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Demonstration in London over plans to build retail park in Bedfordshire

Campaigners against the plans for Leighton Buzzard Credit: ITV News Anglia

A demonstration will take place in London today over plans to build a retail park on church land in Bedfordshire.

Residents and traders from Leighton Buzzard are opposing the development at Grovebury Road.

Today they'll be joined in London by the former Subdean of Westminster Abbey.

Central Bedfordshire Council, the Church Commissioners and the developers say it will create jobs and attract people to the area.


Norman the Eagle evades capture again

Norman the golden eagle is still at large in Bedfordshire after he was spotted in a tree in Flitwick last night, but evaded capture.

The bird of prey, which was on loan to falconer Allen Smith from Lidlington, near Flitwick, has been on the loose since he flew off last weekend.

After dozens of tip-offs from the public over the past few days, Mr Smith finally found Norman in a tree in Flitwick but was unable to lure him down. Efforts were called off when it got dark and when Mr Smith returned this morning the bird had already taken flight again.

Since Norman escpaed there have been sightings all over Bedfordshire including Stewartby, Luton and over the border in St Neots. Pet owners have been warned to be vigilant in case Norman, who has a six-foot wingspan, attacks a cat. The search continues.

Norman the Golden Eagle who's escaped in Bedfordshire Credit: ITV viewer Hannah Townsend

A & E patients could be turned away in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Bedford Hospital. Credit: PA

Doctors and health bosses in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are warning those with minor complaints could be turned away from A and E departments.

They say they're struggling to cope with the current number of patients and stress the ambulance service is severely stretched.

They also say they only have the capacity to deal with serious or life-threatening conditions.

Fuel most expensive in East Anglia says motoring group

Drivers across East Anglia are paying more at the pump according to the AA Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers in East Anglia are paying more for their petrol than anywhere else in the country according to the motoring group the AA, at 109.4p a litre.

Although prices have dipped to the lowest level for 5 years, forecourts here are charging around a penny more than the national average of 108p litre for unleaded petrol.

"This week, a £1 litre has appeared over the horizon although it's not guaranteed to appear in every town. In fact, many rural towns would say that predictions of petrol at 99.9p a litre are a bad joke as they continue to struggle with the pump price lottery."

– Edmund King, AA President

Passenger plane diverts landing at Luton after private jet punctures tyre on runway

Luton Airport, where a passenger plane had to diverty a landing because another jet was stranded on the runway. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA wire.

A passenger plane had to divert its landing as it flew into Luton airport after another jet burst a tyre on the runway ahead of it.

The incoming EasyJet flight from Paphos, Cyprus, took the evasive action to avoid the private business plane.

The arriving plane was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport in Essex and four other flights were diverted as the damaged plane was towed away to a hangar.

Luton Airport said three passengers and three crew on the private plane were uninjured during the alert around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman said: "The airport quickly resumed operations with aircraft arriving and departing as normal."

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY2134 from Paphos to London Luton Airport yesterday, 14 January, performed a routine ‘go around’ procedure at Luton before diverting to Stansted, as a result of the temporary closure of the Luton runway.

This is a standard procedure and our pilots are highly trained in order to manage these kind of situations. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority."

Coach transport on to Luton from Stansted was arranged for the passengers. While these circumstances were outside of the airline’s control, easyJet apologises to passengers for the inconvenience.”

– EasyJet Spokesperson


Winds starting to pick up in the Anglia region as storm sweeps in

The swirl of cloud at the centre of a storm sweeping across the UK. Credit: Met Office

Winds have started to strengthen across the Anglia region as the effects of a storm sweeping in from the Atlantic begin to be felt.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as winds could gust at 50-65 mph during the early hours. It's possible there could be travel disruption or power cuts.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region at 11pm on Wednesday 14 January 2015

  • 51 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 45 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 45 mph in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 44 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 40 mph in Bedford

Stormy conditions for the Anglia region on Wednesday night

The storm was centred off the west coast of Ireland at 5.30pm on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning of gales or severe gales on Wednesday night into Thursday with potentially damaging gusts of wind.

A yellow weather warning has been issued and there's the risk of disruption to transport and power supplies.

"Inland gusts may locally exceed 60 mph close to the squally cold front, whilst gusts of 60 to 70 mph seem likely at coastal sites in the south and west, as well as across hills. Gusts may exceed 75 mph in the more exposed coastal locations."

– Met Office

The yellow weather warning is in force until 6am on Thursday 15 January 2015

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