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Radical Islamist from Luton 'killed' in Syria drone strike

Abu Rahin Aziz may have been killed in Syria. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A radical Islamist from Luton who fled the country to join Isis has been killed in an airstrike, according to unconfirmed reports.

Abu Rahin Aziz skipped bail and left the UK after he was sentenced to 36 weeks in jail for attacking a football fan in London.

It's now been suggested that he died in an American drone strike in Syria over the weekend.

The Foreign Office told ITV News Anglia that they can't yet confirm the reports because they don't have any representatives in Syria.

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Midday temperatures reach 29°C in the Anglia region

Norwich was the hottest place in the UK at midday on Saturday 4th July 2015 with a temperature of 28.6°C (83.5°F) recorded at the city's international airport.

Many places in the Anglia region had their hottest July day on record on Wednesday when the thermometer touched 35.3°C (95.5°F) at Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

Temperatures at 12 noon in the Anglia region on Saturday 4 July 2015. Credit: Met Office

Viewer pictures: Thunderstorms in the East

Lightning striking over Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk Credit: Russell Waite

So the early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.

It seemed some of you took a few shots of the storms.

Credit: Russell Waite
This was taken by 12 year old Abigail from Luton in Bedfordshire Credit: Abigail Lacey
Credit: Philip Thulbourn
Gavin took this from his bedroom window from Bury St Edmunds Credit: Gavin C
This was taken in Bury St Edmunds as the storm moved away Credit: Simmy Knight
Lightning over the new cap at St Helena Windmill in Horsford Credit: Melanie Smith

Thunderstorms produce a fortnight's worth of rain

Lightning captured in the village of Croydon between Cambridge and Biggleswade. Credit: Bob Burling

With every good heatwave in the British summer there is nearly always a spectacular thunderstorm or two.

The early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.

At Hitchin in Hertfordshire there was 35 mm of rain, which is more than normally falls in two weeks in July.

The overnight deluge make it the wettest day of the year so far in the East of England.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 10am on Saturday

  • 21.4 mm in Bedford
  • 21.2 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 17.6 mm in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 15.0 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 13.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 11.8 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 8.0 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 7.2 mm in Cambridge
  • 3.8 mm in Norwich

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Police confirm member of Luton family was stopped at airport the day before 'Syria exit'

The family. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have revealed that they stopped a member of the family of 12 from Luton that are feared to have fled to Syria, just a day before they left the UK.

One of the party was stopped at Heathrow Airport and was the subject of an examination, but wasn't arrested.

As that was going on, a search was simultaneously carried out at the family's home address on Spencer Road in Luton.

Spencer Road in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

However, officers say that didn't find anything that suggested the family were about to travel to Syria so they allowed them to travel the next day without intervening.

The party had initially travelled to Bangladesh from Heathrow via Istanbul on 10 April.

They flew back to Istanbul on 11 May and were due to fly back to Heathrow on 14 May.

However they failed to return and were reported missing by a relative in Luton on 17 May.

Police say they still can't be sure if the family did travel to Syria.

Police step up campaign to target people caught taking photos of crashes on their mobiles

PC James Thorn from Cambridgeshire Police. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are warning that they are cracking down on the growing trend for people to slow down near road accidents to film them on their phone.

It's part of a month long campaign in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire targeting people who use their phone behind the wheel.

Many drivers were prosecuted for taking photos of a crash on the A14 in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"As we know, mobile phones these days aren't just telephones - you can answer e-mails , social media, you can surf the internet.

The danger with mobile phones is that it distracts you from the task of driving."

– PC James Thorn, Cambridgeshire Police
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