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Children in the east have problems saying Spaghetti, Binoculars and Ambulance

Nearly a quarter of children under the age of 10 here in the east can't say Spaghetti.

Research published this morning shows more and more parents are turning to technology to try and help children learn to read.

Phonics is used to help children learn the sounds to make words easier to say and from this year is being introduced in the national curriculum.

Other common words which children here struggle with are Binoculars and Ambulance.


Better service promised as new rail operator takes charge

Govia Thameslink is taking over from First Capital Connect Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new rail operator is promising investment, more carriages and fewer delays as it takes control of some of our regions busiest rail routes today.

Govia Thameslink Railway has a 7-year deal to run services from stations including Bedford, Cambridge, Peterborough, Luton and King's Lynn.

They have taken over the franchise from First Capital Connect.

Police release image of man they're trying to trace after train sex attack

Police have issued an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sex attack on a train. Credit: British Transport Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace in connection with a sexual assault on a woman on a train passing through Bedfordshire.

A 25-year-old woman fell asleep on the 6.49pm train from Euston to Birmingham on 13 August. She was awoken as the train passed through Leighton Buzzard by a man sexually assaulting her.

The woman left the train at Milton Keynes and alerted police. Officers met the train at Rugby, but the man was not on the train.

“Since our initial appeal for information on this incident, we have been able to isolate a CCTV image of a man who I am confident can help with our investigation."

– Sgt Mark Summerfield, British Transport Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Northern Lights glimpsed as far south as Norfolk

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights in North Norfolk in the evening on Friday 12 September 2014. Credit: Adam Payne/Norfolk Geeks

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights have been spotted as far south as North Norfolk.

The brightly-coloured patterns in the sky are caused by highly-charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and its magnetic field.

The aurora are more commonly seen in more northern latitudes.

"Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space (Coronal Mass Ejections). If these particles travel towards Earth they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and increase global geomagnetic activity. The increased activity releases energy into the atmosphere giving off light in the process, which we call the Northern Lights or the aurora borealis."


This week has seen two Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun; the first arrived on Thursday night with the second on Friday night.

The Met Office said the combined effect increased the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Britain.

Police refer investigation to IPCC - as body found in lake confirmed as missing Alex

Alex Todd-Weller. Credit: Thames Valley Police.

Thames Valley Police say they have referred their handling of a missing person inquiry to the Independent Police Complaints Commission - as they confirmed a body found in Milton Keynes yesterday was that of Alex Todd-Weller.

The 21-year-old, from Shenley Brook End, was last seen leaving Pink Punters nightclub in Watling Street in the early hours of Monday morning.

A search was called off after a body was found in Furzton Lake yesterday afternoon and police this evening confirmed it had been formally identified as that of Mr Todd-Weller.

Police said the IPCC referral was linked to a "fear of welfare" report they received on Monday.

Tributes left to missing Alex

A tribute to Alex Todd-Weller left at Furzton Lake Credit: ITV

Flowers have been left at the spot where a missing 21-year olds body has been found in Milton Keynes.

The search was called off for Alex Todd-Weller after a body matching his description was found in Furzton Lake yesterday afternoon.

Furzton Lake, where a body matching Alex's description was found Credit: ITV

Thames Valley Police say a formal identification is yet to take place, but the family of Mr Todd-Weller have been informed.

Alex went missing in the early hours of Monday morning Credit: ITV
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