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Armed police board the region's trains amid terror fears

Armed officers will become a more familiar sight on the region's trains. Credit: British Transport Police.

Armed police are to patrol the region's trains for the first time, following the increase in the UK's terror threat level.

British Transport Police said officers would be deployed from this afternoon (Thursday) to ensure the public was kept safe on the rail network.

A spokesman said travellers should feel comforted by their presence and urged passengers to speak to them if they had any worries.

The move follows the government's decision to increase the terror threat level to critical following Monday's suicide bombing at a music concert in Manchester.

"Since the devastating events in Manchester on Monday evening, our force has radically increased the presence of our officers nationwide.

“By having firearms officers on board trains we’re ensuring that trains remain as safe as possible for passengers. Our patrols will be highly visible and passengers should feel comforted by their presence. Please do speak to them if you have any concerns at all.

“It is important to note that we do not have any specific intelligence in relation to train services but are taking this action to ensure we can protect and reassure the public.”

– Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police.

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Motorcyclist dies a week after Northampton crash

A motorcyclist has died a week after a crash in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 22-year-old motorcyclist has died a week after being involved in a crash in Northampton.

Stuart Hutchings, of Southfields, suffered serious head injuries when his motorcross bike collided with a Ford Fiesta at Eastern Avenue North, Kingsthorpe, on Thursday May 18.

He was taken to University Hospital in Coventry but died yesterday (Wednesday).

The two occupants of the Fiesta were uninjured.

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Anglia region remembers Manchester terror victims in one minute's silence

Communities across the region observed the national one minute's silence this morning to remember the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

This was the scene in Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and Peterborough.

If you have images or video from silences elsewhere in the region, send them to anglianews@itv.com.

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