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MP pledges help for Lotus workforce

Richard Bacon Credit: ITV Anglia

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has described the proposed job losses at Group Lotus as bitter news for workers at Hethel.

I understand that the company is going through a major reshaping process in order to become more sustainable for the future. The harsh truth is that if Lotus is to prosper in the long term it must do even better, at lower cost.

“I have spoken to the Business Secretary Vince Cable and also to the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to ask for every possible help from government at this difficult time.

– Richard Bacon MP

Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

Click here for the latest forecast.

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Family arrive in Thailand as police face growing criticism over murder inquiry

The family of a woman from Norfolk killed in Thailand at the weekend have arrived in the country.

Hannah Witheridge who was 23 and from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth was murdered along with another British tourist.

The Thai police force is facing growing criticism for the way it's handling the double murder.

Watch Kate Prout's report here.

Hannah Witheridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Two released on bail in King's Lynn death inquiry

Two people have been released on bail as detectives continue to investigate the death of a man in King's Lynn.

At around 6.15pm yesterday evening (Wednesday17 September) officers sealed off an area near Woodside in the Gaywood area of town, following reports the body of a man had been found.

The man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The death's being treated as unexplained: a post mortem will take place tomorrow.

A man, in his late 20s and a woman in her late teens, who were arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail until mid-November.

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Burglar who stole from eight flats in one hour

Man suspected of burgling eight flats in one hour Credit: Cambs Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with eight burglaries in the space of an hour.

Burglars stole cash and jewellery from the flats in a building in Purbeck Road, Cambridge, between 11.30am and 12.30pm on September 4.

A total of £1,000 and jewellery including a £600 Pandora bracelet were taken.

"These burglaries have affected a number of people and we're keen to catch the person responsible.

"I would urge anyone who recognises the man pictured on the CCTV as we believe he could have important information to assist our investigation."

– Detective Constable Tom Taylor

Man sentenced to four years for drink drive death

Steven Samuel, sentenced to four years for drink driving Credit: Suffolk Police

A man from Cambridgeshire has today been jailed for four years for killing his friend in a drink-drive crash.

Steven Samuel, who's 21, lost control of his car in Lakenheath and hit a tree in the early hours of Saturday October 9th 2013.

His front-seat passenger, 22-year-old John Joe Scott from Wingfield Road in the village, died at the scene.

Steven Samuel, from Hasse Road in Soham, was arrested and charged with one count of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

On Thursday 18 September at Ipswich Crown Court, he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

Samuel was also disqualified from driving for seven years.

Yet again, a family in Suffolk has been left devastated by a loved one being killed by a drink-driver. Steven Samuel has some years behind bars to reflect on his reckless actions from that October night. John-Joe’s parents and friends are still reeling from events nearly a year on. It frustrates us that people still take fail to heed police messages about drink-driving and don’t realise that a car is a potentially deadly weapon."

– Pc Karl Hale, Norfolk Police

Steven Samuel was also disqualified from driving for seven years.

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