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Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

Click here for the latest forecast.

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Man 'superglues' hand to desk

Firefighters were called to the Civic Offices in Grays, where a 60 year old man had stuck his hand to a desk.

Essex Fire Service said the man was believed to have been a disgruntled customer. The crew used nail varnish remover to loosen the glue.

Children in the east have problems saying Spaghetti, Binoculars and Ambulance

Nearly a quarter of children under the age of 10 here in the east can't say Spaghetti.

Research published this morning shows more and more parents are turning to technology to try and help children learn to read.

Phonics is used to help children learn the sounds to make words easier to say and from this year is being introduced in the national curriculum.

Other common words which children here struggle with are Binoculars and Ambulance.

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Essex fishermen travel to Brussels to say EU ban on drift net fishing will kill the industry

The EU is taking the action to address the threat posed to protected species by drift net fishing.

Fishermen from Essex are travelling the Brussels today saying an EU ban on drift net fishing will kill the industry.

The group from Mersea Island are fighting the ban which is due to come into place in January 2015.

The EU is taking the action to address the threat posed to protected species by drift net fishing.

An academic and student revolution 50 years on

The University of Essex is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 120 students started at the site near Colchester back in 1964. Since then the campus has expanded and 70,000 from more than 130 countries have graduated.

This past weekend alumni returned to their old haunt to reminisce.

Through the 1970s Essex University hit the headlines for its revolutionary students and protests. It also made news for its pioneering research in social sciences.

ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer reports

Essex rider Dowsett finishes strongly in Tour of Britain

Alex Dowsett held the yellow jersey for a brief spell Credit: ITV4

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett finished 8th in the Tour of Britain.

The Maldon rider was overall race leader for a brief spell over the weekend.

Dylan Van Baarle, from the Netherlands, took the yellow jersey on Saturday and held onto it following yesterday's final stage in London.

Dowsett finished 54 seconds off the lead.

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