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MEP speaks of 'regret' over comments made about UKIP leader

Patrick O'Flynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

Patrick O'Flynn a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, who has an office in Peterborough, has issued a statement expressing his 'sincere regret' over comments he made about UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the General Election.

He apologised directly to Nigel Farage for his use of the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'.

He went onto say his comment was a 'fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him.'

Mr O'Flynn has now stood down as economic spokesman.

"I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'. This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind. I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place."

– Patrick O'Flynn, MEP, UKIP

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School choirs chosen to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup

School choirs selected to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup Credit: Rugby World Cup 2015

20 school choirs have been selected to welcome teams during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

There were 100 applications from schools to get the chance to be part of the official welcoming ceremonies held in September.

Schools from our region include the Chestnuts Primary School from Bletchley, Milton Keynes who will welcome Samoa in Brighton.

St Aubyn's School from South Woodford in Essex will welcome Romania in London.

Thurstable School from Tiptree in Essex will welcome Fiji in London.

And Haileybury School from Hertford will welcome Argentina in Hertford.

"We were really pleased with the response we’ve seen from schools wanting to be part of the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the Tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”

– Managing Stephen Brown, Managing Director of England Rugby 2015

The choirs range in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform a whole range of musical styles. The venues and dates of the ceremonies have yet to be announced.

Appeal to find missing teenage girl from Milton Keynes

Hoodo Ali is missing. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A teenage girl from Milton Keynes has gone missing.

Police are appealing for help to find 14-year-old Hoodo Ali who was last seen at her school in Greenleys.

She was wearing a hijab and school uniform, consisting of black trousers, a white t-shirt and a yellow and black tie, with navy blue and white Adidas shoes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Family lucky to be alive after a fire spread to their house

A mother from Milton Keynes says her three children are lucky to be alive after someone set fire to a car on their front drive in the middle of the night.

It was one of three suspected arson attacks in the Eaglestone area of the town overnight - they all happened within twenty minutes of each other - in the early hours of this morning.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

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'I was in shock but my mind was set in putting the fire out'

The blaze has caused extensive damage to the property Credit: ITV News Anglia

Witnesses to a house fire in Milton Keynes have spoken of how shocked they were to see it go up in smoke.

The fire at a house in Eaglestone is being treated as an arson attack.

A mother and three children had a lucky escape from the fire which started in the early hours of today.

Two other fires are also being investigated in the nearby area, they all took place within 20 minutes of each other.

Amar Hussain witnesses the fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I got woken up, felt heat, smoke, looked out of the window and it was just up in flames, flames as high as about 6 to 7 feet. I was in shock but my mind was set in putting the fire out."

– Amar Hussain, Eye-witness
A family had a lucky escape from the fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Knowing that there were kids in this house in our house, you are really gobsmacked, you can't really say anything to that."

– Amar Hussain, Eye-witness

Arson attacks in Milton Keynes as two cars and a house are set on fire

Arson attack on a car in the Abbotsfield area Credit: Marieanne McKenna

A mother and her three children have had a lucky escape after their Milton Keynes home was targeted by arsonists.

Two other arson attacks on cars took place in the space of just a few hours.

Investigations have begun into the attacks which all took place within 20 minutes of each other.

The arson attacks took place within 20 minutes of each other Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police appeal to speak to man in E-fit about an assault in Milton Keynes

Police release e-fit of man they want to speak to about an assault Credit: Buckinghamshire police

Thames Valley Police have issued an 'e-fit' of a man they'd like to speak to - who may have information about an assault in Milton Keynes.

On the 6th of April a 21-year-old man was approached by two men with a large spanner outside a house in Granby Court.

The victim was left with head injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

  • First offender was white
  • Aged in late 30s to early 40s
  • 5ft 9 inches tall
  • Medium build with brown hair
  • Wearing a blue top of jacket
  • Second offender was white
  • Aged in late 20s to early 30s
  • Between 5ft 11 inches tall and 6 ft
  • Slim build
  • Short blond hair

Police would like to speak to the man in the e-fit as he may have information which could help the investigation. Anyone who recognises him should call 101.

Firefighters deal with number of arson attacks in Milton Keynes

Property damaged by fire in the early hours of this morning Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters in Milton Keynes have dealt with three suspected arson attacks within twenty minutes of each other in the early hours of this morning.

One caused damage to a house where a woman and three children were sleeping.

Two cars and a lorry were set on fire in Eaglestone between 01:45am and 2:05am with one in Abbotsfield setting light to a property.

"Luckily before we arrived some neighbours of the lady and three children who were asleep had knocked on her door to raise the alarm and they were able to escape uninjured."

– Crew commander Chris Bamford, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
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