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Tiny by name and by nature: but she still saw off the postman

A family from Northamptonshire have installed a letterbox on their garden fence after the Royal Mail suspended deliveries to the house- because of their pet dog.

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Sarah Martin from Daventry had put a guard rail at the front door to stop her four-year-old chihuahua going outside but Tiny managed to escape when her three children let her out over Easter.

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30 year old Sarah says she's bemused by the ban- thankfully the new letterbox means normal service has been refused.

"I think she's loving the attention, with lots of people coming round!"

– Sarah Martin


Shades of Hot Fuzz as Swan causes rush hour chaos

Motorists are used to traffic jams caused by roadworks, accidents or bad weather - but today drivers were delayed by a swan.

Fowl play: swan causes chaos Credit: Norfolk Police

The bird caused major hold ups on the A47 in Norwich this morning. Some drivers were stationary for up to 45 minutes.

Luckily the police managed to catch the culprit.

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More Flydo than Fido: Airline names most frequent flying dog

Frequent flyer - Joey the guide dog

A Labrador has been named easyJet's most frequent flying dog after taking his 35th flight.

Guide dog Joey mainly flies between Luton airport and Paphos in Cyprus with owner Jan Gibson and her husband Roger.

Mrs Gibson said: ""Joey enjoys flying and will usually sleep at my feet through most of the flight, although he does go for a walk halfway through."

The Luton-based airline does not allow animals on its flights, apart from guide and assistance dogs.

He built it now they will come: the remarkable story of a man's dream that came true

A film premiered last night about a 91-year-old retired chemist and his dream to build a community that cares for itself.

Well that dream has come true in Aylsham in Norfolk with amazing results. And in these times of strains on the NHS and social services it's a model that other towns may look to copy.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray


Marathon man Duncan Slater says a message from his daughter kept him going

Duncan Slater is now back home recovering from his 156 mile run Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norfolk man who has run 156 miles through the Sahara desert has been speaking to ITV News Anglia about completing one of the toughest challenges imaginable.

Duncan Slater became the first double amputee to finish the gruelling Marathon des Sables and he is now back home recovering.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

Sing-a-long for nursery children to learn 999 message

Children from the Rocking Horse Day Nursery in Greens Norton Credit: Northamptonshire police

Children at the Rocking Horse Day Nursery in Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, have been taught a song to help them understand how to get help in an emergency.

The toddlers, dressed in police hats and coats sang to the lyrics of 'If you're happy and you know it'.

Click below to watch their performance.

"It was fantastic to see the children knew the meaning behind the 999 song and had an understanding of which emergency service to call should they ever need to."

– PCSO Charlotte Morris

"Following the children’s interest in the emergency services, nursery practitioners Lucy Brown, Rachael Gulliver and I planned a topic around 999 and found a song that was easy for the children to learn and ran alongside other activities we were doing at that time. The children had great fun learning about the emergency services and how they can help them should they ever need to call.”

– Rocking Horse day Nursery Manager Kim Espiner

Bizarre by-laws such as a 'ban on beating carpets in public' to be scrapped

A number of bizarre by-laws, which include a ban on the beating of carpets in public, look set to be axed in Hertfordshire.

The regulations, which date back as far as 1874, cover a wide range of issues from the use of the public swimming baths to licenses for horse drawn wagons.

But after councillors for North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) voted in favour of revoking the 52 by-laws, their time could soon be up.

  • A ban on beating carpets.
  • Residents not allowed to 'burden' the land with sheep and goats.
  • The hanging of linen on a village green for drying or bleaching.

"What may seem quirky today would probably have been appropriate and welcomed by residents when introduced to improve safety and deal with the problems of the time. NHDC has not pursued any prosecutions under its by-laws recently as many of them are out of date, but by undertaking this review we will ensure that any by-laws in operation are fit for purpose."

– Spokesperson from NHDC

There will now be a public consolation on the axing of the by-laws, after which a report will go back to the council.

The most recent by-law, which regulates the cleanliness of tattoo parlours and was introduced in 2007, will remain in place.

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