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Norwich headteacher delighted with results in "turbulent year" for GCSEs

Students embrace in Corby.
Students embrace in Corby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students across the region have been collecting their GCSE results this morning.

Schools throughout the East had received letters from the qualifications watchdog to warn that changes to the exams would have led to a lot of volatility in grades.

One headteacher said some schools would have seen their results drop this year - but there was still plenty to celebrate at his school.

"This is a very turbulent year for GCSEs.

There's been some real changes that have taken place with the qualifications.

So, it's not the case that I would expect all schools to continue to improve but we're pleased that we have managed to improve our results here."

– Brian Conway, Headteacher, Notre Dame High School, Norwich

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Biggleswade: Man arrested after 14 hour siege

A man's been arrested in Bedfordshire following a 14 hour siege.
A man's been arrested in Bedfordshire following a 14 hour siege. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's been arrested in Bedfordshire following a 14 hour siege.

Police were called to a property in Vickers Close in Biggleswade yesterday afternoon after reports of a domestic incident where it's thought a man was armed.

No one was hurt during the incident.

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Ipswich Town prepared to let Wordsworth leave

Anthony Wordsworth is heading for the exit door.
Anthony Wordsworth is heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he is willing to allow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth to leave the club.

The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a first team place at Portman Road since joining from Colchester United last year.

“I have spoken to him and he’s available now to go out on loan or to join a club permanently.

He needs to be out there playing games.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
 Darren Ambrose is training with Ipswich.
Darren Ambrose is training with Ipswich. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, McCarthy also admitted that former fans' favourite Darren Ambrose is training with Town, but doesn't expect things to progress any further.

"It’s not a trial or anything like that. It’s just like Jack Collison who is also with us. Darren asked if he can train with us.

We’re happy to let him do that but it’s no more than that."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Read more: "Wordsworth has tools for The Championship"

Ipswich: Reformed jihadist pleads with British Muslims not to join sectarian violence

Muhammad Manwar Ali.
Muhammad Manwar Ali. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Islamic scholar from Ipswich, who once fought as a jihadist, is pleading with British Muslims not to join the sectarian violence in the Middle East.

Muhammad Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Syria and Burma in the 1980s, but says the Islamic State and the use of jihad today is extreme and the violence is inhuman and evil.

"Don't go to the Syria, Iraq conflict positions - don't go there.

Your heart cries, your heart bleeds and you feel emotional or sad.

Pray. Trust god that he has the affairs in his hands, he never supports injustice and falsehood. Our job is to be good and kind, wherever we are."

– Muhammad Manwar Ali

Peterborough United land Burgess on permanent deal

Christian Burgess in action for Hartlepool United last season.
Christian Burgess in action for Hartlepool United last season. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have signed on-loan Middlesbrough defender Christian Burgess for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old only joined Posh in a temporary switch last earlier this week, but the move has now been made permanent.

Burgess has agreed a four-year contract at London Road, and made his debut in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

"I am pleased to sign Christian. It is a good piece of business from the football club. He is player that has been on the radar for a little while and he will bring competition to the centre back positions."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager
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