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Pendleton swaps saddles for point-to-point season

Great Britain's most successful female Olympian, Victoria Pendleton, is now preparing for the next challenge in her new career as an amateur jockey.

The retired track cyclist from Bedfordshire announced she was swapping her cycling shorts for racing silks earlier this year.

Victoria will start her first point-to-point season at the end of November. It is referred to as the Sunday League of horse racing - all amateur riders, competing for the love of the sport.

Click below to watch a report on Victoria Pendleton. Here's ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.


Wintry showers and winds gusting at more than 50 mph

The Anglia region has been hit by strong winds and blustery wintry showers as a brief Arctic blast affects the UK.

Winds gusted to 56 mph at 10am on Saturday at Weybourne in Norfolk.

A dusting of wet snow was reported at Hitchin in Hertfordshire along with 4 mm of rain.

A tree blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout. Credit: Steve Ramsay

A tree was blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout.

Steve Ramsay stopped to clear debris with the help of another passer-by and they placed a high-vis jacket on the stump to warn other road users.

In Norfolk, the A1076 Gayton Road in King's Lynn is closed both ways due to fallen tree between Winston Churchill Drive East and Winston Churchill Drive West.

The road is closed after the tree came down just after 10am on Saturday near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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A tree blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout. Credit: Steve Ramsay

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region at 9am on Saturday 21 November 2015

  • 54 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 48 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 44 mph at Bedford
  • 36 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 32 mph at Shoeburyness, Essex


Two men charged with abusing 26 boys at Bedfordshire boys' home

Two men have been charged with 72 counts relating to the abuse of 26 boys at a boys’ home in Bedfordshire.

The abuses are alleged to have happened at St Francis Boys’ Home in Shefford between 1963 and 1974.

A 79-year-old man from Swaffham in Norfolk, has been charged with 66 offences against 25 boys aged between five and 16.

A 73-year-old man from Bedford has been charged with six offences against four boys aged between 11 and 16.

Both men will appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court on 30 November.

Teenager detained for 'vicious attack' on man when he was 14

A teenager from Leighton Buzzard has been detained for six and a half years for a "vicious attack" on a man that he committed when he was 14.

The boy, now 16, broke into a former pub in Heath and Reach in September 2014 and brutally beat a man, who was suffered serious injuries.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit criminal damage.

He was sentenced to six and a half years in a detention centre on Wednesday. The judge said he would have been jailed for 13 years been over the age of 18.

It is believed the teenager was associated with an older man that was behind the attack. The motive remains unclear.

“This was a horrendous assault that inflicted horrible injuries on a man that quite frankly is lucky to be alive.

We are pleased the instrument of this despicable crime has been detained with a lengthy sentence for a juvenile; however the instigator is yet to be discovered.

We are committed to ensure the person behind this attack is brought to justice and ask anyone that has any information that could assist our investigation to come forward in confidence.”

– Detective Constable Martin Hart, Bedfordshire Police
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