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FA Cup First Round Draw

FA Cup First Round draw Credit: ITV News Anglia

Non league side Brackley face a little bit of history repeating itself as they take on Gillingham.

The Saints beat the League One side after a hard fought replay three years ago to reach the second round for the first time in their history.

And the mind games have already started.

Brackley's tweet Credit: Brackley Town

The games will be played on the weekend of November 5th.


Nine year deal to run East Anglian rail franchise begins

More than 1,000 new rail carriages will be built. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A nine-year deal to run the East Anglian rail franchise has begun today (17 October).

Greater Anglia was awarded the contract by the Department for Transport in August.

The Dutch firm had been running the Norwich to London line since 2012. The new deal will last until until 2025.

The company says it will spend £1.5 billion replacing all the old trains with new ones.

How many new carriages will be built.

The trains will start coming into service in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire in 2019.

There will also be at least four 90-minute services between London and Norwich each weekday and two 60-minute services per day between London and Ipswich.

CCTV released after theft from elderly woman in Bedford

And elderly's woman's purse and passport were stolen while she was shopping. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two people they'd like to speak following a theft from an elderly woman in Bedford.

The woman's purse, passport and bank book were stolen while she was shopping at the Iceland supermarket on Midland Road.

It happened at around midday on 30 September.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Six years behind bars for robber who held up betting shop armed with machete

Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man from Luton who robbed a betting shop armed with a machete has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Sean Heeney, 31, of Mount View in the town, admitted robbing the Dunstable branch of Ladbrokes on 11th March. He escaped with £700 from the till.

The incident was captured on the shop's CCTV. He was identified by an item of clothing that was discarded just before he entered the shop, and from tattoos on his neck and hand.

Heeney was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for robbery and 10 months for possession of a knife, to run concurrently at Luton Crown Court.

I am pleased the courts have recognised the severity of this incident, which is reflected in the sentence Heeney received . He is now paying the price for his criminality and this should send a clear message that crime doesn't pay.

This was a very traumatic experience for the two members of staff who were in the shop at the time of the robbery, so I am pleased we have secured some sense of justice for them."

– DC Stephen Francis


88-year-old marathon runner recognised for her fundraising

Iva Barr, 88, has been invited to Women of the Year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 88-year-old marathon runner from Bedford is being recognised for her fundraising.

Iva Barr has been invited to the Women of the Year Lunch in London on Monday (October 17).

The ceremony celebrates the achievements of women across the country.

She said: "I'm so looking forward to it and meeting all the other ladies who've done spectacular things in their lives. It's something a bit different.

"I don't know quite what will be going on, but it sounds amazing."

Pride of Britain West Nominees: Carole Young

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Russell Hookey

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the West of the Anglia region. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our final nominee from the West is Carole Young from Luton. For the last 20 years she's devoted herself to raising money for the Keech Children's Hospice.

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