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£850m needed to repair potholes in the East

It could cost each local authority £78m to repair them all. Credit: PA

It's estimated around £854.9m is needed to deal with problem potholes on the roads in the East and get them back in a reasonable condition.

This year's Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey say it's down to an ageing network, decades of underfunding, increased traffic and wetter winters.

One in six local roads will need to be repaired or even closed within next five years due to their poor state.

Elderly man injured in Luton burglary

CCTV released by police Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police investigating a burglary in Eldon Road, Luton, have released a grainy CCTV image in the hope of jogging people’s memory of any suspicious activity in the area.

At around 6.45pm on Thursday March 16th two men knocked on the door of a property of Eldon Road. The elderly occupant was assaulted by the offenders as they pushed past him to search the property and made off with a large quantity of money.

The offenders, who both had their faces covered, were described as:

  • Medium build
  • Around 5’10”
  • Wearing dark clothing
  • Between 17 and 28 years old
  • Black with Jamaican accents

Detective Constable Jason Wheeler said it was a despicable offence.

"I believe this victim was targeted and that somebody will know who has committed this vicious and brazen act. We are dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable in our society and burglary is a priority for the force. We are asking anyone with any information, no matter how small, to come forward to help us find those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Jason Wheeler

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Wheeler on 101 quoting reference C/11091/17. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.


Hundreds turn out to Luton peace vigil

Hundreds have turned out to a peace vigil in Luton after it emerged that the Westminster attacker had lived in the town.

Faith leaders, police officers and members of the public all turned out to pay tribute to those who lost their life and promote community cohesion.

Faith leaders, police officers and members of the public all turned out to pay tribute to the victims. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Former neighbours of 52-year-old Khalid Masood said they were disgusted to find out he was behind the terror attacks that left carnage on the streets of London.

Policeman seriously injured in London attack originally from Braintree

Police cars at the scene. Credit: PA.

A 35-year-old policeman seriously injured in Wednesday’s terrorist attack was from Braintree.

Kris Aves suffered what has been described as life-changing injuries including two broken legs and a broken arm when he was hit by the attacker’s car on Westminster bridge.

It is thought he was among a party of policemen on the bridge who were returning from an awards ceremony.

He now lives in Barnet. Mr Aves' parents, who still live in Braintree, are at his bedside.

Appeal for anyone who knew Westminster attacker to contact police

The scene of the terror attack Credit: ITV News Anglia

The man who carried out the Westminster terror attack had previously lived in Luton.

52-year old Khalid Masood had lived in the town up until 2012, when he moved to the West Midlands.

It's now been revealed that his birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao.

"We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well, understands who his associates were and can provide us with information about places he has recently visited. There might be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but did not feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing those concerns to us."

– Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard

Westminster attacker previously lived in Luton

Police responding to the terror attack in Westminster. Credit: PA

The man responsible for the terror attack in Westminster had previously lived in Luton, it has emerged.

Khalid Masood, who was 52, ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death policeman Keith Palmer in the grounds of Parliament.

Masood most recently lived in the West Midlands, but had been in Dunraven Avenue, in Luton, for a several years before moving in 2012.

"I'm absolutely disgusted and saddened in a way that you don't know your neighbours as well as you should do.

"I would see him gardening frequently at the weekends, quite house proud, in relaxed clothing with two small children.

"He would be frequently loading the children into his car, but I didn't see his wife very much.

– Katie Garricques, former neighbour
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