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Tributes to mark 75th anniversary of Fall of Singapore

Regiments from East Anglia were involved in the surrender. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Imperial War Museum

Today marks 75 years since British forces suffered a huge defeat to the Japanese in Singapore during the Second World War.

Around 80,000 British and Allied soldiers were taken prisoner in what has become known as the 'Fall of Singapore.'

Regiments from East Anglia were involved in the surrender.

Many captured soldiers were forced to endure horrendous conditions in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Credit: Imperial War Museum

"A lot of them would bottle it up and never spoke about it. It affected different people in different ways.

"But certainly it had a massive, massive effect on East Anglia - disproportionate to any of the other fighting in the war."

– Taff Gillingham, Military historian

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Reward offered for information on 2 men wanted in connection with 70 burglaries

A £2,000 reward is being offered for information on two suspected burglars thought to be responsible for more than 20 high value steals across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The money, is being put forward by Crimestoppers in the hunt for 25-year-old Matthew Bryan and 26 year old Lee Heane.

Police believe they're hiding in hotels and BnBs having allegedly committed more than 70 crimes spanning 7 counties.

"Burglary is a crime that causes immense distress to victims, which is why it is always taken so seriously. Not only is it the shock of having intruders in your own home, but it is the theft of sentimental items that can be particularly traumatic.

We ask anyone who might know the whereabouts of Bryan or Heane to contact us anonymously by phone on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No-one will ever know that you spoke to us and you will never have to give a statement to police or go to court."

– Liam Duffy, Crimestoppers’ Regional Manager

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Name of bird flu outbreak farm in Suffolk confirmed

Stockshot Credit: PA

The farm in Suffolk with a bird flu outbreak has been identified as a Banham Poultry farm.

There are 23,000 birds at Bridge Farm at Redgrave near Diss - some have died and the rest are being culled.

A six mile exclusion zone is in place while investigators look into the cause.

Officials said further investigations were continuing to establish if the disease was highly pathogenic. Public Health England said the risk to public health from the virus was very low and the Food Standards Agency said it does not pose a food safety risk for consumers.

More cocaine washes up on region's beaches

The drugs washed up on Friday are thought to have a street value of £50 million Credit: National Crime Agency

Another parcel of cocaine's been found after 50 million pounds worth of the A class drug washed up on beaches in Norfolk last week.

You can watch Natalie Gray's report here.

Holdalls of the drug were first discovered by a woman walking her dog on Hopton beach just south of Great Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon. Parcels were also found at Caister and Suffolk Police's confirmed more's been found at Kessingland in Suffolk.

The National Crime Agency say the amount so far seized is around 360 kilograms.

The Home Office says its intelligence-led approach against drug smugglers is working. Last year two men were found guilty after Border Force acted on intelligence and seized more than half a billion pounds worth of cocaine.

“We not only work extremely closely with domestic partners, like the NCA, but also international counterparts to share intelligence and target our operations accordingly. “While Border Force use a combination of cutters, patrol vessels and cutting-edge technology to secure our coastline, we also encourage members of the public to report suspicious activity.”

– Home Office spokesperson

It says new coastal patrol vessels have been launched to support cutters in UK waters and more are due to enter service this year.

Members of the public can report suspicious activity around the coast to the local police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Project KRAKEN.

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