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Wartime codebreaker honoured with enigmatic monument

The perfect way to remember a Second World War codebreaker is with a memorial that has its own hidden secret.

A monument to Bill Tutte has just been unveiled in Newmarket, the Suffolk town in which he grew up.

Like Alan Turing, Bill Tutte helped crack Nazi codes while working at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes.

ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson went to see the enigmatic monument

Codebreakers' reunion 75 years on - now their story will hit the big screen

80 Bletchley Park veterans have returned for a reunion 75 years after the War. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's 75 years since Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, became a secret base for code-breakers during the Second World War.

The milestone comes with the release of a film, in November, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. The Bletchley team was credited with bringing an early end to the war by cracking the German's Enigma machine.

Turing was one of thousands working at Bletchley from 1939 - now 80 of those veterans have returned, some for the first time in many years.

ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington reports

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Bletchley code-breaking machine to be used in school history lessons

The World War Two Enigma code-breaking machine. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The World War Two Enigma code-breaking machine at Bletchley Park is among a hundred artefacts chosen to reinvigorate school history lessons.

The British Museum has compiled the list to encourage school visits and bring history books to life by focussing on objects that played a crucial part in the shaping of our nation.

Also listed is the Sutton Hoo helmet in Suffolk, the Early Iron Age boat, Vivacity, in Peterborough and a chest belonging to the anti-slavery campaigner, Thomas Clarkson in Wisbech.

"I think it's a brilliant thing to happen for Bletchley Park and for all the children in all the schools in the country.

We already think that Enigma machines are a brilliant way of teaching children about maths and history and this is going to highlight that for us."

– Vicky Worpole, Bletchley Park

Artwork to celebrate Alan Turing

A statue of Alan Turing at Bletchley Park, where he broke the enigma code Credit: ITV

A work of art is being unveiled today to celebrate the sexuality of second world war codebreaker Alan Turing. He was convicted for being gay in 1952 and it took until 2013 for him to be pardoned for his supposed crime.

The art will be displayed outside a bar in Milton Keynes close to where Turing completed his work at Bletchley Park.

Duchess retraces grandmother's footsteps at Bletchley Park

The Duchess of Cambridge has been retracing her grandmother's footsteps during a visit to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes.

She was there to mark the completion of an £8m, year-long restoration project to create a visitor centre and new exhibitions.

The Duchess's grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, worked alongside the codebreakers in the 1940s.

Matthew Hudson's report contains flash photography.

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Duchess of Cambridge visiting Bletchley Park

Some of the press awaiting the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Duchess of Cambridge is meeting a code-breaker who worked with her grandmother at Bletchley Park when she visits the famous site.

Kate's tour of the park will mark the completion of a year-long restoration project which has also created new visitor facilities.

The Duchess' paternal grandmother Valerie Glassborow was a civilian member of staff at Bletchley Park where her twin sister Mary was also employed.

The success of the centre's code-breakers are credited with shortening the war by two years.

An £8 million Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project has also created a visitor centre, and new exhibitions and interactive displays at the site.

Police step up patrols at beauty spot

Police have stepped up patrols at a beauty spot in Milton Keynes after a number of swans were discovered to have gone missing.

Four of the protected birds were found beheaded at Mount Farm Lake near Bletchley in April.

Now Thames Valley Police say a further 32 swans are missing.

I would appeal to any person who has seen anyone or anything suspicious in the area, or with any information about the incidents to call police immediately via 101.

– PC Ray Rolfe of the Bletchley Neighbourhood team

Flashback: Captain "Jerry" Roberts receives MBE

One of the last members of the Bletchley Park codebreakers has died at the age of 93.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts passed away after a short illness.

Capt Roberts received an MBE in the 2013 New Years Honest List.

He spoke to ITV News Anglia in the days leading up to the ceremony, and admitted that he was looking forward to meeting the Queen.

"I'm grateful for the honour," he said.

"I feel that the team as a whole deserved a higher honour, but I'm very pleased myself to have been awarded an honour, especially as it means hopefully I shall meet Her Majesty The Queen again."

Bletchley Park: One of the last remaining codebreakers Jerry Roberts dies aged 93

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts talking to ITV News Anglia in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the last members of the Bletchley Park codebreakers has died at the age of 93.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts passed away after a short illness.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts seen in military uniform. Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

He was part of a team which helped to crack the German Tunny system used by Hitler and other high rank generals during the Second World War.

The team managed to reverse engineer the Tunny, which had 12 encryption wheels to the Enigma machine's three, described by Bletchley Park as "an incredible feat of dedication".

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