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Region's Conservative MPs praise their leader as party conference comes to an end

David Cameron during his speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Credit: PA Wire.

The region's MPs are heading home this evening following the first party conference of a Conservative majority government for 19 years.

On the final day of the four-day event in Manchester, Prime Minister David Cameron address his party for the first time since their General Election victory in May.

During his speech, he outlined plans for 200,000 affordable news homes in Britain, insisted Britain was not interested in an "ever closer union" in Europe, and attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his "Britain-hating ideology".

Afterwards, MPs from the region praised their leader.

"It was a really, really important speech. We're the party that's delivering for the British people and for people across the Anglia region."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow (Con).

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson in Manchester


Weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 4pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015

The Met Office is warning that further slow-moving bands of heavy rain are likely to continue into Wednesday and it could cause localised minor flooding.

The Met Office says: "The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption to travel due to localised surface water flooding."

"Low pressure looks like maintaining some heavy rain within its circulation for a time during Wednesday, these slow-moving.

"Upwards of 30 mm could fall in a few places. Conditions are expected to ease during the afternoon."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment


Special crime unit hits landmark


Organised criminals including drug traffickers, ram raiders and fraudsters across the region have been jailed for a total of 1,000 years by a special police unit. The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit includes officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and aims to dismantle organised crime groups.

Man who kept loaded shotgun under bed gets suspended sentence

A man who kept firearms and ammunition illegally, including a loaded shotgun under his bed, has been sentenced at court.

Peter Frenette, 73, was formerly a firearms dealer but his licence was not renewed in April last year, Peterborough Crown Court heard.

However, police received information that he was still acting as a dealer and carried out a warrant at his home in Greath North Road, Little Paxton, in September last year. They found guns and ammunition for which he did not have a licence.

Frenette denied eight offences, including failing to comply with the conditions of a shotgun certificate (related to keeping one under his bed).

He was found guilty on all counts yesterday (Monday) following a four day trial and was given a 21 month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He is automatically banned from possessing any firearm for five years.

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