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Welcome respite for gardeners as rain finally arrives

It's been widely reported that rainfall has been in short supply across the Anglia region this spring, but on Wednesday the heavens finally opened.

Overnight, we had twice as much as we'd previously had in the whole of May which was welcome news for gardeners among others.

The rain isn't expected to last though, with more settled conditions expected to return next week.

Fears for future of chimneys at old Bedfordshire brickworks

Stewartby Brickworks chimneys can be seen for miles Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are fears for the future of the Stewartby brickworks chimneys in Bedfordshire after plans were submitted for hundreds of new homes in the village.

The listed brick structures can be seen for miles around but the Parish Council says they are at risk from demolition if Bedford Borough Council decides they are unsafe to build near.

The Stewartby Brickworks Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I don't believe in this health and safety issue at all, I appreciate that it is of value and had to be adhered to. These chimneys have been up for years and people used to work under them. 6,000 employees used to be there at one time and since 2002, they haven't fired a brick and they're still standing."

– Cllr John Symonds, Chairman of Stewartby Parish Council

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Cyber attack impact still being felt

Hospitals and doctors' surgeries have been counting the cost of Friday's cyber attack which knocked out some of their computer systems.

72 hours later, the impact is still being felt - with routine operations postponed and some GPs unable to carry out non emergency appointments.

Fears of a second attack proved unfounded, but IT experts are warning of further threats in the future.

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Cyber attack hits companies across Asia

China and Japan have both fallen victim to the global "ransomware" cyber attack that has created chaos in 150 countries.

Chinese state media say more than 29,000 institutions across the country have been infected, along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

Xinhua News Agency cited the Threat Intelligence Centre of Qihoo 360, a Chinese internet security services company.

It said universities and educational institutions were among the hardest hit, numbering 4,341, or about 15% of internet protocol addresses attacked.

Also affected were railway stations, mail delivery, petrol stations, hospitals, office buildings, shopping malls and government services.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre said 2,000 computers at 600 companies in Japan had been affected.

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