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Drivers warned to allow extra time for their journeys as Suffolk Show gets underway

Last year's Suffolk show. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tens of thousands of people will be making their way to Trinity Park in Ipswich today for the start of the Suffolk Show.

The gates open at 7 o'clock this morning for the two day event.

Police are reminding drivers in the area they may need to allow extra time for their journey as there may be some delays.


'Flying' boats dropping in for Waterways Festival

A B Tuckey Boat Transport Service is pictured craning ABC Leisure’s 72ft-long ‘Dawn Til Dusk’ narrowboat. Credit: Francis Wilson Photography

It's not a sight you see every day - a 35-tonne narrowboat suspended 20 feet up in the air.

Twenty narrowboats are being craned into Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, as part of preparations for the 16th Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival being held over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival showcases the inland waterways industry with more than 250 exhibitors from across the canal world.

It is expected to attract 25,000 people over the three show days.

"Crick Boat Show is the number one boat show at the heart of the waterway network. Whether people are boating enthusiasts, looking to buy boating products and services, or just looking for a great family day out by the water, there’s lots to see and do at Crick Boat Show, set in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, alongside the Grand Union Canal.”

– Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World & Show Director

Marsh Harrier egg theft appeal

Officers investigating the theft of eggs from a Marsh Harrier's nest in Guist in Norfolk are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man in a dark vehicle parked in the area to come forward.

The theft is believed to have taken place on Sunday 10 May 2015 when unknown person/s stole the eggs from a nest located on the marsh off Bridge Road.

However, new information has now revealed a black Renault Clio was seen in the area during the evenings the week prior to the theft.

A man described as aged in his mid-50s, with brown hair of slim to medium build and wearing a camouflage jacket was in the vehicle and appeared to be taking photographs with a long lens camera.

The same vehicle is believed to have been seen parked next to Guist Bridge at around 9pm on the Friday (8 May 2015).

Marsh Harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and officers would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen such a vehicle in the area or spotted any other suspicious behaviour.

Nature reserves are a prime target for egg thieves across the Eastern region and their wardens work closely with officers and the RSPB Investigations Section to report suspicious activity.

A reward of £1000 has been offered for information which leads to the conviction of the person responsible in this case.

Notices are displayed in some of the nature reserves alerting the public to the possibility that egg thieves may be operating in the area. Anyone with information about egg thefts should contact Norfolk Constabulary quoting 'Operation Compass' on 101.

Anyone with information relating to the recent theft should contact PC Jason Pegden at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Concerns over green belt building plans for Bedfordshire

There are concerns about the number of homes planned for green belt land in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Countryside campaigners are worried parts of rural Bedfordshire are becoming a "building site" to cope with London's housing overspill.

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England says England's green belt land is under an unprecedented level of threat.

In Bedfordshire, 13,000 homes are proposed for green belt land - higher than the number proposed for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Kent combined.

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