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Police urging people to report drivers using mobile phones at the wheel

Police target drivers using their phones at the wheel Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in the region are urging passengers to speak up if they see someone using a mobile phone at the wheel.

It's part of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit's latest safety campaign.

They say using a mobile reduces reaction times by up to 50 percent. meaning motorists using them are four times more likely to have a crash.

Woman dies and four injured in collision

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An elderly woman has died and two young girls aged five and two were taken to hospital after a serious road crash in Essex.

The woman, believed to be in her 80s and from Hertfordshire was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was in collision with a Volkswagen Polo at Little Wigborough near Mersea Island yesterday afternoon.

The driver of the Astra had minor injuries.

The driver of the polo and the five year old girl received serious injuries and were taken to the Royal London Hospital. The two year old is being treated for minor injuries at Colchester General.

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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.

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