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Weather warning of further strong winds in parts of the Anglia region

There's a warning of further strong winds affecting parts of the Anglia region during Monday. It follows a weekend of blustery weather with winds in East Anglia gusting in excess of 60 mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning with the risk of disruption to travel.

Area covered by yellow weather warning on Monday 30 November 2015. Credit: Met Office

This weather warning is in force from 9am until 6pm on Monday 30 November. It covers parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

The Met Office says: "Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales along with much of southern and central England, and severe gales likely on exposed western and southern coasts.

"Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south. Winds will will gradually ease from the west on Monday afternoon."

"A further depression will move quickly east across the UK on Monday, crossing northern England in the afternoon. A swathe of gales is expected to the south of the depression's track.

"Although wind strengths will probably be slightly less than Sunday's system there is still the possibility of some localised low level impacts."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment


Teenager robbed on his way to school

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager has been robbed on his way to school in Essex.

The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was walking along Broadmayne in Basildon, going towards the town centre to get to Woodlands School at 7.30 am on Wednesday 4th November. When he got near to Church Road he was barged into by a man who then threatened the victim. The teenager offered him some cash and the suspect ran off.

"This incident left the victim extremely shaken up. It happened on a main road which is particularly busy at this time of the day with people going to work. Somebody may have seen something and I would like them to get in touch with me if they have any information.”

– Investigating officer, Pc Jack Mabbett, of Basildon CID

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 18 and 20, around 6ft tall and was wearing a grey hooded top with a black scarf over his mouth and blue jeans.

Appeal for witnesses following armed robbery at Chelmsford bookmaker

The robbery happened at the William Hill in Broomfield Road. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a bookmaker in Chelmsford.

A man walked into William Hill in Broomfield Road and threatened the cashier with a knife, while another man waited outside.

They took a three figure sum of cash and made off towards Chelmsford town centre.

It happened at around 10.50pm on 19 November.

The man who entered the shop was wearing a purple cap, a grey hooded top and black gloves and trousers.

Parents of Paris attack victim attend memorial service

The parents also released a tribute to their son

The parents of Nick Alexander - the only British victim of the Paris terror attacks - attended a moving memorial service in the French capital today.

The 35-year-old's name was among 130 read out during the service to remember those killed on November 13th.

The poignant event was attended by French president Francois Hollande, friends and family of the victims, and some of the many people seriously injured in the co-ordinated shootings and bombings.

It comes on the day the inquest into the death of Nick was opened and adjourned in Chelmsford.

Click below to watch a report by Liz Summers..


Has Black Friday had its day?

Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of shoppers have been taking advantage of pre-Christmas sales today on so-called Black Friday.

Last year, retailers across the country made £2 billion pounds in just 24 hours - but is this American import as popular as in recent years or has the novelty value already worn off?

Internet sales have already topped the one billion pound mark so it seems shoppers could be moving away from instore to online.

Click below to watch a report by Kate Prout...

Dutchman guilty of smuggling £1.6 billion drugs into UK

One of the fake ambulances that was used in the plot. Credit: National Crime Agency

A Dutchman has been found guilty of conspiring to smuggle drugs into the UK using a fake ambulance.

The £1.6 billion plot saw huge amounts of contraband brought across the Channel. The gang sometimes used the Port of Harwich in Essex to get the drugs into the country.

Leonardus Bijlsma Credit: National Crime Agency

Leonardus Bijlsma was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court. Prosecutors said he was part of a "lucrative criminal conspiracy" concealed from border officials with the aid of bogus paramedic uniforms and fake patients on crutches.

A haul of drugs seized from the fleet of ambulances. Credit: National Crime Agency

Two other men from Holland; Olof Schoon and Richard Engelsbel had already admitted the conspiracy charge and will be sentenced alongside Bijlsma next week.

A fourth man, 28-year-old Dennis Vogelaar, of Vijfhuizen, Amsterdam, was acquitted by the jury.

Anglia Weather: Warning of wind this weekend

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for wind this weekend. The warning, which advises the public to 'be aware' of strong winds, will be valid between 9am on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

According to the Chief Meteorologist:

A blustery weekend is expected across England and Wales with winds strengthening from the west on Saturday morning. Gusts around coastlines exposed to the westerly or southwesterly winds could reach 60 mph at times. Inland gusts will be less frequent but could still reach 50 to 55 mph.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist
Yellow warning for wind, valid 9am on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

There is the potential for disruption locally due to the strong winds. After a sunny start to the weekend, it will turn increasingly unsettled with cloud and blustery rain or showers at times.

Met Office mean sea level pressure chart for midday Saturday. Credit: Met Office
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