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Floods minister: 'Protecting lives is our priority'

Police on patrol in Jaywick. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Floods minister says "protecting lives, homes and businesses" is the priority as the East coast prepares to be battered by strong winds and rain.

Therese Coffey, who is also Suffolk Coastal MP, said the government was closely monitoring the situation.

In Lincolnshire, soldiers have been deployed to warn people and evacuate homes.

“Our absolute priority is protecting lives, homes and businesses from the threat of coastal flooding currently facing the East coast. That is why we have soldiers on the ground helping to warn and evacuate people alongside the emergency services and Environment Agency teams, who are putting up temporary defences.

“We’re working closely across government to monitor the situation as it develops and I ask people to check their flood risk, keep a close eye on updates and follow any advice from the Environment Agency and the emergency services.”

– Therese Coffey MP, floods minister.


Appeal to reunite lost Luton airport 'teddy' with owner takes off

Shackleton is becoming well travelled. Credit: Captain Matt Clutterbuck

When an easyJet pilot boarded his plane at Luton Airport to find a child's teddy bear under a seat you might have expected it to end up in lost property.

But so concerned was Captain Matt Clutterbuck that a youngster was spending Christmas without their treasured toy he embarked on a one man mission to reunite the pair.

Now his appeal has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.


Police seize thousands of pounds of drugs and weapons over Christmas

Four hand guns were recovered by specialist officers. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police say they seized thousands of pounds of worth of drugs and dangerous weapons over Christmas.

A specialist team tasked with tackling gang crime in Luton recovered four hand guns, ammunition, body amour and class A and B drugs.

Eleven people were arrested.

Police seized thousands of pounds worth of Class A drugs. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“The numerous positive results we’ve had in the last month demonstrate our commitment to tackling gun and gang crime, as well as related criminality such as the supply of drugs.

“We will not tolerate those who seek to inflict harm and fear on our communities through the use of weapons and we are determined to carry on December’s great work in to 2017.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Pugh, Bedfordshire Police

Lifesaving volunteers praised by ambulance trust

The ambulance service are trying to recruit more CFRs. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) is marking 20 years of community first responders.

First responders are volunteers trained by EEAST, usually over a weekend, to respond to medical emergencies including heart attacks, breathing difficulties, diabetes emergencies.

The ambulance service are now hoping to recruit more.

Two seriously injured after pile up involving six cars and a lorry

Police are appealing for witnesses following the crash on the A421 this morning (Thursday) which left several people injured.

It happened at around 10.40am on the A421, heading from Milton Keynes towards Junction 13 of the M1, involving six cars and a lorry.

Police say two people are being treated for serious injuries.

“We believe there may have been people who had seen the incident occur and left once the police had arrived. I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident take place to call 101 and report any information they have.”

– PC Andy Ralph from the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit

The road is currently closed in both directions as emergency services are at the scene.

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