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Thunderstorms and heavy downpours in the south of the Anglia region

The rainfall radar indicating some heavy downpours along the Hertfordshire-Essex border. Credit: Met Office

Warm humid conditions have sparked thundery downpours in the south of the Anglia region in parts of south Bedfordshire and north Hertfordshire spreading into Essex and Suffolk.

The Met Office says the risk of thunderstorms could last into Sunday evening with the potential for localised surface water flooding. Heavy showers could hit any part of the Anglia region.

Nearly 5 mm of rain was recorded in one hour at 4pm in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

Temperatures in the Anglia region at 4pm on Sunday 3 May 2015

  • 20.4°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 19.2°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 19.0°C in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 18.9°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 18.9°C at Norwich Airport
Map indicating where lightning has been recorded in the hour to 3.35pm on Sunday 3 May 2015. Credit: Met Office
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MK Dons promoted to Championship

MK Dons are heading into the Championship for the first time after beating Yeovil Town 5-1.

MK Dons beat Yeovil Town 5-1 to head to Championship Credit: PA/Stephen Pond

Four goals in the first half put Karl Robinson's side in control at Stadium:MK. But the hosts knew automatic promotion depended on what happened between Colchester and Preston. MK Dons needed to better Preston's result to avoid the play-offs - which they did.

MK Dons have scored 101 goals this season.

Those in this game came from Carl Baker (7) Dean Lewington (24, 74) Darren Potter (35) and Will Grigg (39).


New study shows cutting sugary drinks can reduce diabetes risk

A study at Cambridge University has found that swapping a sugary drink each day for an unsweetened cup of tea or coffee can reduce the risk of diabetes by up to 25 percent.

And with over 3.2 million people in the UK now suffering from type 2 diabetes, linked to diet, the need to take action has never been greater.

Click below to watch our report from Stuart Leithes.

People urged to stay safe over Bank Holiday


The East of England Ambulance Service is urging people to plan ahead and stay safe over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Officers say a few simple steps can avoid a trip to hospital, like being prepared for both cold and warm weather and stocking up on repeat medications.

Last year, the Trust received 10,760 calls and made 8,339 responses between Friday and Monday over the May Day holiday period. It included:

*742 calls for people with breathing problems

*204 calls concerning traffic incidents

*Nearly 900 calls regarding general sickness.


Mum tells of tragic daughter's last words

The mother of a teenager who died after being hit by a car has spoken about her daughter's last words as she lay dying.

Justine Connolly Credit: ITV News Anglia

Justine Connolly was involved in a crash in Milton Keynes just over a week ago - she died a day after her eighteenth birthday.

Her family hope that talking about her her death will make other teenagers think twice before crossing busy roads.

I ran to the side of the road and she was, you know, messed up... but she was conscious. I wanted to just pick her up - the last thing she said: "I love you mum".

– Sue Connolly, Justine's mother

Watch Sarah Cooper's report here...

Mother of girl hit by car warns 'don't be lazy or careless' crossing the road

The mother of a girl who was hit by a car while crossing the road in Milton Keynes wants to remind other teenagers of the dangers.

Justine Connolly Credit: Family photo

Justine Connolly died the day after her 18th birthday after the crash on Tattenhoe Street.

She spent five days in an induced coma in hospital before she died last Wednesday morning.

Thames Valley Police want anyone who saw the crash to contact them.

Free flower Friday

Flower arrangers around the East of England are preparing little bunches of flowers which they're going to leave around the region on Friday 1st May for people to find.

The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies is marking National Flower Arranging Day by leaving 60,000 'lonely bouquets' across the country.

Some will be in phone boxes, some on park benches and others in various random locations. More than 40 flower clubs in the region are taking part in the event.

'Lonely bouquets' are being left for people to find

Organisers say it's a kind of goodwill gesture that involves leaving a bouquet in a public place to be picked up by an unsuspecting passerby.

The motivation is to bring a smile to someone’s face.

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