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Fans flock to vintage sale

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Fans of vintage engines and vehicles from around the world have been converging on Sutton near Ely for the annual sale organised by auctioneers Cheffins. More than three thousand items ranging from old calendars to antique traction engines were going under the hammer.

Police name woman who died in A12 crash

Police have named a motorist who died following a road traffic collision on the A12 at Copdock in Suffolk yesterday, Friday 20 April.

Officers were called at 12.40pm to reports of a six-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway prior to the Copdock Mill interchange. Four cars including a red Mazda 6, a black Vauxhall Zafira, a black Toyota Hilux and a blue BMW 320 were involved in the incident as well as two Volvo HGV lorries.

The driver of the Mazda, Mandy Snowling aged 43 from Ipswich, died at the scene.

A man and woman who had been travelling in the Vauxhall Zafira sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment but were later discharged.

The road was closed until around midnight to allow an investigation into the circumstances of the collision to take place.


Man stabbed outside pub

A man's been stabbed in Harlow. It happened around 9.30 pm last night outside a pub in Market Street. It wasn't reported to police until after midnight. The victim required 15 stitches in hospital. He told officers he was attacked by three men during a fight in the Chequers that spilled into the street.

Vauxhall van workers accept new pay deal

Van production at Luton

Vauxhall van workers at Luton have backed a pay deal, smoothing the way for new investment at their plant.

Members of Unite at the factory voted by 68% in favour of an offer which the union said was worth £750, plus a rise of 1.5% in January 2019.

Workers will also see a 30% reduction in banked hours, meaning it will take workers two-thirds of the time it currently does to pay back hours that are banked during plant shutdowns, said Unite.

The union added that acceptance of the deal paves the way for Vauxhall's French owners PSA to press ahead with investing in new van production at the Luton plant.

Airline starts transatlantic flights from Stansted


An Icelandic-owned airline has pledged to "make expensive transatlantic flights history" after launching long haul services from London Stansted this week.

Primera Air operated its first flight from the Essex airport to New York on Thursday, with routes to Boston, Toronto and Washington DC opening in the coming weeks.

Fares start at £99 one way as the carrier bids to tempt passengers away from legacy operators such as British Airways.

Anastasija Visnakova, Primera's chief commercial officer, believes passengers are "smart" and will not pay #500 for a ticket when significantly lower fares are available.

In an interview with the Press Association, she said: "When you're flying from the UK to Europe you would not pay more than #100 because you can get tickets for £30.

"On the transatlantic market, people are becoming really wise about how they spend their money.

"We make the transatlantic flights really cheap and we make expensive transatlantic flights history."


RUGBY: Rob Horne retires from Northampton Saints after injury

Rob Horne Credit: Northampton Saints

In rugby Northampton Saints have announced the retirement of centre Rob Horne after injury.

It is with great sadness that Northampton Saints can today confirm that due to an injury sustained in the Club’s fixture against Leicester Tigers, centre Rob Horne has been forced to retire from rugby.

– Northampton Saints

After undergoing tests, leading neurological consultants from The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore confirmed that Horne has suffered career-ending nerve damage to his right arm.

“This is absolutely tragic news, and has been devastating for every member of the squad and staff here,” said interim head coach Alan Dickens.

“All our thoughts are of course with Rob and his family at this time.

“Rob is not only a world-class rugby player, but he’s an exceptional man. He is a hugely respected and popular member of the dressing room and this will be an enormous loss to Saints – both from a rugby and a personal perspective.

Horne arrived at Franklin’s Gardens last summer after 10 seasons with the Waratahs, where he played in a Super 14 final at the age of just 18 before claiming the Super Rugby title in 2014.The outside centre won 34 caps for the Wallabies, representing Australia in two Rugby World Cups and against the British & Irish Lions in 2013.

The 28-year-old made 21 appearances in the Black, Green and Gold jersey of Saints, scoring eight tries to make him this season’s top-scorer, and led out Northampton against Tigers at Welford Road last weekend for the first time as stand-in skipper.

Police recover stolen power tools worth thousands of pounds

Some of the stolen power tools recovered by police Credit: Suffolk police

Police have recovered more than 120 power tools which are believed to have been stolen from vans and properties across Suffolk.

Officers executed a warrant at an address in Colchester and arrested a 42-year old man and a 37-year old woman on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Both have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

One of the recovered items is a Festool powet tool set in grey drawers Credit: Suffolk police

Detectives are trying to identify the owners of the recovered property.

Anyone who has had tools stolen are asked to contact police by sending an email to

Before property can be returned, proof of ownership is needed.

Police water safety warning as warm weather continues

Norfolk police aree reminding people to think twice before entering rivers or lakes to cool off from the recent warm weather.

After temperatures spiked this week, people are urged to be conscious of open, unguarded bodies of water which may contain dangerous currents, particularly in light of the recent intensive and prolonged rain which preceded the warm spell.

Police say even the strongest and experienced swimmers can get into difficulties due to undercurrents in deeper water.

“It certainly seems like a long time ago since we had such great weather, and with it being so warm going for a swim can be tempting. We ask people to remember that recent wet weather has caused local rivers to swell above their normal levels, which has created a much more dangerous environment. If you are looking to cool off by going for a swim, please use safe areas such as leisure centres and lidos and stay safe while enjoying the glorious weather."

– Chief Superintendent Dave Boyle, Norfolk Police
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