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New report highlights the need for more local mental health beds

The practice of sending mentally ill people long distances for treatment should end, according to the latest report.

It's been branded 'potentially dangerous' by an independent commission which has set a target of next year for it to stop.

In Norfolk and parts of Suffolk last year, almost 300 patients received treatment out of the county.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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Tributes to Luton man who raised thousands to help others from his deathbed

He was the terminally-ill man who was determined to leave an "angel" behind for other people in his situation.

When Tony Jules from Luton died on Sunday (February 7), he did it with the knowledge that, in his final days, he'd raised tens of thousands of pounds.

The money will be used to pay for a nurse at Keech Hospice to help other patients. He called them his angels. Today his widow said she would continue his hard work.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

E-fit released after man shot in Essex village

Police think this man could have valuable information. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating a burglary at Sible Hedingham in Essex where a man was shot in the leg, have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to identify.

He was seen by a passer-by sitting in a silver Fiat Punto with another man in a lay-by in Wethersfield Road in the early hours of Saturday (February 6).

The burglary happened in Rectory Road, Sible Hedingham.

Insurance executive Tim Mardon is being treated for gunshot wounds to his leg after he barricaded himself in a bedroom during the burglary.

"We have been able to produce an e-fit of the man who was sat in the driver’s seat of this car which is described as a sporty version of a metallic silver mark II Fiat Punto.

In the passenger seat of this car was a man in his 20s who was white and bald. If you recognise yourself from this description or if anyone else believes they know someone who looks like this e-fit and drives a silver Punto then we would like to hear from you.

We have received a very positive response from the community in Sible Hedingham and surrounding areas so far with lots of useful information being called in.

We are following up every call we’ve received and would urge the community and wider public to continue supporting this investigation.

We want to find the men responsible as soon as possible. This was a callous and extremely violent unprovoked attack. It would have been obvious how serious the victim’s injuries were but they left him for dead.”

– Detective Inspector Rob Kirby

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Police investigating after gun fired in Luton last night

No one was hurt in the incident in Olympic Close. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation is underway after a gun was fired in Luton last night (February 8).

The gun was fired just before 7pm last night in Olympic Close on the Marsh Farm estate.

No one was hurt.

"This is of course an unsettling incident, however, we don’t believe there is a wider risk to the public. We are calling on members of the community to help us, by contacting us if they witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in Olympic Close at around the time of the event, or if they know who and why the gun was fired.

“We will have a heightened police presence in the area on Friday, but I’d like to reassure the community that this is part of a Forcewide crime initiative, rather than as a result of this incident.”

– Detective Sergeant Emma Langwith

IPCC begins investigation into police response to missing person report

India Chipchase. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has started its investigation into the police response to the missing persons report for a 20-year-old woman who was killed in Northampton last month.

India Chipchase was reported as missing by her family on January 30 and her body was found the following day.

A 51-year-old man has since been charged with her murder.

The IPCC investigation will initially look into the actions and decisions made by police dealing with the missing persons report.

"My thoughts are with India's family at this difficult time.

We will be undertaking a thorough investigation into how police responded to the concerns for India following her disappearance."

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner

Search for whale spotted off the Norfolk coast stood down

Coastguards spent the morning searching for the whale. Credit: PA

The search for a whale that was spotted off the Norfolk coast earlier today (February 9) has been stood down.

The whale was seen off the shore at Mundesley just after 10am. It was alive and thrashing around.

However, it hasn't been seen since and the coastguard are no longer looking for it.

"We've carried out an extensive search and are confident that if the whale was in that search area, we'd have found it.

Low tide has now passed so with a bit of luck it will return to deeper waters and stand a chance of survival."

– Keith Griffin, station officer for the Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard Team
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