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Essex's Saskia Clark gives her boxing skills a go

Video report by ITV Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.

It's been named the "nation's biggest sports day," with I Am Team GB events happening all over the country today (August 27).

In Colchester, sailor and Olympic gold medal winner Saskia Clark put on some boxing gloves and gave the sport a go. Just like many other young people in the region.

Young people in Colchester having a go at boxing Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We need to get our kids active and moving, we're on the brink of a potential disaster in this country with obesity and diabetes and stuff so we need to get everyone out,get involved in sport, try everything, see what you like and have a healthy and active lifestyle."

– Saskia Clarke, Team GB Olympic sailor

Essex gymnast Brinn Bevan was also at the event, which aims to get more people involved in sport.

Essex gymnast Brinn Bevan was also at the event Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The first thing that really inspired me for success in sport was the Beijing olympics in 2008 I remember watching it on tv and someone who was in the team with me this time was Louis Smith came back with a bronze medal which really inspired me and should be for these little kids."

– Brinn Bevan, Gymnast

Rutherford hosts long jump event in his own garden

Milton Keynes' long jumper Greg Rutherford has today hosted a long jump event at his home Credit: ITV News Anglia

Olympic bronze medal winner Greg Rutherford has today hosted a long jump competition in his own garden.

It's part of an I Am Team GB event, with the aim of encouraging young people to get involved in the sport.

School children from the region joined the Milton Keynes long jumper Credit: ITV News Anglia

Olympic bronze medal winner joins I Am Team GB event in Luton

Cambridge diver Daniel Goodfellow is supporting a Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge's Olympic bronze medal winner Daniel Goodfellow has been showing his support for I Am Team GB at an event in Luton today (August 27).

Luton Sports Village is hosting a "dive in" to try and encourage more people to get involved in the sport.

Daniel Goodfellow, who won a bronze medal in the Men's 10m Synchronised Platform event with his partner Tom Daley in Rio, will be doing some demonstration dives.

Olympic champion Saskia Clark joins boxing event in Colchester

Saskia Clark (right) with her sailing partner and Hannah Mills after winning gold in Rio Credit: PA

Essex sailor Saskia Clarke has been joining in with the I Am Team GB activities taking place in Culver Square, Colchester today.

England Boxing are inviting people there to try boxing under the supervision of qualified England Boxing coaches.

Colchester MP Will Quince has been showing his support at the event.


Lifeboat crews warn beachgoers to be sensible in the sea


Following a number of drownings in our region lifeboat crews are asking beach goers to be sensible in the sea.

Less than a week ago, a windsurfer died after getting into trouble in West Mersea in Essex.

And the number of call outs for lifeboats and lifeguards is higher in August than at any other time of the year as swimmers get caught in rip tides and strong currents.

Here's Paul Garrod of Caister Lifeboat

Bedford man jailed for 7-years for weapons and drug dealing charges

Nazish Shehzad, 35 has been jailed Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man's been jailed for seven years after a shotgun was found in a car in Bedford.

It was discovered in the boot of a taxi which was stopped by police in Roff Avenue. Four cartridges and a packet of heroin were also found in a holdall.

Nazish Shehzad, who's 35 and from Bedford, pleaded guilty to weapons and drug dealing charges.

Shotgun cartridges were found in the boot of a taxi Credit: Bedfordshire police

"Illegal firearms can strike fear into communities and have no place in our society. We will not tolerate those who use or supply such weapons and this case should serve as a warning as to how seriously the courts take such matters."

– Det Insp Gary Atkinson, Eastern Region Special Operations Unit
Shotgun Credit: Bedfordshire police

Nazish Shehzad pleaded guilty to possessing component parts of a prohibited weapon and possession of heroin with intent to supply.

The court heard the gun had been adapted to such an extent it was no longer viable, however the judge ruled that, due to the fact there was live ammunition with the weapon, Shehzad would not have been aware it was not a working firearm.

A destruction order was made for the gun, cartridges and drugs.

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