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Three arrested as drug dens closed down during armed raids

Three suspected drugs dens have been closed down following a series of raids across Luton.

Bedfordshire Police were granted closure orders yesterday following the arrest of three men in a series of raids on Monday.

At 4am, search warrants under s23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 were executed simultaneously at four addresses across the town.

Armed officers gained entry to the properties before they were searched.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs atan address in Stanley Street. All three have since been bailed until 26February.

Cash was also seized at the address.

Three other properties were also searched in Adelaide Street, Stockwood Crescent and Ashburnham Road. However no arrests were made and no drugs were found.

Each location was issued with a closure notice under s76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

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MP calls for safety improvements at road junction where 15 year old died

Lodge Hill where Martha Seaward from Holt was hit by a lorry.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb says action is urgently needed to improve safety at a road junction where a 15 year old girl died.

Martha Seaward from Holt was hit by a lorry just over a year ago after getting off a bus at the top of Lodge Hill near Sheringham.

There has been a long running campaign for improvements. Today Martha's family are attending the inquest into her death.

Martha Seaward.

Man arrested on suspicion of rape after woman sexually assaulted on playing field

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Police investigating an allegation of a serious sexual assault in Newmarket at the weekend, have arrested a man in connection with the incident.

Officers were approached just before 2.15am on Sunday 25 January, by a woman who stated she had been sexually assaulted on the playing fields in Rowley Drive.

Late last night, Tuesday 27 January, police arrested an 18-year-old man from Cambridgeshire on suspicion of rape.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, where he is currently being held for questioning.

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Date set for Greyfriars demolition in Northampton

Greyfriars bus station in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A building often described as Northampton's ugliest will finally be demolished in March.

Greyfriars bus station has loomed over the town for nearly 40 years but was replaced by the new £7m North Gate interchange last year.

An exclusion zone will be put in place around the site, before the building is brought down by a series of controlled explosions on March 15th.

The borough council said the demolished building would remain in its existing footprint and be cleared up quickly to allow businesses to re-open on the same day.

Essex households to team up to get lower energy bills

Essex County Council wants people to sign up to its energy switch scheme. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

People in Essex are being asked to sign up for a scheme which could save them money on household bills.

The Essex Energy Switch, run by Essex County Council, opens next week.

The scheme is free and aims to get a collective lower rate from energy companies for everyone who signs up.

Energy providers are encouraged to bid against each other in an auction to offer the lowest rate for gas and electricity contracts.

The initiative is open to both homeowners and tenants as well as any small or medium-sized business in the county.

Last year, more than 4,500 residents registered for the scheme. The council believes it could save households more than £200.

Debt charity says more families are struggling to make ends meet

Families are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

More and more families in our region are struggling to make ends meet, according to a national debt charity.

Step Change says more than 10,000 people in the East of England called their helpline last year - up 17% on the year before.

On average, those callers owed more than £12,000 in unsecured debt such as credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts.

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