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  1. Video: Flower-made in rural Cambridgeshire

    Meet the man who is custodian of a national collection of one species of flower.

    He looks after some 250 varieties of hyacinth.

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    Video caption: Waterbeach's largest collection of hyacinths in the world
  2. Royal opening of new Bletchley Park exhibition

    The Duke of Kent has officially opened Bletchley Park's new permanent exhibition, The Bombe Breakthrough.

    The exhibition tells the story of how the Bombe helped crack the German Enigma code and is displayed in the restored Hut 11A, which is where the machine was originally housed.

    Alan Turing oversaw the development of the Bombe machine at the former Government Code and Cypher School.

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  3. Cyclist dies following Hemel Hempstead road crash

    A cyclist involved in a crash in Hemel Hempstead earlier this week has died.

    The roundabout junction with St Albans Road and White Hart Road, Hemel Hempstead

    The woman, aged in her 50s, suffered serious head injuries in a collision with a blue Ka at the roundabout junction with St Albans Road and White Hart Road, shortly after 09:15 on Wednesday.

    She was taken to a London hospital, but died on Thursday.

    The driver of the Ka was uninjured.

    Hertfordshire Police has called for witnesses and for anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.

    Sgt Paul Stanbridge said: "It happened at a busy time of day on a main road through the town, so the incident would have likely been witnessed by many people."

  4. 'Disgust' in Suffolk over Brexit fishing deal

    People in Bury St Edmunds have said they are "disgusted and disappointed" at the government's deal with the European Union.

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    Video caption: Brexit panel: 'Disgust' in Suffolk about fishing deal

    The UK will leave the EU in March but agreed to stick to its rules on fishing during a 21-month transitional period.

    You can see more from our Brexit panel on Sunday Politics at 11:00 this Sunday on BBC One.

  5. Disgruntled residents hold first birthday party for pothole

    Essex

    Basildon Echo

    Disgruntled residents ironically threw a first birthday party for a pothole which has remained unrepaired for a year.

  6. Southwold brewer's profits down 45%

    Southwold-based brewer Adnams has said its annual profits for 2017 were down by almost £1.8m.

    It put it down to investing more than £9m in its brewing process and renovating its flagship hotel, The Swan in Southwold.

    Adnams sign

    Chairman Jonathan Adnams said: "2017 was a year of huge investment. We saw some inevitable disruption, but we delivered substantial change.

    "We continue to focus on what matters most - to deliver a service and product which allows us to stand out from the crowd."

  7. New look Trimley store's grand unveiling after ram-raid

    A convenience store near Felixstowe in Suffolk is unveiling its £80,000 new look following a ram-raid in January.

    McColl's in Trimley St Martin was hit by thieves who failed to remove the cash machine.

    McColl's in Trimley St Martin following a ram-raid
    Image caption: The morning after the ram-raid of 8 January

    On Saturday from 10:00, the store is putting on clowns and other promotional activities to celebrate. The front of the shop has been replaced, with more refurbishments within.

    McColl's in Trimley St Martin after a refurbishment
    Image caption: The new look frontage
  8. Five Bedfordshire police officers assaulted

    Two men have been charged following two separate attacks on five Bedfordshire police officers on Wednesday.

    One was charged after two officers were assaulted in Marsh Road, Luton.

    Another man was charged with three counts of assaulting a police officer and one count of sending a malicious communication after three officers were attacked in Astwood Drive, Flitwick.

    Bedfordshire police headquarters

    Both men have been remanded in custody until their next court appearance at the end of the month.

  9. Long distance postal service made Bedford woman 'sob'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    When you go on holiday, the tradition is to post a card to your nearest and dearest (if you are a certain age of course).

    But in the Galapagos Islands they do it a little differently, according to Bedford resident, Rachel Endersby.

    Instead of sticking a stamp on a postcard, they use a system called "barrel post", where you post a card without a stamp and then visitors to the Island of Florena look through the pile, pick an address close to where they live and hand deliver it.

    So on Thursday, she received a knock on the door from Eva and Ian from Letchworth with a card written by a her parents, a month ago.

    Rachel with a postcard and Eva and Ian

    Rachel said: "It could take years for it to get to you, but this card from my folks got to us in less than a month.

    "This lovely couple, brought it back with them from the Galapagos and then drove from Letchworth, about a 40-mile round trip, to get it to me.

    "It made my day and made me sob."

  10. Mortar rocket removed from Dunwich beach

    Part of a mortar rocket has been removed from the beach at Dunwich in Suffolk for "safe disposal", the Aldeburgh Coastguard Rescue Team has said.

    Tail end of a mortar rocket
    Tail end of a mortar rocket

    The team was contacted by two members of the public and, after investigation, photos were sent to an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, based at Colchester.

    The EOD visited the site and confirmed it was a tail end of a mortar rocket and was "possibly still live".

  11. Parking space detecting cars on trial in Milton Keynes

    A trial of "intelligent" cars which have the ability detect parking spaces has taken place in Milton Keynes.

    UK Autodrive has been testing the technology on public roads and in car parks.

    It involves vehicles using heat maps and live updates from other cars to locate spaces.

    Convoy of connective cars

    At an event today in Milton Keynes, Jaguar Land Rover also demonstrated its latest self-drive technology - a car which can drive itself to an empty space before parking itself.

    A spokesman from Milton Keynes Council said: "We're really pleased to be involved in this project. It gives us the opportunity to explore what benefits this can bring to our residents."

    The trial comes after a woman was killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona on Sunday.

  12. Plans to close Patrick Stead Hospital in Halesworth approved

    Plans to close the Patrick Stead Hospital in Halesworth have been approved by the Great Yarmouth & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    Patrick Stead Hospital, Halesworth

    It said the hospital was surplus to its requirements and the move would save £200,000 a year in running costs.

    Services including eye screening will be relocated to the nearby Rayner Green building.

    A condition was imposed that the CCG carries out future negotiations with patients, local people and the county council to ensure a "seemless transition of care".

    Campaigners, whoopposed an initial decision designate the hospital for closer in 2015, said today's decision was "expected" and "all to do with money".

  13. New chief executive for Suffolk County Council

    Suffolk County Council has appointed a new chief executive.

    Nicola Beach, who is currently executive director of infrastructure and environment at Essex County Council, will arrive at Endeavour House this summer.

    Nicola Beach

    Her £170,000-a-year appointment comes after the full council backed a unanimous recommendation by the authority’s staff appointments committee.

    Ms Beach, who has lived in Ipswich since 2005, said she was "delighted" to be appointed as the county council's chief executive.

    She replaces Sue Cook, who has acted as interim chief executive since September 2017 when Deborah Cadman left Suffolk County Council.

  14. Norman ruins of original church discovered in Norwich

    Footings of the original Norman church have been discovered on the site where one of Norwich's landmark places of worship was later built.

    St Peter Mancroft

    St Peter Mancroft on Millennium Plain is being renovated to include a larger area for performances as well as worship.

    Workers renovating the floor found two Norman stone pillars in the basement where they expected to find more recent medieval ones.

    It's the first glimpse of the original church, which was built c.1075, which was demolished to make way for St Peter Mancroft which dates from 1430.

    Anna Moskvina, church verger, said it was "very lucky that we've seen this bit of the church", but she ruled out a full excavation.

  15. Perfume stolen from Ramsey shop

    Thirty two bottles of perfume have been stolen from a shop in Ramsey.

    Police say thieves smashed the window of the Original Factory Shop in Great Whyte, and took the perfume from a glass display cabinet. Witness say they made off on foot.

    It happened at about 03:00 on Sunday.

    Ramsey shop
  16. Deadline looms on Greater Norwich housing plan

    A consultation into where thousands of homes will be built around Norwich and surrounding areas closes at 17:00 today.

    House

    The Greater Norwich Local Plan looks at where more than 7,000 homes should be built in South Norfolk, Broadland and Norwich over the next 18 years.

  17. Knock, knock who's there?

    The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing team are a busy a bunch.

    Not only do they check our roads are safe, but they also give rather sage advice......

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  18. Work starts at derelict Northampton hospital and workhouse

    Some building work has started on the former St Edmund's Hospital in Northampton.

    The Victorian building has been in a poor state for years and there are plans to build a new care village on the site and renovate the listed building at the front.

    Work on the St Edmund's Hospital gets under way
    Work on the St Edmund's Hospital gets under way

    When the plans were unveiled in 2015, developers said much of the building, designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, would be retained.

    The hospital and former workhouse was closed in 1998 and has since become a target for vandalism.

  19. Film crews come to Daventry for latest Nativity movie

    Daventry is to appear in the next film in the Nativity series of movies.

    A film crew spent the day in the main shopping area recording scenes for Nativity Rocks! - the fourth in the series.

    Filming taking place in Daventry

    Director Debbie Isitt said shopkeepers and shoppers in the town coped well with the demands of filming and were "absolutely amazing".

    She added: "It [Daventry] has a lovely community feel to the whole place. We'll definitely come back and film again."

    Filming taking place in Daventry
    Filming taking place in Daventry

    The movie is due out in late November - just in time for Christmas.

    • Nativity! (2009)
    • Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (2012)
    • Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? (2014)