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Police name pilot who was killed in Bedfordshire plane crash

Stephen Spavins from Spalding lost his life when his single seater came down in a field near Tempsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have named a pilot who was killed when his light aircraft collided with another plane over the Bedfordshire countryside yesterday.

46-year-old Stephen Spavins from Spalding lost his life when his single seater came down in a field near Tempsford on the Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire border.

It followed a mid-air collision with another single seater which was able to land safety.

The Air Accident Investigation Board is continuing to investigate.

Timetable announced for housing plan hearings

Land at Waterbeach where thousands of homes could be built Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Government Inspector has confirmed her timetable for dealing with issues raised about plans to build 33,000 new homes across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge up to 2031.

Inspector, Miss Laura Graham, says the first hearing will begin on Tuesday 4th November.

During a period of three weeks she will assess the vision set out for the plans, housing need, employment, retail and infrastructure for both areas jointly.

A second round of joint hearings would begin in January 2015, they would consider green belt issues, transport and housing delivery.

The independent examination will look at the Local Plans of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

For Cambridge, the Local Plan makes provision for 22,100 jobs and 14,000 new homes, focusing in and around the city.

For South Cambridgeshire, the Local Plan proposes 22,000 new jobs and 19,000 new homes at Waterbeach, Bourn and Cambourne.

14,000 out of the 19,000 need in the south have already been committed in places on the edge of Cambridge and the new town of Northstowe.

It is good to know how and when the Inspector plans to begin the assessment so people have the opportunity to get involved by coming to see her in action. We all have the same objective as we simply want to make sure that the final version of the plan will serve the area in the best way possible up to 2031.

– Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council's Cabinet Member for Planning


Blisworth Tunnel: Two centuries of history

In the early 1800s a feat of engineering was achieved on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire with the completion of Blisworth Tunnel.

For centuries it drew in visitors and provided a link to London, but in the 1970s it closed because of fears it could collapse.

A few years later another major engineering project got underway, to shore up the tunnel near Northampton and re-open it. Now, 30 years on, the tunnel that links the villages of Blisworth and Stoke Bruene is back at the heart of the local community.

Olivia Paterson's taken a trip through the tunnel, and a look back at its fascinating history.

Collision after police car chase on A1

Patrol car collides with another car during pursuit Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested after a police car chase on the A1 in Bedfordshire.

Officers say they were following a vehicle which failed to stop at Seddington near Biggleswade inn Bedfordshire.

While they were trying to stop the car, there was a collision, with the car ending up on top of the patrol car.

A man was taken into custody on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs

Police car chase on A1 ends with collision Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge: Leading muslim figure Sughra Ahmed condemns actions of Islamic State

One of the leading spokespeople for muslims in this country has been speaking of her disdain for the actions of the so-called Islamic State.

The US launched air strikes against the militant group in Syria last night.

The President of the Islamic Society of Britain - Sughra Ahmed, who lives in Cambridge, says 'IS' does not represent the views of British Muslims.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Suffolk: Transplant patient stars in calendar aimed at promoting organ donation

Bernice Perry is Miss January on the calendar.

She was once told she had less than a year to live, but now instead of counting down the days on the calendar, Bernice Perry's starring on it.

The 23-year-old from Haverhill had her life transformed by a double lung transplant, but now she's Miss January on a calendar aimed at promoting organ donation.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer


Essex: Dog rescued from the sea after horror fall

Archie was rescued from the sea. Credit: Harwich Lifeboat Station

A dog has been rescued from the sea by lifeboat crew in Essex after falling 30ft down a cliff.

The RNLI's inshore lifeboat from Harwich was scrambled to the rescue of six-year-old Archie.

One of the three crew members managed to help the dog out of the water. Credit: Harwich Lifeboat Station

He'd been walking along the coast with his owner in Walton-on-the-Naze.

One of the three crew members on board managed to help the dog out of the water and reunite him with his owner.

Ofsted: "Norfolk schools weren't tipped off about inspections"

The investigation was commissioned by Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: PA

Ofsted says that three schools in Norfolk were not tipped off about up-and-coming inspections.

Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, Thetford Academy and Ormiston Victory Academy denied the allegations that they received more than the regulation half-day notice.

An Ofsted report concluded that there was no evidence to support the original accusations.

Picture: Light aircraft left in ruins after mid-air Bedfordshire crash

The light aircraft was destroyed by the collision. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The pilot of a light aircraft has died after a mid-air collision with another plane over the Bedfordshire countryside.

The other plane involved in the collision was able to land safely at nearby Thurleigh airfield. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the aircraft crash landed in a field , while the other was able to land nearby.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch arrive to investigate. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Air accident investigators are still at the scene near the A1(M) on the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire border.

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