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£100,000 to repair Hertfordshire sinkhole with the equivalent of 6,698 bathtubs of concrete

The St Albans pothole has been filled with the equivalent of 6,687 bathtubs of concrete. Credit: Hertfordshire County Council

The cost of repairing a sinkhole which opened up in a street in St Albans is estimated at £100,000.

Engineers have pumped in 48 lorry loads of foamed concrete over four days which amounts to nearly 6,700 bathtubs full.

Experts are monitoring the site in Fontmell Close using specialist equipment to test for any movement.

Electricity, water, sewerage and telephone services have now been restored to the majority of the fifty homes affected by the sinkhole which appeared on Thursday 1 October

The sinkhole 66ft wide and 33ft deep opened up on 1 October 2015. Credit: ITV News

Men blackmailed after explicit acts on Skype

Credit: ITV Anglia

Twenty men have been blackmailed after an attractive young woman persuaded them to carry out explicit acts over Skype.

The men, who are aged between 17 and 36, were contacted by the blackmailer who told them their acts had been videoed.

They were told that unless they paid, the video would be posted to friends and family over social media.

The men, who are all from Hertfordshire, were approached on various sites, but mainly over Facebook.

Hertfordshire Police say that in some cases £500 has been handed over.

"This is a scam which we believe is taking place across the country and not confined to Hertfordshire. However it is important that young men are made aware that this is taking place so they do not fall victim.

– DI John Hazeldine, Hertfordshire Police

Officers believe that Welwyn and Hatfield have seen a larger proportion of offences because of the student population. They will be raising awareness in the university and are urging anyone faced with a similar approach, not to engage in such activity."


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Region's Conservative MPs praise their leader as party conference comes to an end

David Cameron during his speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Credit: PA Wire.

The region's MPs are heading home this evening following the first party conference of a Conservative majority government for 19 years.

On the final day of the four-day event in Manchester, Prime Minister David Cameron address his party for the first time since their General Election victory in May.

During his speech, he outlined plans for 200,000 affordable news homes in Britain, insisted Britain was not interested in an "ever closer union" in Europe, and attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his "Britain-hating ideology".

Afterwards, MPs from the region praised their leader.

"It was a really, really important speech. We're the party that's delivering for the British people and for people across the Anglia region."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow (Con).

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson in Manchester

Weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 4pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015

The Met Office is warning that further slow-moving bands of heavy rain are likely to continue into Wednesday and it could cause localised minor flooding.

The Met Office says: "The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption to travel due to localised surface water flooding."

"Low pressure looks like maintaining some heavy rain within its circulation for a time during Wednesday, these slow-moving.

"Upwards of 30 mm could fall in a few places. Conditions are expected to ease during the afternoon."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment
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