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WellChild awards : Essex teen offers to help Prince Harry babysit when William's new baby arrives

Jo Collins receives her award. Credit: ITV

A Bedfordshire nurse has won a prestigious award at last night's glittering WellChild awards presented by Prince Harry.

Jo Collins received the Nursing Award from actor John Partridge and broadcaster Gillian McKeith for her work with children like seven-year-old Daniel Patmore who needs round the clock care.

Martin Bennett chats to Prince Harry. Credit: ITV

Meanwhile, a teenager from Colchester who was praised for his positive attitude at last night's awards has been giving Prince Harry some tips on babysitting duties.

14-year-old Martin Bennett who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, met the prince and gave him a DVD which he said would help him babysit Prince George when the new baby arrives.

Light aircraft crashes in Bedfordshire

A light aircraft has crashed in Bedfordshire after a mid-air collision. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A light aircraft has crashed in a field in Bedfordshire after a mid-air collision.

Emergency services have been called to the scene near Little Barford, close to the border with Cambridgeshire.

Police were called at 8.30am on Tuesday morning, when there was a mid-air collision between two light aircraft. Both are thought to be single-seaters.

One of the aircraft was able to carry on flying and land safely at Thurleigh airfield, but the other has crashed.

The Air Accident Investigation Board has been notified.

The Barford Road is currently closed to traffic, it is not yet known if anyone has been injured.


Police appeal for find good Samaritans

Police are appealing for help to find two good samaritans after a pensioner was dragged into a car and robbed in Luton.

The elderly woman, who's partially-sighted, was putting out her rubbish on Woodland Avenue on Wednesday morning when a woman called out to her. She was then grabbed and forced into the back of the car where another woman robbed her of her jewellery. She was pushed onto the pavement as the car sped-off.

Police say the pensioner was helped back home by two men and they'd like to speak to them as potential witnesses.

Tributes to rugby player who died in car crash

Rugby players in Luton have been paying tribute to one of their team mates who was killed in a car crash.

Mark Davey had been driving home after last week's match when his car left the road at Wixams in Bedfordshire.

His team held a minute's applause before their game on Saturday.

Police have renewed their appeal for the driver of a second car who left the scene to come forward

World War One artefacts found in house

Police say historic First and Second World War munitions have been found at a house in Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes.

An investigation is underway at the house in Little Linford Lane and officers are in the process of establishing the exact nature and quantities of items.

Police say controlled explosions may have to take place in order to ensure the safety of munitions found at the address.

Officers visited the house following a warrant carried out by Hertfordshire Police in St Albans on Wednesday (17/9) and the seizure of items from a property in Buckingham Crescent, Bicester, which started on Thursday (18/9).

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites and has since been bailed.

An investigation is in progress in relation to the discovery of First and Second World War munitions at the property in Newport Pagnell. Experts with the relevant expertise are working together to deal with these items safely and any controlled explosions will pose no threat to the general public, who should not feel alarmed. However if anyone does feel concerned, they can speak to police by calling 101 or officers at the scene.”

– Supt Jim O’Ryan, Deputy LPA Commander for Milton Keynes

"The practice of illegal metal detecting or stealing artefacts from the ground, particularly from conflict sites relating to the First and Second World Wars, is an issue that English Heritage takes very seriously.We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land. We are prepared to take action and do what is necessary including, working alongside the police, to bring those responsible to justice.”

– Mark Harrison, National Policing and Crime Advisor for English Heritage


Anglia weather: Cloudy: with patchy locally heavy rain

Today: Patchy rain, perhaps locally heavy and thundery. Conditions will slowly improve, but still with the risk of an occasional thundery shower through the afternoon. Some brighter spells are possible in the north. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Tonight: Showers slowly dying out overnight with clear spells developing. Possibly one or two showers near coasts. Some mist patches will reform. Breezy near coasts, winds lighter inland. Minimum temperature 12 deg C (54 deg F).

Sunday: Mainly dry on Sunday with some good sunny spells. One or two light showers are possible near coasts. Fresh feeling northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Dry on Monday with some sunshine. Feeling fresher with a chilly night. Dry with bright or sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Motorcyclist killed in collision in Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision in Luton last night.

The victim in his 20s was travelling along Hatters Way towards Dunstable when the bike collided with a red Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction.

He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Retired Bedfordshire Police officer wins £200k tribunal payout for racial discrimination

A retired Bedfordshire Police officer has been awarded £209,188 compensation following an employment tribunal case which found in favour of Harmit Bahra who brought a claim against the force citing race discrimination and victimisation whilst serving as an officer between 2007 and 2010.

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable, Colette Paul Credit: PA Images

I must first offer my sincerest apologies to Mr Bahra and his family, who have endured a difficult and stressful time throughout this process.

The force defended this case, however we have made the decision not to appeal the judgement in the hope that drawing a line under this will enable everybody involved to move on, preventing further stress to Mr Bahra and his family and further cost to the public purse, allowing the force to concentrate on our job of fighting crime and protecting the public.

The force has learnt a great deal from this historical case and we are working hard to ensure that all lessons are being fully captured and considered as part of our continuous improvement work which will include consultation with key partners including the Police Federation and the Black Police Association.

As Chair of our Equality and Human Rights Board, I take accusations of discrimination or victimisation within this force extremely seriously. We have been working for some time on independent oversight around race and diversity and the force is committed to focusing on race, disability and hate crime as a priority over the next twelve months.

I want to ensure that Bedfordshire Police is a fair and equitable organisation as we go forward, and learning from the past is a key part of this.

We are seeking independent advice to consider if there are any disciplinary matters arising from this case

– Chief Constable Colette Paul

Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

Click here for the latest forecast.

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