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Northern Lights glimpsed as far south as Norfolk

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights in North Norfolk in the evening on Friday 12 September 2014. Credit: Adam Payne/Norfolk Geeks

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights have been spotted as far south as North Norfolk.

The brightly-coloured patterns in the sky are caused by highly-charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and its magnetic field.

The aurora are more commonly seen in more northern latitudes.

"Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space (Coronal Mass Ejections). If these particles travel towards Earth they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and increase global geomagnetic activity. The increased activity releases energy into the atmosphere giving off light in the process, which we call the Northern Lights or the aurora borealis."

– MET OFFICE

This week has seen two Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun; the first arrived on Thursday night with the second on Friday night.

The Met Office said the combined effect increased the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Britain.

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Heritage Open Days in the East of England

The Electric Palace at Harwich

Hundreds of unusual and interesting buildings are opening their doors to the public as part this year's Heritage Open Days.

Among them are this art deco cinema at Harwich in Essex, built in 1911.

The Electric Palace closed following the 1953 floods but reopened in the 1980s.

Man arrested in Buckinghamshire over Northern Ireland murders

A man has been arrested in Buckinghamshire by police investigating three sectarian loyalist murders in Northern Ireland.

The 57 year old man was detained in Newport Pagnell.

Workmen Gary Convie, 24, and Eamon Fox, 44, were sitting in their car at a building site in North Queen Street in Belfast on May 17 1994 when a gunman opened fire with a submachine gun.

Sean McParland, 55, was shot in Skegoniel Avenue in the city on February 17 1994 while babysitting. He died a week later.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the suspect was arrested with assistance from Thames Valley Police and is being questioned at a police station in southern England. A property is being searched in Newport Pagnell.

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Turtle Dove thriving in East Anglia

The RSPB has highlighted the East of England as a popular breeding ground for a bird under threat of extinction.

Turtle Dove Credit: RSPB

The charity says the region is home to more than 60% of the summer breeding population of Turtle Dove.

Turtle Dove Credit: RSPB

They're now encouraging farmers to get involved in free conservation projects.

"We are the eyes and ears of the security services" - former head of British Army urges community to be vigilant

Police forces around the region are on an increased state of alert after the government raised the terrorist threat level from substantial to severe.

It is in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

The former head of the British Army, General Lord Richard Dannatt, who lives in Norfolk, has urged people across the region to be vigilant.

And today a Muslim leader in Luton told ITV News Anglia he feared the raising of the alert could threaten his community.

Serena Sandhu reports.

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