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Woman suffers 'vicious attack' in Milton Keynes street

Police are investigating a brutal attack on a woman in New Bradwell, Milton Keynes. The incident took place between 10pm and 10.20pm on Tuesday 24 March, in High Street, New Bradwell.

Map showing location of assault in New Bradwell, Milton Keynes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man pinned a woman against a blue Peugeot 307 by the throat before punching her to the face and knocking her to the ground.

He then tried to push and drag the victim into the car, before punching her again several times, until she broke away and crossed onto Bradwell Road.

The offender then followed the woman in the car, before pulling into the bus stop in Bradwell Road, where he dragged the victim onto a grassed area at the entrance to Permayne and further assaulted her.

The victim was last seen walking up Permayne but has not been located or identified.

Police describe the victim as: White, in her twenties, about 5ft 4ins, with medium length straight blonde hair.

The offender is described as: Black, mid to late twenties and was wearing a blue T-shirt.

He was heard shouting during the incident, which took place over the course of about 15 to 20 minutes.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area during the times and witnessed the incident.

A 31-year-old from Milton Keynes has been arrested on suspicion of using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour with intent to cause fear/provoke unlawful violence. He has been bailed until 29 April.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer Louise Lindsay, of Milton Keynes police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Rail firm thanks passengers for 'not travelling' over Easter weekend

London Midland has thanked passengers for not travelling over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Workers on the rail network Credit: London Midland

Journeys to and from London Euston involved changes and coach travel, due to the improvement works being carried out in the Watford area.

This was the sixth closure to the West Coast main line, as part of Network Rail’s £81m plan to provide a more reliable and robust railway between Milton Keynes and London Euston.

The line was re-opened at 0320 this morning after engineers worked continuously over the four-day bank holiday weekend.

Work was carried out to complete the replacement and installation of a new bridge to the south of Watford Junction station, as well as track and junction renewals.

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Was it a bright start to the tourism season?

Another boat tour arrives back on shore in Hunstanton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

It's the end of the big Bank Holiday weekend, but did our tourism businesses get the bright start to the season they were hoping for?

With a long coastline and hundreds of attractions inland, the tourism industry is a valuable part of our economy.

Kate Prout reports on whether a long weekend of changeable weather put people off visiting.

Easter temperatures still struggling the East but it is set to get warmer

Easter Monday temperatures are still on the cool side for early April in many parts of the Anglia region with the airflow off the chilly North Sea.

Many other parts of the UK are basking in warm sunshine while a blanket of cloud has shrouded the Eastern counties from time to time.

The weather is dry with high pressure centred over the UK. That anticyclone is set to build during the week eventually warming up the Anglia region and making it feel more springlike. Temperatures could reach 20°C by Thursday or Friday.

At 1pm on Easter Monday, the highest temperature across the UK was 18°C in Bournemouth. In the Anglia region at the same time it was just 7°C at Houghton in Norfolk and 8°C at Wattisham in Suffolk.

Click below to watch a computer forecast sequence showing daytime temperatures set to rise during the week

Engineering works should not overrun, say rail bosses

Works on the railways are due to end this evening. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Rail bosses have promised that today's engineering work will not overrun and affect services tomorrow.

Work has been going on since yesterday on the line into Liverpool street - affecting all journeys from Norwich and Clacton.

Bus replacements are running between Ingatestone and Newbury Park.

Will speed limit change mean less time sitting behind lorries on our roads?

Changes to speed limits for HGVs come into force today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Drivers heading home today after the bank holiday Monday may enjoy quicker journeys than when they set out.

Speed limits for lorries increase by 10mph today.

HGVs can now go 60mph on dual carriageways and 50mph on single carriageways.

The AA says the change will have a particularly strong impact on drivers in our region.

Motorway limits for HGVs remain unchanged at 60mph.

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