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Shetland pony found on the A1

The runaway pony Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police were called to Wyboston in Bedfordshire yesterday, after reports of a small brown pony on the loose near the A1.

A concerned local resident had found the pony the previous night and had kept it in their garden.

But the pony had escaped and was heading towards the dual carriageway.

“This is a very friendly pony which took a special liking to my colleague, who supplied it with fresh water and grass. We would like to thank the nearby resident who has kindly offered to home the pony until its owner is found.

Thankfully no harm has been caused to the animal or any road users, but we would appeal to anyone who knows where the pony belongs to get in touch.”

– PCSO James Loi, Bedfordshire Police

The pony is now back at its temporary home and police are trying to find its owner.

Strong wind warning issued for North Norfolk

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds extending as far south at the North Norfolk coast. The alert says it could lead to some disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

"Southwesterly winds will increase this morning with gales developing across north Wales, parts of northern England, the north Midlands and eastern England. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely for a time, perhaps reaching 65 mph on exposed coasts of Lancashire and north Wales.

Winds should ease from the west later this afternoon."

– MET OFFICE

The weather warning is in force from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 12 April 2015

The Met Office says there is some uncertainty about the southward extent of the strongest winds.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment is: "A small depression is expected to run quickly east northeast today, crossing northern England early this afternoon. A swathe of southwesterly gales is likely to the south of the depression centre, but these should ease later this afternoon as the system moves away over the North Sea."

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Further French industrial action could lead to more flight disruption

Warning of more possible disruption to flights over France Credit: ITV News

Passengers are being warned of possible disruption to flights this week from Luton and Stansted Airport because of French industrial action.

Further action is planned by French Air Traffic Control this week from the 16th-18th April.

Flights to and from French airports and flights flying over French airspace may be disrupted, diverted or cancelled at short notice.

Passengers are being advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.

High levels of pollution across the region

You may not have been able to see it, you may not even have been able to feel it... but you were almost certainly breathing it in today.

There were high levels of pollution across the region - bringing warnings to anyone with heart or lung conditions to avoid over-exertion while outside.

It's been caused by a combination of dust from the Sahara Desert, pollutants from the continent and traffic fumes here.

Hannah Pettifer reports from Cambridge on the day when there was definitely something in the air...

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Survey reveals high stress levels among ambulance workers

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Ninety three per cent of ambulance staff in the East of England are suffering from stress according to a survey by the union Unison.

The survey – of 228 ambulance workers in the East of England – reveals that 74 per cent (160) are suffering with sleep problems, 72 per cent (156) said they felt irritable as a result and experienced mood swings and 62 per cent (134) suffered with anxiety.

Nearly a half of all staff (100) said they had to take time off sick because of work related stress and more than 52 admitted they were very close doing so.

easyJet's rescue flights for stranded children

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Rescue flights to repatriate schoolchildren stranded by the French air traffic control strike are being operated today by the Luton based airline easyJet.

The carrier is laying on five special flights - Luton to Paris, Paris to Barcelona, Barcelona to Luton, Gatwick to Madrid, and Marrakech to Gatwick.

EasyJet is also looking to operate larger planes today to ease the problems caused by the 48-hour controllers' strike which ended yesterday.<

EasyJet was among the worst-hit of the airlines - having to axe 331 flights yesterday and 248 on Wednesday.

"We recognise that there are a number of passengers across the network who have been affected by these cancellations and still require flights as soon as possible. We are operating five rescue flights, prioritising the repatriation of three groups of schoolchildren."

– easyJet spokesman

Other carriers, including Ryanair, British Airways and Flybe were also badly affected by the strike, with Ryanair having to cancel more than 250 flights on Wednesday. The controllers are scheduled to stage two more stoppages in the coming days - the first from April 16-18 and the second from April 29 to May 2.

Man charged with trying to arrange contract killing

A man is due to appear in court charged with trying to arrange a contract killing.

Paul Matthews, 48, of no fixed address, was arrested by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit at an address in Norfolk on Wednesday (8 April).

Matthews, also known as Paul Vass, has been charged with soliciting to commit murder and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court today (Friday).

The alleged intended victim lives in Bedfordshire.

Police search house after woman stopped at Heathrow

Police are searching a house in Luton after a woman who is thought to have been heading to join Islamic State was stopped at Heathrow Airport today.

In a statement Bedfordshire police said: "We are currently carrying out a warrant at an address in Luton under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

"The searches are being carried out following concerns that a woman may have been planning to travel to Syria.

"She was stopped at Heathrow Airport today. No arrests have been made and inquiries are on-going."

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