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Ukrainian gang jailed for trying to smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK via Suffolk seaside village

Six people from the Ukraine were on the yacht. Credit: Border Force

A Ukrainian gang who attempted to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants into the UK via a Suffolk seaside village have been jailed.

Immigration officers were lying in wait at Orford Quay in July when six people from the Ukraine got off a boat under the cover of darkness.

Oleg Bogdanov and Oleksii Pavliuchenko were the crew on board the yacht hoping to smuggle the Ukrainian nationals into the country, while Oleksander Kozak was waiting for them in a people carrier on the quayside.

Oleg Bogdanov was part of the crew on board the yacht. Credit: Border Force

Today, the trio were sentenced to four years, three years and four months and two years and four months at Ipswich Crown Court.

“These smugglers thought that because they were operating at night and because they were targeting a small quay their offences would go undetected. They were wrong.

The message this case sends out couldn’t be clearer. No matter what route criminals take to try and breach our border controls, we have the capability to stop them."

– Phillip Holliday, Border Force Regional Director

The six Ukrainians brought into the UK as part of the plot have been removed from the country.

Countess of Wessex visits RAF Wittering

RAF Wittering was yesterday treated to a royal visit from the Countess of Wessex.

The Queen's daughter-in-law, who is The Honorary Air Commodore of the Station, had a warm welcome from the children at Wittering Primary school.

She was also invited to present medals to staff at the base and meet families of serving personnel.

Click below to watch a report from Claire McGlasson.

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Museums Association: "Northampton statue sale was a violation of public trust"

The Sekhemka statue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Museums Association says that Northampton Borough Council's decision to sell an ancient Egyptian statue was a "clear violation of public trust."

Nearly £16million was raised by the sale of the Sekhemka statue in July.

Today, the Museums Association barred the Council from its membership for a minimum of five years.

“Northampton Borough Council has clearly breached the MA’s Code of Ethics by selling the statues from its collection. Its actions are a clear violation of public trust at a local, national and international level.

The MA is convening a summit of funding bodies later in the year to agree on a new range of sanctions and deterrents for governing bodies considering this course of action.”

– Sharon Heal, Museums Association acting head of policy

The council said in a statement that they'd already resigned their membership and had no desire to re-join.

“It is curious that the Museums Association is choosing to review our membership when we have already notified them that we have resigned from the Association and have no desire to ever re-join.

Having reviewed the value of membership we could not see what benefit it offered to our museums."

– Spokesperson, Northampton Borough Council

Ipswich Town manager McCarthy: "We want to get promoted"

Mick McCarthy is setting his sights on promotion. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes that his team can be involved in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season.

Town are currently on an impressive six match unbeaten run, and recently won four games in a row.

A 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday means that Ipswich are now just two points off the top two in The Championship, and McCarthy is setting his sights on top flight football next term.

"I'm happy with the squad and even though it's a dirty word and we can't mention it, we want to get promoted.

We set off with designs of the top six. I don't think we're one of the best teams or best squads in the league, although we're a competent squad, hard to beat and we've certainly improved.

We'll keep scrapping away and see where we end up."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

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Northampton Borough Council barred from Museums Association membership after statue sale

The Sekhemka statue.

Northampton Borough Council has become only the fourth organisation in 125 years to be barred from membership to the Museums Association, following the highly controversial sale of an ancient Egyptian statue.

Council officials who authorised the sale, which raised nearly £16m towards extending Northampton museum, were told of the decision earlier.

It's the latest in a series of sanctions made against the council, with Arts Council England also withdrawing funding.

This evening, the council said they'd already resigned their membership and had no desire to re-join.

Robinson agrees fresh Luton Town contract

Matthew Robinson is a key player for Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town midfielder Matthew Robinson has signed a new contract with the club.

The fresh deal will keep the 20-year-old stay at Kenilworth Road until 2017.

Robinson has been a regular in the Hatters side since joining from Leicester City in 2012.

“Matthew has shown enormous maturity for a player so young, especially last season when we had a very youthful midfield in the latter half of the campaign.

He is one of many players that encapsulate what we are trying to do at this club. He’s young and hungry and always strives to better himself. Matthew is a great example to players of all ages because his attitude and work ethic has been second-to-none."

– John Still, Luton Town Manager

Essex spinner Tim Phillips announces his retirement

Tim Phillips has announced his retirement. Credit: PA

Essex spinner Tim Phillips has announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old has played for the county since 1999, and has predominantly been used in the limited overs form of the game in recent years.

“I have enjoyed my career and the friendships I have made during my 16 years representing Essex CCC but I am really excited to start a new challenge.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the club all the best for the future.”

– Tim Phillips, former Essex cricketer
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