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Historic pub given special protection

The Gatehouse pub

A Norwich pub has been named as one of 21 across the country to be given special protection.

The Gatehouse in Dereham Road was built by Morgans Brewery in 1934. Now it's been granted Grade Two listed status after Heritage England said it wanted to preserve inns with designs shaped by the improved pub movement that followed the first world war when many were rebuilt.

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Appeal for witnesses after shooting in Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a shooting in Luton in the early hours of this morning.

The incident is believed to have happened at approximately 2.10am in Wexham Close, Marsh Farm.

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We received reports that a gun had been fired in Wexham Close. One man has been taken to hospital with what are fortunately believed to be minor injuries. Our officers are currently at the scene carrying out investigations and I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch.

Tackling gun crime is a key priority for Bedfordshire Police and fortunately it remains very rare. We take all firearms offences incredibly seriously and will be working hard to find the person responsible.

– Det Insp Andy Southam

Motorists warned of rope tied across road

Police warning motorists after a rope was tied across a road at Dunmow in Essex.

Officers have received reports of people tying a rope across the road at the zebra crossing at The Causeway near to the junction of The Maltings.

It has been happening overnight and has caused several motorists to take avoiding action.

It is fortunate that to date this wreckless and mindless behaviour has not caused serious injury to someone or worse.

Motorists using this road at night are reminded to be vigilant, especially those on a motorcycle. "These people are potentially putting lives at risk and this has to stop.

– Sgt James Ireland

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Missing woman may be in a Mercedes

Adrianna Caka Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a woman from Harlow who has gone missing.

Adrianna Caka, 44, was last seen in Birmingham on August 26 and had plans to return to Harlow. She has not been seen since.

Police believe she may be in the London area, particularly Barking.

It is thought she may be in the company of a dark-haired man aged in his 40s who is likely to be driving a a black Mercedes car, registration LO59 OOA.

Boats gather for waterways celebration

Canal boats lining up in Northampton

Boats of all shapes and sizes have been making their way to Northampton this weekend for a major event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton canal Arm.

The Arm connected the Grand Union Canal (or Grand Junction as it was then known) to the Nene in Northampton, creating a route to the East Anglian waterways and the Wash by water.

The 200th anniversary event

The Arm replaced an earlier horse drawn railway between Gayton Junction and an unloading point at Far Cotton where a restored historic crane still stands.

The Arm enabled ironstone and limestone to be carried to local blast furnaces, grain and flour to and from mills along the Nene, coal from North Warwickshire and timber from London's Surrey Docks to Northampton.IWA is holding a major waterways event on the river Nene over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2015.

The event was opened by actor Timothy West and his wife, Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales. The couple present a television series on canal boat journeys.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales at the opening ceremony

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Image of man wanted after 'sexual touching' incident

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Essex Police have released an efit image of a man they want to trace in connection with a sexual touching incident on Canvey Island.

At around 5pm on August 8 a 16-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop on Canvey Road near to the Charfleets Industrial Estate when a man sat next to her.

The man commented on the girl’s clothing and touched her leg. He left the bus stop when a silver vehicle pulled up alongside.

Public's help wanted in tracing missing man

Richard Green Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man missing from Southend.

Richard Green, aged 37, is currently of no fixed address and was last seen on Friday, August 21. Since then he has sent some text messages prompting concerns for his safety.

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