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East Anglia MEP in Brussels metro station minutes before explosion

Richard Howitt MEP was in the Maelbaek metro station in Brussels 30 minutes before the explosion there. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Richard Howitt, the Labour MEP for the East of England, was in one of the metro stations in Brussels hit by an explosion.

Mr Howitt was in the Maelbaek station 30 minutes before the suspected bomb exploded.

He says the European Parliament, which is nearby, is in lockdown.

Anglia region airports on high alert after Brussels attacks

Police at London Luton Airport are on a high state of alert following the explosions in Belgium.

Luton Airport Credit: ITV Anglia

Airport managers say the threat level was high before today's incidents and that officers are providing high visibility policing around the airport.

Stansted are also increasing security as a precautionary measure.

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Norwich marks World Down's Syndrome day

City Hall, Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

City Hall in Norwich will be lit up later to mark World Down Syndrome Day.

The building will be bathed in blue and red at dusk, in recognition of the international event.

This year sees the 11th anniversary of the initiative, which aims to help raise awareness of the condition and how people with it play a vital role in our lives and communities.

“It is important to us to raise awareness for Down syndrome and the wonderful community we have become part of in Norwich, and lighting up City Hall does just that.

We want to show everyone just how awesome that extra chromosome makes them.”

– Zoe Lee , Parent

Live bullet found by child while out playing in Northampton

The bullets were found in Bushland Road near the Co-op Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation's begun after a child found what police have confirmed to be a 'live' bullet while out playing in the Abington area of Northampton.

The bullet was handed to police on Thursday 17th March by the child's grandparent.

It was found on Bushland Road near to the Co-op. The child had been playing with a number of children in the area and had taken the bullet home.

Police have since spoken to all the other children who had been playing in the area.

They're still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

"We have checked the bullet that was handed in to us and it is live, which means it is likely that any other bullets taken home by other children will also be live. I want any parent or guardian who has a child who was in Bushland Road on Thursday 17th March to speak to them and ask if they saw any bullets, or if they took any home. Live ammunition can be incredibly dangerous and anyone who finds a bullet should call 101 to report it to us, so we can make arrangements to collect it."

– Sgt Wyn Hughes, Northamptonshire police

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'Killing with kindness' campaign launched to protect the homeless

Cambridgeshire police launch 'Killing with kindness'campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign by Cambridgeshire police is being launched asking people not to give their spare change to the homeless.

'Killing with kindness' aims to make people aware that their money could be used to buy drugs which could then end up killing the person they are trying to help.

Police say there is overwhelming evidence showing that people who beg on the streets of Cambridgeshire do this to buy hard drugs such as heroin, along with super strength alcohol.

Police are working closely with Cambridge City Council and Peterborough City Council along with a number of homeless organisations.

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