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  1. Leigh assault leaves man with fractured skull and face

    A man in his 30s is being treated in hospital after an "extremely nasty and violent assault" on Saturday evening left him with a fractured skull and nose and ruptured eye socket.

    Woodcutters Arms, Leigh-on-Sea
    Image caption: Woodcutters Arms, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea

    Essex Police said he had been drinking in The Woodcutters Arms in Leigh-on-Sea and was found injured in Elmsleigh Drive, at the junction with Manchester Drive, at about 22:05.

    He appeared to have been hit over the head with an unidentified object.

    Det Insp Chris Rose said it was an "extremely nasty and violent assault.. and his condition could easily have been a lot worse".

    The man remains in hospital with injuries described as serious, but not life-threatening.

  2. Van crashes into fountain at Cliveden House

    Bucks Free Press

    A van has crashed into a fountain at Cliveden House.

    It is not clear how the crash happened, but pictures taken by visitors who were enjoying a stroll around the National Trust site show the van submerged in the water.

  3. Wetherpoon's apologises for steak recall

    Watford-based Wetherspoon has apologised to customers over a steak recall and says it has dropped its meat supplier.


    Russell Hume was instructed to stop any products from leaving its sites after a surprise inspection by the Food Standards Agency on 12 January found instances of "serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations".

    The FSA said its investigations were continuing.

    Wetherspoon pulled the supplier's steak from the menu of the chain's 900 UK and Irish pubs on Tuesday and said it only found out about the FSA's inspection and its findings on Wednesday.

    It has now cancelled its contract with Russell Hume.

    The meat company, which also supplies a range of hospitality and catering businesses, said: "We have no reason to believe that the product was unsafe to eat."

  4. Luton transplant survivor wins gold medal at World Games

    Luton News

    A brave Luton businessman who battled kidney failure is determined to encourage organ donation after he won a gold medal at the World Transplant Winter Games.

  5. Fire at Bedford block of flats

    Six fire engines attended a kitchen fire in a block of flats in Bedford on Thursday afternoon.

    They were called at 14:04 to Heron House on Goldington Road.

    Bedfordshire Fire Service said no-one was hurt, but because the incident was in a high rise, they followed procedure and sent a large number of appliances.

    Heron House

    They say by the time they arrived the fire was out, but they isolated the electricity supply, set up a safety zone, used a thermal imaging camera to check the fire was out and then ventilated the building.

  6. Open University to play major role in coding institute

    The Open University in Milton Keynes is to play a major part in a new Institute of Coding to encourage more people to follow careers in computer science.

    The Institute, whose establishment was announced by the Prime Minister yesterday, will bring together employers, universities and technology experts, and is aimed at bridging the digital skills gap.

    Professor John Domingue, who is leading the project, said: "By 2022 we will need 500,000 more skilled computer scientists to fulfil all the jobs in this field.

    "That is three times the number of computer scientists that have graduated in the last 10 years."

    The project is also hoping to address the lack of diversity within computer science, as only 13% of students studying the subject are female.

  7. Antiques Roadshow to come to Bedfordshire

    Dust off your granny's old china tea pot, search the loft and check your valuables as the Antiques Roadshow is coming to town.

    The hit BBC One show will film at Wrest Park, Silsoe, on Thursday, 19 July.

    So if you wanted to find out if it really was worth selling the family silver, now is the time!

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  8. Man stabbed in Hatfield 'fight'

    A man in his 20s was stabbed in an "altercation" with two other men in Hatfield last night.

    Hazel Grove, Hatfield

    Hertfordshire Police said it is believed all three men had agreed to meet on Hazel Grove at about 19:30 before one of the two men stabbed the victim before they both ran from the scene leaving the man injured.

    He was taken to hospital and is having treatment.

  9. Rocket carrying Stevenage satellite suffers launch anomaly

    Europe's normally highly dependable rocket, the Ariane 5, which was carrying a satellite developed by Airbus in Stevenage, experienced an anomaly during its latest launch from South America.


    Telemetry from the vehicle was lost about nine minutes into its lift-off from French Guiana, shortly after its upper-stage began the final push for orbit.

    Uncertainty then followed as controllers tried to determine the status of Ariane and the satellites it was carrying.

    Eventually, though, radio signals from the spacecraft were picked up.

    It seems the rocket did its job - but beyond the sight of controllers on the ground.

    You can see footage of the launch on YouTube.

  10. Eggs thrown at couple in 'racially aggravated' attack

    Eggs have been thrown at a couple in Welwyn Garden City in what Hertfordshire Police have described as a "racially aggravated incident".

    The victims, a couple in their 60s, were walking along Ridgeway at about 22:00 on 10 January when a silver Toyota saloon pulled up alongside them.

    Two of the vehicle’s windows were opened before the occupants threw eggs at the couple and then drove off... and later racial abuse was hurled at them from the same car.

    There were four people in the car, two men and two women, all estimated to be in their 20s.

    PC Abi Wilkins said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a couple who were innocently going about their daily business. Thankfully they were not injured but the incident has left them feeling uneasy about leaving the house again."

  11. Empty homes in Peterborough brought back into use

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    More than a quarter of empty homes in Peterborough were brought back into use last year.

    empty homes

    Of the 574 privately-owned properties in the city that have been empty for more than six months, 179 are now being lived in as part of the city council's Empty Homes strategy.

    Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for housing at Peterborough City Council, said: "Empty properties encourage vandalism, social issues and degradation, as well as providing an eyesore for surrounding residents, so by bringing them back into use we are actively enhancing communities.

    "Government legislation allows us to take enforcement action if necessary, but our approach is to try to work with owners and support them."

  12. Cinema returns to Bourne End with community project

    Bucks Free Press

    Cinema has returned to a south Bucks town after almost 60 years.

    The new Royalty Cinema will open in Bourne End this spring, with the first screening taking place on 22 March.

  13. Burglaries on the rise in Cambridgeshire

    Alex Harris

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    There's been a big increase in the amount of homes being burgled across Cambridgeshire.

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed there were nearly 3,500 break-ins across the county between September 2016 and 2017 - compared to just over 2,000 for the year before.

    Robberies in Cambridgeshire are also up - by a fifth over the same time.

    Sexual offences have also gone up by a similar amount.

  14. Road reopens after A1 Buckden crash

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    Buckden crash

    There are still bad queues on the southbound A1 at Buckden after a car - suspected of being "involved in violent burglaries" - crashed into a petrol station sign.

    Police described how the driver of a BMW failed to stop and overturned at the Shell garage on the Buckden roundabout in the early hours.

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    Three people were taken to hospital.

    The road has now fully reopened but there are still long delays.

  15. Peterborough secondary schools 'below average' in new league tables

    Peterborough Telegraph

    Peterborough has scored a below average result in new school league tables looking at secondary school performance released today. The new-look league tables sees schools ranked on ‘Progress 8’ - a measure which looks at how much improvement is made by pupils at the school.