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Earthquake shakes town

People have been speaking out about an earthquake that has shaken a normally peaceful Rutland town.

Residents in Oakham describe hearing what sounded like an explosion, others say they thought a lorry had crashed into their house.

The 3.2 magnitude tremors, which came from 2.5 miles underground, were also felt throughout much of north Northamptonshire. Olivia Patterson reports.


Police appeal after man dies from stab wounds

Police in Essex have started a murder investigation after a man died in hospital from stab wounds following an incident in Braintree last night.

Officers were called to Cressing Road in Braintree at 11pm last night.

Braintree Credit: ITV Anglia

They found a 24 year old man suffering from stab wounds, he died from his injuries at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

A second man was also hurt but his injuries are not life threatening.

Luke Eva Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued a picture of 24 year old Luke Eva from Southend who they want to talk to in connection with the incident.

Two other people are being questioned by detectives who have issued an incident room number which is 01245 282103.

Fox cubs found dead in Essex garden

X-ray of one of the fox cubs Credit: RSPCA

Four fox cubs have been found killed in a back garden in Essex.

The RSPCA was called to an address at Vaughan Williams Road in Basildon on Friday (11 April) after the bodies of the young baby animals were discovered in a back garden with blood coming from their ears and mouths.

An inspector took the bodies to a vet and X-rays revealed the little animals, thought to be just four weeks old, had been hit with a blunt instrument. It is believed this is what killed them.

Inspector Adam Jones said:

“This was a really horrible and sinister discovery and I have no doubt this was a deliberate and callous attack.

“These tiny little cubs were just a few weeks old, they still had their blackish grey fur, and they had been on the receiving end of some kind of brutal attack.

“There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the whole incident. We don’t know for sure why there was a sausage and chicken there, perhaps it was a lure, or why one of the cubs was caught in netting.

“We urge anyone with any information about this incident to let us know in confidence.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 0300 123 8018.

Seven year old boy approached in Haverhill

Police in Haverhill are appealing for information after a 7 year old boy was approached by a man who asked him to follow him.

The incident happened between 2.50pm and 3.05pm on Sunday 13 April in Linton Place, Haverhill and was reported to police on 15 April.

The boy was playing outside when a man came up to him and asked him to follow him, which the boy refused to do, the man asked him a further three times.

The man is described as white, slim, around 5’6’’ – 5’8’’ tall and in his early 50s, he had short grey hair, he wore a black coat and grey jeans.

If you were in the area and saw this man or recognise him from the description you are asked to contact PC Christian Thomas at Haverhill Police on 101 quoting HH/14/713 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Do you recognise this jewellery?

Disney couture necklace stolen during burglary Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Disney couture necklace stolen during burglary Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are asking members of the public to come forward if they recognise jewellery stolen during a burglary in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

The items were taken along with two laptops during a break-in at a property in Crossway on 25 March.

DC Denise Comb is keen to speak with anyone who may have been offered jewellery matching the items.

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Comb, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394359, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

CCTV images released in Mecca Bingo burglary probe

CCTV image released by police Credit: Norfolk Police

Detectives investigating a burglary at Mecca Bingo in Norwich have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to.

It follows an incident on 11 January 2013 when suspect(s) broke into the Aylsham Road club and forced open slot and change machines stealing cash.

Police are keen to identify the men pictured in the CCTV images, who may be able to assist with enquiries.

CCTV image released by police Credit: Norfolk Police
CCTV image released by police
CCTV image released by police Credit: Norfolk Police

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Andy Tomlinson at Norwich CID on 101** or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.**

Earthquake 'strongest in 13 years'

Rutland was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.

The 3.2-magnitude earthquake, powered from a depth of 2.5 miles, struck the Oakham area at 7.07am.

"There was a 4.1 in Melton Mowbray in October 2001 - so this is the biggest in the region for 13 years.

"It was quite widely felt but we probably get about three of these at this size somewhere in the UK each year.

"We record about 200 earthquakes and it is to do with the earth's dynamic plates moving, probably about the pace of the growth of a fingernail.

"The most common reports we have had is that houses shook, windows rattled for quite a few seconds, people were quite alarmed.

"We do not get the big earthquakes like they would get in places like Japan."

– Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist.

It was felt up to 28 miles (45 km) away from the epicentre of the earthquake near Wellingborough but most reports have come in from people who are within 15 miles (25km) of Oakham. Residents in parts of Stamford, Kettering and Oakham went online to say they felt the earthquake.

The UK's most powerful earthquake was the 5.4 magnitude tremor which hit the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales in July 1984 and in 2008 a quake centred on Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was measured at 5.2.

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