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Suffolk remains one of country's safest places to live

Suffolk one of safest counties

Suffolk remains one of the safest counties in the country according to new figures.

The latest crime figures show that the county saw a 2.8% increase in recorded crime when comparing figures year on year. But drug offences were down 15%, burglary down 7% and criminal damage down 3%.

Offences that saw a rise in numbers recorded included robbery (294 recorded – up 21%) and violence against the person (14,388 – up 18%).

Most forces are seeing a rise in recorded crime so we are not alone in this fact, but the public can feel reassured that we remain amongst the safest places in the country.

– Deputy Chief Constable Steve Jupp

Sentinel satellite heads to Russia for rocket launch

The Sentinel 5P satellite Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

A Stevenage built satellite is heading to Russia for launch. The Sentinel 5P Satellite was designed and made at Airbus in the town.

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is heading to the launch site at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The probe is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

"This mission will give Europe new way to measure global pollution levels in much greater detail.”

– Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in the UK

More on the Copernicus project.

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Not how you start it's how you finish! Harlow athlete powers to Bronze

Richie Chiassaro took part in the T54 wheelchair 400 metre final at the World Paralympics athletics final.

The Harlow athlete left it late but powered to the line to take bronze in a photo finish.

Richie said he was proud to have taken a medal after disappointment in the 800m.

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Families of two men killed in a factory explosion call for better workplace safety

Derek Timbers and Barry Joy who died in a factory explosion in Norwich

An inquest has found there was poor training and inadequate risk assessments at a factory in Norwich where two men died in an explosion.

After nearly two weeks of evidence, a jury has recorded a narative conclusion into the deaths of Barry Joy and Daniel Timbers at Harford Attachments in July 2015.

The families of the two men are now calling for more to be done to improve safety in the workplace.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia reporter Graham Stothard

Body of man recovered from river in Bedford

Police in Bedford are investigating the death of a man found in a river

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the body of a man was discovered in a river in Bedford.

Emergency services were called to the Riverside Embankment in Bedford on Tuesday morning (18 July) after a man was seen in the water. He was recovered from the river but pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men from Bedford were arrested in connection with the death. A 28-year-old man has been released and will face no further action, and a 47-year-old man has been released on bail.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning that could help us establish the circumstances that has led to this man’s death.

– DI Lucy Thompson, Beds Police

A post mortem was inconclusive and the death is currently being treated as unexplained. Further tests are due to be carried out to try and find the cause of death.

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