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Arrest after poppy tin theft

A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a poppy tin from a supermarket in Northampton.

It is believed the tin went missing from the Harborough Road branch of Asda at about 10.15pm on Thursday, October 30.

Following a public appeal, Darren Bason, aged 43, was arrested last night and was due to appear at Northampton Magistrates Court this morning.

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RAF Marham Tornados fly home from Afghanistan

Tornado GR4s from RAF Marham in Norfolk have left Afghanistan and are heading back to the UK after more than five years of operations in the country.

Tornados leaving Afghanistan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The fast jets, from 31 Squadron based at RAF Marham flew out of Kandahar airfield early this morning having flown their final missions.

Tornado on the ground Credit: MoD

Aircrew and ground crew from the squadron have provided vital support to NATO efforts in the country since they took over from RAF Harriers in June 2009.

During its time in Afghanistan, the Tornado GR4 has provided vital information about enemy activity on the ground, using the Litening III and RAPTOR reconnaissance pods to spot potential hazards such as roadside bombs.

The jets have also provided close air support deterring enemy forces by flying low and fast over their location or striking important targets with precision when necessary to do so.

– MoD spokesperson
'Tornado force' Credit: MoD

The Tornado remains the fast jet workhorse of the RAF and has performed superbly over many years in Afghanistan, supplying life saving intelligence and precision weapons in support of our mission there.

The whole Tornado force should be proud or their work and I pay tribute to their professionalism.

– Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon

Air and ground crew will now make their way via RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, to RAF Marham where they will be welcomed home by friends and family.

British police return from Thailand following murders

British police who travelled to Thailand to review the probe into the murders of Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, and David Miller are due to return to the UK, having completed their work "as far as possible".

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge Credit: Family photos

Officers from the Metropolitan Police flew out last month to work with the Royal Thai Police after an agreement between David Cameron and military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

It followed international concern about the way the case has been handled by the Thai authorities.

Mr Miller, 24, from Jersey, and 23-year-old Ms Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, were found dead on a beach on the holiday island of Koh Tao in September.

Two Burmese men, named as 21-year-old bar workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, were charged with the killings and paraded in front of cameras after apparently making confessions, but these were later reportedly withdrawn.

UK police concerns are understood to have been around the verification of DNA samples of the suspects and allegations of their mistreatment.

Scotland Yard said officers will compile a report from their review.

Detectives from the United Kingdom who are currently in Thailand reviewing the investigation into the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller have completed their work, as far as possible,

They will now be returning to the UK to compile their report and to update the families of Hannah and David on their findings.

The police team wish to thank the Thai authorities for facilitating the visit.

– Metropolitan Police

Thai authorities ban some holiday island beach parties following murders

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.

Thai authorities have banned beach parties on some holiday islands after a Norfolk student and her friend were murdered last month.

23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, was killed alongside David Miller from Jersey, on the island of Koh Tao.

Two Burmese migrant workers have been charged with the murders. Last week lawyers for the suspects confirmed they had withdrawn their confessions amid allegations they had been tortured by police.

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Britain pulls out of Afghanistan, but do those who've lost loved ones think it was worth the fight?

It cost the lives of more than 30 men from our region but after 13 years, Britain's military involvement in Afghanistan has finally come to an end.

The last combat troops have left Helmand Province. A total of 453 British service men and women died in the conflict.

Soldiers from the East have played a key role in the military operation but, more than a decade later, has the fight been worth it?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Click below to hear from the founder of the "Scotty's Little Soldiers" charity, Nikki Scott

Norfolk: Widow of fallen soldier glad to see the back of Afghanistan conflict

Nikki Scott. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norfolk woman who set up a charity supporting the families of soldiers killed in action says she is pleased that British troops are now leaving Afghanistan.

A flag lowering ceremony has taken place in Camp Bastion marking the end of the 13-year war in Afghanistan.

The last Union flag to fly at Camp Bastion is lowered. Credit: PA

During the conflict, more than 400 British Servicemen and women have lost their lives.

Nikki Scott's husband Corporal Lee Scott from King's Lynn was among them.

Corporal Lee Scott.

After his death in 2009 Nikki set up "Scotty's Little Soldiers".

Today, she says Lee believed in what he was doing in Afghanistan.

"I'm pleased they've come out of Afghanistan and that no one else is going to get injured or lose their lives.

However, it also brings a lot back - it's quite a hard day at the minute.

Whenever I get a bit angry or frustrated about it all, I remember that Lee believed in what he was doing and that he was making a difference."

– Nikki Scott

Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta

Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Sealed in 1215, it provided the foundations on which British laws and principles are based.

The barons of England are reported to have met in Bury St Edmunds. They swore an oath at the alter of the abbey that would later force the king to accept what would become one of the most famous documents in history.

To commemorate the event, a team of embroiders has been tasked with designing and creating a twelve panel tapestry.

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