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  1. Britvic staff in Norwich to strike over redundancy pay

    Members of the GMB Union at Britvic in Norwich have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over redundancy packages.

    The factory is due to close next year with the loss of more than 200 jobs and a GMB officer called on the company to show them "some loyalty and recognition".

    Britvic factory sign.

    Britvic said it had already agreed to offer an "enhanced" redundancy package and industrial action wouldn't achieve larger payments.

    A spokesman said: "This enhanced package is substantially larger than the amount we are legally obliged to pay, and we made this commitment in good faith following the collective consultation process with employee representatives, including the GMB".

  2. Students urged not to burn textbooks after GCSE exams

    Pupils finishing their GCSEs are being warned not to hold post-exam book-burning sessions.

    Firefighters were called to an outdoor fire in Milton Keynes today where books and revision papers had been burned.

    Burned books and revision papers in Milton Keynes.

    They managed to identify some pupil names and contacted their headteacher, who said the matter would be "dealt with".

    Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it recognised the "symbolic nature" of the burning sessions but a spokesman warned: "Fire is a nuisance, anti-social and arson."

  3. Number of drug related deaths in Bedfordshire

    Two people have died and a number of people have been taken to hospital in Bedfordshire following repotrs that they had become ill after taking illegal drugs.

    Bedfordshire Police is warning the public about the dangers of taking drugs after the incidents which happened on Saturday and Sunday.

    The police said it was never clear what other ingredients were in illegal substances.

    Ch Supt David Boyle said: "The incidents are not believed to be linked, however, these act as a stark reminder to people of the dangers of drug misuse and we are working hard with our partners to raise awareness and prevent further incidents.

    "With the rise of new psychoactive substances, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know exactly what you are buying."

  4. Brand new sculpture damaged at Rushmere Country Park

    A brand new wooden sculpture has been left damaged in a country park.

    Damselfly sculpture
    Image caption: The Damselfly before the damage...

    The Damselfly was only installed at Rushmere Country Park, in Heath and Reach, last week and was created by sculpture Ian Freemantle, in the park's Oak Wood, as part of a new sculpture trail.

    Damselfly sculpture on its side
    Image caption: ...and after

    A spokeswoman for The Greesands Trust which runs the park, said she did not know how it was damaged but vandalism couldn't be ruled out.

    Damselfly sculpture in water

    "It is really disheartening" she said.

  5. Council pledges £8m to preserve historic Post Office frontage

    The designs for a refurbishment of the former Post Office building in Bury St Edmunds are to go on show later this month.

    St Edmundsbury Borough Council bought the site for nearly £1.7m and this year agreed to invest more than £6m to redevelop the site while retaining the historic frontage.

    Post Office frontage

    Alaric Pugh, Conservative councillor in charge of planning and growth, said: "It's very important to keep a sense of history and the feeling these buildings bring to the town centre.

    "If we can make them work in the modern world then we believe we should. The theme of the Masterplan for the town centre is keeping history without becoming history.

    "The designs will fit in with what came out of the public engagement on the Masterplan last year, and the council's growth investment strategy, which enables it to look beyond a straightforward financial investment return, and instead look at the benefits it can deliver both socially and to the local economy."

  6. New port IT system causing delays and ship diversions

    Ships are being diverted away from one of Britain's major container ports after a new IT system, introduced over last weekend, caused delays.

    Tilbury port said it had been contacted by shipping lines looking for an alternative to Felixstowe (pictured), where the the operator Hutchison Ports said diverting ships was not unusual.

    Felixstowe port

    The Felixstowe Port Users' Association said the situation was improving with 60% of containers being loaded within an hour.

    On Wednesday, lorry drivers complained of tailbacks of up to 16 hours after the IT system was introduced on Sunday.

    Jason Flower, chairman of the association, said there were more vehicles getting away from the port now, but there was "still an issue with some containers… 20% of them are taking more than three hours and some are taking five hours to be handled".

  7. Drone pilots to support firefighters and police

    Firefighters are to get a bird's-eye view of incidents and searches in Norfolk...

    Two drones are being introduced and will be flown by trained pilots using a high-tech control vehicle able to travel across the county.

    The drones will assist crews at Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service in tackling incidents, taking part in searches and enhancing crew and public safety.

    Drone in flight

    As well as taking images from the air in searches of remote farmland, forests and flooded areas, the drones have thermal imaging so can safely check for fire hotspots.

    Drone controls

    The drone team will be based at Wymondham and they will also be available to assist other emergency services.

  8. Plane lands nose first as student pilot 'panicked'

    An aircraft’s nose landing gear partially collapsed and its propeller struck the runway surface, following a bounced landing by a student pilot, a report has found.

    Cessna 152

    The Cessna 152 was coming in to land at Wycombe Air Park in Buckinghamshire on 4 July when the 23-year-old student started to make "over-corrections" while trying to achieve the correct airspeed.

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said the instructor saw the aircraft pitching up and down and saw the mainwheels touchdown before the aircraft bounced, with its nose-up. The nose then dropped and the aircraft landed nosewheel-first.

    In retrospect, the pilot believed she was unable to control the airspeed adequately during the last part of the approach and, when the aircraft bounced, she panicked slightly.

    She had been trained to go around in such circumstances, and she realises this is what she ought to have done, the report said.

  9. Broom handle attack leaves man with suspected fractured skull

    A woman, in her 40s, has been arrested after an assault, with what police believe was a broom handle, that left a man with a suspected fractured skull.

    The attack, by a woman and three men, happened in Norwich at about 14:20 yesterday in the alleyway between Morrisons Supermarket and the Nike store in Albion Way.

    Albion Way

    The victim, aged in his 30s, was taken to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.

    Police want to hear from anyone or has information about the attack or the three men, who are still at large.

  10. 'Guard sheep' at former school site keep grounds tidy

    A primary school that closed in a Norfolk village three years ago has a new security and grounds maintenance force - a flock of sheep.

    The flock is owned by Sally and Andrew Medler who run a nearby care farm at Lingwood near Norwich, which supports people with learning difficulties and disabilities, and they came up with the idea when they needed extra grazing.

    Guard sheep

    The security firm looking after the school were also concerned that grass, shrubs and weeds were getting out of control and a deal was done.

    The Wiltshire horned sheep can look menacing and be noisy. They are also voracious eaters and have brought the 2ft high grass down to manageable levels.

    The children who visit the care farm also come down to the school site and have looked after some of this year's lambs by bottle feeding them, Sally said.

  11. Snakes rescued from Milton Keynes flat fire

    Two snakes have been rescued after a fire at a flat in Milton Keynes.

    Buckinghamshire and MK Fire and Rescue Service said the first-floor of the building in Capron, Beanhill, was severely damaged and the flat below had smoke damage.

    Crews from Bletchley, Great Holm and Broughton attended.

    The reptiles were rescued from the ground-floor flat.

    Flat fire
  12. Man stabbed in Northampton attack

    A man has suffered stab wounds in an attack in Northampton.

    Brookfield Road, Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police were called to the Brookfield Road area of the town at about 21:45 yesterday following reports of an altercation between a man in a car and a man in a private-hire vehicle.

    A 34-year-old man was found with stab wounds by officers near Randall Road and taken to Northampton General Hospital.

    Investigators are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Staff turnover doubles after Suffolk councils' HQ move, report reveals

    Jason Noble

    Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

    A report has revealed 122 employees left Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils following their move to Endeavour House in Ipswich last year.

    The figures were presented to Mid Suffolk's overview and scrutiny committee and reveal staff turnover ran at 22.5% in the financial year 2017-2018, compared to 10.5% in the previous financial year.

    Endeavour House, Ipswich

    Green Party councillor Rachel Eburne said she was concerned the loss of experience might have an impact on council services.

    But Conservative councillor Glen Horn said he was "satisfied we have done everything we can to mitigate the impacts of the move, and we did expect some changes".

    Babergh moved from Hadleigh and Mid Suffolk moved from Needham Market into Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House in Ipswich in 2017, which is in neither district, and have begun sharing many services.

  14. Jewellery stolen as antique shop targeted for the second time

    Thieves have struck an antique shop for the second time in a few weeks, taking antique jewellery worth nearly £3,500, Suffolk Police have said.

    The thieves forced a cabinet in the Snape Maltings Antiques and Collectors Centre at the music and shopping complex near Aldeburgh on 7 June at some point between 13:40 and 16:00.

    Gold ring with a single diamond with a turquoise each side

    They made off with a Victorian opal, ruby and seed pearl brooch, two diamond rings, a moonstone and diamond bangle and a gold and turquoise pendant.

    The shop was previously targeted on 3 or 4 May when a cabinet holding four 1930s or 1940s clocks worth about £1,000 were taken.

    A 1930s/40s French bakelite and chrome ‘SMI’ small mantle clock
  15. Police seek 'key witnesses' in Southend rape case

    temple farm industrial estate

    Police are investigating a rape at an industrial estate in Southend.

    A 32-year-old woman was attacked on the Temple Farm industrial estate, off Chandlers Way, at about 23:20 on 9 June.

    She told Essex Police she approached two men outside an industrial unit for help after the attack, and detectives say they are "key witnesses".

    The suspect is described as white, bald, about 6ft (1.82m) tall and he was wearing a red tracksuit with white stripes.

  16. Corbyn comes to Stevenage

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been in Stevenage, to announce who will be party's new parliamentary candidate for the town.

    Jill Borcherds has worked as a teacher in Stevenage for the past 24 years and replaces Sharon Taylor, who has stood against Conservative MP Stephen McPartland in the last three elections.

    He said: "Sharon is a good friend, a fantastic council leader, committed to the community and she has the unique selling point of being an Arsenal supporter."

    Jill Borcherds and Jeremy Corbyn
  17. Grayson Perry shown Broomfield Hospital's 'surgical robot'

    Grayson Perry was shown a state-of-the-art surgery robot on a visit to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

    The artist, known for his House for Essex at Wrabness among other things, was there to film a separate TV project, the details of which are still under wraps.

    The device - known as Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Xi - is being funded by a £1.5m robotic surgery appeal.

    Consultant surgeon Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan and trust chairman Nick Alston talked Perry through the technology, which aims to reduce hospital stays and make recovery faster.

    grayson perry

    Mr Alston said: "We are proud of our reputation for innovation in the use of robotic surgery and we are committed to working to secure the future development and expansion of robotic surgery here in Essex."

  18. Seven storey student accommodation block plan rejected

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A revised application for a new building on a Norwich car park to provide accommodation for 252 students has been turned down after the city council received 51 objections.

    Planners considered a new revised application for the building next to Sentinel House in Surrey Street reduced from eight to seven storeys, but said it was still too large and its distance from a row of listed terraced homes was too small.

    Student block site

    The overall design also failed to blend with the Carlton Terrace homes and other historic buildings in a conservation area.

    Artist's impression

    The developer SCY Student Accommodation Ltd made the case that although the site had been designated for office accommodation and jobs there was little prospect of this as the market was depressed.

  19. Women's Tour: A close finish to the Northamptonshire leg

    It was very close, but the US's Coryn Rivera just beat Marianne Vos of The Netherlands across the finish line in Daventry at the second stage of the Women's Tour in Northamptonshire today.

    It took them just over four hours to complete the 145km (90miles)-route from Rushden.

    View more on twitter

    The race heads to Warwickshire tomorrow for stage three of five, with a route from Atherstone to Leamington Spa.

    The event concludes in Colwyn Bay on Sunday.

  20. Now 'nothing to stop' Sixfields stadium redevelopment

    James Averill

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A deal has been reached over a parcel of land at Sixfields Stadium, which delayed the troubled redevelopment of Northampton Town Football Club's East Stand.

    An oversight in 2013 meant too much land was leased to CDNL, a development company now owned by current Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas and a fellow director.

    Sixfields Stadium.

    The chairman had threatened to sell the club unless Northampton Borough Council allowed them to surrender part of the lease to transfer the land back to the club.

    That was agreed at a cabinet meeting and it was confirmed "there is now absolutely nothing to stop the development of the stand".