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  1. Rod Stewart to play at Ipswich and Milton Keynes

    Sir Rod Stewart has announced he will be performing twice in the East of England next summer.

    The Maggie May singer will take to the stage at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on 4 June.

    He will then return to Ipswich's Portman Road on 7 June, having played at the venue in 1991 and 2007.

    The dates are part of a seven-venue UK tour in support of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, which will be released on 28 September.

    He will also play in Southampton, York, Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Bolton.

    Sir Rod Stewart at Portman Road
    Image caption: Sir Rod Stewart has played at Ipswich's Portman Road twice before
  2. Care of suicide-risk veterans 'not enough'

    Ken Campbell with his tribute to forces suicide victims

    An Army veteran, who served in the 1982 Falklands Conflict, says not enough is being done to prevent the suicides of forces personnel who have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    Ken Campbell, of Veterans United Against Suicide, has placed 32 crosses in his front garden in Irthlingborough - which represent what that organisation believes is the number of suicides by ex-forces personnel so far this year.

    He said he has PTSD and had made seven suicide attempts himself, with the last one being two years' ago.

    "When I left [the Army in 1986] it is like the door is just shut on you - they're doing more now, but I don't think they're doing enough, fast enough," he said.

    The Ministry of Defence, which does not have official figures for suicides by ex-service personnel, said veterans could access "the wide range of support available" and that it has increased its spending on mental health to £22m a year, set up a helpline and "continues to tackle any perceived stigma around talking about mental health issues".

  3. Meeting to discuss level crossing closure

    A meeting is being held this evening to discuss the potential closure of a level crossing in St Albans.

    Network Rail has proposed closing the Cottonmill Lane level crossing "following incidents of deliberate misuse".

    Child playing on level crossing

    National Rail said it is working with Hertfordshire County Council and St Albans City and District Council to "find an alternative to a crossing".

    Local people are invited to the meeting between 16:00 and 19:00 at St Julian's Church Hall, Abbots Avenue, St Albans.

  4. Fire will not affect Huntingdon racing

    Race-goers have been assured the 4 October meeting at Huntingdon Racecourse on 4 October will go ahead, despite a grandstand fire on Monday.

    The Jockey Club have said several boxes have been damaged and there is also some water damage.

    The cause of the fire has not yet been found.

  5. Shop car crash 'felt like an earthquake'

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A car has crashed into the front window of a town centre shop.

    Police have set up a cordon outside the Dance Vibe store on Fore Street in Ipswich.

    The incident happened just before 10:00.

    The smashed window at Dance Vibe in Ipswich

    Karen Miller, who works in the family business, said when she arrived at the shop, the window was smashed in and a mannequin was on the floor.

    She described the incident as a "bit of a nightmare" which had caused a loss in trade.

    Barber Michael Andre, whose business is next door, said the crash "made the building shake" and "felt like an earthquake".

  6. Man has 'serious eye injury' after gang attack

    A man has a serious eye injury after being attacked by a gang, Northamptonshire Police said.

    The 37-year-old was punched in the face on Wellingborough Road, Northampton, at about 22:10 on Saturday.

    Officers are appealing for witnesses and said the gang were described as being all-male and "Asian in appearance".

    It happened close to the junction with Aritzan Road (pictured on another occasion).

    Wellingborough Road, Northampton
  7. Man threatened with gun and car stolen in Clacton

    A man was threatened with what was believed to be a handgun and his car was stolen, police said.

    The incident happened near Nayland Drive, Clacton, just before 23:35 last night.

    Essex Police said the victim, a man aged in his 20s, was getting out of his car when he was approached by a group of men, who had been in a silver people carrier.

    The force said the weapon was pointed at the victim and his car, a grey Honda Civic, was stolen.

    Police said it was believed to be a "targeted" incident, and appealed for witnesses and dashcam footage.

  8. Essex independent living service in special measures

    Piers Meyler, Local Democracy Reporter

    An Essex County Council service that helps elderly people live independently has been placed into special measures in the wake of reports of insufficient staffing.

    The council, which commissions the service run by Allied Healthcare, said it was working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an inspection in March found failings that risked the health and safety of several people requiring support.

    The health watchdog said staff told inspectors they were exhausted and during the week commencing 5 March 1,320 visits had been cancelled or missed.

    John Spence, cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care at Essex County Council, said: "We are continuing to monitor their performance but we have seen improvement and the service is now working better."

  9. Travel: Lorry on fire causes delay on M40

    A lorry fire has caused delays on the M40 in Buckinghamshire this afternoon.

    Fire crews are dealing with the incident on the southbound carriageway between junction three for Loudwater and junction two for Beaconsfield.

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  10. Sky lantern ban proposed for council land

    Norwich City Council could ban sky or Chinese lanterns and foil balloons from being released on its land to help protect the environment.

    Sky lantern in a night sky

    Since the 1980s, people have been banned from letting off latex helium balloons on land owned by the council.

    It is now looking at following other authorities in Norfolk by extending the ban to sky lanterns which are prohibited on council land.

    A report for councillors say they pose a danger to wildlife and livestock - as well as posing a fire risk.

  11. Man and teenager threatened with knives

    A man in his 20s was treated in hospital after he was threatened with a knife by a group of people in Norwich in the Mousehold Heath area late on Saturday night.

    The group wanted to know what was in the man's bag and he was punched and later taken to hospital with injuries to his face.

    Two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were arrested.

    Earlier in the evening police responded to reports of a robbery in Anglia Square in Norwich, after a teenager was threatened with a knife.

    A 14-year-old was arrested and a knife seized. Police are not linking the robberies.

  12. Two have 'serious injuries' after A428 crash

    The driver and passenger of one car and two boys who were passengers in another have been taken to hospital with serious or life-threatening injuries after a collision in Northamptonshire on Saturday.

    An Audi A3 and a Volvo were involved in the crash on the A428 at East Haddon, near Althorp, at 16:40.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened at the crossroads with Church Lane.

    Two boys, 13 and 16, who were in the back of the Audi have been taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital and the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham respectively with life-threatening injuries, while that car's driver has been treated at Northampton General for minor injuries.

    The male driver and female front-seat passenger in the Volvo were taken to University Hospital Coventry with serious injuries.

  13. Ongar firefighters fund-raise for memorial bench

    A group of firefighters are raising funds to replace a vandalised memorial bench.

    The Ongar Fire Station team have set up a Just Giving page to buy a new bench after the original was thrown in the moat at the library park on Friday.

    The bench, dedicated to their late colleague Peter Lupton, was located in the Cerizay Garden. The team plan to relocate the new one to the fire station.

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  14. Library managers lose jobs despite 'pause' in closures

    Sarah Ward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Library managers have been made redundant, despite Northamptonshire County Council agreeing to a pause in its library cuts programme while court action is in progress.

    Due to ongoing financial problems, the council has been planning to stop running 21 of its 36 libraries, and close them unless an independent voluntary community organisation can be set up to take them on.

    Last month, the High Court ruled the council had made its decision unlawfully.

    The council would not say how many staff had lost their jobs, but said the redundancies had taken effect before it introduced the pause.

    A council spokesman said: "We made a decision to pause the proposed changes to the local library service for further consideration and are continuing to work closely with community groups, partners and interested parties within the wider context of the council's budget recovery programme... no decisions have been made yet."

    Northampton Central Library
  15. Man stabbed in Tilbury 'targeted attack'

    A man is under guard in hospital after he was stabbed in a "targeted attack" in Tilbury.

    Police were called to a disturbance in the Leighton Gardens and Melba Gardens area on Saturday night.

    Leighton Gardens, Tilbury

    They say a man was repeatedly stabbed, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

    Det Insp Eileen Mullins said: "At this stage, this is suspected to be a targeted attack and my team of officers are working hard to establish the circumstances.

    "The victim is in hospital where he is being safeguarded."

  16. Missing farmer's land and herd being 'looked after'

    "Special arrangements" have been made to secure and protect livestock and land belonging to a farmer who's been missing for more than three months.

    William Taylor, now 70, was last seen at his home in Gosmore, near Hitchin, at about 21:00 on 3 June.

    William Taylor

    Police and search teams have spent weeks scouring the land around his farm for the grandfather, who police say may have been wearing a blue boiler suit at the time he disappeared.

    Ch Insp Julie Wheatley said Mr Taylor had been a farmer for most of his life and was "passionate" about his job and his cattle.

    “Special arrangements have had to be made to ensure that they are looked after, along with his other farm animals, which serves to illustrate just how out of character William’s disappearance really is," she said.