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England women to face Austria at stadium:mk

England's women last played at stadium:mk in February 2015. Credit: PA

The England women's football team will play Austria at stadium:mk in April in their final warm-up game before this summer's European Championship.

The Lionesses will take on their Austrian counterparts at the home of MK Dons on Monday 10th April, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

The tournament will get underway in the Netherlands in July.

We are honoured and proud to be hosting our second England Women's fixture at stadium:mk.

I’m sure it will be another fantastic occasion and we are all looking forward to welcoming The Lionesses back once again, especially in Milton Keynes' 50th anniversary year.

– Pete Winkelman, MK Dons chairman

Prison officer charged over inmate death

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A prison officer is to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter and misconduct in public office after the death of an inmate at Woodhill Prison near Milton Keynes.

Joseph Travers has been charged following the death of the prisoner back on the 8th May 2015.

He is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 20th.

Three arrested after Samurai attack in Kettering

A teenager has been attacked with a hammer and a Samurai sword in Kettering.

Three men went to an address in Church Mews in Judith Road and allegedly attacked the 18-year-old victim, causing facial injuries.

Two men aged 23 and 20 and a 17-year-old youth have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack, but police are still trying to trace witnesses as part of the investigation.

Anyone who saw what happened between 1pm and 1.30pm last Friday (February 24) can contact the police.

Police appeal for bus crash passengers to come forward

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Police are appealing for passengers who were on a bus which overturned in Norfolk during Storm Doris last week to come forward.

The bus was travelling on the Lynn Road near to Worzals Farm Shop in West Walton when it overturned at approximately 1.20pm on Thursday 23rd February.

Ambulance crews assessed 15 people at the scene. Three were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries.

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"There were a number of people on the bus at the time of the incident; however, they were picked up by friends of family before speaking to police. I am keen to identify the passengers involved as soon as possible.”

– PC Andy Smith

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Investigation after three separate fires in same Bedfordshire village

Part of a thatch roof at The Cross Keys Pub was damaged by fire. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

A police and fire investigation is underway after three separate fires broke out in the same Bedfordshire village.

The first call came through at 1.43am to tackle fires on an allotment in Church End in Totternhoe. Three sheds were on fire.

At 2.39am fire crews were called to a barn fire in Stanbridge Road. On the way to the barn fire, they drove past the Cross Keys pub to find the thatch roof was alight and one of the engines stopped to deal with this incident.

“This was a very busy night for us in the village but fortunately our Firefighters quickly tackled the fires. It was fortunate that the crews on their way to the barn fire spotted the fire in the thatch at the pub. Their swift actions kept the damage to a minimum; this could have easily destroyed the whole roof and possibly the building.”

– Group Commander John Foolkes

Hospice staff "shocked and saddened" to hear of Suffolk woman's death

Sarah and Richard Pitkin

Bosses at a hospice in Suffolk have said they are "shocked and saddened" to learn that one of their staff has been found dead in her Suffolk home.

The bodies of Sarah and Richard Pitkin were found at their property in Stowmarket on February 26th. It's not yet known how the couple died but neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Richard worked as a carpenter and decorator while Sarah was an assistant shop manager in the St Elizabeth Hospice in the town.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Sarah Pitkin.. Sarah was a well-loved member of the team and our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.

Sarah was an energetic character, full of life and joy. She loved the hospice and loved working with the staff and volunteers. She had been with the hospice for four years and made a huge difference during that time. She was imaginative and creative and brought a real sense of fun to the shop.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

– Rachel Backshall, director of income generation and marketing at St Elizabeth Hospice

Giant crane lifts six huge beams to build a new bridge in Northamptonshire

The photos show the huge scale of the beams which form part of the railway bridge. Credit: Peter Alvey, Alvey & Towers

Six huge beams have been lifted into place to form a bridge which will be part of a major new housing development in Wellingborough.

The beams crossing the railway at Stanton Cross were installed over the the weekend of February 25 and 26 with the idea that it would minimise disruption for residents and railway users.

Credit: Peter Alvey, Alvey & Towers

Each of the six bridge beams is a staggering 41m long and each weigh over 30 tons.

Credit: Peter Alvey, Alvey & Towers
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