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Bletchley Park given stamp of approval

One of the buildings currently being restored at Bletchley Park Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes has been given an official stamp of approval from the National tourist board. The Home of the Codebreakers has been granted Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Status.

Bletchley Park, once Britain's best kept secret, is now a heritage site and museum. The Park's Second World War successes helped shorten the war by around two years.

Pam Foden from VisitEngland says “We’re delighted to welcome Bletchley Park to our Quality Assurance scheme. Our Quality Rose Marque is a recognised stamp of approval, assuring visitors that the attraction offers a memorable, quality experience."

Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “We’re delighted to have been given this official stamp of approval. Bletchley Park is undergoing huge changes this year, with the £7.4m Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project now underway."

Banknote bet for codebreaker

Alan Turing
Wartime codebreaker Alan Turing Credit: ITV News

Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing looks set to follow Sir Winston Churchill onto a banknote according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Sir Winston will feature on five pound notes due to enter circulation in 2016.

Punters are now speculating as to who will follow suit with Alan Turing the 4/1 favourite.

The maths genius helped crack top secret German codes. His work is credited with shortening the duration of the Second World War.

Petition calls for computer genius on £10 note

A petition is calling for Alan Turning to be the next face on a £10 note

Nearly 27,000 people have signed a petition for the Bletchley codebreaker Alan Turing to be pictured on the next £10 note.

Turing's been hailed a national hero for his work at Bletchley in Milton Keynes during the Second World War.

In 1952 he was convicted of gross indecency after admitting to police that he was gay.

In response to the petition, the Bank of England's said it welcomes suggestions on historic figures to put on notes.


Building Society robbery

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following a robbery at a building society at Bletchley in Buckinghamshire. It happened at the Nationwide Building Society at about 5.30pm on Tuesday. Three offenders tied up two members of staff with duct tape, before taking an amount of cash.

Code crackers come forward

Homing pigeon's were often used during WW2. Credit: ITV Anglia

People from around the world are coming forward to try and crack a World War Two message found on the leg of a dead pigeon.

The bird, which had been on its way to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, was found in a chimney in Surrey last month.

Remains of the bird found in the chimney. Credit: ITV Anglia

Experts at the Government's communication agency GCHQ intelligence agency say they've failed to decode the top secret message without access to the original cryptographic material.

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