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Special crime unit hits landmark


Organised criminals including drug traffickers, ram raiders and fraudsters across the region have been jailed for a total of 1,000 years by a special police unit. The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit includes officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and aims to dismantle organised crime groups.


Thousands of fans descend upon Milton Keynes

The Samoa team training. Credit: ITV Anglia

Thousands of rugby fans will descend on Milton Keynes today to watch France take on Canada in the Rugby World Cup.

Stadium MK is hosting the first of three games in the tournament between France and Canada.

The stadium will also see Japan play Samoa this Saturday and Fiji face Uruguay next Tuesday.

It is estimated that the event will bring £60 million pounds to the region's economy.

First World Cup game for Milton Keynes

A banner at Stadium MK. Credit: ITV Anglia

Milton Keynes will tomorrow play host to its first game for this year's Rugby World Cup.

In the first of three games taking place at the venue, France will look to take on Canada. The other two will feature Samoa against Japan and Uruguay facing Fiji.

With more than thirty thousand fans expected at each game the tournament is worth more than 50 million pounds to the town.

The MK Don's chairman said;

Ten years ago you would not have imagined milton keynes hosting a worldwide event, a big international sporting event but the stadium has helped put us on the map.

– Peter Winkelman, Chairman of MK Dons


Send us your pictures of the 'supermoon' lunar eclipse

15-year-old Adam Oliver took this picture in Lowestoft Credit: Adam Oliver

Stargazers across the East of England were able to see and photograph last night's dusty red 'supermoon' created from a lunar eclipse.

This picture was taken by 15-year-old Adam Oliver from Lowestoft who had stayed up late to see the eclipse which last took place 30-years ago.

The lunar eclipse is almost complete Credit: ITV News Anglia

It began at 1.10am with the total phase, when the moon is completely in shadow, lasting from 3.11am to 4.24am.

The moon finally emerged from the Earth's shadow at 6.24am.

Taken from Ipswich, Suffolk Credit: Graham Meadows
Taken in Bedford Credit: Stephen Ramsey

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Stargazers in east treated to 'supermoon' in the sky

The dusty red moon over Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stargazers have observed a blood red 'supermoon' in the skies above the East of England for the first time in 30 years.

The eerie light created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth delighted amateur astronomers and photographers.

It began at 1.10am with the total phase, when the moon is completely in shadow, lasting from 3.11am to 4.24 am.

The moon finally emerged from the Earth's shadow at 6.24am.

The beginning of the eclipse taken from Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away and appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 and the event will not be repeated until 2033.

It's the closest the moon has been to the earth for 30 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere.

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