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Monday morning delays for rail passengers

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Rail passengers trying to get to London this morning are facing delays.

In Essex Greater Anglia services between Clacton-on-Sea and London Liverpool Street are being cancelled due to a damaged piece of overhead wire equipment at Alresford. The operator says it is trying to arrange a replacement bus service but details are yet to be confirmed.

Passengers travelling on Great Northern trains are also being told disruption is 'highly likely' between Kings Cross and Welwyn Garden City due to adverse weather conditions.

And a replacement bus service is running on London Midland between Bletchley and Bedford due to faulty train.

Full details of disruption can be found on the Greater Anglia, Great Northernand London Midland websites.


Road closed after serious incident

Potton Road has been closed. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A serious crash in Bedfordshire forced police to close roads earlier this morning and prompted them to advise motorists to avoid the area.

Potton Road in Biggleswade is closed at the Sutton Crossroads which join Biggleswade Road, Church Road and Carthagena Road.

It comes after what officers are describing as a ‘serious road traffic incident’ at 6am.

Man jailed for ten years after attack leaves victim scarred for life

Kamil Korzeniewski Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after two vicious attacks which left one person scarred for life.

In February 2014 Kamil Korzeniewski from Great Denham assaulted three men leaving them with facial injuries at a property in Iddesleigh Road in Bedford.

In the early hours of the next morning Korzeniewski then returned to the property and repeatedly beat one of the male victims, before pouring boiling water over him.

“This was a calculated and brutal attack by Korzeniewski which caused considerable distress to all three victims, and his cruel actions have left one of the men scarred for life.

Any type of violent behaviour is completely unacceptable. There is never any excuse for inflicting harm on others and we are pleased Korzeniewski will spend a significant time behind bars due as a result of his horrific actions.

We are committed to fighting crime and protecting people and we’re pleased that justice has been done, which we hope will bring some level of comfort to the victims, although it can never of course undo what happened on that day.”

– Detective Constable Ian Johnson, investigating officer

Leighton Buzzard trainline reopens six days after landslip

The landslip Credit: Network Rail
The landslip Credit: Network Rail

The West Coast main line at Leighton Buzzard fully reopened this morning after work to repair a landslip which happened there in January.

Southern Rail had to cancel all their services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford junction when the foundations gave way on Saturday 30 January at Linslade.

London Midland also cancelled some trains from Milton Keynes to London Euston.

Engineers have since been working to repair the embankment and trains can now run on all four tracks through the Leighton Buzzard area.

Network Rail says the repairs will minimise the chances of further slips.

Because of its location, a temporary access road had to be built across nearby fields before 2,200 tonnes of stone and materials could be delivered to fix the slip.

Repair work Credit: Network Rail
Trains are now running normally Credit: Network Rail

Passengers can once again rely on a full timetable through Leighton Buzzard after the bank slip was successfully repaired. I am really proud of the way the team has performed over the past week and our focus from the very start has been to get a full service back up and running for passengers as quickly as possible.

“This has been a hugely challenging task made even more difficult by its location. I would like to thank passengers for their patience while the repairs have taken place”

– Mark Killick, area director for Network Rail


Dad's Army film to get local premiere in Suffolk

The new Dad's Army film, which gets its local premiere tonight. Credit: Columbia Pictures/Universal Pictures.

After its glitzy London launch last week, today it is the turn of Suffolk to host the new Dad's Army film's local premiere.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is kicking off its 80th birthday celebrations with a special red-carpet showing of the film this afternoon.

Lucky ticket holders will walk the red carpet and, in keeping with the film, will enjoy a nice cup of tea and a piece of birthday cake on arrival.

The original television series was filmed across the border at Thetford and fans of the show, who work in the town's museum, feature as extras in the movie.

Could you spot the signs of a stroke?

The East of England Ambulance Service wants people to be more aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The region's ambulance service is warning people to be more aware about the signs of stroke.

It says the condition is one of its most common 999 calls.

Last winter, the East of England Ambulance Service saw almost 8,000 patients who had suffered a suspected stroke.

The highest number was in Essex, where 2,552 calls were taken. In Norfolk, the figure was 1,264, while in Hertfordshire there were 1,230 999 calls linked to strokes.

The ambulance service says catching the condition early is essential.

The main symptoms are:

  • FACE: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, and their eye or mouth may have dropped.
  • ARMS: the person may not be able to life both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness.
  • SPEECH: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to speak at all.

Pet dog found 'rotting alive' in Bedfordshire

A woman from Bedfordshire has been disqualified from keeping animals for life after her pet dog was found 'rotting alive'.

Brenda Chekley from Luton was sentenced at the Magistrates court. She was ordered to pay a total of £560 in fines, and given a 12-month community order.

She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her 11-year-old German shepherd, Heinzy.

The RSPCA were called and found Heinzy collapsed and unable to walk.

“It was dreadful. Heinzy was rotting alive.

He was in so much pain and discomfort. He was in a really sorry state and should never have been left to get like that.”

He had multiple tumours which had ulcerated and burst, causing holes in his abdomen.

He couldn’t walk, he was emaciated, his claws were overgrown, and his back legs were swollen.

The smell of rotting flesh was almost unbearable and Heinzy was clearly suffering.

It was disgraceful. To be honest, we were all shocked that he was still alive.”

– Mel Fisher, RSPCA

A vet was called to examine Heinzy and decided that the best thing to do was to put him to down.

Five people charged in connection with Luton murder

Five people have been charged with the murder of a Luton man.

47-year-old Atul Shah was found dead at his home on Crescent Road, on January 6.

Police officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (MCU) subsequently launched a murder investigation.

Police have charged four men and one woman, all from Luton, in connection with the death.

Kyle Pitchford-Price, 22, of Dovehouse Hill, Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road, Callum Holton 19, of Milton Road, Brian Edge, 56, of Harthill Drive, and Corrina Armstrong, 21, also of Dovehouse Hill, have all been charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

All five were due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court this morning.

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