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Sisters talk about their Manchester terror nightmare

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia report Russell Hookey

Two sisters from Northamptonshire have been talking about being caught up in the terror attack at Manchester Arena.

17-year-old Brook Page and her 11-year-old sister Adele, from Milton Malsor, were at the Ariana Grande concert where a suicide bomber murdered 22 people and injured dozens more.

They've spoken about how they escaped from the venue and the support they're getting now to help them come to terms with what they've been through.

Fresh appeal from missing man's family

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia reporter Serena Sandhu

Police say they are no further forward with their investigation two years after a drug dealer from Essex went missing.

Chris May, who's from Kelvedon, disappeared from his home in May 2015. His car was later found abandoned on a country lane near the village of Fairstead.

A murder investigation was launched by police last year. His mother's made a fresh appeal to find her son.


Armed police on the region's streets

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia reporter Natalie Gray

There has been an immediate reaction in our region to Britain's terror alert rising to critical. Armed police have been seen on streets, at stations and in shopping centres following the suicide bombing in Manchester.

But the Chief Constable of Norfolk says rather than be afraid people should feel reassured by the increased police presence. And for anyone considering missing out on the big events across our region this summer he says still go - otherwise the terrorists have won.


Kittens ‘beaten and thrown out onto streets to fend for themselves’

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The RSPCA is investigating after two kittens were found abandoned in Essex with serious injuries.

The black and white kittens, thought to be eight-weeks-old, were found by a woman at Gunners Park, in Shoeburyness near Southend-on-Sea, on Tuesday May 23rd.

RSPCA inspector Adam Jones had to coax one of the kittens out of undergrowth with chicken.

“My concern is that they’ve been attacked and beaten before being thrown out to fend for themselves having suffered horrific injuries," he said.

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One of the kittens had a broken leg which may need amputating and the other had an open fracture to the tail which is “beyond repair” and will need removing. They’ve been named Gunner and Parker after the spot they were found.

“These poor little cats have suffered so much in their short lives already but we’re confident that with good veterinary care and lots of TLC they will do well and will have the chance to go on to lead happy lives.”

– RSPCA inspector Adam Jones

Once they are healthy enough, Gunner and Parker will be rehomed by the RSPCA.

Hard work and not much to see... the joys of long-distance travel by pedalo

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia reporter Stuart Leithes

Two friends from Northamptonshire are riding a pedalo from Birmingham to London for charity.

Luke Barker and Russ Palmer are doing it in memory of Luke's two children Jasmine and Freddie who were both still born.

They are spending ten days making the 137-mile journey along canals at a speed of about two miles an hour.

Watch the report to find out why it's not quite as enjoyable as they'd hoped.

RAF Freedom parade postponed

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An RAF freedom parade through the streets of Stamford in has been postponed on the advice of police following the Manchester terror attack.

Personnel from RAF Wittering were due to exercise their freedom of the Lincolnshire town on Thursday May 25th.

Station spokesman Ed Palmer said: "In consultation with Lincolnshire Police and in line with national police guidelines, RAF wittering has reluctantly decided to postpone the parade marking the freedom of Stamford tomorrow.

“Although we are not aware of any specific threat to Stamford or RAF Wittering, we believe it would be more appropriate to hold the parade at a later date.

"RAF Wittering apologises for any disappointment and thanks the people of Stamford and all the nearby communities for their continuing support."

Chinese firm to take control of Lotus

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A Chinese firm is to take a majority stake in Norfolk-based sports car maker Lotus.

Zhejiang Geely says it will make the acquisition as part of a deal to invest in Lotus's parent company Proton. It will take a 49 per cent stake in the Malaysian carmaker and with it a 51 per cent stake in Lotus.

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Lotus employs 750 staff at Hethel near Norwich and generates work for a further three thousand people supplying parts and services to the company.

ITV News Anglia understands that Lotus staff heard about the deal from reports in the media.

Lotus HQ at Hethel near Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Daniel Donghui Li, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Geely Holding Group, said: “With Proton and Lotus joining the Geely Group portfolio of brands we strengthen our global footprint and develop a beachhead in South East Asia."

"We also aim to unleash the full potential of Lotus Cars and bring it into a new phase of development by expanding and accelerating the rolling out of new products and technologies.”

– Daniel Donghui Li, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Geely Holding Group

Geely Holding Group acquired Volvo Cars from Ford Motor Company in 2010 and acquired the London Taxi Company in 2013.

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