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Man slashed in the face in Luton

The man was attacked bear Quilter Close Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been slashed in the face in Luton.

Police are looking for potential witnesses to the attack which happened in the early hours of Friday 12th September.

The victim was walking between Limbury Road and Quilter Close at the time.

The offender is described as a tall, skinny, white male.

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Northern Lights glimpsed as far south as Norfolk

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights in North Norfolk in the evening on Friday 12 September 2014. Credit: Adam Payne/Norfolk Geeks

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights have been spotted as far south as North Norfolk.

The brightly-coloured patterns in the sky are caused by highly-charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and its magnetic field.

The aurora are more commonly seen in more northern latitudes.

"Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space (Coronal Mass Ejections). If these particles travel towards Earth they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and increase global geomagnetic activity. The increased activity releases energy into the atmosphere giving off light in the process, which we call the Northern Lights or the aurora borealis."

– MET OFFICE

This week has seen two Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun; the first arrived on Thursday night with the second on Friday night.

The Met Office said the combined effect increased the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Britain.

Bedfordshire woman dies in climbing accident

A woman from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire has died after being hit on the head by a falling rock while mountain climbing in the Scottish Highlands.

The area of the Cairngorms where Jane Doole was killed Credit: ITV

Jane Doole, 61, was struck near the Pygme Ridge in the Cairngorms on Tuesday September 2. She was among a group of six hillwalkers climbing in pairs.

Patients praise ambulance crews

Patients have praised East of England Ambulance crews for doing 'an amazing job' in a new survey.

Ambulance bosses say patients and their relatives who used the service in June were 100% satisfied with the service that they received. More than 97% of people described ambulance crews as very professional.

The survey's been published just a week after the East of England Ambulance Service was fined over a million pounds for failing to meet response times and ambulance turnaround targets.

The June survey shows people were also happy with the service provided by the 999 call handlers, with more than 96% of people ranking their experience of dialing 999 as ‘acceptable’ or ‘very acceptable’. Other highlights included full marks for the cleanliness of the ambulance and equipment, more than 96% rating the ambulance response time as fairly to very acceptable and 93% rating the journey as fairly comfortable or better.

“We’re delighted that the majority of patients are happy with the service we provide. This reflects the professionalism and dedication of our staff, who often have to work in the most challenging situations and environments. As we recruit hundreds of new frontline student paramedics, as well as up skill our existing staff, the service and response to patients will continue to improve.”

– Chief Executive Anthony Marsh

This survey follows a recent report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre which showed that the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 798 complaints in 2013/14; down 32% from 1,177 in 2012/13. This compares to an increase across ambulance services generally.

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Council 'disappointed' at failure to reduce busway noise

Luton's guided busway

Luton Borough Council says it's disappointed that work to reduce the noise of a guided bus way has failed.

The 8-mile route from Luton to Dunstable opened last September at a cost of more than £90 million.

However people living near the tracks have complained about being kept awake. Work was carried out in July in try and stop the noise, but the council has admitted it's been unsuccessful and are look for alternative solutions.

Heritage Open Days in the East of England

The Electric Palace at Harwich

Hundreds of unusual and interesting buildings are opening their doors to the public as part this year's Heritage Open Days.

Among them are this art deco cinema at Harwich in Essex, built in 1911.

The Electric Palace closed following the 1953 floods but reopened in the 1980s.

Matt King re-built his life after a freak sporting accident and now inspires others

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

MATT KING

Matt King from Bedfordshire was 17 when he was paralysed from the neck down in a rugby accident in 2004.

Since then he raised thousands for various charities and is an ambassador for the Variety Club.

He was the first quadriplegic to compete in the New York marathon in 2007. After his accident he completed school and trained as a lawyer. He was awarded an OBE in 2012.

Jacqui Sage-Passant's morale-boosting work for our troops abroad

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

JACQUI SAGE-PASSANT

Jacqui Sage Passant from Bedfordshire started her charity work with opening of a local youth club and organising community events.

She went onto packing up morale packages for the troops serving in war zones abroad.

Jacqui eventually gave up work so she could dedicate herself to fundraising for ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

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