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Simon ready to step it out in London Marathon

Simon Kindleysides in training for the marathon Credit: ITV News Anglia

We've been catching up with marathon man Simon Kindleysides ahead of Sunday's big challenge.

Simon, from Blofield in Norfolk, is hoping to become the fastest person - and the first man - to complete the London Marathon in a futuristic exoskeleton suit. He expects it to take him around 35 hours over two days.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

He's needed a wheelchair since a brain tumour five years ago. But now the father of three is back on his feet and hoping to raise thousands for the Brain Tumour Charity

Robotic suit to help paralysed Norfolk man conquer London Marathon

Becky Jago caught up with him...

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Armed officers deployed more than 500 times in Essex

Armed Officers were called out more than 500 times in the Essex last year.

Incidents ranged from emergency calls and reports of criminals with guns, to those in distress who posed a risk to themselves.

Armed officers deployed more than 500 times in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

There were 2,596 incidents requiring the support of Taser-trained officers, to deal with volatile or dangerous suspects. Despite the number of incidents, Taser was only fired at 24 of the incidents.

Armed officers also carried out 768 arrests during 2017, completed 7,872 hours of basic firearms training and attended 14,580 non-firearms incidents.

Nationally, recent events of the last few years - including the tragic terror attacks in London and Manchester - have demonstrated that now, more than ever, every force needs firearms officers.

– Chief Insp Richard Melton
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