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  1. Car hits house in Corringham

    Firefighters say they were called to reports of a Ford Fiesta striking a house in Stanford Le Hope at around 10:30 BST today.

    A fire crew was called to the scene. No one was injured.

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  2. Vomiting outbreak at Scout and Guide Jamboree

    A vomiting bug has been reported at an international Jamboree on the outskirts of Norwich.

    Norjam, which hosts thousands of adults and children from scout and guide associations from around the world, said 41 people had visited its onsite medical centre.

    No one has been taken to hospital and Public Health England (PHE) has been informed, it added.

    PHE said it was providing hygiene and infection control advice to help stop the illness spreading.

    The week-long Jamboree at the Norfolk Showground ends on Saturday.

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  3. State Cinema in Grays to become pub

    State Cinema, Grays

    The crumbling State Cinema in Grays is set to be redeveloped as a pub.

    Thurrock Council's planning committee has approved an application by JD Wetherspoons to turn the Art Deco cinema, in George Street, into a new bar complete with beer garden.

    Renovating the building, which has been empty since 1988, is expected to cost around £3m.

    The new pub will create 60 new jobs.

  4. Luton BID backs stadium plans... with conditions

    The board of Luton's Business Improvement District (BID) has said it is backing plans for Luton Town's new stadium at Power Court in the town centre - but only if its own demands are met.

    Impression of Power Court Stadium

    Luton BID said its primary concern was with the development of Newlands Park at junction 10 of the M1 - it said shops there should not compete with the town centre

    It also highlights the lack of office space and parking for town centre workers in the plans and said any inclusion of a new cinema must not impact on the existing one at the Galaxy Centre.

    The board has also said it is concerned about the impact of football crowds on shoppers and wants parking charges to be the same as in the town centre.

    The BBC has asked Luton Town FC for comment.

  5. Spate of number plate thefts in St Albans

    Hertfordshire Police say there's been an increase in the number of number plate thefts in the St Albans area.

    14 have been stolen in a fortnight: two in St Albans, one in Harpenden and 11 in London Colney.

    Police say they will run a number of "plate safe" events where residents will be able to get tamper-proof screws fitted for free.

    "We’d advise investing in these screws, parking in a garage if you can and obviously reporting a theft to police straight away," a spokesman said.

  6. Man has surgery after dog attack

    A man has undergone surgery following a dog attack in Hitchin, police have said.

    The victim, aged in his 40s, was walking his dog in the field behind Hitchin Rugby Club, off Old Hale Way at about 22:30 on 12 August when his pet was attacked by a brown Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog.

    During the attack, the dog bit the man’s arm several times causing deep cuts, which required surgery.

    The owner of the brown dog then placed his pet on a lead before apologising and walking off. He is described as a black man, of slim build and aged in his 20s.

    Hertfordshire Police have asked for witnesses to come forward.

  7. Teen arrested over shots fired from car in Kempston

    A teenager has been arrested after reports of gunshots being fired from a car.

    Campbell Close, Kempston

    Officers were called at about 17:45 to reports that a man had been threatened with a gun in Campbell Close, Kempston. There were then reports of a man was shooting from a car between Campbell Close and Bedford Road.

    Bedfordshire Police said a 16-year-old boy from Kempston was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and a number of driving offences.

    In a separate incident, in Bedford Road at about 19:00, a woman was hit by a car and died at the scene.

    Police said officers responding to the shooting incident were nearby and provided assistance, but the crash was not linked.

  8. Peterborough double murder arrest after body found

    Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in Peterborough.

    The body of a man in his 40s was discovered at about 10:10 on Tuesday in All Saints Road.

    Two men in their 40s from Peterborough were arrested on suspicion of murder and have been released under investigation.

    A post-mortem examination on Wednesday failed to determine the cause of death and further tests are being carried out, Cambridgeshire Police said.

    The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

  9. Stacey Dooley joins Strictly

    Luton TV presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley has been announced as the eighth contestant to join the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

    Stacey Dooley

    Dooley has been making documentaries for the BBC for nearly 10 years and was recently given an MBE.

    She said: "It's happening! I'm taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year and my mother is going to explode.

    "Typically, work for me is very serious and can be quite hardcore so I'm going to soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins. See you on the dancefloor!"

  10. Arty future for disused Chorleywood phone box

    A disused phone box is to become a miniature art gallery to display work from local artists.

    Phone box on New Parade in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire

    The box on New Parade in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, which dates back to 1986, will showcase amateur and professional work.

    Three Rivers District Council granted planning permission for change of use after an application was made by the parish council.

    Clerk Yvonne Merritt said it would be a "focal point" for the village.

    British Telecom (BT) said thousands of communities across the country have "seized the opportunity to do something wonderful" with phone boxes that had little or no use since they launched its Adopt a Kiosk scheme.

  11. Appeal after pedestrian dies in Kempston crash

    Bedfordshire Police are trying to identify a woman who died following a crash in Kempston on Thursday.

    Bedford Road, Kempston

    The female pedestrian was hit by a car on Bedford Road, between the junctions of Bunyan Road and Farrer Street at about 19:00.

    Police officers responding to reports of gunshots elsewhere in the town were nearby and gave medical attention while paramedics made their way to the scene. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

    The car driver has been spoken to by police but not arrested.

    The victim is described as about 50 or 60 years old, 5ft 6in tall, of Mediterranean appearance and with dark brown hair.

    Sgt James Thorne said: "This is obviously a very sad case and our priority is identifying this woman so that we can speak with her loved ones."

  12. Injuries after vehicles hit stray cows on A12 near Witham

    The A12 was closed for several hours after a number of cows were hit by vehicles at about 03:30 near Witham.

    Essex Police said the animals strayed on to the road between junctions 21 and 22.

    Some people in the vehicles have been injured, officers said.

    A12 traffic

    The road was closed in both directions but the Ipswich-bound side was reopened shortly after 07:30 and the London-bound side opened at about 08:15.

    It is not yet known whether any cows were killed or injured in the incident.

  13. 'Armed robbery' at Post Office counter

    Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery at a shop in South Wootton, near King's Lynn, this morning.

    The suspect, wearing a balaclava and carrying what appeared to be a firearm, threatened and hit a staff member at the Post Office counter in the Talking Heads shop on St Augustines Way at about 09:15.

    The staff member suffered minor injuries and the suspect was "luckily not able to get anything from the counter", according to Det Sgt Sam Pontin.

    He added police had reason to believe that the firearm was a fake or BB gun.

    The suspect hasn't yet been found.

  14. Great Yarmouth care home resident died after being pushed over

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A 86-year-old resident of a care home, which was rated inadequate by a watchdog, died in hospital two months after being injured when he was pushed over by another resident, an inquest has heard.

    Salisbury Residential Home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

    Keith Barry, who was living at Salisbury Residential Home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, suffered a fractured femur when he was pushed over by a man who was suffering from dementia - called Mr R - on 28 October 2017.

    The fracture was fixed at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, but Mr Barry suffered a chest infection and died from pneumonia in December that year.

    Det Sgt Paul Claxton, of Norfolk Police, said there was no evidence the staff or home were neglectful and that it was an unfortunate and spontaneous incident.

    Coroner Jacqueline Lake delivered a narrative verdict in which she said the home had addressed issues over concern about record keeping and communication.

  15. Speedway faces uncertain future after sale

    Rockingham Motor Speedway

    The sale of Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire has been completed.

    The track says there will be changes in business operations at the venue.

    In a statement on Facebook, it's reassured customers that the rest of this year's events will go ahead, but it's unclear what will happen beyond 2018.

  16. Healthcare trust rated 'outstanding' by inspectors

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as "outstanding" following a series of inspections.

    It follows visits from Chief Inspector of Hospitals Julie Meikle, who was part of a team that visited the Trust in June and July.

    The Trust had previously been rated in January as "good", and this time around the inspectors visited six services previously rated as "requires improvement".

    These included mental health crisis services and community health services for adults.

    The outcome was an overall rating of "outstanding", as well as for whether its services are caring and well-led. It was rated "good" for whether its services are safe, effective and responsive.

  17. Man charged after flat fire

    A man has been charged with arson after a fire within a flat complex in Eye.

    No-one was injured in the fire, at about 13:15 on Monday, but it did cause minor damage to the building in Hutton Court.

    A 28-year-old man was arrested a short time later and has since been charged.

  18. Northamptonshire: £1m on long term waste strategy for NCC

    Sarah Ward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Northamptonshire County Council will spend £1m over the next two years on a number of advisors to develop a long-term strategy for the disposal of the county's waste.

    At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the authority's conservative ruling cabinet voted to approve the spending on the services of technical, financial and legal advisors to make a plan for the future of waste collection.

    £500,000 will be spent in 2018-19 with the same amount budgeted for 2019-20.

    Rubbish bin overflowing

    The authority spends £17m each year disposing of 170,000 tonnes of waste at a treatment centre outside of the county.

    The district and borough councils are responsible for collecting the waste and there are a range of different collection services operating across Northamptonshire, with Daventry recently moving to an unpopular three weekly collection.

  19. County archives to close ahead of move to former bowling alley

    Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives are to close temporarily in December, six months ahead of a move to a new home in Ely.

    The archives are currently based at Shire Hall in Cambridge but will be moving to the former Strikes Bowling Alley in summer 2019.

    Shire Hall, Cambridge

    Staff at the Cambridgeshire County Council-run archives will conduct "essential cleaning, repackaging and data correlation work" during its closure, the council has said.

    It will be closed on 1 December and it is hoped will reopen at its new base about six months later.

  20. East Northamptonshire: Affordable homes refused

    Sarah Ward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for an affordable housing scheme in an Northamptonshire village have been refused.

    Councillors on East Northamptonshire Council's planning committee ruled against an application to build up to 30 homes on the edge of Kings Cliffe.

    Blatherwycke Road

    The plans, which included 20 affordable homes, had not been popular with a number of residents.

    The authority received 20 objection letters against the development, which would have been near to the poultry farm in Blatherwycke Road.

    Traffic issues, concerns the proposed homes were too densely located, and the scheme's possible impact on Kings Cliffe's sewage system were among reasons given by objectors.