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Suffolk coffee group meet to pick up rubbish worth eight tonnes

Video report by ITV Anglia's Liz Summers.

A Suffolk coffee group have managed to pick up eight tonnes of litter after swapping gossip for gloves to help clean up their community.

Self proclaimed 'rubbish friends' Fiona, Etta and Julia from Newmarket used to meet up once a week for a catch up and some cake.

But a few years ago they had the idea of using that time to do something more productive - now the group has grown and they're out every Friday keeping the countryside clean.

"We were always talking about the litter in the countryside, which we just felt was getting worse and worse and one day we just said 'why don't we just go out and pick it up instead of sitting around moaning about it,' so that's what we did."

– Fiona Unwin, Founder, Rubbish Friends

Villagers demand action to stop future flooding

Video report by ITV Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Residents in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex who suffered damage to their property because of flooding in February 2014, want to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Three feet of flooding caused damage to the Queen's Head pub two years ago, which took eight months to repair.

Steve Bett, who is the landlord of the pub wants flooding measures to be taken.

Steve Bett, who is the landlord of the Queen's Head pub in Stansted Mountfitchet wants flooding measures to be taken. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cellar obviously was completely full, the whole road was full, it was chaos and it has been very difficult to deal with.

There has been a couple of times where the water has come up to the door and we've had to take action with other people to literally rug the drains ourselves.

– Steve Bett, landlord of the Queen's Head pub


East Anglia basks in tropical heat on hottest day of the year

Scratby beach in Norfolk on the hottest day of the year. Credit: Karl Hammett

Temperatures in the Anglia region have soared past 31°C on the hottest day of the year.

By 4pm on Tuesday the temperature at Wittering in Cambridgeshire and Woburn in Bedfordshire had reached 31.4°C (88.5°F).

The hottest place in the UK so far has been Pershore in Worcestershire with a temperature of 33.4°C (92.1°F).

Temperatures across the Anglia region at 4pm on Tuesday 19 July 2016

  • 31.4°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 31.4°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 31.0°C in Cambridge
  • 30.8°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 30.1°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 30.0°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 28.9°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 27.9°C in Norwich
  • 27.9°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 24.1°C in Cromer, Norfolk

East Anglia set for another scorcher as temperatures rocket

It's set to be another scorcher today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Temperatures are expected to continue soaring across the Anglia region.

On Monday, we had wall-to-wall sunshine with temperatures reaching 29°C at Cavendish in Suffolk.

It is forecast to get even hotter on Tuesday - up to 32°C. But parts of the South East could see temperatures climb as high as 35°C (95°F) - close to the record for July of 36.7°C (98.06°F).

Public Health England is urging people to look out for elderly relatives and friends who may be susceptible to the high temperatures - and to take extra care of young children, babies and those with heath issues.


Public Health England issues 'heat health' warning for the east

Children enjoying building sandcastles at Milton Maize Maze, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Public Health England has issued a 'heat health' warning for the East of England as temperatures of over 30 degrees celcius are forecasted over the next few days.

"Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for most people there’s nothing to really worry about. But for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks. This summer we’re urging people to keep an eye on those at-risk and if you’re able, offer help to stay cool and hydrated."

– Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events, Public Health England
Heatwave predicted for the East of England Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Met Office declared a Level 2 heat-health alert this morning which means that there is a high chance that temperatures will hit certain thresholds for two days and the intervening night.

  • Look out for others, especially older people and young children and babies.
  • Drink plenty of water, alcohol and sugary drinks can make you more dehydrated.
  • Close curtains in rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed parked vehicle, especially children and animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun from 11am to 3pm.
  • If you go out try to walk in the shade and wear a sunhat and suncream.
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Wear light and loose fitting clothing.

Advice on keeping safe in the heat from St John Ambulance

Soaking up the sun at the beach, Milton Maize Maze near Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the region prepares for a heatwave this week with temperatures peaking over 30 degrees, St John Ambulance is offering some advice on coping with the heat.

The most common conditions they treat are cramp, fainting, sunburn and dehydration.

“Extreme heat can be dangerous, particularly for the very young and old, but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs and potentially be the difference between life and death in an emergency. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars so it’s essential that people can spot the signs, such as headache and dizziness,and get them somewhere cool and rehydrated as soon as possible.”

– Clive James, St John Ambulance Training Officer

Get more advice from St John Ambulance.

Heat health alert issued as summer temperatures soar

The Met Office has issued a heat-health alert as temperatures rise over the next few days.

A health warning has been issued as rising temperatures across the UK and the Anglia region trigger a heatwave alert.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 yellow heat-health watch which means people should be alert and ready.

The advice says heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.

"There is a 80 % probability of heatwave conditions between 1200 on Monday and 1800 on Thursday in parts of England.

"There is a 60% chance of the trigger criteria bring met from today across the East Midlands, but the criteria are likely to be met more widely from tomorrow and through Wednesday."

– Met Office heat-health alert
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