively.

Callum said: "Cambridge Folk Festival is without a doubt legendary, and we're so thrilled to be playing this year.

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

"Patti Smith [who is at this year's festival] is one of my personal heroes - I remember hearing her cover of Hey Joe when I was a teenager and being completely knocked out by the sheer energy and attitude of her sound."

At the Club Tent, Thursday's Band, which has members from Cambs, Herts and Suffolk, plays on Friday as does Norfolk/Cambs band Roslie's Lover and on Sunday, Hertfordshire sing-songwriter Kelly Oliver, guitarist and harmonicist, is headlining.

Other bands playing from our region include the Shackleton Trio and Alden, Patterson & Dashwood.

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 - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J27 M11 J6, because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Greater Anglia alterations due to heat

A number of speed restrictions are being imposed on the Great Eastern Main Line later due to the expected hot weather.

A full list of alterations are on Greater Anglia's website, but a number of trains between Ingateston, Colchester, Witham, Southend, Ipswich, Clacton are being disrupted.

Greater Anglia and Network Rail say they are "sorry if your journey has been affected by this disruption".

Matt Coles smashes a six against a camera in Essex Eaghles run chase
It's one for the cameras from Essex all-rounder Matt Coles who forces a cameraman to take evasive action in their T20 Blast match against Kent.
Imran Tahir

Durham win a fifth T20 Blast match in a row and go top of the North Group as Kent, Notts, Sussex and Birmingham also win.

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A report into a freight train that came off the tracks in 2017 blamed the wagon damping system.

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Quick-thinking Dan Lawrence shows neat footwork to catch Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond
Watch quick-thinking Essex fielder Dan Lawrence show some neat footwork to catch Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond in their T20 Blast match.
British Sign Language: GCSE victory for 12-year-old campaigner
Daniel Jillings, 12, has been campaigning for a GCSE in British Sign Language.

Aldiss building to reopen

Fakenham's iconic Aldiss building will reopen this weekend after it was destroyed by a fire in 2014.

The former department store, on the Market Place, is to debut its new look on Saturday.

The Original Factory Shop, which was based in the old Aldiss building, will celebrate its return to the site with a grand re-opening party.

Store manager Venetia Lake said: "Aldiss is a piece of Fakenham’s history and something we are extremely proud and humbled to be a part of."

Aldiss Building, Fakenham
The Original Factory Shop
Police officer at the scene of the stabbing

Kyle Sullivan, 23, of Ongar Road, Writtle, will appear before Chelmsford magistrates on Friday.

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