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Inquest into teenager's death at Sandringham to take place next month

Alisa Dmitrijeva.
Alisa Dmitrijeva went missing in August 2011 Credit: Norfolk Police.

An inquest into the death of a teenager whose body was found on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk will be held next month.

The body of Latvian-born Alisa Dmitrijeva was found on New Year's Day in 2012.

The 17-year-old had been missing from her home in Wisbech for five months.

No one has ever been charged over her death.

Norfolk Police said, despite passing their file to the coroner, the investigation would remain open.

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Reaction to Wills joining air ambulance

by Kate Prout

There's been a positive reaction to the news that the Duke of Cambridge is to train as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

When five year old Ruby Salter, from Eye in Suffolk, fell into a glass door she severed an artery in her arm and lost a large amount of blood. Her mother, Sally, says the crew of the air ambulance that transported her to hospital for emergency surgery did an amazing job.

William will need to do five months of training before joining the air ambulance crew. His main duties will involve flying an EC145 T2 aircraft and working alongside medics to respond to emergencies ranging from road accidents to heart attacks.

He's used to this sort of work though. He's a qualified Sea King helicopter pilot who ended his service in RAF Search and Rescue last September and was involed in 150 rescue operations. But there are some differences in the way the services work according to MAGPAS helimedix pilot, Craig Redman.

If the Duke of Cambridge completes all his training he should be ready to fly in the Spring.

Picture: Prince Charles caught blowing a raspberry to the Sandringham crowd (well, almost)

It looked as though Prince Charles was having a bit of fun with the crowd.
It looked as though Prince Charles was having a bit of fun with the crowd. Credit: Keith Robins

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended the Sandringham Flower Show yesterday and a picture that was sent into us from the event made us chuckle.

Obviously the Royal pair have impeccable manners, but you wouldn't think so looking at the picture above.

It looks as though Prince Charles' playful side is coming out - maybe having a bit of fun with the crowd?

It turned out to be Camilla's hand, not Charles'!
It turned out to be Camilla's hand, not Charles'! Credit: Keith Robins

But if we zoom out it all becomes clear - it was Camilla's hand, not Charles'.

We wouldn't have thought any less of him if it was our future King's hand!!

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Royal couple at the 133rd Sandringham Flower Show

Charles and Camilla
Charles and Camilla at the Sandringham Flower Show

The Duchess of Cornwall picked up a present for Prince George as she toured the Sandringham flower show today.

Stopping at the Women's Institute stand at the event on the Queen's Norfolk estate, Camilla opened her purse to buy a chimney sweep knitted doll for her grandson.

The profits from each show are donated to local charities and since 1977 the show committee has given more than #500,000 to good causes.

Dames Judy Dench and Maggie Smith
Dames Judy Dench and Maggie Smith

The couple, who arrived in a horse and cart, were joined by their friends Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, who are staying with them at Sandringham estate.

Last night the group attended a Music in Country Churches concert at the the Church of St Mary in Old Hunstanton.

About 20,000 people attended the horticultural show with many waiting patiently to catch a glimpse of the Royal party.

Charles and Camilla tour the exhibits
Charles and Camilla tour the exhibits

Now in its 133rd year, the event at the Queen's Norfolk retreat is one of the country's most prestigious horticultural events.

Charles, who is patron of the Sandringham Estate Cottage Horticultural Society, and Camilla viewed vegetables, fruit and flower entries and met some of the exhibitors as they visit the show.

Leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit in the show alongside display gardens, around 200 trade stands and a craft marquee.

Charles and Camilla greet the crowds
Charles and Camilla greet the crowds

Here is Natalie Gray's report on the royal visit:

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Police have “encouraging reponse" into Alisa Dmitrijeva's death

Alisa Dmitrijeva went missing in August 2011.
Alisa Dmitrijeva went missing in August 2011.

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman, whose body was found on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, say they have had an 'encouraging response' to their renewed appeal for information.

Alisa Dmitrijeva's body was found on New Years Day in 2012. Police say they are looking into several possible new lines of enquiry.

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