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Five-year-old Jay's dream trip with the US airforce

Jay Martin, 5, on a VIP trip to the US Airforce in Mildenhall, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A five-year-old boy from Isleham in Cambridgeshire has had his dream come true after spending a day as a US airpilot at RAF Mildenhall.

Jay Martin was diagnosed with brain cancer in January.

He's still undergoing chemotherapy, but that's not stopping him getting through his bucket list.

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Merger of two Suffolk councils under consideration

St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council are considering a merger. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Proposals to merge two West Suffolk councils which cover Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall are being discussed today.

The Leaders of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council say joining together would give them more financial stability.

The councils already share some resources, and have saved £4 four million annually.

The merger could see just one leader and one cabinet running services across the districts, which also cover Haverhill and Newmarket.

The two councils already share some resources. Credit: ITV News Anglia

We already work closely but this could enable us to be both stronger together and more fleet of foot, to grasp commercial opportunities to further benefit our communities, deliver housing and talk to big business and Government.

– Cllr John Griffiths, Leader, St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Residents do not care what logo is on their bin but that we continue to empty them in the most cost effective way.

At the same time they want us to fight their corner nationally to make sure we get the best deal from Government.

– Cllr James Waters, Leader, Forest Heath District Council


Huge public search for airman Corrie McKeague

Search teams waiting to begin on Sunday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A huge search team including dogs and a drone are continuing the hunt for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

The 23-year-old, who is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

It is thought he may have attempted to walk back to his barracks 10 miles away and extensive searches have been carried out along the route.

Airman Corrie McKeague has been missing since September. Credit: Facebook.

Today's search will focus on an area close to the Fiveways junction of the A11 near Mildenhall.

Mr McKeague's family, including his mother Nicola Urquhart, are among those searching along with 40 members of the public.

They will join the 60-strong search team from Suffolk Lowland Rescue Service as well as four search dogs trained to seek out human remains.

Wife of injured Cambridge Utd fan describes his life since injury

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Police have confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will appear in court in connection with an assault that left a football fan from Mildenhall with life changing injuries.

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin travelled to Southend to see his team play in March 2015.

He was one of a small group of supporters who were attacked after the match as they walked to catch a train home.

The incident happened outside The Railway Pub in Southend, and left Simon with severe brain injuries.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home to Mildenhall in March. His condition means he is unable to move or speak, and requires round the clock care.

As well as having the help of carers, Simon's wife Nicole and daughter Emily have the support of close family, most of whom live nearby.

Although Simon can't communicate verbally, Nicole believes he understands what has happened to him and is constantly frustrated by his condition.

Police today confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will face charges in connection with the incident last year.

One man has been charged with affray and a further 11 have been summoned to face the same charge at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2nd September.

A thirteenth man faces charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Missing man only recently left hospital

Martin Hardman has been missing since June 26. Credit: Suffolk Police.

Police say a man who went missing in West Suffolk a week ago had only recently been treated in hospital.

Martin Hardman, who is 66, was last seen in Worlington Road in Mildenhall last Sunday.

Police believe he may have gone to King's Lynn or North Norfolk.

Mr Hardman is about 5ft 8in tall with short grey hair and wears black-framed glasses.


Fighter jets from the East involved in fresh strikes against Islamic State

Fighter jets from the East of England have been involved in fresh airstrikes against Islamic State militants, in wake of the Paris terror attacks.

The Ministry of Defence said Tornado fighters from RAF Marham yesterday dropped a bomb killing a group of more than 30 militants who had opened fire on Kurds in northern Iraq.

The RAF jets also destroyed mortar positions and a hit a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire missile.

Fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall have also been involved in strikes in Syria since the Paris attacks.

Fighter jets from the East have been involved in fresh strikes against Islamic State militants. Credit: ITV Anglia

"The first flight used a Paveway bomb to destroy a mortar position which had opened fire on the Kurds. The following mission destroyed a heavy machine gun near Mosul with a Paveway IV, then proceeded west towards Sinjar.

"There was heavy cloud, which may have encouraged the terrorists to assume that they were safe from air attack, but, working very closely with the Kurdish forces, the GR4s were able to guide a Paveway on to a large group of over 30 Daesh terrorists who were massing for a counter-attack; the Kurdish unit subsequently reported that the air strike had been highly effective.

"The Tornado patrol then destroyed another Isil mortar position south-west of Sinjar."

– Ministry of Defence statement

Suffolk road closed due to flooding

A street in Mildenhall in Suffolk is closed because of flooding.

Police were called at 8.45am today (Monday) to a report that flood water was lifting a manhole cover in Mildenhall town Centre.

The water level on Mill Street has risen and a vehicle has become stranded. Suffolk Police are warning motorists not to drive through flood water.

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