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Second member of staff at Yarl's Wood detention centre suspended

A second Serco staff member has been suspended from the Yarl's Wood detention centre. Credit: PA

A second Serco staff member has been suspended from the Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire after "serious and deeply concerning" allegations were made in a Channel 4 documentary, Home Office Minister Karen Bradley has told MPs.

Answering a Commons urgent question, Ms Bradley said the second staff member had been suspended following last night's broadcast, which revealed questions over the stands of care at the centre.

The programme showed some staff referring to those in their care as 'animals'.

"Serco immediately suspended one member of staff who could be identified from information available before broadcast and have suspended another having seen the footage.

The company has also commissioned an independent review of its culture and staffing at Yarl's Wood."

– Home Office Minister Karen Bradley


Noel Gallagher "really looking forward" to first Latitude Festival visit

Noel Gallagher is looking forward to performing in Suffolk this summer. Credit: PA

Ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher says that he is "really looking forward" to headlining Latitude Festival in Suffolk this summer.

The 47-year-old will take to the main stage in the Obelisk arena on Sunday July 19.

“Well not only have I never played at Latitude before, but I’ve never even been there, ever.

So yes, I’m really looking forward to headlining the Festival on July 19th."

– Noel Gallagher

Among the other headliners are Cambridgeshire band Alt-J who will be appearing for the third time.

The band's debut album 'An Awesome Wave' won the British Mercury Prize in 2012.

Alt-J will be appearing for the third time. Credit: PA

"We are hugely excited to return to Latitude for the third time. Playing there has always been so memorable.

Latitude has always supported us, and to go from playing the smaller stages to this means it will be a night of celebration."

– Alt-J

Suffolk: Cambridgeshire band Alt-J and Noel Gallagher among Latitude headliners

Alt-J will perform at this year's Latitude Festival. Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire band Alt-J, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Portishead have been announced as the headliners for this year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

The festival at Henham Park is now in its 10th year and will take place from 16-19 July.

Alt-J will perform on the Friday night, while Portishead and Noel Gallager’s High Flying Birds will close on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Noel Gallagher will also play at Henham Park. Credit: PA

The likes of Manic Street Preachers, James Blake and Laura Marling will also take to the main stage in the Obelisk arena over the course of the three days.

Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Vaccines are among the acts who will perform on the 6 Music Stage.

“This year is the 10th Edition of the festival and we're celebrating with an event which, although it has evolved significantly from the intimate 4,000 attendees we started out with, I really feel has kept the special atmosphere and unique quality which sets it apart."

– Melvin Benn, Latitude founder

Cyclist stopped on the M1 near Luton, while trying to get to London

The cyclist was spotted on the M1 this morning. Credit: Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit

Police have stopped a cyclist was seen riding his bike on the M1 in Bedfordshire this morning.

The man had just arrived at Luton Airport, and was aiming to get to London.

Police escorted the man from the carriageway at junction 9 and advised him to make alternative plans.


Norfolk: Man who fell from Bacton Gas Terminal crane named as David Eastick

The Bacton Gas Terminal. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man who died at a gas terminal fell from a crane before it had begun operating, his employer has said.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the accident at Bacton gas plant, Norfolk, on Saturday morning (February 28).

Today Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd issued a statement naming the man as David Eastick, who was in his 60s.

It said the news had been met with "great sadness".

"The cause of the injuries are not known but the incident took place before crane lifting operations began.

A full investigation to determine what actually occurred has been launched by Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd, Perenco (UK) Bacton Gas Terminal, HSE and Norfolk police.

Our thoughts and concerns are with his family now and no further comment can be made at this time pending the outcome of the investigation."

– Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police hunt for man who subjected cat to horrific attack outside Northampton Railway Station

The attack happened outside Northampton Railway Station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Northampton are hunting for a man who subjected a cat to a horrendous attack outside the town's railway station last night.

Members of the public reported to officers that they saw the man "throwing the animal around and lying on top of it."

The assault happened on Black Lion Road shortly before 8pm last night (March 2).

The man is described as being in his 50s and 60s with long grey or dark hair. He was wearing a black leather jacket and jeans.

Police say that there has been no trace of either the man or the cat since the attack.

Norwich and Cambridge to benefit from major cycling investment

The Government is ploughing almost £15 million into improving cycle routes in two of the region's major city centres.

Cambridge is to get £6 million, while Norwich will receive almost £8.5 million.

They're among eight cities across the country benefitting from the "Cycle Ambition" scheme designed to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.

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

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