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Tributes paid to airman killed in collision

Staff Sgt. Anderson Johnson Credit: RAF Mildenhall

The family of an airman killed in a collision outside Newmarket in Suffolk have paid tribute to him.

Staff Sgt Anderson Johnson was stationed at RAF Mildenhall with the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron. The 24-year-old from Texas was killed when his car crashed into a tree at about 2am on July 28.

In a statement his family said he had a smile "like the sun". They said "his laughter was contagious and his cheek bones reached the clouds... He was a wonderful husband, son, brother, family member... We want to thank all of you for taking care of him and loving him while he was with you."

Johnson is survived by his wife, Markeah Johnson, his parents, Anderson Johnson III and Margarita Tedder, and his siblings Tashica Johnson and Dominque Tedder.

Music speaks volumes for choir of disabled people

It's said that music is the universal language so it can be a precious connection to the world when you have difficulty communicating.

Now Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - has helped a young woman from Mildenhall in Suffolk set out to make connections to those around her with a few songs.

16-year-old Courtney Reeve has set up a choir for people with disabilities.

Click below to watch Courtney's film and click here to find out more about Fixers.


Pensioner told to tidy his wife's grave

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.


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.

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 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.

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