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A fortnight's worth of rain in less than a day in the Anglia region

Up to 30 mm of rain fell in 12 hours in the Anglia region on Friday 24 July 2015. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Up to 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain fell in the Anglia region on Friday 24 July 2015 and in some places a fortnight's worth of rain has fallen in just 12 hours.

Harpenden in Hertfordshire saw more than 30 mm of rain between 9am and midnight on Friday. That was on top of more than 50 mm (2 inches) that fell during torrential downpours and thunderstorms last Friday.

Rainfall totals between 10am and 10pm on Friday 24 July 2015

  • 28.0 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 26.8 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 24.2 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 24.2 mm in Higham, Suffolk
  • 23.2 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 22.6 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 22.6 mm in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 21.8 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 21.0 mm at Norwich airport
  • 19.2 mm in Northampton
  • 18.4 mm in Bedford
  • 17.0 mm in Cambridge

In an average July, 51 mm of rain falls in the Anglia region during the entire month.

Environment Agency monitoring flood situation with continuing heavy rain

The Environment Agency is warning that the rainfall will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding Credit: PA

The Environment Agency is warning that the rainfall will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The Agency says it is monitoring the situation closely and supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding. There are teams out on the ground working to reduce the risk of flooding, but the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts and warnings for rivers if required.

"Heavy rainfall on Friday night into Saturday brings a risk of surface water flooding for parts of south and east England. If you’re driving away for the summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk."

– John Curtin, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency


Hungry and desperate cats rescued from 'bleak circumstances'

The cat rescue team Credit: Essex Police

An Essex PCSO has been helping the RSPCA rescue four black cats in Clacton. According to Essex police the cats were in 'bleak circumstances'.

They were desperate for food and had taken to drinking dirty water from the sink.

PCSO Dan Brown was called to help the RSPCA inspectors sort through the house of a man who had recently died.

He had an extreme hoarding problem - it meant no one had been able to find his four pet cats.

Credit: Essex Police

It turned out that the cats had been living in the garden.

They tried to entice the cats out; that didn't work. So PCSO Brown and the RSPCA inspectors left humane trapping equipment around the house.

They checked back every day for a week. Eventually they caught all four cats. The cats are now in the care of RSPCA animal rescues.

"The situation at the house was very sad, and of course it was imperative that we got the cats out of the house as soon as possible.

"I’m pleased that I was able to assist the RSPCA inspectors in getting the cats out of the property and hopefully giving them a chance to be rehomed with local families”.

– PCSO Brown

Three of the cats were renamed Peter, Piglet and Tigger. They're at Southridge RSPCA Animal Shelter doing well and are waiting for new homes.

They renamed fourth cat "Sir Scat Cat."

Sir Scat Cat Credit: Essex Police

Sir Scat Cat isn't doing so well. He's quite nervous, and is waiting for a home at Danaher RSPCA Animal Home.

Sir Scat Cat Credit: Essex Police

Essex double murder suspect appears in court

Bentfield Gardens Credit: ITV Anglia

The name of the man charged with the murder of two people in Essex has been confirmed as Brett Rogers, 23.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court this morning, where he spoke only to confirm his name, age, and address.

He confirmed his address as being number 20 Bentfield gardens; the same address as where he’s accused of murdering two people.

Their names have been confirmed as David Oakes and Gillian Phillips.

Brett Rogers will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday 27 July.

Fresh appeal after Essex man Chris May missing for two months

Police have issued new photos as part of the appeal Credit: ITV Anglia

Police have issued a fresh appeal two months after Kelvedon man Chris May went missing.

They've been searching the Fairstead area, after his silver VW Golf was abandoned along Troys Chase, on Monday, 25 May.

At the beginning of June, detectives received a letter delivered by Royal Mail to Witham police station, suggesting 28 year-old Chris had been killed. The author of this letter is still unknown.

Chris has now not been seen for more than 60 days.

Police have issued new photos as part of the appeal Credit: ITV Anglia

"While we have had tremendous support from members of the public to our social media appeals and those made by Chris’s family, what I am still looking for is any information which can assist us finding Chris and providing his family with answers.

"We still appeal for the author of the letter to come and speak to officers and for members of the public, particularly in the Fairstead area to speak to police if they feel they may hold any relevant information.

"Two months is a long time when you are waiting to hear news about someone you love and who is such an important part of your life. Chris has never been away from his family for this long as has always been around for his much loved nieces and nephews. Please, if you have any information on where Chris might be can you contact my team or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

– DCI Marina Ericson, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Anyone with information should contact the major investigation team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Man charged with two counts of murder


Essex Police have charged a man with two counts of murder following the deaths of two people inside a house in Stansted Mountfitchet on Wednesday night (July 22).

Unemployed Brett Rogers, 23, who has no fixed address will remain in police custody until his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates Court later today.

Two people, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, named locally as Gillian Phillips, died inside the house in Bentfield Gardens.

Police were called to the scene just before 11pm on the night of the incident.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the murders.

The cordon around the property will remain in place for the next few days. Specialist police search officers are also combing a nearby alleyway and paths around the rear of the semi-detached house.

Police investigate Essex double murder

A double murder investigation's been launched after a man and woman were found dead in an Essex home. Friends of the woman have described her as a very happy, very lively lady with a contagious smile.

The bodies were discovered in the picturesque village of Stansted Mountfitchet - four miles away from Stansted Airport. A 23-year-old man has been arrested and police say they're not looking for anyone else.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Essex double murder: Police question suspect

Bentfield Gardens Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives investigating a double murder in Stansted are continuing to question a 23-year-old man.

Following calls to the address just before 11pm last night, Wednesday, the man was arrested nearby and taken in to custody.

Two people, a man in his 60s and a woman aged in her 50s died inside the house in Bentfield Gardens despite the best efforts of paramedics to save them. The pair are not believed to be related.

"This is a shocking crime to happen in a rural village and at this stage I am not looking for any other suspects in connection with the deaths. I do not believe that this was a random attack.

"There is currently a cordon around the property which will remain for some days yet as we continue a detailed forensic examination of the house and searches of the outside areas.

"I am very keen to hear from anyone who knew the occupants or who has any information on what may have happened last night to contact me or my team.

– DCI Simon Werrett of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Tributes paid to Essex double murder victims

Tribute at the scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Tributes are being paid to a man and a woman who were killed in a double murder in Essex.

Police were called to an address in Bentfield Gardens in the village of Stansted Mountfitchet late last night where they found the bodies of a man and a woman.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned. The victims haven't been formally identified yet.

News of the deaths has shocked those living in the village which is just four miles away from Stansted Airport.

A friend of the woman who was killed has spoken to ITV Anglia. She described her as a very happy, very lively lady with a contagious smile.

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