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Warning to motorists ahead of Secret Garden Party

More than 30,000 people expected to attend Secret Garden Party.

Motorists are being warned to plan ahead as more than 30,000 people descend on Abbotts Ripton in Cambridgeshire for the annual Secret Garden Party festival.

The event takes place from Thursday July 21 and Sunday July 24.

Police say people should allow extra time for journeys in the Huntingdon area.

The safety of people, both going to the festival and local residents, is our number one priority. However, we will not tolerate the behaviour of those who choose to use the event as an excuse to commit crime.

We have been in regular contact with the festival organisers and the local authority to thoroughly plan our approach to policing the event. We will have extra officers on duty to ensure the festival does not impact on our ability to police the local area. I believe this and other key decisions will mean the event runs smoothly and causes minimum amount of disruption to the community.

– Superintendent Laura Hunt


Whitlock and Smith targeting Olympic gold in Rio

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

There are high hopes from governing body UK Sport that Britain's gymnasts can contribute to the nation's biggest medal haul at an away Olympics.

They've set a minimum target of three Gymnastics medals at Rio which would match the total won in London four years ago.

No doubt the pressure will be on South Essex Gymnastics star Max Whitlock to deliver, while there's an Olympic debut facing one of his club colleagues.

After the heatwave comes the weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms

The Met Office has extended the yellow warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms across the whole of East Anglia.

Its warning of the risk of localised flash flooding and hail along with potential for disruption to travel and power supplies.

The area covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning on Wednesday 20 July 2016. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 9pm on Wednesday 20 July 2016

The Met Office says areas of heavy thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of Scotland and northern England into this afternoon before slowly clearing away northeast.

However isolated heavy thunderstorms may still develop across Scotland and parts of England, including some central, eastern and southeastern areas, this afternoon and this evening.

The Met Office said: "Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flash flooding. Frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be additional hazards. All of this could lead to some flooding of homes, businesses and transport networks. Disruption to power is also possible."

"Hot, moist air spreading north and northeast across the UK today will produce thunderstorms, initially organised within large areas of rain before becoming more isolated this afternoon.

"Rainfall will be very variable, but some places could see around 30 mm in an hour and more than 50 mm in a few hours.

"The thunderstorms later this afternoon are likely to be most widespread across northern England and Scotland, and it is here that there is the greatest risk of disruption.

"Further south, they will be much more isolated, with disruption less likely, across the rest of England."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Peterborough MP to work with new Brexit Minister

Stewart Jackson (left) will assist David Davis (right). Credit: PA

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Davis - the minister for Exiting the European Union.

Mr Jackson was a a leading campaigner for the Leave Campaign in the EU Referendum.

He will assist Mr Davis in negotiating the UK's exit from the EU.

Mr Jackson tweeted that he was "delighted" with his new role.

Unemployment falls to 112,000 in East Anglia

Unemployment has fallen across East Anglia. Credit: PA

There's been a small fall in unemployment across the Anglia region.

It's down by 1,000 in the East of England to 112,000 people.

That's 3.5% of the workforce - the lowest jobless rate of any region in the UK.

The number of people unemployed in East Anglia.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the total was down by a similar amount to 106,000 people.


Forty firefighters combat flames at Cambridgeshire industrial estate

Seven vehicles were called to the incident. Credit: Matthew Knighton

More than forty firefighters have been called to deal with a fire at a Cambridgeshire industrial area.

Seven vehicles were called to Fengate, Peterborough earlier this afternoon. A number of vehicles and wooden pallets were destroyed.

Crews worked to prevent the spread of the fire, eventually extinguishing it at 16:30. The cause of the fire will now be investigated.

The cause of the fire will now be investigated. Credit: Matthew Knighton

Man to appear in court charged with causing collision that killed a police officer

Detective Constable Garrett, 48, joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991. Credit: PA.

A man accused of causing a collision in which a police officer was killed is due to stand trial next week.

Danny Warby, 28, of School Road, Runcton Holme, King’s Lynn, is due to appear on Monday (July 25) at Peterborough Crown Court.

He is charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the death of Sharon Garrett.

The incident happened mid-afternoon on June 6, 2014, on theA141 at Wyton.

Detective Constable Garrett, 48, joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991 and served in a number of roles across the force, most recently investigating complex fraud offences in the Economic Crime Unit.

Warby pleaded not guilty last year. The trial is expected to last about four days.

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