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Theatre chief pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham, who died yesterday Credit: Rex

The Chief Executive of the Norwich Theatre Royal has paid tribute to actress Lynda Bellingham, who passed away yesterday at the age of 66.

Linda Bellingham appeared at the theatre in Calendar Girls once in 2009 and again in 2012, when she starred opposite Lisa Riley, Camilla Dallerup and Jan Harvey.

Chief Executive Peter Wilson says that on both occasions Lynda “threw her support behind fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research”. In 2012 she and the other cast members posed in dressing gowns outside the theatre to encourage the audience to donate money to the cause.

"I first worked with Lynda over thirty years ago and have been a fan ever since. Lynda was warm and approachable, talented and entertaining as an actor and as a friend. She deserved every happiness and success that came her way. Her firm gaze in the face of death is an enduring inspiration."

– Peter Wilson, Chief Executive of the Norwich Theatre Royal

Porsche driver wanted for alleged road rage attack on Audi owner

Road rage attack on A43 Credit: ITV Anglia

Police in Northampton are appealing for witnesses after a driver was assaulted following an alleged road rage incident on the A43 near Northampton.

It happened on Saturday 4 October between 2pm and 2.15pm when the driver of a silver Porsche Carrera and the driver of a black Audi Q7 were travelling along the A43 towards the southbound junction 15a of the M1.

As they were approaching Swan Valley Way, the driver of the Porsche allegedly cut up the driver of the Audi causing him to brake to avoid a collision. The Porche driver then went over to the Audi and assaulted the driver.

Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the alleged road rage incidents or the assault to contact them. They are particularly keen to speak to the drivers of two vehicles believed to have been behind the Audi and Porche at the time of the assault.

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Met Office extends weather warning for strong winds

The area covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning for strong winds on Tuesday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has extended its weather warning for strong winds overnight on Monday and into Tuesday.

All counties in the Anglia region are now affected by the yellow weather warning issued as the remains of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo are set to affect the British Isles.

The Met Office says it is now forecasting slightly increased wind speeds.

More than 100 students join University Credit Union

University of Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The University o Northampton says more than 100 members have joined its Credit Union in the first year.

It's among a handful of educational unions in the UK which lets students, staff and graduates borrow at rates of just 1%.

The aim is to help students avoid high interest loans.

"We don't put ourselves out there as an alternative bank, a student always needs a bank account to be able to build up that credit history with that bank. Why they come to us and why the credit union works for our students is we're run for our students by our students."

– Wray Irwin, The University of Northampton

Prison officer numbers fall by 30% in East of England

Prison officer numbers falling according to new report Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of prison officers working in public-sector prisons has fallen by 30% on average in the East of England according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The charity has released the figures which show in our region, officer numbers have been cut from 2,274 to 1,590 since 2010.

"The prison system is in crisis and these figures reveal why. While the prison population has grown, officer numbers have been cut without any thought for the consequences."

– Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howar League for Penal Reform

The drop in officer numbers includes 1,375 officer posts that were lost when 15 public-sector prisons were closed during the last four years.

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