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Overnight closures on M11 as £4.7m improvements begin

Queues of traffic on the M11. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Weeks of roadworks on the M11 begin today - closing the southbound carriageway over night.

The first phase of the £4.7m improvements will be based around junction 8 at Stansted Airport.

The road will be closed from 10pm until 6am for the next two weeks while resurfacing is carried out.

Highways England has warned the work - which will last until the summer - will cause some disruption but insists the improvements will lead to better safety and smoother journeys on the M11.

"We understand this package of schemes will cause some disruption for drivers and we have planned to carry out the work overnight to reduce the impact.

"We have been working with Stansted Airport about these works but I would urge holiday makers and motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time in case of any delays."

– Jennie Fraser, Highways England project manager.

At the end of February, work will take place on the M11 at junction 7, with road marking, barrier renewal and resurfacing work being done on the A120 between Trinity and Stansted.


Missing Suffolk teenager may have travelled to Essex or London

Klaudia Sokolowska was last seen on Saturday February 6. Credit: Suffolk Police.

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from Bury St Edmunds.

Klaudia Sokolowska was last seen in Unicorn Place in the town at about 12.30am on Saturday, February 6.

Police say they are concerned about the welfare of the teenager, who may have travelled towards Essex or London.

Klaudia is 5ft 6in tall, slim build, with black, shoulder-length hair which is often plaited, and has green eyes. She was believed to be wearing a navy blue zipped hoodie, blue skinny jeans and black Ugg boots, when she went missing.

Monday morning delays for rail passengers

Credit: PA

Rail passengers trying to get to London this morning are facing delays.

In Essex Greater Anglia services between Clacton-on-Sea and London Liverpool Street are being cancelled due to a damaged piece of overhead wire equipment at Alresford. The operator says it is trying to arrange a replacement bus service but details are yet to be confirmed.

Passengers travelling on Great Northern trains are also being told disruption is 'highly likely' between Kings Cross and Welwyn Garden City due to adverse weather conditions.

And a replacement bus service is running on London Midland between Bletchley and Bedford due to faulty train.

Full details of disruption can be found on the Greater Anglia, Great Northernand London Midland websites.

Terror suspect arrested at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport Credit: PA

A teenager is due to appear in court accused of terror offences.

Cubeyda Hassan Jama, 19, was arrested at Stansted Airport on Friday.

He's a Finnish national living in London Road, Thornton Heath, in south-east London.

He will appear in custody today at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, charged with planning terrorism.

Investigation after fire sweeps through bungalow

Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

An investigation is underway after fire tore through a bungalow in Essex.

Crews were called to the address in Fobbing near Basildon in the early hours of Sunday 6th February. When they arrived they found the bungalow was completely alight.

Thankfully no one was missing or trapped as a result of the fire. An investigation is taking place to establish the cause of the blaze.

Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Met Office warning of winds gusting to 60 mph

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds in the Anglia region gusting up to 60 mph on Saturday evening.

There could be disruption to travel in the region.

The weather warning is in force until 11.45pm on Saturday 6 February 2016

Area covered by Saturday's yellow weather warning. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says southerly winds with strengthen across southern and then many eastern and central parts of England with gales developing, which are likely to be severe at times along English Channel coasts.

Winds should steadily decrease from the west this evening.

"Southerly gales will develop today as an active frontal system moves across the area from the west.

"Gusts of 40-50 mph are likely quite widely inland with gusts of around 60-65 mph affecting English Channel coasts at times."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

There will be more windy weather on Monday as Storm Imogen sweeps across the UK.

Read more: From Abigail to Wendy - Britain's storms get names

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region on Saturday 6 February 2016

  • 57 mph in Cranfield, Bedfordshire
  • 54 mph in Bedford
  • 54 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 51 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 50 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 48 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 43 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
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