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Reaction to Wills joining air ambulance

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. 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'! 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!!

Royal couple at the 133rd Sandringham Flower Show

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

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

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

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


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

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.

Appeal gives police new leads over death of teenager

Alisa Dmitrijeva went missing in August 2011

A fresh appeal over the death of a Latvian teenager whose body was found on the Sandringham Estate has had an "encouraging response", police said.

Alisa Dmitrijeva, 17, was living in King's Lynn when she went missing on August 31, 2011.

She was found four months later, on New Year's Day 2012, in woodland on the Sandringham Estate.

Last week, Norfolk Police made a fresh appeal for information, particularly from people in the Eastern European communities of King's Lynn and Wisbech.

Officers have since received a number of calls giving them "encouraging new leads".

Det Insp Marie James said: "We will follow up any call or reports which come forward as a result of this appeal and we absolutely know there are individuals out there who know how and why Alisa died."

New appeal to find teenager's killers

Two years after the disappearance of a Latvian teenager in Norfolk, police have launched a new appeal to catch her killers. Alisa Dmitrijeva, who was 17, went missing in King's Lynn in the early hours of August the 31st, 2011.

She was found dead some four months later in the grounds of the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Her body was in undergrowth about 200 yards from a country lane that links Sandringham with the village of Anmer.

Detectives say the answers to solving her death, lie within the Eastern European communites in Wisbech and King's Lynn. Here's Matthew Hudson's report.

Fresh appeal two years after teenager's death

Alisa Dmitrijeva Credit: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police have released an image of the shrine in Latvia to 17 year old Alisa Dmitrijeva. Her body was found in woodland on the Sandringham Estate on New Year's Day 2012.

The shrine in Latvia to Alisa Dmitrijeva Credit: Norfolk Police

The detective heading the enquiry said police are more determined than ever to solve the case and believe the answers lie within the Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian communities living in Wisbech and King’s Lynn.

Detective Inspector Marie James, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “We absolutely know there are individuals out there who know how and why Alisa died. We also believe there are other people with important information who may have been too scared to come forward.”

“Alisa was a young woman on the cusp of adulthood whose life was cut short. Her family want answers and we need to bring those responsible to justice. We are asking people who have the information to have the courage to come forward.”

Alisa, who moved to the UK from Latvia in 2009, lived with her family in Railway Road, Wisbech.

The last positive sighting of her was in Friar’s Street, King’s Lynn at 12.15am on Wednesday 31 August 2011, where she was seen in a green Lexus car with two men.

Her partially-clothed body was found in a copse at Anmer, known as French’s Covert Belt, by a member of the public at approximately 4pm on 1 January 2012.

Despite extensive enquiries and tests, police have been unable to confirm exactly how or when Alisa died.

Two men arrested in connection with her death were later released without charge.

Police have now released images of a pink v-neck jumper and black zip-up coat similar to that worn by Alisa when she was last seen and that have never been recovered.

Black coat similar to Alisa's Credit: Norfolk Police
A top similar to the one worn by Alisa Credit: Norfolk Police
A phone similar to Alisa's Credit: Norfolk Police

They are also appealing for anyone with information about her black LG GM360 phone which is also missing.

DI James added: “We know Alisa socialised within the young local Eastern European communities in Wisbech and King’s Lynn."

We hope that, two years after she went missing, allegiances may have changed and people with important information, if they didn’t have the confidence at the time, will now feel able to come forward.”

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