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CCTV released after aggravated burglary at Suffolk shop

The men stole stole two cash boxes from a shop in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police have released CCTV images of two men following an aggravated burglary at a shop in Suffolk last night.

It happened at around 8.45pm the Co-Op in Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds.

One of the thieves jumped over the counters and stole two cash boxes. The other stood near the shop entrance and appeared to be armed with a knife.

Staff managed to get to safety in a back room.

Both thieves then fled the shop.

They're described as white and around 5ft 10ins. One was slightly shorter and had a heavier build than the other. They were wearing tracksuit-style clothing and black beanie-style hats.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who might have been in the area at the time.


Bedford commuters face major disruptions

Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras International were affected. Credit: PA

Over-running engineering work has caused major disruption to commuters from Bedford.

Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras International were affected.

Two of the four lines were closed, resulting in trains being cancelled or delayed, with disruption expected to continue until noon.

Some East Midlands trains were also affected.

The problem was with a tunnel near West Hampstead in north-west London.

Thameslink's owner, Govia Thameslink Railway, is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over the role of conductors at its Southern franchise.

"If GTR'S parent company weren't hoarding £100 million in profits, that money could be invested in more engineers and more regular maintenance, which would help us avoid these regular, catastrophic infrastructure failures."

– Mick Cash, RMT union

"We are doing all we can to reduce the disruption this causes, complete the work and return services to normal as quickly and safely as possible."

– Network Rail spokesman

Investigators appeal for pictures of whale washed up on Norfolk coast

A fin whale that washed up at Holkam died of starvation. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Investigators looking into why a young fin whale washed up on the north Norfolk coast are appealing for photographs of the left side of her body.

The juvenile female was stranded on the beach at Holkham on 20 October.

A post mortem found the whale died from starvation due to a spinal abnormality.

Experts say photos of her left side could help them work out if that was congenital or the result of a trauma.

MPs call on Obama to block extradition of alleged hacker

More than 100 MPs are calling on Barack Obama to block the extradition of a Suffolk man accused of hacking into US government computer networks.

Lauri Love, from Stradishall near Newmarket, is alleged to have stolen significant amounts of data from US agencies including the federal Reserve, Nasa and the FBI. He could face up to 99 years in prison if found guilty.

105 cross-party backbenchers have signed a letter to the US President leader, stressing their "deep concern for the safety" Mr Love, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

The letter points out that the UK has prosecuted at least 12 people who have hacked US-based computer systems.

The UK criminal justice system is equipped to bring justice through sentencing and rehabilitating people who are adjudged to have committed these crimes.

Many of these 12 cases did not involve individuals who have significant mental health issues, nor Asperger syndrome and were not at a high risk of suicide, yet they were not extradited.

We would like to ask, why then is the United States insistent on Mr Love's extradition despite the UK having a proven track record of appropriately sentencing and rehabilitating individuals who have committed computer-hacking offences against the US?

– MPs' letter to Barack Obama

Mr Love, who also suffers from depression and severe eczema, has said a jail term in the US would cause his health to deteriorate and would lead to a mental breakdown or suicide.

"We are very happy for this young man to be tried in our courts and to see justice served here," Autism Commission chair Barry Sheerman MP said.

"But his mental health is so precious that we feel he would self-harm if he was sent back to the United States."


Second stretch of new Norfolk coastal path opens today

The second stretch of the path opens today Credit: Natural England

The second stretch of new coastal path will be opened in Norfolk today.

It's a 21 mile stretch from Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling. The route includes three new miles of access between Horsey and Sea Palling, where walkers and wildlife watchers can enjoy a quieter section of Norfolk's coastline.

The government hopes to complete a path around the whole of the English coast stretching for 2700 miles by 2020.

The latest section opening here today is a wonderful showcase for Norfolk's varied coastline, from historic towns and villages to stunning wildlife and beautiful beaches. Opening up the route will also bring huge benefits to the regional economy - our evidence shows walking is the most popular activity at the coast and we spend more time and money when we visit.

– Andrew Sells, Natural England's Chairman

Firefighters rescue dog stuck in hole in Cambridgeshire

Poppy was stuck in the hole for more than an hour Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters helped rescue a dog that was stuck in a hole at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Crews spent nearly two hours trying to find Poppy who's a Jack Russell mix.

They used an underground camera on a long cable and thermal imaging equipment to locate Poppy.

Once they found Poppy, they pumped oxygen into the hole and brought her out. She has now been reunited with her owner.

It was pitch black, hammering down with rain and really cold.

You could hear the dog whimpering, you could tell it was distressed.

It took a lot of people and some co-ordination to dig in the right area because we had to dig a bit, listen, eliminate the area and move along.

– Rob Robinson, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
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