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Anglia weather: Cloudy: with patchy locally heavy rain

Today: Patchy rain, perhaps locally heavy and thundery. Conditions will slowly improve, but still with the risk of an occasional thundery shower through the afternoon. Some brighter spells are possible in the north. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Tonight: Showers slowly dying out overnight with clear spells developing. Possibly one or two showers near coasts. Some mist patches will reform. Breezy near coasts, winds lighter inland. Minimum temperature 12 deg C (54 deg F).

Sunday: Mainly dry on Sunday with some good sunny spells. One or two light showers are possible near coasts. Fresh feeling northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Dry on Monday with some sunshine. Feeling fresher with a chilly night. Dry with bright or sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Former police officer jailed for misconduct in public office

A former Thames Valley Police constable has been jailed after being convicted of misconduct in public office.

Martin McElvenna Credit: Thames Valley Police

54-year-old Martin McElvenna from Wills Walk in Northampton was convicted by a jury on 31 July at Southwark Crown Court following a nine-week trial.

In September 2013, McElvenna was working as a PC in Milton Keynes, he accessed the Police National Computer (PNC) in order to assist in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the UK.

He was found not guilty on two separate counts of misconduct in public office and the jury failed to reach a decision on a third.

McElvenna was dismissed from Thames Valley Police in November 2013, following a misconduct hearing.

He was today sentenced to 18 months in prison.

This abuse of position was completely unacceptable and so we fully accept the decision of the judge made today.

It is imperative that the public has complete trust in the police and so we hope this investigation shows that we will always investigate any accusations of wrongdoing and will always take seriously the behaviour of our officers, whether they are on or off duty.

– Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood.

Have you seen missing Stacey?

Thames Valley Police is searching for a missing girl from Milton Keynes.

Stacey Akers Credit: Thames Valley Police

16-year-old Stacey Akers is missing from her home in Luton. She was last seen at around 10pm on Wednesday but is believed to have been at home at around 9am yesterday.

Police describe Stacey as white, 5ft 4ins tall and of medium build. She has brown shoulder length hair with a red tint. She also has a nose and tongue piercing. She may be wearing a hooded top and blue Nike Air trainers.

She has links to Milton Keynes where her family and friends live.

I am appealing for anyone with any information about Stacey’s whereabouts to contact police. If you have seen anyone matching her description please speak to an officer.

– PC Sandie Ashmead, from Milton Keynes police station

Anyone with information can call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 618 18/9.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

MK Dons braced for Alli bids despite midfielder signing new contract

Dele Alli is staying at MK Dons..for now. Credit: PA

Highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new and improved contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League, and has reportedly attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are thought to be among his admirers, but Alli has committed his immediate future to the Dons.

The youngster's new deal will run until 2017, but manager Karl Robinson admits that it's unlikely Alli will remain at stadium:mk for that long.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever. "

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager


Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

Click here for the latest forecast.

Children in the east have problems saying Spaghetti, Binoculars and Ambulance

Nearly a quarter of children under the age of 10 here in the east can't say Spaghetti.

Research published this morning shows more and more parents are turning to technology to try and help children learn to read.

Phonics is used to help children learn the sounds to make words easier to say and from this year is being introduced in the national curriculum.

Other common words which children here struggle with are Binoculars and Ambulance.

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