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Visitor numbers soar at Bletchley Park after hit movie

Visitor numbers up by a third at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Visitor numbers at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes have soared since the release of the hit movie 'The Imitation Game' with nearly a third more visitors in 2014.

Numbers are set to exceed 190,000 people by the end of the year.

The film tells the story of the Second World war codebreaker Alan Turing who helped crack the German Enigma code.

The German Enigma code was cracked at Bletchley Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

“This has been a landmark year for Bletchley Park. The completion of the first restoration phase, a high profile royal visit with a family connection to make it all the more fascinating and now a hit film focusing on the life of a Codebreaker, have all combined to draw more people in to learn more about the incredible stories that live within these walls."

– Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust

Two teenagers arrested in connection with Chelmsford murder

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Police investigating the murder of a man in a Chelmsford park yesterday, have made two arrests.

A 17-year-old boy from Chelmsford and a 19-year-old man from Maldon were arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of murder.

They are currently in police custody.

A man from Chelmsford died in hospital after he was stabbed in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, at around 3.15pm on Thursday.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to contact detectives on 101 or email

Ambulance crews prepare for 'Black Friday'

Ambulance crews gear up for 'Black Friday' Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of calls to the East of England Ambulance service are up 11% compared to 2013 and that is before 'Black Friday' gets underway tonight.

Crews call the last Friday before Christmas 'Black Friday' as people make the most of what is for some, their last working day before Christmas.

There were 700 more callouts than average last Saturday and it's expected that figure will be exceeded tonight.

For special safety guidelines issued by the ambulance service. Click here.

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Suffolk village flood defences almost completed

High flood waters from December 2013 tidal surge Credit: ITV News Anglia

One year on from last December's devastating tidal surge which flooded homes and businesses on the East Anglian coast and residents in Waldringfield in Suffolk are celebrating the near completion of new flood defences.

Campaigners raised £900,000 for concrete walls and defence gates.

The MP Therese Coffey will tour the site later today with local people and councillors.

"We are delighted that the project is nearing completion. Everyone has worked so hard to make this happen and we are grateful for the help and support we have received. We can all look forward to Christmas knowing that we are better protected from any future events".

– Jon Wilkins, Chair of the Waldringfield Flood Defence group

The project to improve flood protection with innovative defences and flood gates is the first community-led project to be delivered from the new Deben estuary plan.

"We are pleased to have supported the Waldringfield Flood Defence Group in both their Coastal Community Funding bid and the development of a local flood defence scheme for the residents and businesses in the village. The community have shown tremendous resilience and organisation to have achieved so much in the twelve months since the tidal surge. I am so impressed by what they have done; to deliver a new flood defence project in one year is unprecedented. It's a great example of what communities can achieve."

– Karen Thomas, The Environment Agency

Letter written in trenches about Christmas Day 'Truce' could fetch £20,000 at auction

The letter about the 'Truce' football match written in the trenches Credit: Northampton Museum
The letter was written by William Henry Loasby Credit: ITV News Anglia

A letter written by a Northamptonshire soldier from the trenches of the First World War could fetch £20,000 at auction.

The note by Lance Corporal Willie Loasby describes how he organised the famous Christmas Day Truce by shouting to German soldiers in nearby trenches.

The letter is being sold by a collector from Northampton.

Kettering war memorial Credit: ITV News Anglia
Peter Robinson, Northampton Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a first hand account written to his mother and it gives details of how they contacted the Germans, how they met, how they were quite antagonistic towards each other, but became quite friendly really."

– Peter Robinson, Northampton Museum

Eight homes evacuated after two gas mains ruptured during collision

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Eight homes were evacuated in Hockley in Essex last night after an 1,000 metre exclusion zone was set up following a road traffic collision which ruptured two gas mains.

The gas mains were hit just after 8pm in Rectory Road.

One man, who was the driver of the vehicle and in his 20s, was treated at the scene.

Fire crews checked the area and residents were allowed back into their homes at 9.30pm.

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