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Heavy showers and thunderstorms in the Anglia region

Heavy showers with hail and thunder are crossing the Anglia region on Friday afternoon.

The region has already had a soaking this summer with a wet July followed by 50% more rain than normal during the first part of August.

  • The rainfall radar video below shows the areas in the Anglia region affected by the thunderstorms

Breezy weather grounds balloons at Northampton Festival

The start of the Northampton Balloon Festival has been affected by windy weather that has grounded the hot-air balloons. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Windy weather conditions have stopped hot-air balloons taking to the air at the Northampton Balloon Festival.

The event at the Billing Aquadrome is the 28th held in the county.

Balloons are expected to fly between 6am and 6pm between Friday and Sunday but are heavily dependent on the right weather conditions.

The flight director John Tyrrell said: "We waiting for the weather to be confirmed to us from the Met Office."

Stalls and the funfair will operate as normal from 3pm on Friday. At 9pm on Saturday the event holds a "Balloon Glow" when tethered balloons are turned into giant lanterns pulsating to music.

Last year no balloons were able to fly on all three days for the first time in the event's history.

In 2016 the weather meant that balloons were unable to fly on all three days for the first time in the event's history. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Police probe alleged racist slur at Kettering game

The alleged incident happened while Kettering were playing at home Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged racist incident at a Kettering Town home game.

More than 600 people were at the Evo-Stick South League fixture between the Poppies and Redditch United FC on Tuesday evening when a home supporter allegedly made a racist slur against a Redditch player.

The player reported the incident to the match referee shortly before half-time and club stewards evicted the individual from the ground, but no details were taken.

We are working closely on this with both the club and the Kick it Out anti-racism campaign.

There is no place for behaviour such as this in a football ground and we are appealing for supporters to help us identify the individual behind this incident which we are treating as a hate crime.

– PC James Condon, from the Force's Football Unit

Anyone with information about this incident should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.

Double joy for twins with identical results

Matthew and Sebastian Bowkis got exactly the same results Credit: ITV Anglia

Suffolk twins Matthew and Sebastian Bowkis scored exactly the same A level results.

The 19-year-olds, who go to King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds both got A in Maths and Physics and a B in Chemistry.

They're going to Bristol University to study Physics and Astro Physics.

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Major rail disruption on services into Liverpool Street

Disruption on Greater Anglia services is expected until this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

Passengers travelling on the main Norwich to London line today are being warned to expect delays after a points failure.

The problem between Manor Park and Ilford means train have to run at reduced speed on some lines.

Greater Anglia says trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Services from Norwich, Clacton and Southend are affected.

Passengers can find out the latest here.

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