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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.

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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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Heatwave warning for East Anglia as temperatures set to soar

A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth.
A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Credit: PA

There's a warning by Public Health England this morning of heatwave conditions across the East of England for the next few days.

The high temperature alert's been issued as forecasters predict at least two days of very high temperatures.

People are being advised to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

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Writtle in Essex was the hottest place in the UK on Wednesday

Writtle near Chelmsford recorded the highest temperature in the UK on Wednesday 16 July with a maximum of 27.9°C (82.2°F).

It is forecast to get much hotter on Thursday and Friday and the Met Office has issued a heat-health alert.

Other highs in the Anglia region on Wednesday 16 July

  • 27.3°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.5°C at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.2°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 26.1°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 25.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk

Region's police work together to target suspected paedophiles

The region's police have made dozens of arrests as part of a nationwide operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

Led by the National Crime Agency, 45 forces across the country, including Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Thames Valley, focused their efforts on people who were accessing indecent images of children online.

In total, Operation Notarise led to 660 arrests and helped to safeguard more than 400 children.

Among those arrested were doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers with unsupervised access to young people.

Action by the region's forces included:

  • 14 arrests by Bedfordshire Police. One had been charge, 13 remain on bail.
  • 10 arrests of men aged between 18 and 66 by Suffolk Police. All are on bail.
  • Seven men, aged between 29 and 68, arrested in Norfolk.
  • A total of 347 computers and 36 mobile phones seized across Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • 24 men arrested and 20 children safeguarded in Essex. In total 31 search warrants were carried out.
  • Seven people arrested in Hertfordshire. All are on police bail.
  • 30 people arrested and more than 10 children safeguarded by Thames Valley Police.

NCA Deputy Director General Phil Gormley said: “This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature.

"Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.

“Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation.

"A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken. They are re-victimised every time that image is viewed by someone.

Woman raped while her house was burgled

A woman has been raped by a man who entered her home while an accomplice searched and raided the property. The two men entered the house in Olney, near Milton Keynes and one of them sexually assaulted her while the other one searched the rooms.

The pair, who are both white, left the house after stealing an amount of cash, credit cards and jewellery during the attack in the early hours of Saturday.

Detective Constable Kim McHugh, from Milton Keynes CID, said:

"We are in the early stages of this investigation and are working to establish exactly what has happened here.

"The victim is in the care of specially trained officers and being fully supported.

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More than 4,500 people in the East of England have bought houses through Help to Buy

The scheme allows people to buy a newly built home for a deposit of 5%.

More than 4,500 people in the East of England have bought houses through the Government's Help to Buy scheme.

The latest figures show some of the highest uptake in the country has been in Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Peterborough.

The scheme allows people to buy a newly built home for a deposit of 5%.

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