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Honorary degrees to be given to three former cabinet ministers

Three former cabinet ministers to receive honorary degrees from UEA Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three former Cabinet ministers from the region are getting honorary degrees this week from the University of East Anglia.

Former Labour MP Charles Clarke, Conservatives Baroness Gillian Shephard and Lord Deben are among 15 people receiving the accolade.

Mark Thompson - the TV scientist and president of the Norwich Astronomical Society is also on the list.

We take great pride in honouring those who make valuable and notable contributions to society alongside our newest cohort of graduating students and it's always a delight to hear the words of wisdom they can impart at our graduation ceremonies.

– UEA Vice-Chancellor, Prof David Richardson

The 18 recipients will attend UEA graduation ceremonies this week as 4,500 students join the university's 135,000 existing alumni. They'll speak to them about their own careers, lives and successes.

Honorary degrees are awarded annually to honour individuals who have made outstanding accomplishments or contributions to the community.

  • Charles Clarke will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law
  • Lord Deben will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science
  • Baroness Shephard will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law

I am delighted and honoured to be awarded an honorary degree from the UEA. My advice to graduates is to aim high and enjoy your life.

– Baroness Shephard


Weekend heatwave in the Anglia region as hot summer blazes on

Festival-goers take to the lake to cool off at Latitude in Suffolk.

The heatwave is back on the Anglia region as the above average summer temperatures blaze on over the weekend.

June was among the hottest on record in the Anglia and July is heading the same way. Temperatures peaked in the Anglia region at 28.7°C (83.7°F) on Saturday at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

There has also been precious little rain in the region for six weeks now.

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Saturday 14 July 2018

  • 28.7°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 28.3°C at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 28.0°C in Cambridge
  • 28.0°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 27.8°C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 27.5°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 27.5°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 27.3°C in Northampton
  • 27.0°Ç in Writtle, Essex
  • 26.2°C in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 26.1°C in Andrewsfield, Essex


Man and woman released under investigation following Gorleston inflatable trampoline death

Ava-May Littleboy Credit: Family Picture

Two people have been released from custody after being arrested in connection with the death of a girl in Norfolk.

Ava-May Littleboy, aged 3, died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline on the Lower Esplanade in Gorleston on Sunday 1st July.

The man and a woman, both aged in their 40s and from the Great Yarmouth area, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.

They have now been released from custody. However, they remain under investigation while the enquiry continues.

Police catch man driving car without steering wheel while 'sitting on a bucket'

The driver was 'sitting on a bucket' to drive the car with 'mole grips'. Credit: Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing

Police have reported a motorist "for too many offences to mention" after catching him driving a car which didn't have a steering wheel or a front seat.

Officers tweeted their shock after pulling over the car in King's Lynn.

The driver was said to be "sitting on a bucket" and "steering with a pair of mole grips".

The 'front seat' of the car. Credit: Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing
The car was caught being driven in King's Lynn. Credit: Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing

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