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Suffolk soaking makes it the wettest day of the month

A torrential downpour in the early hours of Monday morning made Santon Downham in Suffolk the wettest place in the UK.

Between 1am and 11am, the site in Thetford Forest had 51.2 mm (2 inches) of rain which is close to the amount it receives during the whole of an average July. During just one hour at 5am, the weather station had 33 mm (1.3 inches) of rain.

The deluge was isolated and most places in the Anglia region had little or no rain by 10am Monday morning.

Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening.
Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening. Credit: Felix Grey

Norwich had 48.6 mm (1.9 inches) of rain on Sunday 20 July.

Rainfall totals averaged across the Anglia region during July have reached 56 mm (2.2 inches) which is 25% more rain than normal. But that average hides wide variations in the totals. Norwich has so far had 95 mm (3.7 inches) of rain during July while Bedford has had just 35 mm (1.4 inches).

The Anglia region is not as wet as July 2012 when there was 107 mm (4.2 inches) making it the second wettest July on record.

Parks given green seal of approval

Over 100 parks in the ITV Anglia region have been given green flag awards as some of the best green spaces in the country.

Over 700 volunteers from Keep Britain Tidy carried out the judging for this year's Love Parks Week.

Winners include Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Castle Park in Colchester, Eaton Park in Norwich, Bedford Park and Ely Country Park in Cambridgeshire.

Park winners
100 parks receive Green Flag awards Credit: ITV News Anglia

'It's another record-breaking year for the scheme. This is something well worth celebrating and testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, supported by some amazing volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

The parks sector is facing some tough challenges so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards. We know how passionate people are about our parks and green spaces and the recent Heritage Lottery Fund report, State of UK Public Parks, highlighted the need for everyone to work together to ensure they are maintained for future generations."

– Paul Todd, Green Flag award scheme manager

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Police appeal for help to find missing woman

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a woman missing from her home in Milton Keynes.

33 year old Kim Price was last seen at her home address at Bossiney Place, Fishermead on the 9th July.

It is believed she may have links with the Lowestoft area in Suffolk and so police are also making enquiries there.

Kim’s family and the police are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. She's described as white, 5ft 4ins with long brown hair.

Thames Valley Police
Kim Price Credit: Thames Valley Police

"We are very concerned for Kim’s welfare as she has not been seen or spoken to since 9 July. While she has access to funds, this lack of contact to her friends and family is very out of character and we would urge anyone who knows where she is or for Kim herself to get in touch with us to let us and her family know she is safe.”

– Insp Lee Brace

'Unexplained death' at Blue Lagoon lake

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man at the Blue Lagoon lake near Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

At around 6.40pm yesterday officers were called to a report of a man who had got into in difficulties in the water, while retrieving a ball from the lake.

It is believed the 61-year-old man from Bletchley suffered a "medical episode" and was pulled out of the water by a member of the public.

The ambulance service attended and treated the man but he was declared dead at the scene.

Police cordoned off an area at the site while they carried out an investigation to determine the circumstances leading up to the man’s death, which is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.

This was a tragic incident, which has led to the sad loss of a life and our thoughts are with this man’s family at this time.

We would urge people to be aware of the hazards of getting into open water such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers, no matter how tempting it must be in the hot weather.

– Det Insp Matthew Darnell of Milton Keynes CID

Speed limits of HGVs to rise

Roads Minister Claire Perry
HGV speed limit to raise

The Government has announced it is to raise the speed limit of Heavy Goods Vehicles.

Roads Minister Claire Perry made the announcement at an HGV depot in Milton Keynes this morning.

The speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads will rise from 40mph to 50mph.

The Government has also launched a six-week consultation on plans to increase the speed limits for HGVs on dual carriageways from 50mph to 60mph.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said the measures would cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving.

What do you think? Let us know your views.

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Man stabbed in chest during attempted robbery

A man was stabbed in the chest during an attempted robbery in Milton Keynes in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Thames Valley Police said the victim was walking in an alleyway between Hatton and Colne in Tinkers Bridge at about 1.15am when he was approached by two men who demanded his mobile phone.

The 38-year-old man refused to hand over his phone and was then assaulted.

He suffered a stab wound to his chest and was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital for treatment. His injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Thunderstorms in Bedfordshire, Northants and Milton Keynes

Rainfall radar at 9.15am indicating downpours near Luton and Milton Keynes
Rainfall radar at 9.15am indicating downpours near Luton and Milton Keynes Credit: Met Office

Torrential downpours are affecting parts of the Anglia region as hot air arrives from the continent.

The white areas on the rainfall radar indicated rain rates in excess of 32mm per hour.

Heatwave conditions are expected in the area today with temperatures up to 32°C.

Read more: The latest Anglia Weather

Pictures: Your images of the storms

Lightning strikes between 8am and 10am on Friday 18 July 2014
Lightning strikes between 8am and 10am on Friday 18 July 2014 Credit: Lightningmaps.org
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