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Life on the homefront

During World War One many stately homes were offered to the war Office. The first was at Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire.

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Norfolk aircraft fly missions over Iraq

A Tornado taking off in Cyprus
A Tornado taking off in Cyprus

RAF reconnaissance aircraft from Norfolk have begun flying missions over Iraq.

A Marham Tornado prepares for a sortie
A Marham Tornado prepares for a sortie

Six Tornado warplanes from Marham near King's Lynn have been sent to the British airbase at Akrotiri in Cyprus.

Each aircraft has a crew of two
Each aircraft has a crew of two

They've been flying surveillance missions over Northern Iraq to pinpoint the location of refugees in need of relief supplies as they flee from extremist forces who've forced them to leave their homes.

The RAF base at Akrotiri
The RAF base at Akrotiri

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Tornado jets could provide support in Iraq

Tornado jets from RAF Marham in Norfolk could be sent to bolster the relief effort in Northern Iraq.
Tornado jets from RAF Marham in Norfolk could be sent to bolster the relief effort in Northern Iraq.

It's understood Tornado jets from RAF Marham in Norfolk could be sent to bolster the relief effort in Northern Iraq.

It's thought the aircraft would be used for reconnaissance missions to help aid planes, rather than an active strike role.

Thousands of people have been displaced in the country as Isalmic State fighters bolster their grip on major towns and cities.

Lights out across the East as World War One heroes are remembered

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been planting poppies in London today as events continue commemorating the centenary of Britain's involvement in the First World War.

A procession took place through Cambridge last night ahead of the extinguishing of lights in the city's Guildhall.

A procession took place through Cambridge.
A procession took place through Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It was a similar story across the region as thousands of people switched off their lights at 10pm.

Inspiration for the symbolic act was drawn from the words of the wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey.

A vigil takes place at the foot of the war memorial in Sheringham, Norfolk, last night.
A vigil takes place at the foot of the war memorial in Sheringham, Norfolk, last night. Credit: Rob Henry

He said 100 years ago that "the lamps are going out all over Europe."

Read more: Remembering those who fell in WW1

Remembering those who fell during WW1

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Remembering those who fought and died during WW1. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Memorial services have taken place across the region to remember those who fought and died the First World War.

In the east of the region alone nearly 24,000 were killed in county Regiments between 1914 and 1918.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the figure in Essex was 9,410.

In Suffolk 7,145 men laid down their lives.

The Norfolk Regiment saw 6,333 killed.

While in Cambridgeshire the figure was 876.

Russell Hookey reports below on the memorial services that took place in the west of the Anglia region.

Family attacked whilst remembering stillborn baby

Police are investigating an attack on a family as they released balloons in memory of a stillborn baby girl.

The attack took place in Highwoods Country Park in Colchester.

The father was kicked and punched to the ground and a family friend suffered two broken fingers.

Police have arrested six suspects - two men, two women and a teenage boy and girl both aged 14. The suspects have been released on police bail until September 19.

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Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Bedfordshire at war: Tales from the home front

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Bringing tales from soldiers in Bedfordshire to life Credit: Hugh Bryne

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Bedfordshire Council’s Archive Service; will be telling the story of the people of Bedfordshire during the First World War in two new online series.

From Monday August 4th, daily reports will be posted exactly 100 years after the events they record.

The first blog will look at individuals and events across the County of Bedfordshire through newspaper style reports.

The second blog will narrate the reality of the soldiers’ war, with daily reports from the Front Line in the style of a modern war correspondent.

The blog will be published each day at 7 am and will run until 11th November 2018.

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Wardown Park Museum with convalescent soldiers and staff. Credit: Hugh Byrne, Shop 33 and SNAP

"The information held by the Bedfordshire and Luton Archive and Records Service is an invaluable resource for showing what life was like during the First World War. These blogs will highlight what life was like on the front line as well as the struggles faced by those back at home. Bringing this material to a blog will open up these stories to new audiences.”

– Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,

Police searching for teenager find body

A body, believed to be that of missing teenager Emmerson Thompson, has been found in Northampton.

The 15-year-old was last seen on Friday 1st August.

Members of the public found the body at Weston Mill, shortly after 2pm.

"Our thoughts are with Emmerson’s family at this devastating time. I would like to thank the public for their help in the search for Emmerson, particularly those people who shared our appeal on social media sites.”

– DCI Mark Behan
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