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Memories of Second World War operation

A service will be held today in Essex to mark the 69th anniversary of the largest airborne operation of the Second World War.

Operation Varsity was launched from airfields across East Anglia. It involved 40 thousand British and American troops and paved the way for the final advance into Germany in 1945.

Todays service will be held on the Marks Hall Estate at Coggeshall.

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War medals stolen from home of recipient's son

Five medals from the Second World War have been stolen. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

Five Second World War medals were stolen during a burglary in Luton.

It happened between 3pm on Wednesday and 10.30am on Thursday at a home in Heywood Drive.

The burglar forced their way into the property while its 73-year-old occupant was away and took the medals which were awarded to his father following the Second World War.

Police are keen to speak with anyone who has been offered similar medals for sale recently.

Controlled explosion on Great Yarmouth beach

by Emily Knight

A controlled explosion of a world war two hand-grenade was carried out on Great Yarmouth beach after two gardeners discovered it while litter picking.

36-year-old Waylon Thompson and 28-year-old John Brooks were working in Dickens Court when they found the hand-grenade in some soil.

The 621 EOD from Colchester Garrison were called to the scene and quickly established it was a live hand-grenade. It was taken to the nearby beach, where a controlled explosion was carried out safely and swiftly.

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