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Fire and Rescue service warn about dangers of open water

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue have spoken to ITV News Anglia about the dangers of open water, following the death of a woman in the River Ouse in Bedfordshire.

The river Great Ouse is accessible virtually all along its length.

It was quite challenging getting the rescue boat to the incident.

Crews worked really hard, both the fire service, police and ambulance.

– Derek Hobbs, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Earlier today police found the body of a woman in the River Ouse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Derek Hobbs from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue said people should avoid open waters, which include rivers, lakes and ponds.

He says it can be the debris under the water that can get some people into trouble.

Crews were out searching for the body in the River Ouse last night. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue

Don't swim in the river, don't swim in any lakes, rivers or ponds.

Go to a recognised swimming pool, or outdoor swimming pool in this weather.

It's what's under the water that counts. You may have shopping trolleys and any other debris under the water that can get people into trouble.

– Derek Hobbs, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Warning about dangers of open water after body found in river

Police have warned about the dangers of open water after finding a woman's body in Bedford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have confirmed that three boys, whose mother's body was found in Bedford's River Great Ouse, have been left "distressed" by the "tragic accident."

The three children are all between the ages of three and 10.

It's believed the woman was having a picnic with her family when the accident happened.

Local reports suggest the woman went into the water to help a boy.

Police are now warning people about the dangers of going into unsafe water.

At about 10.30am the body of that woman was located and tragically she's passed away, we believe having drowned in the river having got into distress last night.

Three children, they are all between three and 10 years of age, so young children that have lost a mother at the start of the school holidays. It is a tragic time for the family.

– Bedfordshire Police Chief Inspector, Nick Lyall

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Police searching for missing woman find body in river

Police searching for a missing woman in the River Ouse in Bedfordshire confirm that a body has been found. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police searching for a missing woman in the River Great Ouse in Bedford have confirmed that a body has been found.

A search began in an area of the river near Honey Hill after a woman in her 30s got into difficulties at around 8pm yesterday.

It is believed the mother-of-three entered the water to help somebody in distress and got into difficulties herself.

Next of kin have been made aware.

Neighbour Joe Vacchio said there were screams of "I can't swim" before the police and a helicopter arrived.

He said the woman lives around the corner from the river and had been diving into the water off small islands with her three children.

The children and their mum were playing in the river. They were diving off into the river.

There were screams that my wife heard of 'I can't swim' and that was it really. She hasn't been seen since.

– Neighbour, Joe Vacchio
The search for the missing woman began yesterday evening Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

I have lived here 20 years and I've never been in that river.

It's very, very dangerous and very, very unpredictable.

– Neighbour, Joe Vacchio

Police continue search for missing woman in river

Police in Bedford are continuing their search for a missing woman, believed to be in the River Ouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Bedford are continuing their search for a missing woman, who they believe got into difficulties in the River Ouse in Bedford yesterday (July 21).

Police now think she was trying to save someone else when when she got into trouble.

The police started their search for the missing woman last night Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Woman missing in river was 'trying to help someone else'

Police are still searching for the woman. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police searching for a woman who got into difficulties in the River Great Ouse in Bedford yesterday say they believe she got into the water to help someone else.

Both the police and fire service, as well as a helicopter, have been scanning the area around Honey Hill Road since 8pm last night.

The woman, who is in her 30s, hasn't been found yet and searches are continuing this morning.

Police now think she was trying to save someone else when when she got into trouble.

Footage captures “outrageous” 140mph stunts on Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire roads

Video report by ITV Anglia Rob Halden-Pratt.

Six motorcyclists who took part in an “outrageous” level of dangerous riding in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire have been banned from driving for more than 10 years.

The offences occurred south on the A1(M) Hatfield and along the A421 in Bedford on Sunday 13 April 2014.

Video footage released by Hertfordshire police shows them speeding at more than 140mph.

The drivers were spotted doing wheelies while standing on the seat of the motorcycle and another was seen overtaking and undertaking - both at high speeds.

The motorcyclists were disqualified from driving and ordered to pay £500 costs, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving offences St Albans Crown court.

The defendants acted with a group mentality, presumably trying to impress each other with their outrageous and extremely dangerous antics.

They are fortunate that they did not cause a serious accident.

Our roads are not a playground for those who want to participate in extreme motorsports.

– PC Damian Bevan, RPU,

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Major search for missing woman in Bedford river

Bedford river Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services are continuing to search an area of Bedford river, after a woman got into difficulties.

Police were called just after 8 o'clock yesterday evening.

Both the police and fire service were assisted by a helicopter, to search an area of the Great Ouse off Honey Hill Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

easyJet costs increase by £40 million since Brexit, CEO claims

easyJet say they've lost millions of pounds since Brexit. Credit: PA

Luton-based easyJet say its costs have increased by £40 million since last month's EU referendum result.

The pound has lost 10% of its value against the dollar since the vote while the company's shares have dropped by 6%.

The low-cost airline claims revenue has fallen, and recent events in Nice and Turkey have also knocked consumer confidence.

They have also been forced to offer cheaper farers this summer in a bid to get more people to fly.

The economic and operating environment has been difficult in the third quarter due to a number of factors including air traffic control strikes and other industrial action, runway closures at London Gatwick and severe weather.

These factors combined with industry capacity growth in short haul continue to have an impact on industry yields at a peak time of year.

More recently currency volatility as a result of the UK’s referendum decision to leave the EU as well as the recent events in Turkey and Nice continue to impact consumer confidence.

– Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive

After the heatwave comes the weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms

The Met Office has extended the yellow warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms across the whole of East Anglia.

Its warning of the risk of localised flash flooding and hail along with potential for disruption to travel and power supplies.

The area covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning on Wednesday 20 July 2016. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 9pm on Wednesday 20 July 2016

The Met Office says areas of heavy thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of Scotland and northern England into this afternoon before slowly clearing away northeast.

However isolated heavy thunderstorms may still develop across Scotland and parts of England, including some central, eastern and southeastern areas, this afternoon and this evening.

The Met Office said: "Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flash flooding. Frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be additional hazards. All of this could lead to some flooding of homes, businesses and transport networks. Disruption to power is also possible."

"Hot, moist air spreading north and northeast across the UK today will produce thunderstorms, initially organised within large areas of rain before becoming more isolated this afternoon.

"Rainfall will be very variable, but some places could see around 30 mm in an hour and more than 50 mm in a few hours.

"The thunderstorms later this afternoon are likely to be most widespread across northern England and Scotland, and it is here that there is the greatest risk of disruption.

"Further south, they will be much more isolated, with disruption less likely, across the rest of England."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
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