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Monday morning delays for rail passengers

Credit: PA

Rail passengers trying to get to London this morning are facing delays.

In Essex Greater Anglia services between Clacton-on-Sea and London Liverpool Street are being cancelled due to a damaged piece of overhead wire equipment at Alresford. The operator says it is trying to arrange a replacement bus service but details are yet to be confirmed.

Passengers travelling on Great Northern trains are also being told disruption is 'highly likely' between Kings Cross and Welwyn Garden City due to adverse weather conditions.

And a replacement bus service is running on London Midland between Bletchley and Bedford due to faulty train.

Full details of disruption can be found on the Greater Anglia, Great Northernand London Midland websites.

Schoolgirl claims she had to fight off man who tried to grab her in Milton Keynes

The underpass at Wadhurst Lane, Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 11-year-old girl has told police she had to fight off a man who she claims tried to get her into his van in Milton Keynes.

The girl had just walked through an underpass in Wadhurst Lane between 3pm and 3.45pm on Friday afternoon when she noticed a man walking towards her from the opposite direction.

He asked her for directions before latching on to her arm and asking her to get in to a vehicle. She broke free from him, struck him in the stomach and kicked him before running away. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The schoolgirl had been walking through here when she said she was approached. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“The victim has described being approached by a man she did not know and instructed to get in to a van. No van was seen during the incident however understandably this was a distressing experience for her. I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone with any information about it which could assist the investigation. Officers have been carrying enquiries in the area to identify the offender. If anyone has any concerns, please feel free to speak to an officer patrolling in the area or call 101 to speak to your local neighbourhood team.”

– Det Insp Phil Hayes

The offender is described as white with tanned skin, 5ft 7ins, medium build, bald with a distinctive wart on one of his ears. He was wearing black clothing and black boots at the time of the incident.

Met Office warning of winds gusting to 60 mph

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds in the Anglia region gusting up to 60 mph on Saturday evening.

There could be disruption to travel in the region.

The weather warning is in force until 11.45pm on Saturday 6 February 2016

Area covered by Saturday's yellow weather warning. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says southerly winds with strengthen across southern and then many eastern and central parts of England with gales developing, which are likely to be severe at times along English Channel coasts.

Winds should steadily decrease from the west this evening.

"Southerly gales will develop today as an active frontal system moves across the area from the west.

"Gusts of 40-50 mph are likely quite widely inland with gusts of around 60-65 mph affecting English Channel coasts at times."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

There will be more windy weather on Monday as Storm Imogen sweeps across the UK.

Read more: From Abigail to Wendy - Britain's storms get names

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region on Saturday 6 February 2016

  • 57 mph in Cranfield, Bedfordshire
  • 54 mph in Bedford
  • 54 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 51 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 50 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 48 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 43 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk

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Could you spot the signs of a stroke?

The East of England Ambulance Service wants people to be more aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The region's ambulance service is warning people to be more aware about the signs of stroke.

It says the condition is one of its most common 999 calls.

Last winter, the East of England Ambulance Service saw almost 8,000 patients who had suffered a suspected stroke.

The highest number was in Essex, where 2,552 calls were taken. In Norfolk, the figure was 1,264, while in Hertfordshire there were 1,230 999 calls linked to strokes.

The ambulance service says catching the condition early is essential.

The main symptoms are:

  • FACE: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, and their eye or mouth may have dropped.
  • ARMS: the person may not be able to life both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness.
  • SPEECH: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to speak at all.

Engineers try to repair damaged train lines after landslip

Landslip in Bedfordshire. Credit: Network Rail

Engineers are trying to repair damage caused to train lines after a landslip in Bedfordshire.

Southern Rail had to cancel all their services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford junction when the foundations gave way on Saturday at Linslade near Leighton Buzzard.

London Midland's also cancelled some trains from Milton Keynes to London Euston.

Network Rail is expecting it will take until at least Friday to get everything running again.

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