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Sun's reflection starts house fire - leaving elderly couple homeless

Fifth Avenue, Chelmsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Firefighters say a blaze in a bedroom in Chelmsford was started by the sun's reflection on a mirror.

Crews were called to Fifth Avenue just before 1pm yesterday afternoon.

Smoke was billowing from a first-floor front window and the elderly couple living there have been made homeless.

Investigators found the sun's reflection had caused an intense beam of heat which set fire to nearby curtains or clothing.

"To minimise the risk of fire it's important to make sure mirrors and other reflective objects such as crystal and glass ornaments should be kept out of direct sunlight.

"It's also vital to make sure that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home."

– Stephen Harrison, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.


Protests against President Trump to take place across region

Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

To mark the event a number of protests will take place across the region today.

The group - "Build Bridges, not walls" will be unfurling banners at bridges in Wellingborough, Luton, Wisbech, Cambridge and Norwich.

Many women from across the region are also heading to London to take part in the Women's March, which is designed to highlight the fight for equal rights.

Dons boss raids Hearts to sign forward

Robbie Muirhead celebrates after scoring for Hearts. Credit: PA Images

MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson has raided former club Hearts to sign a new forward.

Robbie Muirhead, 20, has signed on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He told the club's website:

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I like setting up goals and I like scoring – they are things I’d like to bring to the team.

– Robbie Muirhead, MK Dons

Neilson said the striker was full of potential.

“He’s still a young boy so it will take him some time to settle but he’s got real potential. He’s left-footed and is very good with the ball at his feet."

Stevenage sign Luton Town forward McQuoid on loan

The 27-year-old joined the Hatters in the summer of 2015 following his release by Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Stevenage have signed Josh McQuoid on loan from fellow League Two side Luton Town until the end of the season.

The former Bournemouth player joined The Hatters in June 2015 on a three-year deal, where he's scored seven goals in 43 times appearances.

Boro Manager Darren Sarll believes his new signing will make a big impact at the Lamex Stadium between now and the end of the season.

Josh is an attacking player, a very intelligent player and a player I have admired over the last eight or nine years.

It is really important we bring in the right character as our dressing is a real tight knit environment.

As a player he has won leagues, played in the championship and he is a winner. He will definitely give us a different dimension or point to attack compared to what we have had.

– Darren Sarll, Stevenage manager


Footballer who lost both legs takes part in charity bike ride

A footballer who lost both of his legs in a hit and run crash near Newmarket is taking part in a 150 mile charity bike ride. Shaun Whiter was struck by a car last July as he was helping his friend change a tyre.

This May, Shaun will be among 100 cyclists representing Ipswich Town football club to take on a ride around Suffolk.

Shaun will use a specially designed bike and is raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Campaigners feel short changed by night flight plans

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Last week the government launched its latest consultation into night flights with the promise to tighten up noise quotas and movements of aircraft at night.

But for two airports in our region campaigners have been left feeling short-changed.

Under the plans Stansted's quota of night flights will not reduce at all, while Luton airport wasn't even included in the consultation in the first place.

Body lay under rubble for 12 years: pensioner cleared

Natalia Wilkanowska Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who lived at a house in Luton where the body of a woman relative lay under builder's rubble for 12 years, has been cleared of all charges.

The body of Natalia Wilkanowka was discovered in 2015 at the house. She'd been missing for 12 years. Daniel Doherty has been found not guilty of five charges including helping to conceal a body after the Judge decided there was no case to answer. His brother remains on trial at Luton Crown Court.

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