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Rural crime cost Midlands £10.6m last year

General view of the village Edale in Derbyshire which is part of the Peak District in the UK.
Edale in Derbyshire in the East Midlands. The cost of rural thefts has increased by 38% across the region, one of the biggest rises in the country. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

A new report has found the Midlands is among the hardest-hit areas in the country by thieves targeting equipment, livestock and even fuel.

Last year rural crime cost the region £10.6m, according to figures from NFU Mutual.

In the West Midlands the total was £4.5m, a rise of 9%, while in the East Midlands it was more than £6m, an increase of 38%.

The insurance firm say the rise is down to three main factors:

  • High-value tractors being stolen and then sold abroad
  • A 'substantial' rise in sheep rustling
  • Thieves targeting garden tools and ornaments

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Flooding in Cambridgeshire: Your pictures

Torrential rain led to flooding in parts of Cambridgeshire. These are some of your pictures taken during and after the flooding.

Oakington
Oakington Credit: Pauline Marsh
Oakington
Oakington Credit: Pauline Marsh
Oakington
Oakington Credit: Pauline Marsh
Oakington
Oakington Credit: Pauline Marsh
Chatteris
Chatteris Credit: Steve Snell
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March Credit: Marina Pugh
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March Credit: Marina Pugh
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March Credit: Marina Pugh
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March Credit: Marina Pugh
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A14 between Bar Hill and the Swavesey turn Credit: Walter Gunston
A14 flooding
A14 between Bar Hill and the Swavesey turn Credit: Walter Gunston
A14 Flooding
A14 between Bar Hill and the Swavesey turn Credit: Walter Gunston
A14 flooding
A14 between Bar Hill and the Swavesey turn Credit: Walter Gunston

You can email your pictures to anglianews@itv.com

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Rain puts paid to historic flight plans

The weather has ruined plans for a historic fly-past of Lancaster planes in Lincolnshire.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will now not take off - but it will meet the Canadian Avro plane on the ground at RAF Coninsgby.

There will still be a flypast of the Canadian plane and the Red Arrows.

Those waiting for the planes to land at RAF Coningsby will now only see the Canadian Avro Lancaster land
Those waiting for the planes to land at RAF Coningsby will now only see the Canadian Avro Lancaster land
Umbrellas at the ready: crowds are still waiting - even though the historic Bomber planes will only meet on the groud
Umbrellas at the ready: crowds are still waiting - even though the historic Bomber planes will only meet on the ground
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Louth floods cause traffic congestion

Lincolnshire County Council has reported traffic congestion due to the flooding in Louth.

"Due to the flash flooding in Louth this morning, traffic in the area is very congested. Highways is asking that people avoid the area if possible. Another spate of heavy rain is expected this afternoon around 2pm, which may exacerbate conditions.

"Although the floodwaters are receding, the A16/Grimsby Rd is impassable and all of central Louth is heavily congested, so please take other routes where possible."

– Lincolnshire County Council

Trinity Lane has been closed due to a suspected gas leak and residents have been asked to leave their homes.

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Shop evacuated in Louth

A shop in Louth has been evacuated after flash floods this morning.

Affected areas include Church Street, Eastfield Road, Keddington Road and Horncastle Road and the Co Op store has been temporarily evacuated.

A smell of gas has been reported in Eastfield Road and the situation is currently being assessed.

Standing water may contain hazards including displaced drain grates so members of the public are advised to avoid flooded areas and to follow the advice of police and fire officers on scene.

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