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Monday morning delays for rail passengers

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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.

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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Could you spot the signs of a stroke?

The East of England Ambulance Service wants people to be more aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The region's ambulance service is warning people to be more aware about the signs of stroke.

It says the condition is one of its most common 999 calls.

Last winter, the East of England Ambulance Service saw almost 8,000 patients who had suffered a suspected stroke.

The highest number was in Essex, where 2,552 calls were taken. In Norfolk, the figure was 1,264, while in Hertfordshire there were 1,230 999 calls linked to strokes.

The ambulance service says catching the condition early is essential.

The main symptoms are:

  • FACE: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, and their eye or mouth may have dropped.
  • ARMS: the person may not be able to life both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness.
  • SPEECH: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to speak at all.

Cyber fraudster ordered to pay back £100k - or face more time in prison

A cyber fraudster has been ordered to pay back £100,000 or face even longer behind bars.

Jeffrey Idegbesor, 38, previously of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, was jailed in July 2014 for a total of 28 months after he admitted swindling £134,988 from three victims in Australia.

The victims were duped into believing they were due cash from a retirement fund or inheritance from a distant relative but had to pay an advance fee to release the funds.

Idegbesor had set up 11 bank accounts using false identity documents to receive the funds, which he withdrew in cash.

Investigators by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) recovered £43,000 from his accounts and further work identified additional funds.

A confiscation hearing held at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday (28 January) concluded Idegbesor had benefitted from his criminality to a total of £841,355.

He admitted hidden assets of £57,000 and was ordered to pay back £100,000 under the Proceeds Of Crime Act within three months, or serve a further 18 months behind bars.

This case shows how easy it can be to become a victim of online fraud and we would urge people to never transfer funds to individual accounts after being contacted in this way.

“Thankfully we have been able to bring this offender to justice and get some compensation for some of his victims, but from the huge amount of money which passed through his accounts it shows there are probably many more victims who we have been unable to trace.”

– Detective Inspector Chris Day

Police stop drink drive woman who drove on just three tyres for miles

Police say the rims were glowing red when the woman was stopped Credit: BCH Road Policing Unit

Traffic police released this shocking picture of a car with only three tyres after a woman drove for miles in this state.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit say the woman failed to provide a roadside breath test but when tested later was later three times over the limit.

The woman was stopped near St Albans. Officers tweeted that said she "had no idea that she'd lost the tyre and thought her car had broken down".

Hertfordshire Police said a 46-year-old woman from Barnet was arrested for failing to provide a breath test.

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