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"We are the eyes and ears of the security services" - former head of British Army urges community to be vigilant

Police forces around the region are on an increased state of alert after the government raised the terrorist threat level from substantial to severe.

It is in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

The former head of the British Army, General Lord Richard Dannatt, who lives in Norfolk, has urged people across the region to be vigilant.

And today a Muslim leader in Luton told ITV News Anglia he feared the raising of the alert could threaten his community.

Serena Sandhu reports.



"The worst train journey of my life" - passengers plagued by rail disruption yet again.

An East Coast train.
An East Coast train. Credit: Martin Keene / PA Archive.

It was a Bank Holiday nightmare for rail passengers - and one that left a hangover this morning as thousands tried to return to work.

Commuters in Peterborough were greeted by dozens of cancellations and hours of delays after overhead cables came down on the East Coast main line yesterday.

Passengers heading into London King's Cross last night and today endured long waits on crowded platforms and, for those that did get a train, it was a very cramped journey, as Matthew Hudson reports.

Network Rail apologises to passengers for "dreadful performance" in the Anglia region

Network Rail has apologised for its "dreadful performance" after commuters in the Anglia region faced two days of disruption, delays and cancellations.

The company, which is responsible for the country's rail infrastructure, agreed things had gone "badly wrong" on both the East Coast and Great Eastern mainlines.

On the Norwich to London line, passengers continue to experience problems due to over-running engineering works.

But Robin Gisby, managing director of Network Rail's network operations, said he did "not yet have a cause" for the issues on the East Coast line between Peterborough and Huntingdon where over-head powerlines came down and blocked the line.

Those problems began on Bank Holiday Monday and continued to cause disruption on Tuesday.

Mr Gisby called it an "appalling incident".

Click below to see his apology to passengers in Suffolk.

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