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Milton Keynes leads the way in economy growth list

The Centre MK shopping centre. Credit: PA

A report out today has found that two of our region's cities have been named in the top three places to see the biggest growth to their economies.

Milton Keynes has come out on top as the best performing city in the UK over the last 10 years, with the highest increase in the number of jobs at 18%.

Cambridge has been placed third. Credit: PA

Cambridge has been placed third behind London with a 16% increase in its job market.

Suffolk was the coldest place in England on Sunday night

Temperature readings at 7am on Monday 19 January 2015. Credit: Met Office

The weather station at Santon Downham on the Suffolk-Norfolk border near Thetford was the coldest place in England overnight on Sunday. The temperature there dropped to -5.5°C.

But it wasn't the coldest night of the winter so far in the Anglia region. The thermometer fell to -6.4°C at Santon Downham on 30 December 2014.

The lowest temperature in the UK on Sunday night was -11.8°C at Dalwhinnie in Scotland.

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Two arrested over rape of teenage girl in Milton Keynes

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a 17-year-old girl who was pushed into a car where she was attacked.

Two 23-year-old men, both from Milton Keynes, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to rape a woman in the Buckinghamshire town on Wednesday January 14.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "The arrests are in relation to the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Falmouth Place, Fishermead, between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday."

The suspects are currently in custody for questioning.

Police appeal after an indecent exposure in Milton Keynes

Thames Valley police is appealing for witnesses after an indecent exposure in Milton Keynes on Thursday 15th January at 11am.

A 14-year old girl was walking through an underpass in Monks Way, between Heelands and Bradville, when she was approached by a stranger, who then exposed himself.

The man is described as:

  • White and 6ft tall
  • Athletic build
  • Aged in early twenties
  • Short brown stubble
  • Wearing a dark grey hooded top with 3 stripes on left side
  • Dark black jogging trousers and white trainers
  • He was walking with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

"Although the offender did not have any physical contact with the girl, the incident was a frightening experience for the victim. Neighbourhood officers are investigating the incident and have been conducting patrols which are ongoing in the area.”

– PC Ross Gehnich, Investigating officer

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or 101.

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Beagle 2 scientist 'would have been pleased to defy critics'

Colin Pillinger died in 2014 Credit: PA Wire

The daughter of the space scientist behind the Beagle 2 project has said her late father would have been pleased to "defy the critics who wanted to say that Beagle 2 is a failure".

Professor Colin Pillinger's daughter Shusanah said: "He would have loved that this shows Beagle 2 landed on Mars, it got all the way through the entry and descend and the processes. It unravelled some of its solar panels.

"This shows such an immense success and not forgetting all the other things that went on in the background of Beagle 2, all the promotion of science, all of the inspiration to children.

"He would love that this is in the news again. He would love that this could inspire that next generation to do Beagle 3."

Adding that his death last year had been tough for her family, she said: "We are trying to carry on what dad would have wanted. He was someone who wanted science to be communicated to everybody. We want everybody to be aware of Beagle 2, to be inspired by it.

"But there is a tinge of sadness that he can't be here. You can see that in the room where all his colleagues, all the people he worked with, everybody is gutted he cannot be here."

Professor Colin Pillinger remembered as it's announced Beagle 2 did make it to Mars after all

Professor Colin Pillinger died in 2014. Credit: PA

Many people have been taking to Twitter to express their sadness that Professor Colin Pillinger didn't live to see that the Beagle 2 spacecraft did successfully land on Mars after all.

The mission was led by the Professor, and he died assuming that the craft had been destroyed after it went missing in 2003.

However, the UK Space Agency today confirmed that high resolution pictures taken by Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft showed it actually successfully landed 12 years ago.

Missing Beagle 2 spacecraft DID land on Mars, UK Space Agency confirms

The Beagle 2 spacecraft did successfully land on Mars, it's been confirmed. Credit: Beagle 2

The Beagle 2 spacecraft did successfully land on Mars, the UK Space Agency has confirmed.

The craft went missing on Christmas Day in 2003, and many scientists assumed that it had been destroyed.

David Parker, the chief executive of the UK Space Agency, announced today that Beagle 2 did land on Mars, but "only partially deployed."

Beagle 2 was built in Stevenage, and the mission was led by Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University in Milton Keynes.

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