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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%.

Cylinder safety warning after gas explosion destroys several houses in Buckinghamshire

Two houses and a garage were on fire and another two had blast damage.

The fire service is urging people to store gas cylinders safely, following an explosion which destroyed a garage and damaged several houses in Buckinghamshire.

The explosion happened yesterday morning in Turnberry Close in Bletchley, causing a fire and forcing some homes to be evacuated.

The fire service say gas cylinders should be stored outdoors, not in sheds or garages.

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"It was like a thunderbolt!": eyewitness describes explosion

An investigation is underway after an explosion and fire in a residential street in Bletchley this morning left a scene of devastation. Miraculously nobody was hurt.

Four fire engines were called to Turnberry Close about half four in the morning, and four homes had to be evacuated.

Two houses and a garage were on fire and another two had blast damage. The fire started after a gas cylinder exploded, as Elodie Harper reports:

Four houses damaged when gas cylinder explodes

YouTube video footage by @Bizibugdevon

Two houses and a garage were damaged by fire and two other houses suffered roof damage when a gas cylinder exploded in a garage at Bletchley near Milton Keynes early this morning. Four homes were evacuated.

Fire crews were called to Turnberry Close at a quarter to five.Firefighters used three jets and four sets of breathing apparatus. Two elderly people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Milton Keynes released without charge

A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of an elderly woman was found in Milton Keynes has been released without charge.

The body of the 82-year-old was discovered in a house in the Latimer area of the town yesterday.

Police say the death is still being treated as unexplained but is scheduled to be passed to the coroner. Officers are currently carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

MK suspicious death: Neighbours say they hadn't seen her for a while

Thames Valley Police outside the house where the woman was found Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating after the body of an 82-year-old woman was discovered at a house in Milton Keynes.

Police say her death is unexplained and suspicious.

People living in the quiet residential street in the western side of Milton Keynes told ITV News Anglia, they "Hadn't see the woman for some time and had been wondering about her whereabouts."

And that she would "occasionally be seen going out in her car, but generally kept herself to herself."

House in Milton Keynes where the woman was found dead Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are today carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

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