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Dyed-in-the-wool allegiances ahead of 'old farm' derby

Even the sheep are showing their true colours! Credit: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College is getting into the derby spirit as it prepares to host its annual lambing weekend in Norfolk.

The event will be taking place on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 March, with the second day coinciding with one of the biggest East Anglian derbies in memory, as Norwich City take on arch rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

The college, which has campuses based in both counties, also has a variety of sheep breeds. To get in the mood for the lambing weekend - and taking a leaf out of the Latitude music festival's book - the farm staff decided to get into the spirit of the football match by dyeing one of their Norfolk Horn breed rams Yellow and Green and one of its Suffolk breeds blue and white.

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Norman the Golden Eagle finally recaptured!

Norman the Eagle- finally recaptured! Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norman the golden eagle who went missing in Bedfordshire has finally been caught- after weeks of evading capture.

The bird of prey, which was on loan to falconer Allen Smith from Lidlington, near Flitwick, has been on the loose since he flew off on Friday January 9th.

After dozens of tip-offs from the public, Mr Smith finally found Norman in a tree in Flitwick over a week ago but he was unable to lure him down.

He eventually discovered the bird, which has a six-foot wingspan, in Barton-le-Clay after a call from the police who'd been tipped off by a member of the public.

Norman the Eagle evades capture again

Norman the golden eagle is still at large in Bedfordshire after he was spotted in a tree in Flitwick last night, but evaded capture.

The bird of prey, which was on loan to falconer Allen Smith from Lidlington, near Flitwick, has been on the loose since he flew off last weekend.

After dozens of tip-offs from the public over the past few days, Mr Smith finally found Norman in a tree in Flitwick but was unable to lure him down. Efforts were called off when it got dark and when Mr Smith returned this morning the bird had already taken flight again.

Since Norman escpaed there have been sightings all over Bedfordshire including Stewartby, Luton and over the border in St Neots. Pet owners have been warned to be vigilant in case Norman, who has a six-foot wingspan, attacks a cat. The search continues.

Norman the Golden Eagle who's escaped in Bedfordshire Credit: ITV viewer Hannah Townsend

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Police get tough on rural crime

Theft of farm equipment is a key issue in rural communities Credit: Press Association

A new team of Special Constabulary officers has been launched in Cambridgeshire to support the force's Rural Crime Team.

Senior officers say the new team will provide visible reassurance to remote communities and businesses, supplementing the existing local area patrol officers.

The Cambridgeshire Rural Crime Team is based in Huntingdon Credit: Press Association

Among the issues facing rural communities and businesses in Cambridgeshire are hare coursing, theft from farms and outbuildings, theft of machinery and straw-stack arson.

Cambridgeshire police has about 300 special constables and is keen for more to sign-up.

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