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The 'Ship of the Fens' attracts some unwanted visitors

Ely Cathedral has a problem with pigeons Credit: ITV News Anglia

Staff at Ely Cathedral say there are too many pigeons nesting around the roof of the 900 year old building.

They've noticed an unusally high number of the birds around the west tower and Cathedral porch.

They're now looking for humane ways to scare them off.

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They're grouping and clustering around the building in certain areas, creating a lot of mess. They're nesting and their nests are blocking our rainwater goods in some instances. The numbers are just too high for us really."

– Vicki Roulinson, Ely Cathedral



Flood warning issued for the River Lee at Luton

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Lee at Luton. Flooding is expected for The River Lee at Luton.

The Environment Agency says immediate action is required.

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Lee at Luton. Credit: PA

"Following this morning’s heavy rainfall, the river levels on the River Lee at Toddington Road in Luton have risen rapidly. We believe this is due to a blockage of the trash pins at Toddington Road. We have teams on their way to investigate the situation and will clear any blockage present.

"Further heavy rainfall is forecast today. River levels may to continue rise as a result of this blockage, but should fall sharply once our teams have managed to clear it."

– Environment Agency

Warning of torrential thundery rain and risk of flooding

The Met Office has amber and yellow weather warnings in force for the Anglia region as the September heatwave breaks down into thundery and torrential rain.

The Met Office says there could be exceptionally amounts of rain during Friday with the potential for flooding and disruption to transport.

Frequent lightning and hail may be additional hazards.

Rainfall radar image taken at 7.25am on Friday showing heavy rain in the south and west of the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Some places in the Anglia region have already seen nearly an inch of rain in the early hours of Friday.

23 mm (0.9 inches) of rain has fallen at Cavendish in Suffolk and 21 mm (0.8 inches) at Harpenden in Hertfordshire in the six hours up to 7am.

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