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Met Office warning of winds gusting to 60 mph

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds in the Anglia region gusting up to 60 mph on Saturday evening.

There could be disruption to travel in the region.

The weather warning is in force until 11.45pm on Saturday 6 February 2016

Area covered by Saturday's yellow weather warning. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says southerly winds with strengthen across southern and then many eastern and central parts of England with gales developing, which are likely to be severe at times along English Channel coasts.

Winds should steadily decrease from the west this evening.

"Southerly gales will develop today as an active frontal system moves across the area from the west.

"Gusts of 40-50 mph are likely quite widely inland with gusts of around 60-65 mph affecting English Channel coasts at times."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

There will be more windy weather on Monday as Storm Imogen sweeps across the UK.

Read more: From Abigail to Wendy - Britain's storms get names

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region on Saturday 6 February 2016

  • 57 mph in Cranfield, Bedfordshire
  • 54 mph in Bedford
  • 54 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 51 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 50 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 48 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 43 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk

Jail for Peterborough man who raped teenager in a hotel

Imtiaz Baig was jailed for 16 years. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police.

A Peterborough man who groomed a teenager on Facebook before raping her in a hotel has been jailed for 16 years.

Imtiaz Baig, of Straight Drove, Farcet, had spent months messaging and calling the 16-year-old girl after first contacting her in late 2014.

The 37-year-old eventually convinced her to meet him at a hotel in Newark in August last year. He gave her alcohol before raping her.

The victim grabbed Baig's clothes and ran from away after persuading her attacker to go to the bathroom.

Baig was convicted following a trial last month and was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

"I would like to pay tribute to the courage of the victim. Despite the trauma of the incident and the effect of the alcohol he had persuaded her to drink, she had the presence of mind to take his clothing and other belongings to prevent him from fleeing the hotel. "

– Det Insp Nikki Smith, Nottinghamshire Police.

Army's search for new generation of soldiers comes to Cambridgeshire

The British Army is holding a recruitment event in Peterborough. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The army is hoping to find its new generation of soldiers in Peterborough this weekend.

Potential recruits will get a chance to challenge themselves with a series of physical and mental tasks - including taking part in a simulated parachute jump and a hand-eye co-ordination test.

The event is aimed at the so-called Generation Z - young people aged 16 to 24 - and will take place at Queensgate Shopping Centre today and Sunday.

It comes as the army launches its new recruitment campaign called A Better You.

'It will encourage young people and those who influence them to notice the Army, and start having open conversations with real soldiers and their friends and relatives.

"They can discuss any reservations they may have about joining head on and take the opportunity to consider how much the Army has to offer them and whether it is the right career for them."

– General Chris Tickell, Army Recruiting and Training Division.


Crews tackle fire in Whittlesey cardboard factory

Crews tackling the fire Credit: Cambs fire and rescue

Fire crews from Whittlesey and Stanground were called to a building fire in Station Road, Whittlesey this morning, where a fire had broken out in a cardboard factory.

Crews were called at 6:26am. A large amount of smoke was issuing from the building when they arrived and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used jets and hose reels to extinguish the fire by 8.05am.

The cause of the fire was accidental.

Crews worked extremely hard and managed to successfully stop the fire spreading and developing into a significant incident. The company has also expressed their sincere thanks for the swift response and intervention by crews."

– Station Commander Jamie Johnson
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