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Pensioner told to tidy his wife's grave

Barrie Gardiner
Barrie Gardiner attending his wife's grave Credit: ITV Anglia

A widower from Suffolk says he isn't being allowed to grieve for his wife because of council regulations.

Barrie Gardiner from Mildenhall wants to be allowed to keep flowers and ornaments on her grave but has been told to move them.

The cemetery is maintained by the local council who want to keep it tidy and formal

Barrie says all he wants is to grieve his wife in the only way he knows how.

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Michelle Obama visits Suffolk

The American First Lady Michelle Obama will be visiting our region today.

She will be meeting military families stationed at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk at the end of a four-day visit to the UK.

She has been in the UK to lead the presidential delegation at the start of the Olympic Games.

Michelle Obama
First Lady visits Suffolk Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Last year, Michelle Obama launched Joining Forces, a scheme which supports the families of American service personnel.

This will be her first visit to the Mildenhall airbase which is currently home to some 16,000 American servicemen and women.

She was in our region last year with her husband the President of the United States, flying into Stansted Airport for a three-day trip to the UK.

E-fit of man who posed as police officer

E-fit
E-fit of suspect Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police has issued an e-fit of a man who impersonated a police officer in Mildenhall in an apparent internet scam.

The man attempted to obtain cash from a woman by claiming she had been looking at pornographic websites and needed to pay a fine.

He attended the address of a 20-year-old woman on Woodlands Way on Thursday 19 July after an internet pop-up appeared on her laptop that appeared to be from the Metropolitan police.

The pop-up ordered her to pay a £100 fine for looking at pornography or her computer would be ‘locked’.

The victim called a number provided and refused to pay the fine. A man claiming to be a police officer appeared at her home address the following day.

Calls with information can be made to DC Sarah Shepperson on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mildenhall Great Dish

Mildenhall Great Dish Credit: Trustees of the British Museum

One of the top ten British treasures held at the British Museum in London is now on display in Ipswich.

The Mildenhall Great Dish, which a piece of late-Roman silverware, has been loaned to Ipswich Museum.

It'll be on show until October.

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