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From Olympic gongs to Royal ones: Whitlock picks up MBE from the Queen

Max Whitlock received his MBE from the Queen

One of the region's athletes had a rather special appointment earlier today.

Essex gymnast Max Whitlock received his MBE from the Queen a little earlier in recognition for his double Olympic gold winning success during last year's Rio Games, but he admitted he was a little nervous to meet the monarch, though she did put him at ease.

"She was really,really nice actually. She said she watched and she was a fan of gymnastics and the stuff we do looked impossible, which was really good to hear!

She had actually recognised the rise of gymnastics, which, for us is brilliant, it's one of the things we have tried to do and for the Queen to recognise it mean's it has done pretty well."

– Max Whitlock


Driver's lucky escape as lorry blown off Fenland road in high winds

The truck blew off the A141 near Chatteris Credit: Fen Cops

Fenland Police have tweeted these pictures of a truck that blew off the A141 in high winds.

They say the driver was unhurt, even though the truck ended up in a field beside the road.

It's one of a number of accidents on the flat Fenland roads.

Police tweeted this picture of the truck marooned in a field Credit: Fen Cops
The truck was battered but luckily the driver escaped injury Credit: Fen Cops

Eleven hurt after double decker bus blows over

Around a dozen passengers were treated for minor injuries after a bus was blown over. Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing

Eleven people have had to be treated after a double decker bus blew over near Wisbech.

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to the scene at Lynn Road at 1.14pm after the X1 service blew over between West Walton and Walton Highway.

First Buses said they were withdrawing the Norwich to Peterborough service until the winds die down.

First Buses said they were withdrawing the Norwich to Peterborough service until the winds die down. Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing

Four ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance officer, and a medical response car from Magpas were sent to the scene.

Medics began to arrive within two minutes of the 999 call and assessed 15 patients at the scene.

Eight patients were taken to North Cambridgeshire minor injury unit in stable conditions, three were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries and the remaining four were discharged at the scene.

No-one involved is believed to be in a serious or life-threatening condition.

Meanwhile in Norfolk, Sanders buses have taken all double deckers out of service for the rest of the day.

Major disruption to trains between London, Stansted and Cambridge

There are delays and cancellations on Greater Anglia trains across the region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Train company Greater Anglia is warning passengers to not travel between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport and Cambridge because of storm damage.

Due to damage to the overhead electric wires between Bishops Stortford and Cambridge all lines are blocked.

Train services running through these stations have been cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

The line is also blocked between Tottenham Hale and Cheshunt due to overhead wire problems.


Essex woman in court over stiletto shoe attack

Woman in court in Essex shoe attack

A restaurateur has appeared in court charged with attacking a woman with a stiletto shoe in an Essex nightclub.

Natalie Jeffery, 23, is accused of hitting Sophie Roberts in the face at Unit 7 in Basildon.

Ms Roberts, who is in her 20s, suffered facial injuries in the incident at around 3am last September.

Jeffery, from Canvey Island, is charged with grievous bodily harm.

She'll appear at Basildon Crown Court on March 23 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Anglia region battered as winds top 80mph

Winds are continuing to strengthen across the Anglia region as a gust of more than 80mph was recorded on the north Norfolk coast.

Wind gusts in the Anglia region have now reached more than 80mph. Credit: Gary Mabee / ITV News Anglia

The wind speed at Weybourne near Cromer reached 81 mph at 2pm.

There have been wind gusts of 50-70 mph widely across the East of England bringing down trees and power lines.

The winds have also blown over several lorries on the region's roads including one on the A1 at Brampton Hut in Cambridgeshire.

Storm Doris winds reach 74 mph in the Anglia region

Winds gusting in excess of 70 mph have been recorded in the Anglia region as Storm Doris brings widespread disruption.

The highest gust in the UK was 94 mph at Capel Curig in Gwynedd in Wales.

The highest gust in the Anglia region was 74 mph on the north Norfolk coast at Weybourne near Cromer.

Winds from Storm Doris have reached 74mph in the Anglia region. Credit: Dani Crawshaw / ITV News Anglia

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region up to 1pm on Thursday 23 February 2017

  • 74 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 72 mph at Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 70 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 68 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 62 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 60 mph at Bedford
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