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Kids have an egg-cellent time at Wimpole Estate

A little girl at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Children across our region have been on the look out for one thing this weekend...chocolate!

Easter egg hunts have been taking place at various National Trust properties, including Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk and the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.

Children find a golden egg box at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Families are given an 'Eggsploration kit', which includes a map, passport and special explorer hat.

At the Wimpole Estate, they have had more than 5,000 people taking part in the Easter egg hunt over the past few weeks. The trail goes through the estate's gardens, and involves tracking down golden egg boxes which eventually lead to a special chocolate Easter egg.

Hattie Parker, Wimpole Estate Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hattie Parker from Wimpole Estate said:

"It's a really good family fun day out. It's something al the family can do together which is great.

"We've had 5,150 trails go out so far and all the children coming back and collecting their chocolate eggs - it's very exciting I think for everybody!"

Anglia weather update: Sunshine turning into cloud and rain

Lowestoft beach in Suffolk Credit: Graham Cannell

This Evening and Tonight:It will become increasingly cloudy overnight, with cloud thick enough to give a few showers in places by the morning. Temperatures staying several degrees above freezing. Minimum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

Sunday: Some sunny intervals for time, but a band of rain will spread slowly north during the day, which could be heavy. Winds fresh and chilly northeasterly. Max temperature 13 deg C (55 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:Warmer than Sunday but staying unsettled with further showers, perhaps heavy on Tuesday. Brighter for a time on Wednesday, but with more some general rain expected later.

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Police name woman killed in A146 crash

Christine Coulton Credit: Norfolk Police

A woman who died in a road traffic collision in Loddon, Norfolk has been named as Christine Coulton, 62, from Bowthorpe, Norwich.

The three vehicle collision took place at 4.40pm on Thursday (17 April) on the A146 near to the High Bungay Road.

Four other people injured in the collision, including Ms Coulton's daughter, remain in hospital in a stable condition.

Today, the family of Ms Coulton issued the following tribute:

"Christine was a hugely devoted daughter, partner, mother, sister, aunty and friend to many, many people.

"Her loss has devastated us as a family and we are struggling to come to terms with such tragic news.

"Our thoughts are currently with her daughter who remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. "The family would like to express their thanks to all the emergency services who attended the scene and for the on-going support by police and the countless messages received via Facebook.

"We also extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the families of the other parties injured."

The police investigation continues and any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

Braintree murder victim was new father

Michael Haastrup Credit: Essex Police

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.

Campaign to get more specials on the beat

Members of Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary made over 500 arrests last year according to new figures.

They also stopped 1,061 vehicles, carried out 566 breath tests and seized 104 vehicles.

Police chiefs say they also issued 72 street cautions and made 93 alcohol seizures amongst other things.

The figures come ahead of a recruitment campaign aimed at boosting special Constabulary numbers from 206 to 322 by April 2015 and to 500 in the longer term.

The figures make incredibly impressive reading and graphically illustrate what an important contribution the Specials make to policing in Bedfordshire.”

– Special Constabulary Chief Officer Nigel Green, MBE

Police appeal for witnesses following serious crash in Suffolk

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Exning this morning.

Emergency services were called to Cemetery Hill in the village at 4.35am, where a silver Peugeot 206 had been in collision with a lamppost.

The male driver, in his 20s and from Cambridgeshire, suffered serious head and neck injuries and has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for treatment.

The road was closed until 10.35am whilst a collision investigation got underway.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle beforehand should contact Sgt Julian Ditcham at the Headquarters Roads Policing Unit on 101.

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Man arrested in connection with attempted rape in Milton Keynes

Scene of attempted rape in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have arrested a man in connection with an attempted rape in Milton Keynes.

The victim, a 29-year-old woman, was walking in Silbury Boulevard between about 5.45am and 5.50am yesterday morning (18 April) when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

The offender then wrestled the victim to the floor, before the victim fought off the suspect and fled the scene.

A 26-year-old man from Milton Keynes has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape.

He is currently in police custody.

Man stabbed in Norwich

Detectives are investigating after a man received stab injuries during an incident in Norwich's Riverside area last night.

It happened at around 9.45pm on Riverside Road, between Gas Hill and Rosary Road.

The victim, a 31 year old man, was assaulted by a group of men, sustaining stab injuries to his face and neck. He remains at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital today where his condition is described as stable.

Police are looking for three to four males, who it's believed are known the victim.

"This was a nasty assault and happened at what would have been a busy time in the Riverside area. We are appealing for any witnesses to contact police with information."

– Det Sgt Dave Freeman, Norwich CID

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Freeman at Bethel Street on 101.

Colchester burglary warning

Police are warning residents in the west of Colchester to check their home security and be on the look-out for suspicious behaviour after thieves targeted three homes in Copford, Stanway and Eight Ash Green on the evening of Thursday 17 April.

Entry was gained to a house in Marram Close, in Stanway, by smashing the glass in French doors to the rear of the property and then reaching in to use the key in the lock. Once inside all the rooms were searched and almost £3,000 worth of possessions were stolen.

The other homes broken into were in Searle Way, in Eight Ash Green, and Rectory Road, in Copford. In both cases thieves smashed windows in doors to the rear of the houses to get in.

"The similarities between these three burglaries, their proximity to each other and the way they were carried out leads me to believe that they were all committed by the same thief or thieves.

"If anyone saw any suspicious behaviour in any of these neighbourhoods or other nearby residential areas on the evening in question I would very much like to hear from them."

– Detective Sergeant Pete Coley, Colchester CID
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