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Transport Minister calls for explanation of airport disruption

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says he has asked for a full explanation for Friday's "simply unacceptable" aviation disruption caused by a problem at the NATS air traffic control centre in southern England.

Flights were cancelled or delayed at airports including Stansted in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of passengers at Stansted and Luton airports faced delays and cancellations, after London airspace closed for more than an hour on Friday afternoon. The disruption carried on well into the evening.

A spokesperson for NATS said: "We are investigating the cause of this fault but can confirm that it was not due to a power outage."

Winds gust up to 50 mph in the Anglia region

Sustained average wind speeds (knots) in the Anglia region at 7am on Friday 12 December 2014. 27 knots = 31 mph Credit: Met Office

It's a breezy start to Friday in the Anglia region although winds are set to die down through the morning.

The winds have been gusting close to 50 mph.

Highest gusts in the Anglia region between 5am and 7am on Friday 12 December

  • 47 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 46 mph at Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 43 mph at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 39 mph at Wattisham, Suffolk

The highest wind gust in the UK at 7am was 77 mph at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.


Emergency services warn people to stay safe during the Christmas party season

Emergency services across the county are urging people to stay safe while out and about celebrating the festive season.

The advice comes ahead of what is predicted to be a busy weekend for the emergency services as people flock to town centres for festive drinks and Christmas parties.

Each person arrested for being drunk and disorderly costs the taxpayer approximately £950.

Suffolk Police have issued the following tips for a safe night out:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat well before you drink.
  • Don’t be tempted to drink too much before the night begins.
  • Stick with friends, look out for one another.
  • Pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers.
  • Avoid walking home alone.
  • Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Met Office updates windy weather warning for the Anglia region on Friday

The yellow weather warning for strong winds is in force early on Friday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning for strong winds in the Anglia region on Friday.

Winds could gust at 50-70 mph especially near the coast.

The Met Office says the public should be aware of the risk of damage to trees, disruption to travel and possibly to power supplies.

The warning is in force from 0010 hrs to 0900 hrs on Friday 12 December

"There is the potential for gales, severe along some coasts, and accompanied by heavy rain, to spread across southern areas of England and Wales during the early hours of Friday, before easing during the morning. Gusts may reach 50 to 60 mph inland and perhaps around 70 mph in some exposed coastal districts."



Major investment in rail services along M1 corridor

A multi million pound investment should start reducing overcrowding and improving rail services on the M1 corridor from Monday.

There'll be new trains and more seats on services to and from Northampton, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes.

The changes start with a new timetable next week, but London Midland say they still can't guarantee all of the long-suffering commuters will get a seat.

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