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Appeal for witnesses following arson attack on McDonald's in Bedford

Two men targeted the McDonald's on Bedford High Street. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack at a McDonald’s in Bedford last weekend.

Two men set fire to a plastic sign that they placed behind a locked cubicle door on the first floor men's toilets. The restaurant had to be evacuated.

It happened between 4.30 and 5pm on Saturday at the McDonald's in Bedford High Road.

“This had the potential to cause a very serious hazard, as during the time of the offence the restaurant was full of customers who had to be evacuated.

"Dangerous and criminal behaviour like this will not be tolerated and we are appealing for the public’s help in finding those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Surinder Ram, Bedfordshire Police

Police seek witnesses after alleged road-rage attack

The liquid caused reddening and irritation. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Essex police are appealing for witnesses after a man was allegedly sprayed in the face with an irritant liquid in a road rage incident.

The victim, a 41-year-old from Bedfordshire says he was driving in Harlow near the roundabout junction between the A414 and Edinburgh Road.

He claims he was cut up by a man in a grey Golf, who then stopped, wound the passenger window down and sprayed the liquid through the victim's driver window, causing reddening and irritation.


Colchester United manager Tony Humes leaves the club by mutual consent

Tony Humes. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Tony Humes has left the club by mutual consent.

The news was confirmed at a press conference this afternoon.

The U's have decided to act following Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to bottom club Crewe Alexandra, where they threw away a two-goal lead.

Colchester have only won one of their last nine league games, and have conceded more goals than any other team in the Football League.

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Humes leaves Colchester in 19th place in League One and just a point outside the relegation zone.

Chairman Robbie Cowling had previously told fans asking for Humes to be sacked to "save their stamps" after several supporters wrote to him asking for a change in management.

Assistant boss Richard Hall and under 21s manager John McGreal will take charge of Saturday's trip to Burton.

"Humes felt that his presence was becoming detrimental to the club and the young players that he had nurtured in his time at the U's and it would be best to remove himself from the equation.

Robbie (Cowling) would like to place on record his thanks to Tony for his hard work, not only over the past fourteen months but throughout the years he has been at Colchester United."

– Colchester United statement

Mum-to-be was unlawfully killed, jury concludes

Eystna Blunnie was 20-years-old when she died. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A jury at a coroner's inquest into the death of a mum-to-be has decided she was unlawfully killed.

Eystna Blunnie, 20, was murdered on 27 June 2012 by Tony McLernon, who in 2013 was given a life sentence.

After kicking and stamping on her, he left Ms Blunnie for dead in the middle of a road in Harlow, Essex. Their unborn baby did not survive the attack.

Eystna's parents have been calling for a full inquest ever since for what they called 'unanswered questions' around the circumstances leading up to their daughter's death.

Today speaking afterwards, they said they were happy that a full and proper investigation into the facts had been carried out and that they were happy to see changes to the way domestic abuse is dealt with, have been changed.

Comedy dad makes daughter laugh and racks up two million video views

A fine use of a bald head. Credit: TheLadBible

A dad from Stowmarket has become an online sensation after posting a video of him dancing to cheer his daughter up when she was stuck in hospital.

Paul Cooper's daughter had a broken thumb, so in an attempt to make her smile he posted this.

It got picked up by popular site TheLadBible and has now been seen almost two million times.


Ipswich Town midfielder Hyam joins Rotherham United on loan

Luke Hyam in action for Ipswich Town against Southampton. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan until January.

The 24-year-old has recently returned from a long-term injury, and will be hoping to get some first team action under his belt in Yorkshire.

Hyam will stay with the Millers until January 23, but Town have the option to recall him at 24 hours notice after 28 days of the loan.

“I spoke to my agent and the Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy and they told me that Rotherham were interested in taking me on loan

They asked me what I thought and I was keen to come straight away. I always look forward to a challenge. I’ve never moved previously. I’ve always played at Ipswich all my career but I just need to play some games now so this is a great opportunity.”

– Luke Hyam

Man charged over Suffolk village shop robbery

Two members of staff were tied up in Claydon. Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been charged following a robbery at a shop in a Suffolk village on Sunday.

A couple of members of staff were tied up by men wearing balaclavas during the raid at a convenience store in Claydon near Ipswich.

Michael Afolayan, 25, from south London, has been charged with robbery and is in police custody. He's due to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today.

A 33-year-old man from London was also arrested on suspicion of robbery. He's been released on bail, but must return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre in February.

'Mary' the world's biggest airship leaves the ground

The airship floats a few feet from the ground. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The world’s largest aircraft has left the ground - albeit only by a few feet.

The massive airship which has been pumped full of helium is tethered in the Cardington Hangars in Bedfordshire.

Known affectionately to engineers as 'Mary' she is about the same size as a football pitch and 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

It is hoped ships like this could be used to transport freight and passengers burning a fifth of the fuel conventional aircraft do.

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