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Appeal after woman killed in Bedfordshire crash

Police investigating a fatal road traffic collision near Shillington are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

A woman has died in a crash in Bedfordshire.

Laura Jones, who was 29 and from Leighton buzzard, was killed near Shillington on Thursday (19 October) afternoon.

The victim’s Ford Mondeo veered onto the opposite carriageway on the B655 Barton Road at Pegsdon.

Sergeant James Wood from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: “This was a tragic incident with terrible consequences, resulting in a young woman sadly losing her life. It is vital that we fully investigate the collision in order to establish the circumstances around it.

“I would appeal for anyone who saw the collision, or either vehicle in the area prior to it, to get in contact with any piece of information, big or small.”

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Pollution satellite built in Stevenage launches from Russia

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A pollution monitoring satellite built in Stevenage is being launched today from Russia to monitor pollution levels across the globe.

It comes after a World Health Organisation warning that pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV.

The satellite, Sentinel-5 Precursor, will be able to map a number of gases including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols.

Scientists hope it will give a global picture of where the situation is worst, and which countries and industries our pumping out the most pollution.

Coffee company's scheme raises money for Kenyan school

An independent coffee merchants based in Suffolk has come up with a unique way to help customers contribute directly to the farmers who produce their coffee in Kenya.

Paddy and Scott's are giving people the chance to buy their own coffee tree at a farm in the East African country.

The farm also has a school on site. Credit: Paddy and Scott's.

Money will go direct to the farmer. Extra revenue will also help a community school, which is situated on the farm.

We wanted to create an option where we could allow the consumer to deal direct with the farmer and to create authenticity and to feel a connection, what better way to do that than to allow the consumer to own their own tree on the farm.

– Scott Russell, Founder of Paddy and Scott's

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Remains of WWII Lancaster bomber recovered in Holland

  • Video report by ITV News' Kate Hemingway

The grandsons of a pilot who was killed flying a Lancaster Bomber over the Netherlands in World War Two, have been able to pay tribute to him thanks to a team of archaeologists.

The pair, who live in Newmarket and Essex, visited workers who are retrieving parts of the plane from the bottom of a Dutch waterway.

The aircraft was en route to a bombing raid in Germany when it was shot down.

Work to uncover the plane's wreckage has involved building a dam and draining parts of the waterway.

Dashcam footage captures 'sonic boom' over Suffolk

A woman has captured the 'sonic boom' that was felt by many underneath the Stansted flight path.

Angela Welham-Hagan caught the noise on her dashcam outside her house in Stowmarket.

RAF fighter jets scrambled to escort a Luton bound flight into Stansted airport yesterday morning.

The passenger plane was escorted to Stansted after reports of a security alert on board.

Essex Police later said nothing suspicious was found on the plane.

Cash machine blown up by thieves in Northamptonshire

Officers are looking for witnesses and information following the aggravated burglary in Crick. Credit: Richard Thompson

A cash machine at a store in Crick has been blown up by thieves.

Officers were called to the Co-op in High Street around 2am on Wednesday 4 October.

Gas canisters were used to blow up the cashpoint outside the shop.

Crowbars were used to force entry into the store and steal the cash boxes from the ATM, before the offenders made off in a car.

Police say there were four offenders, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas, who were seen driving off in a white Audi hatchback towards Yelvertoft and West Haddon.

  • Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Firefighters wrapped children in cling film for a joke

The crew at Southend fire station has been suspended from community events Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched after a Essex firefighter reportedly wrapped two children in cling film.

The incident, which involved the children of a crew member, happened at a fire station in Southend.

Their mother, who posted photos on Facebook, said it was intended as a joke, but she accepted "we should not have played around like this at the fire station".

The service said the watch had been put on "core duties only", meaning it cannot carry out community work.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: "We believe that no harm was caused to the children, and that the parents were present throughout the event.

"The firefighters involved are embarrassed and regretful of how this event has been interpreted."

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