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Udder chaos: Cows bring trains to a standstill

Forget leaves on the line or hot weather causing rails to buckle - Greater Anglia trains have been delayed by a herd of cows.

The bovine bother was caused after the animals got on to the track between Manningtree and Ipswich blocking the lines.

It's meant that many services have been cancelled and delayed.

As a result, trains are unable to run between Manningtree and Ipswich until the cows have been moved.

Check for the latest travel information.

Summer soaking: One spot in Suffolk gets more rain in a day than during the whole of April and May

Much of the Anglia region has seen an extensive summer soaking. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.

Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border has had 78 mm (3 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

That is more than would normally be expected in the whole of June and more than the 75 mm that actually fell during April and May this year.

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 48.6 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 36.8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 34.0 mm in Houghton, Norfolk
  • 31.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.0 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 23.8 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 21.8 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 21.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 21.6 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 21.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and flood alerts in the Anglia region.


Flood warning for homes north of Cambridge

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Oakington near Cambridge. Credit: PA Images

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for homes in the village of Oakington north of Cambridge.

As heavy rain continues to fall the Agency says properties and low lying areas around Oakington and Westwick will start to flood from around 4am on Wednesday 28 June.

"Heavy rain is currently falling in the Cottenham Lode catchment and will continue throughout the night (Tuesday 27 June).

"Cottenham Lode is reacting to the rain and is forecast to rise through the night.

"Properties and low lying areas around Oakington and Westwick will start to flood from around 4am Wednesday 28 June. Properties are advised to install their property level protection now.

"Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings."

– Environment Agency
Area covered by the Environment Agency Flood warning at Oakington north of Cambridge. Credit: Environment Agency

There are lower level flood alerts in other parts of the Anglia region:

  • River Stort and Stansted Brook Catchment in Hertfordshire and Essex
  • Bear Brook and tributaries in the Aylesbury area, including Wendover and Weston Turville in Buckinghamshire

Police warn drivers of flooded roads on commute home

Police released this picture of the Thickthorn roundabout partly underwater Credit: NSRoadsPolicing

Norfolk Police are urging drivers to take care on the roads on their way home.

Heavy rain has left roads waterlogged and made driving conditions tricky.

This picture shows the Thickthorn roundabout.


Thieves strip lead from country church

Thieves ripped lead from the roof in Westwick Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for information after lead was stolen from a church roof in Westwick, near North Walsham.

Thieves targeted St Boltoph Church in Worstead Road between 1pm on Thursday and 4pm on Friday (22-23 June 2017) and stole 29 metres of lead from the roof and damaged the building in the process.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity between the times stated to contact them.

Anyone who may have any information about the incident should contact PCSO Rob King at North Walsham Police Station on 101.

Cricket stars rally round for Grenfell tragedy

Monty Panesar and Henry Blofeld are taking part in the charity event. Credit: GMB

Former Essex cricketer Monty Panesar and Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld are among the stars taking part in a charity cricket match to raise cash for those affected by the Grenfell tower tragedy.

Monty is playing for Lashings, a team described as the Harlem Globetrotters of cricket, against a team of politicians in a T20 game in London. Blowers will be providing match commentary. They hope it'll raise thousands for those caught up in the disaster.

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