Richard and Adam entertain residents at the Pear Tree Centre in Milton Keynes.

BGT stars perform at care home

Their singing wowed the judges in the finals of BGT, and this week brothers Richard and Adam Johnson have been winning over audiences again.

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Anglia Weather: Latest forecast

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Anglia weekend weather Credit: ITV Anglia

This evening and tonight: After a mainly dry start to the night, outbreaks of rain will develop across most parts by dawn. Some of the rain turning persistent and heavy. Winds increasing to strong near coasts by the end of the night. Minimum temperature 13 deg C (55 deg F).

Sunday: A wet morning with a few heavier bursts of rain. Turning drier for the afternoon as strong westerly winds develop, with gales mainly confined to coastal areas. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: A windy start to the week with a mix of sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery at times. Feeling cooler than of late.

Firefighters walk out in pension dispute

Members of the Fire Brigades Union across the region have started a series of short strikes.

Firefighters on the picket line in Colchester
Firefighters on the picket line in Colchester Credit: Victoria Lampard, ITV Anglia

Firefighters started their walk-out at noon. It was the first in a series of 16 strikes taking place over the next 8 days.

The industrial action is part of a national dispute over pension reforms.

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More homes getting faster internet service

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More homes getting superfast broadband Credit: ITV News Anglia

Superfast broadband has now reached more than 160,000 homes and businesses in the East of England.

The Government says it's on track to roll out the new technology to 95% of the UK by 2017.

The £1.7 billion project is said to create an additional 56,000 jobs in the UK by 2024.

“More than a million homes and businesses have now benefitted as a result of Government’s investment in superfast broadband. It is totally transforming the way we live and work. You can download feature length films faster, chatting online with family and friends around the world using VOIP is more reliable and households can go online simultaneously without the connection slowing down or dropping out. For Businesses, superfast speeds are boosting profits through increased sales, reduced overheads and accessing markets abroad for the first time.”

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers returns to MK Dons

Samir Carruthers has joined MK Dons on a permanent deal.
Samir Carruthers has joined MK Dons on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive loan spell at stadium:mk last season, but had to return to Villa Park in February after picking up a serious knee injury.

Carruthers has now agreed a three-year deal with the Dons, joining for an undisclosed fee.

“It’s exciting and it’s what I wanted.

Obviously I know the club from before, I’m pleased to be back and I can’t wait to get going again. It’s like coming home.”

– Samir Carruthers, MK Dons

Carruthers is unlikely to feature for a while as he continues with his rehabilitation from a recent thigh problem, but Dons manager Karl Robinson believes he will turn out to be money well spent.

"I understand some fans might be thinking why have we signed a player who is injured but we’re building for the future. He is part of the long-term strategy here and that’s shown with his three-year deal.

He’s an exceptional talent and one day I believe he will be back showcasing his ability at the top."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

Remembering those who fell during WW1

Sheringham
Remembering those who fought and died during WW1. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Memorial services have taken place across the region to remember those who fought and died the First World War.

In the east of the region alone nearly 24,000 were killed in county Regiments between 1914 and 1918.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the figure in Essex was 9,410.

In Suffolk 7,145 men laid down their lives.

The Norfolk Regiment saw 6,333 killed.

While in Cambridgeshire the figure was 876.

Russell Hookey reports below on the memorial services that took place in the west of the Anglia region.

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"Lights Out" to honour our dead

Norwich Cathedral
Will you turn your lights out and light a candle? Credit: ITV News Anglia

Venues across the Anglia region will join in a nationwide event organised by 14-18NOW, called the "Lights Out" project.

We are all being asked to switch off our lights and leave just a single lamp or candle lit between 10 and 11 o'clock this evening. (Monday 4th August)

The Guildhall in Cambridge, The Higgins Bedford, The Forum in Norwich, Chelmsford Civic Centre and Cambridge's Guildhall are among those taking part.

Memorial services in honour of war dead

Memorial services will be held across our region to remember those who died in the FIrst World War.

One hundred years ago today Britian declared war on Germany and entered a conflict which led to the loss of millions of lives.

Almost 23,000 soldiers were lost from regiments in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex alone.

Peterborough cathedral
Services will take place to honour the war dead Credit: ITV News Anglia

A thousand men from Peterborough were killed in the war. A memorial service was held at the city cathedral last night to honour them.

Suffolk soaking makes it the wettest day of the month

A torrential downpour in the early hours of Monday morning made Santon Downham in Suffolk the wettest place in the UK.

Between 1am and 11am, the site in Thetford Forest had 51.2 mm (2 inches) of rain which is close to the amount it receives during the whole of an average July. During just one hour at 5am, the weather station had 33 mm (1.3 inches) of rain.

The deluge was isolated and most places in the Anglia region had little or no rain by 10am Monday morning.

Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening.
Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening. Credit: Felix Grey

Norwich had 48.6 mm (1.9 inches) of rain on Sunday 20 July.

Rainfall totals averaged across the Anglia region during July have reached 56 mm (2.2 inches) which is 25% more rain than normal. But that average hides wide variations in the totals. Norwich has so far had 95 mm (3.7 inches) of rain during July while Bedford has had just 35 mm (1.4 inches).

The Anglia region is not as wet as July 2012 when there was 107 mm (4.2 inches) making it the second wettest July on record.

Parks given green seal of approval

Over 100 parks in the ITV Anglia region have been given green flag awards as some of the best green spaces in the country.

Over 700 volunteers from Keep Britain Tidy carried out the judging for this year's Love Parks Week.

Winners include Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Castle Park in Colchester, Eaton Park in Norwich, Bedford Park and Ely Country Park in Cambridgeshire.

Park winners
100 parks receive Green Flag awards Credit: ITV News Anglia

'It's another record-breaking year for the scheme. This is something well worth celebrating and testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, supported by some amazing volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

The parks sector is facing some tough challenges so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards. We know how passionate people are about our parks and green spaces and the recent Heritage Lottery Fund report, State of UK Public Parks, highlighted the need for everyone to work together to ensure they are maintained for future generations."

– Paul Todd, Green Flag award scheme manager
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