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World War One artefacts found in house

Police say historic First and Second World War munitions have been found at a house in Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes.

An investigation is underway at the house in Little Linford Lane and officers are in the process of establishing the exact nature and quantities of items.

Police say controlled explosions may have to take place in order to ensure the safety of munitions found at the address.

Officers visited the house following a warrant carried out by Hertfordshire Police in St Albans on Wednesday (17/9) and the seizure of items from a property in Buckingham Crescent, Bicester, which started on Thursday (18/9).

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites and has since been bailed.

An investigation is in progress in relation to the discovery of First and Second World War munitions at the property in Newport Pagnell. Experts with the relevant expertise are working together to deal with these items safely and any controlled explosions will pose no threat to the general public, who should not feel alarmed. However if anyone does feel concerned, they can speak to police by calling 101 or officers at the scene.”

– Supt Jim O’Ryan, Deputy LPA Commander for Milton Keynes

"The practice of illegal metal detecting or stealing artefacts from the ground, particularly from conflict sites relating to the First and Second World Wars, is an issue that English Heritage takes very seriously.We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land. We are prepared to take action and do what is necessary including, working alongside the police, to bring those responsible to justice.”

– Mark Harrison, National Policing and Crime Advisor for English Heritage
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Lightning strikes hospital building sparking roof fire

Lightning strikes sparked a fire in the roof of St Michael's Hospital, Rayne Road, Braintree amid storms that swept across the south east, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crews were called in after lightning struck the roof of a hospital building this morning. The lightning strike caused a fire in the roof.

On arrival the incident commander reported that there was a fire in the roof and that the entire building - which measures 16 by six metres - was completely smoke logged.

Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets firefighters had extinguished the fire by 09:12hrs.

– Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Anglia weather: Cloudy: with patchy locally heavy rain

Today: Patchy rain, perhaps locally heavy and thundery. Conditions will slowly improve, but still with the risk of an occasional thundery shower through the afternoon. Some brighter spells are possible in the north. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Tonight: Showers slowly dying out overnight with clear spells developing. Possibly one or two showers near coasts. Some mist patches will reform. Breezy near coasts, winds lighter inland. Minimum temperature 12 deg C (54 deg F).

Sunday: Mainly dry on Sunday with some good sunny spells. One or two light showers are possible near coasts. Fresh feeling northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Dry on Monday with some sunshine. Feeling fresher with a chilly night. Dry with bright or sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Motorcyclist killed in collision in Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision in Luton last night.

The victim in his 20s was travelling along Hatters Way towards Dunstable when the bike collided with a red Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction.

He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

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Woman on bail after Bury incident

A woman who was arrested in connection with an incident in Suffolk in which a man was left critically injured has been released on bail.

Police were called to a flat on Anselm Avenue in Bury St Edmunds on on Monday 8 September following reports man had fallen from a balcony.

When they arrived they found a 50-year-old local man with serious multiple injuries. He remains critically ill in hospital.

On Friday 19th September, a 40-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds was arrested at her home address. She's now been released on bail.

Fire crews deal with flooding in Essex

Pictures of flooding on the A12 Credit: Mikey Faulkner

Fire crews in Essex dealt with more than 30 flooding incidents in Southend on Friday night after the county was hit by heavy rain.

The Service received more than 100 calls to flooding incidents between 9.30pm and 11.30pm.

Crews were called to flooding in homes and businesses and on the roads.

Three people had to be rescued from the basement of The Cornucopia pub on Marine Parade. A woman and two men were trapped in the cellar of the pub. An ambulance was called for the woman who had suffered a suspected fractured shoulder after falling.

Meanwhile six people were rescued from their cars which were trapped in flood water at the junction of Woodgrange Drive and Thorpe Hall Road.

The Sealife Centre on the Marine Parade was also hit by flooding and the roof of the Pearl Dragon Restaurant collapsed under rain water. No-one was injured.

The Environment Agency is warning of more rain today (Saturday.)

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