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Appeal for witnesses after fatal crash near Hitchin

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash near Hitchin in the early hours of this morning.

The collision occurred at around 3am on Preston Road, Gosmore. Just one car was involved, a blue Peugeot 106, which overturned.

Emergency Services attended but an occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information should call PC Shona Gillen or Sergeant Richard Barker via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.


Motorist beaten up by gang in Ipswich

Gang attack in Ipswich, Suffolk Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

A motorist has been left with injuries to his face, neck and back after being beaten up by a gang in Ipswich.

The attack happened at about 4am on Saturday at the junction with Chevalier Street.

The 30 year old victim was driving onto Bramford Lane when his path was blocked by four men, described as being of mixed race appearance and in their 20s.

He asked them to move out of the road but one of the four approached his vehicle and punched him in the face. HIs windscreen and car windows were also smashed in.

The driver tried to escape by leaving the car and running away but was set upon by the men and assaulted. He eventually managed to get back in his vehicle and drive away.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or anyone with information about the men involved to contact Ipswich CID on 101, quoting crime number IW/15/4432.

Drugs gang jailed for a total of 74 years

Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.

Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) launched an investigation into the organised crime group in 2013.

The gang used a recruitment agency business in Slough to cover as a front for the drug dealing and also used street dealers to supply cocaine and MDMA across the region.

An extensive covert investigation culminated in arrests in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Slough and Reading.

Officers seized 3.3kg of cocaine with a street value of £138,000, 4.4kg of MDMA with a street value of £560,000 and £60,733 in cash.

Twelve men and a woman pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at early hearings. A further defendant was also jailed after being convicted following a trial.

Call to council to take 50 Syrian refugees

Multi-faiths call for Norfolk to take in 50 Syrians. Credit: ITV Anglia

Multi-faith groups have been holding a special service and day of action to urge Norfolk County Council to resettle fifty Syrian refugees as a matter of urgency.

Members of Sanctuary Norfolk are offering to home them temporarily if the council agrees to a more permanent solution. Campaigners say it's vital to act now. The council has agreed in principle but discussions are still taking place with central government.

"We were delighted to read that the council had agreed in principle to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees but we also believe that the time has come for it to take that extra vital step and commit to a figure."

– Siobhan Aldris, founder member Sanctuary Norfolk.


Carriage used for Edith Cavell's final journey back home goes on display

Over the next month there'll be a series of events celebrating the life of Edith Cavell, a heroine of the first world war.

The Norfolk nurse was responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers but was then executed by the Germans.

Now the railway carriage that brought her body back to England has come to her home county for the first time.

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

Candlelit vigil for murdered Northampton pensioner

A candle-lit vigil has been held in Northampton for pensioner David Brickwood who was murdered in his own home a week ago.

Detectives also spent last night speaking to people in the Abington area about the night of the murder in the search for new witnesses.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

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