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No trains to run on Christmas Day

All services barring the Stansted Express will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day Credit: ITV News Anglia

There won't be any trains running in the region on Christmas Day.

East Coast, London Midland, C2C and Greater Anglia trains say they will remain closed on Boxing Day. But the Stansted Express will run services on the 26th December with trains departing from London every 30 minutes.

There will then be a revised timetable until the New Year.


Trophies stolen in Red Bull factory raid found in lake

The smash and grab raid happened on 6th December 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Trophies stolen from the Red Bull Formula 1 team's factory during a ram-raid earlier this month, have been found in a lake.

Around 20 of the 60 trophies which were taken during the smash and grab robbery have now been recovered from Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst, Berkshire.

Many of the trophies won over the past 5 years have been damaged.

Police believe 6 men were involved in the raid in Milton Keynes on the 6th December, using two cars with foreign number plates.

"We estimate about 20 trophies have been recovered, but we are liaising with Red Bull to establish the exact number as some of the trophies were damaged."

– Thames Valley police

Night staff at the factory during the raid were not injured and the Red Bull team said some of the trophies were replicas.

Three county council's team up to boost economy

The three leaders of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Councils Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three County Councils are teaming up to try to boost economic growth in parts of our region.

Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Councils want to form a new alliance. It's hoped it will mean the authorities get more control over things like transport and infrastructure.

The new 'Combined Authority' model will look to get more devolved powers from the Government by creating their own economic region, made up of the three counties.

The three leaders of each council, made the announcement at the Silverstone circuit today.


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.
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