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International Development Secretary sees work of Red Cross

The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has been in Northamptonshire to see the work of the Red Cross. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The International Development Secretary and Essex MP Priti Patel has been in Northamptonshire to see how the Red Cross is using the taxpayers money it has given to help people in desperate situations around the world.

The Red Cross has a training and logistics base in the county.

Volunteers know they could be deployed to any man-made or natural disaster at a moment's notice.

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40 arrested as police crackdown on knife crime

The initiative was part of the nationwide Operation Sceptre Credit: Essex police

Almost 20 weapons have been seized by police and 40 people have been arrested as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

Officers and Special Constables from local policing teams executed warrants, carried out roadside checks and high-visibility patrols.

They also visited 50 schools and more than 70 retail premises.

In total 12 knives, including a sword and a machete were seized, as well as seven other weapons, including a hammer, a dumbbell, and an iron bar.

It is not acceptable to carry a knife on our streets. It does not make you safer, it puts lives at risk, and it could result in you being sent to prison.

I don’t want the communities of Essex or those who carry knives to be under any illusions – our work to tackle this is does not stop now the week of action is over.

The whole community has a role to play in tackling this issue and we also need members of the public to contact us if they know of someone who is carrying a knife.

– Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet

Police investigate after body of a woman found inside house

The property has been sealed off for investigations to take place. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched into the "unexplained" death of a woman in Norwich.

Forensic teams are still at the site of the house in Godric Place in Bowthorpe Road where the body of the woman was found yesterday (July 29th.)

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police were called to the address following reports for the safety of a woman.

Police told ITV News Anglia that officers were making initial enquiries and the death was currently being treated as unexplained.

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Man in 'life-threatening' condition after being kicked in the head

No weapons were seen and police believe this was an isolated incident. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man in his 40s is in a life threatening condition in hospital after he was attacked in Basildon.

The victim was kicked in the head near Market Pavement around 7 o'clock on Friday 28th July.

The suspect, who's described as white and between 20 and 30 years old then left the scene. He was said to have mousey brown hair, and was wearing a grey t-shirt and jeans

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, as they believe there were a number of witnesses near the immediate area at the time.

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