Bedfordshire

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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Troops continue to search for missing soldier

Troops are continuing to search for an Israeli solider believed to have been kidnapped in Gaza.

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin lived part of his life in Cambridge.

The 23-year-old was apparently kidnapped by Hamas gunmen but Hamas has now denied it's holding him, suggesting instead that he may have been killed by an Israeli strike.

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Hadar Goldin remains missing Credit: ITN

Teenager jailed after raping 14 year old girl

A 16 year old boy who pleaded guilty to the rape and causing grievous bodily harm against a 14 year old girl in Lewsey Park, Luton has been given a discretionary life sentence, with a minimum term of 7 years at Luton Crown Court.

The boy, who cannot benamed for legal reasons, appeared before the court on May 16 and pleaded guiltyto the rape. On June 23 he also pleaded guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm section18 with intent.

The court heard how on January 19th, an investigation was launched by officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, after the girl had been found unconscious in the park.

The victim was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital suffering with severe head injuries and at the time it was expected that she would not survive. After extensive hospital treatment she has now made a recovery but will face a life managing severe life changing physical and mental injuries caused by the assault.

Due to the thorough investigation the boy had no option but to confess his guilt.. The boy’s behaviour on that night leaves me in nodoubt that he is an extremely dangerous person. My thoughts remain with the victim and her family. Throughout this ordeal her family have shown great bravery and conducted themselves admirably. Familymembers sleep at the hospital where the victim is still recovering and the loveand support they have shown is commendable. I am full of respect for them as I know they face a difficult future. The victim will need constant care and shewill always need her family’s support due to the injuries she has suffered butI hope that today’s sentencing will go some way in helping them start to look forward. ”

– Detective Inspector John Arthur

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Man suffers facial injuries after attack by pub

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a man in North Walsham in Norfolk.

The incident took place in The Loke in the town close to the King's Arms pub at around 2am on Sunday 20 July 2014.

The victim, aged in his 40s, was punched a number of times resulting in serious facial injuries requiring hospital treatment.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have witnessed the incident or who may have information relating to what happened.

War diaries now available at click of a button

The war diaries of poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon have been made available online by Cambridge University library - just in time for the start of the First World War centenary.

It's part of the library's project which aims to highlight the horrors of the Great War.

More than four thousand pages of poetry, sketches and early drafts of Sassoon's Soldier's Declaration have been digitised.

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The diaries are available online Credit: ITV News Anglia

The poems include previously unpublished material along with early drafts of some of his best-known works including an early version of The Dug-Out with an additional, excised verse.

The notebooks were small enough to be carried in the pocket of his army tunic, and he used them to draft poetry, make pencil or ink sketches, list members of his battalion and their fates, make notes on military briefings, and draw diagrams of the trenches.

The images of them show mud from the trenches and spilled wax, presumably as he sat writing in his dug-out by candlelight.

Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon Credit: ITV News Anglia

The war diaries Sassoon kept on the Western Front and in Palestine are of the greatest significance, both nationally and internationally, and we are honoured to be able to make them available to everyone, anywhere in the world, on the 100th anniversary of the First World War. From his Soldier's Declaration to his eyewitness accounts of the first day of battle on the Somme, the Sassoon archive is a collection of towering importance, not just to historians, but to anyone seeking to understand the horror, bravery and futility of the First World War as experienced by those on the front lines and in the trenches."

– Cambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis

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Football match for Victoria Cross soldier

A special football tournament's has been taking place in Northamptonshire to honour the memory of a soldier who won a Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Lance Corporal James Ashworth was just 23 when he died trying to rescue comrades in Afghanistan. Now the Corby soldier has been honoured once more by his home.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Soldiers to be honoured

Soldiers from The Royal Anglian Regiment will be honoured for their service in Afghanistan today.

Some soldiers from the second battalion, which recruits from East Anglia and the East Midlands, have only just returned home from Helmand.

They will be welcomed during a ceremony at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland later this morning.

Luton appeal to stop young men going to fight in Syria

An unprecedented appeal has been launched in Luton trying to stop youngsters travelling to Syria to fight in the conflict there.

Bedfordshire Police, Luton Borough Council and community leaders have all joined forces after a number of British men were killed in the fighting.

The appeal is particularly calling on muslim women who are worried about relatives going to Syria to come forward.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall

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