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Fire and Rescue service warn about dangers of open water

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue have spoken to ITV News Anglia about the dangers of open water, following the death of a woman in the River Ouse in Bedfordshire.

The river Great Ouse is accessible virtually all along its length.

It was quite challenging getting the rescue boat to the incident.

Crews worked really hard, both the fire service, police and ambulance.

– Derek Hobbs, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Earlier today police found the body of a woman in the River Ouse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Derek Hobbs from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue said people should avoid open waters, which include rivers, lakes and ponds.

He says it can be the debris under the water that can get some people into trouble.

Crews were out searching for the body in the River Ouse last night. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue

Don't swim in the river, don't swim in any lakes, rivers or ponds.

Go to a recognised swimming pool, or outdoor swimming pool in this weather.

It's what's under the water that counts. You may have shopping trolleys and any other debris under the water that can get people into trouble.

– Derek Hobbs, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

McCarthy backs Allardyce to be a success for England

McCarthy thinks Allardyce is a good appointment. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he's "delighted" for Sam Allardyce after the former Sunderland boss was confirmed as the new England manager this afternoon.

Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal and McCarthy is confident he will be a success.

I’m absolutely delighted for Sam, first and foremost but I’m also delighted for the LMA and all the English managers out there.

As managers, we all have to cut our teeth in the game and Sam has done that. He’s been down in the lower leagues and worked his way up and his knowledge of football is superb.

He’s a very bright guy and he will get the team working hard and giving their all. If you add a better standard of player into that mix, then that could well be a recipe for success.

I’m delighted for Sam and good luck to him.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Suffolk coffee group meet to pick up rubbish worth eight tonnes

Video report by ITV Anglia's Liz Summers.

A Suffolk coffee group have managed to pick up eight tonnes of litter after swapping gossip for gloves to help clean up their community.

Self proclaimed 'rubbish friends' Fiona, Etta and Julia from Newmarket used to meet up once a week for a catch up and some cake.

But a few years ago they had the idea of using that time to do something more productive - now the group has grown and they're out every Friday keeping the countryside clean.

"We were always talking about the litter in the countryside, which we just felt was getting worse and worse and one day we just said 'why don't we just go out and pick it up instead of sitting around moaning about it,' so that's what we did."

– Fiona Unwin, Founder, Rubbish Friends

Pilots graduate training at RAF Wittering

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson

The first pilots to have completed their basic flying training at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire since its return to flying operations have graduated this week.

Some will go on to fly multi-engine aircraft, others will fly helicopters, while some may eventually fly jets at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

"It's very intense training, it's not designed to be easy. We need to make sure that we're getting the right people to the right places at the end of this course. They've undergone a lot of testing before they arrive on elementary flying training so the drop out rate is particularly low here because we've got it right with the people we've got in in the first place."

– Sq Ldr Carl Melon Commanding Officer, 16 Squadron


Judo paralympian Jonathan Drane aims for medal in Rio

Video report by ITV Anglia's Donovan Blake

Paralympian Jonathan Drane from Norwich is aiming for a medal in the Paralympics in Rio in a few weeks.

The 29-year-old will compete in the visually impaired category in the under 81 kilogram class. He hails from the same club as Norfolk Olympian Colin Oates.

Jonathan achieved a bronze medal in the Paralympics Judo Grand Prix event in Rio earlier this year.

Man charged with double murder says his name isn't "Ali Qasimaj"

A man charged with the double murders of a couple from Suffolk, has told the judge his name is Vital Dapi. Credit: Suffolk Police

A 43-year-old man, charged with the double murders of a couple from Weybread in Suffolk, has told the judge he isn't Ali Qasimaj but is "Vital Dapi."

Sylvia and Peter Stuart. Credit: Suffolk Police

Peter and Sylvia Stuart were reported missing on June 3. Peter's body was found in woodland not far from the couple's home. He'd been stabbed to death.

Although Sylvia hasn't been found yet, detectives believe she was murdered.

Ali Qasimaj was arrested in Luxembourg last month and extradited to the UK yesterday.

He was charged with both murders this afternoon at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

He appeared at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon.

When asked "are you Ali Qasimaj?" The defendant replied through his Albanian interpreter, "no, my name is Vital Dapi."

He's been remanded in custody to return to court on 19 August, where he's expected to enter a plea.

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