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Suffolk: Police search for "distressed" woman

Police are appealing for help to trace a woman who was seen walking partially-dressed alongside the A12 at Blythburgh in Suffolk.

Officers say the woman was in a "distressed" state.

She was spotted in a field off the southbound carriageway shortly before 2am on Wednesday 23 July.

"There is a possibility that this woman was in distress which is why we are keen to find her and establish the circumstances surrounding this morning’s sightings.

We want people to contact us with any further sightings of her, but also appeal for the woman herself to contact us.”

– Operational co-ordinator Insp Ant Bridgland, Suffolk Police

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Bumper summer expected for the region's tourism industry as getaway begins

Around 140,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Stansted Airport.
Around 140,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

The traditional summer getaway begins in earnest this week as the schools break up for the summer holidays.

Around 140,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Stansted Airport and almost 80,000 from Luton.

It looks set to be a bumper summer for our region's tourism, with some destinations reporting a surge in bookings.

Richardson's Boating Holidays in Norfolk are among the companies who have already noticed a difference compared to 2013.

"At this present time we're 20% up on last year.

Last year was a difficult year, but this year's shaping up to be the best year on record."

– Greg Munford CEO, Richardson's Boating Holidays

Stop driving on the hard shoulder, Highways Agency warns

The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder.
The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder of motorways unless its an emergency.

Between July and September last year over 300 people were stopped in our region on the hard shoulder.

Anyone caught could face a fine and points on their licence.

Click below to hear from the Highways Agency's Tony Barrow

"You get people stop to check e-mails, to make phone calls, to sort the kids out - a number of issues really.

90-95% of what comes off the carriageway swerves left.

So, realistically all I can say is the only way you want to be in that hard shoulder is if you've broken down and you've got no other option."

– Tony Barrow, Highways Agency

Suffolk: Councillor facing gun charges dies before court appearance

Weapons were found at Mr Arnold's home in Wyverstone.
Weapons were found at Mr Arnold's home in Wyverstone. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk parish council chairman who was facing criminal charges after a haul of weapons were found at his home has died.

49-year-old James Arnold was seriously ill with cancer, although the cause of his death isn't yet known.

He was arrested earlier this year after weapons, including an Uzi machine gun and an AK47 assault rifle, were found at his home in Wyverstone.

Police spent four weeks searching the cottage, which was set in four acres of land, and carried out several controlled explosions.

Mr Arnold was on remand in custody due to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday charged with two counts of assault and four of possession of a prohibited weapon.

The exact number of weapons found in the raid in April has not been revealed but is understood to run into three figures.

"We can confirm that James Arnold died on July 14 and that the Crown Prosecution Service has discontinued the case against Mr Arnold."

– Suffolk Police spokesman

Suffolk MP David Ruffley faces crisis meeting following assault caution

David Ruffley.
David Ruffley. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP for Bury St Edmunds, David Ruffley, faces a grilling by his local conservative association after he was cautioned for a reported assault on his former girlfriend.

Mr Ruffley has been the town's MP since 1997. He was given the police caution after officers were called to an address in London in March.

So far the former shadow police minister has not commented publicly on the incident.

His local conservative association are due to hold a meeting with him next week to discuss the issue.

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Fiancée of Luton man shot in the leg admits she lied to police

Atif Ali was shot in the leg in Luton.
Atif Ali was shot in the leg in Luton. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The young woman at the centre of a love triangle which resulted in her fiancée being blasted with a shotgun has admitted she lied to the police during an interview.

Nazeem Dadd told officers she had heard Shahzad Mahroof, who she was also seeing, threaten to kill her fiancee Atif Ali a week before the shooting in Luton in May 2013. Today she admitted it had not been him.

Mahroof and five others deny conspiracy to murder although he admits conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Duo arrested following Luton stabbing

Two 22-year old men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Luton last night.
Two 22-year old men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Luton last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two 22-year old men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Luton last night.

The incident happened outside Asda in Wigmore Lane just after 11 where emergency services were called to find a 34-year-old man with a cut to his body.

He was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for surgery.

He's now recovering and is in a stable condition.

Norwich: Police investigate "unexplained" death

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Norwich.

Officers were called to a block a flats in Chantry Road shortly before 1am this morning following reports a man had been found with serious injuries at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

The man, believed to be aged in his 40s, was already dead by the time paramedics arrived.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and the area has been sealed off while police investigate.

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