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Suffolk soaking makes it the wettest day of the month

A torrential downpour in the early hours of Monday morning made Santon Downham in Suffolk the wettest place in the UK.

Between 1am and 11am, the site in Thetford Forest had 51.2 mm (2 inches) of rain which is close to the amount it receives during the whole of an average July. During just one hour at 5am, the weather station had 33 mm (1.3 inches) of rain.

The deluge was isolated and most places in the Anglia region had little or no rain by 10am Monday morning.

Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening.
Sunset in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on Sunday evening. Credit: Felix Grey

Norwich had 48.6 mm (1.9 inches) of rain on Sunday 20 July.

Rainfall totals averaged across the Anglia region during July have reached 56 mm (2.2 inches) which is 25% more rain than normal. But that average hides wide variations in the totals. Norwich has so far had 95 mm (3.7 inches) of rain during July while Bedford has had just 35 mm (1.4 inches).

The Anglia region is not as wet as July 2012 when there was 107 mm (4.2 inches) making it the second wettest July on record.

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Parks given green seal of approval

Over 100 parks in the ITV Anglia region have been given green flag awards as some of the best green spaces in the country.

Over 700 volunteers from Keep Britain Tidy carried out the judging for this year's Love Parks Week.

Winners include Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Castle Park in Colchester, Eaton Park in Norwich, Bedford Park and Ely Country Park in Cambridgeshire.

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100 parks receive Green Flag awards Credit: ITV News Anglia

'It's another record-breaking year for the scheme. This is something well worth celebrating and testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, supported by some amazing volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

The parks sector is facing some tough challenges so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards. We know how passionate people are about our parks and green spaces and the recent Heritage Lottery Fund report, State of UK Public Parks, highlighted the need for everyone to work together to ensure they are maintained for future generations."

– Paul Todd, Green Flag award scheme manager

Man critically injured in A140 crash

Police are investigating a serious crash on the A140 at Stoke Ash, Suffolk in which a 26-year-old man was critically injured.

Officers were called at around 3am this morning to reports of a collision involving a Ford C-Max and the man, who is believed to have alighted another vehicle, on the northbound carriageway close to the White Horse public house.

Emergency services attended the scene where the man was discovered to have sustained serious leg and head injuries.

The man was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital and then later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are keen to hear from anyway who may have witnessed the collision. Please contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101, quoting CAD 79 of 27 July.

Man killed in motorbike crash

A motorcyclist has died after colliding into railings outside the University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich.

Site of the fatal crash in Ipswich
Site of the fatal crash in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police were called around 2.35am on Saturday 26 July, to reports of a motorbike riding at high speed through the town centre.

The bike, a Yamaha DT 125, then struck railings and glass along the waterfront, directly outside the University Campus Suffolk building.

The motorcyclist, a man in his early 20's and from Ipswich died in hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Campaign launched to improve Norwich to London line

A campaign has been launched today to try and convince the government to invest more money in the rail line that runs between Norwich and London.

Campaigners say better rail infrastructure would be worth billions to the local economy across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and they want passengers and businesses to sign up - to convince the government to pay up.

Calls for Suffolk MP to resign intensify

Pressure is mounting this evening on Bury St Edmunds Conservative MP David Ruffley to resign after receiving a police caution for an assault on his then girlfriend.

Mr Ruffley, a former shadow police minister, last night issued a statement publicly appologising for his "inappropriate action" during the incident in March.

However senior Conservatives say his apology is too little too late.

Suffolk MP referred to Chief Whip over police caution

Michael Gove
Michael Gove - chief whip Credit: PA

A Suffolk Tory MP who apologised after receiving a police caution for a domestic assault has been referred by the party to chief whip Michael Gove, a Conservative source has confirmed.

Former shadow police minister David Ruffley revealed in a statement that he had apologised to his former partner in relation to the incident in March, which led to him accepting a caution for common assault.

He said the woman had accepted his apology and stressed that he did not condone domestic violence "under any circumstances".

It is understood that Mr Gove wants to establish exactly what happened. He has the power to strip MPs of the party whip at Westminster if wrongdoing is found.

The party had previously responded to queries about the assault by saying that the issue "was dealt with at the time by the police", and the decision to refer Mr Ruffley to the chief whip for investigation was being seen in Westminster as a significant development.

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