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'Bag of rubbish' causes Southend Airport evacuation

Cordons have been lifted at Southend Airport after police said the suspicious package turned out to be a bag of "rubbish".

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Air pollution levels rise in parts of the UK

The Department for Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs has warned there are high levels of pollution in the south east, London, Yorkshire and Humberside, and East Anglia:

Defra ranks air pollution from one (the green areas) to 10 (marked in purple), with one being the lowest and 10 the highest.

Smog-covered Norwich's pollution level hits 'high'

Norwich was among the cities covered in smog this morning as health experts warn those with heart and lung conditions, including asthma, to avoid strenuous activity outdoors.

The scene in Norwich this morning as pollution levels remain high. Credit: ITV News

People suffering symptoms of pollution - including sore eyes, coughs and sore throats - should also cut down the amount they do outside, experts said.

Pollution levels high in the south east, east and London

Record levels of air pollution will continue to parts of the UK, with pollution levels already reaching level nine - high - this morning in the south east, Greater London and eastern England.

Defra ranks air pollution from one to 10, with one being the lowest and 10 the highest.

Low pollution areas are green, very high levels of pollution are marked in purple. Credit: Defra/Met Office

"Very high" levels of pollution are also forecast later today for the East Midlands.