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Runway transforms into a sandpit to test RAF aircrafts

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout.

Over the last few months a disused airfield in Suffolk has been turned into desert by the Parachute regiment based there.

The aircaraft also practiises touch downs leaving behind whirlwinds of sand. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The old runway at the former RAF Woodbridge was turned into a test centre, to put the new Airbus that they'll soon be using through it's paces.

It was built from scratch, by the 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment based at Rock Barracks.

Man pleads guilty to stabbing his mother to death in Essex

Javid Ahmed Credit: Essex Police

A man has pleaded guilty to stabbing his mother to death in Essex.

Amina Begum was found lying in the street in Fambridge Close in Maldon with multiple injuries in March. She was declared dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination found she suffered 37 separate knife wounds including a fatal injury to her heart.

Javid Ahmed pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He's due to be sentenced on September 19.

Amina Begum was subjected to a very violent attack, during which she suffered 37 knife wounds.

Javid Ahmed was promptly arrested at the family home and he admitted to killing his mother.

The investigation into this incident has established that at the time Ahmed was very unwell and his mental capacity was significantly impaired.

For this reason the Crown Prosecution Service has accepted a plea of manslaughter, which is appropriate in these circumstances.

– Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Danny Stoten


Burglar jailed after getting locked inside the shop she was trying to rob

Justine Roberts Credit: Essex Police

A woman from Essex who ended up locked inside the shop she was trying to rob has been jailed for more than two years.

Justine Roberts threatened a cashier at the East Street Convenience Store in Southend with a 12-inch kitchen knife. She helped herself to alcohol, cigarettes and cash before realising the victim had fled and shut her inside.

Police arrived to find the 41-year-old inside, drinking vodka.

She admitted robbery and was sentenced to two years and four months in jail.

Investigation launched after shots fired at property in Bedford

Police were called to Brickhill Drive on Saturday evening Credit: PA

An investigation has been launched after shots were believed to be fired at a property in Bedford on Saturday.

Police were called to Brickhill Drive at around 8.40pm.

The man believed to have fired the shots is described as black, 5’11” and of stocky build, aged in his 20s to 30s. He had a trimmed beard and wore a dark beanie hat, dark hooded top and dark trousers.

The man left the scene in a black Volkswagen Golf with a male driver, who is described as black, with a beard, also aged in his 20s to 30s and wearing a grey hooded top.

The Golf was later found burnt out near Harlech Road.

We are appealing for anyone who witnessed any disturbances or suspicious activity in and around the area, or who saw a black VW Golf at the time to contact us.

We appreciate incidents such as these are unsettling for the community and would like to reassure residents that we are committed to finding the individuals responsible.

The black VW Golf, bearing the registration FL54 MJO, was recovered having been burnt out near Harlech Road, Bedford, at around 10pm last night (Sunday). Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the car being driven in the area at this time, or saw the car being set alight.

– Detective Sergeant Kathie Rivers

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101


Teenager jailed after stabbing man to death in a 'drunken temper'

Sarunas Maciulis, Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A teenager from Wisbech has been jailed for murder after stabbing a man to death in a 'drunken temper' in February.

Sarunas Maciulis, who is 18 and from Churchill Road, was found guilty of killing 32-year-old Marius Micevicius following a seven day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

He has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 11 years.

The court heard how Maciulis, Mr Micevicius and some other residents of Churchill Road had been drinking heavily in the lead up to the incident on February 15.

The pair got into an argument at about 5pm and Mr Micevicius was found by his partner, in the kitchen of the property, with a single stab wound through the bowel and stomach.

Mr Micevicius was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn but later died.

In a drunken temper you stabbed the victim in the stomach causing an injury from which he sadly died.

You may not have intended to kill Marius, but you intended to cause really serious harm and you did this with a weapon.

– Judge Farrell

Concern grows after Suffolk man goes missing in the Alps

David Wood has gone missing in France. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's believed a man missing in the French Alps comes from Suffolk.

It's reported he's an electrical engineer who's 61 and from Woodbridge.

One report says he was last seen on Tuesday after setting off on a hike from his holiday home in the mountain village of Marie just north of Nice.

The Foreign Office are not naming him, but told ITV News Anglia they're in contact with local authorities and are supporting his family.

Norfolk PCC says main focus is to 'keep his people safe'

It's been quite a year for voting.

The European Referendum attracted most of the attention, but before that there were the local council elections along with the ballot for the counties' Police and Crime Commissioners back in May.

Lorne Green was elected as the new PCC for Norfolk. The Canadian-born diplomat was voted in with more than 60,000 votes.

He's now been in his new role for more than three months, and says his main objective is to keep the people of his county safe with extra police on the streets.

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