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Pendleton to open new £2.5m sports hub in Bedfordshire

a new state-of-the-art multi-sports complex, comprising: four indoor courts; two team changing rooms; a fitness suite; car park; office space and spectator toilets. Credit: PA

Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton will return to her school in Bedfordshire today to open a new £2.5m sports hub.

The newly named "Pendleton Centre" will be opened at the Etonbury Academy in Arlesey this afternoon.

The new state-of-the-art multi-sports complex will include four indoor courts, two team changing rooms and a fitness suite.

Pigs go under the hammer for charity

39 pigs went up for sale this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of colourful fibreglass pigs went under the hammer this evening in Suffolk, to raise money for the St Elizabeth hospice.

Over the summer, porky stars including Ed Sheer-Ham, Porkman Road and Sir Bradley Piggins have adorned the streets of the town for the Pigs Gone Wild sculpture trail.

Tonight, the auction at Trinity Park raised a whopping £195,050- Ipswich Blue, proved the most popular, selling for £6,500 followed by Ed Sheer-Ham at £6,200.

Well done me hearties!

R&B superstar Ne-Yo to perform in Milton Keynes

Chart-topping R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo will be performing in Milton Keynes Credit: PA

Grammy award winner Ne-Yo is set to perform in Milton Keynes in December.

The R&B singer has collaborated with worldwide superstars including Rihanna, Chris Brown and Usher.

Tickets for his tour at ArenaMK go on sale tomorrow at 9am.

He'll also be bringing his tour to the Norfolk Showground in November.

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RMT announces more Southern strike dates

Strikes are planned in October, November and December Credit: Press Association

The rail union, RMT, have confirmed a series of strikes in the row over the role of guard on Southern rail trains.

Union bosses say Southern Rail is insistent on removing the safety-trained guards from the trains. It's a critical role that the RMT and disability campaigners say must stay.

The RMT describes the company's decision as a "blatant disregard for the safety and security of passengers and staff alike", leaving it with no alternative but to declare [strike] action"

These strikes are scheduled to take place:

  • 00.01 on Tuesday 11th October and 23.59 on Thursday 13th October
  • 00.01 on Tuesday 18th October and 23.59 on Thursday 20th October
  • 00.01 on Thursday 3rd November and 23.59 on Saturday 5th November
  • 00.01 on Tuesday 22nd November and 23.59 on Wednesday 23rd November
  • 00.01 on Tuesday 6th December and 23.59 on Thursday 8th December

Here is the RMT's full statement:

Yet again our members are being forced to take industrial action in a bid to maintain a safe and secure service on Southern. Govia Thameslink and the Government have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute. Instead they have begun the process of bulldozing through the drive towards wholesale Driver Only Operation (DOO) without agreement and without any concern for the impact on safety, security and disability access. Last week there was a train derailment near Watford that involved two trains. The Guards on both trains played a vital role in protecting the passengers and the trains in what were extremely frightening circumstances. If the train had been DOO and without a Guard the consequences would have been far worse. This week we reached a deal with Scotrail that we are recommending for acceptance in a referendum of our members, that guarantees a fully competent Conductor/Guard on every new train. This agreement protects passengers, and guarantees a second safety trained member of staff on board a train, who can assist if there is an incident such as we recently saw near Watford. If an agreement can be reached on Scotrail, then an agreement can also be made on Southern. In the light of these recent developments it is disgraceful that neither the company or the Government are prepared to engage and are continuing to attempt to impose DOO in the interests of putting profit before safety. We call on them to get round the negotiating table as an urgent priority."

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

Will Ed Sheer-Ham bring home the bacon?

Ed Sheer-Ham is among the fibreglass pigs going up for auction. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Dozens of colourful fibreglass pigs are being sold at auction in Ipswich this evening to raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

Over the summer, porky stars including Ed Sheer-Ham and Piggy Stardust have adorned the streets of the town for the Pigs Gone Wild sculpture trail.

Serena Sandhu trotted along to preview tonight's auction at Trinity Park.

EasyJet pilots are 'too tired to fly'

EasyJet pilots want to take industrial action. Credit: PA.

Pilots for Luton-based airline EasyJet say they are getting too tired to fly because of their unforgiving rosters.

They have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action over concerns about staff fatigue.

EasyJet, which flies out of Luton and Stansted airports, is in talks with union bosses to find a resolution and insists no strike action is currently planned.

Matthew Hudson reports.

Sixteen detained after lorry found with immigrants on M1

16 people have been detained after migrants were found in a lorry. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Sixteen people have been detained after police received reports of immigrants in a lorry travelling on the M1 near Luton.

The vehicle was stopped on the motorway on Thursday afternoon.

Bedfordshire Police said: "We were called at approximately 2.55pm by Hertfordshire Constabulary after receiving reports of immigrants in a lorry heading towards Bedfordshire on the M1 northbound.

"A number of officers attended and detained 16 people after the lorry was stopped just before junction 11.

"The ambulance service is in attendance and will be taking some people to hospital as a precaution before they are taken to custody."

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