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Biscuits from First World War to be auctioned

A pair of 100-year-old biscuits, which were issued to soldiers during the First World War, are to go under the hammer at Lockdales auctioneers in Martlesham, Suffolk.

The snacks have been preserved for nearly a century after being brought home by front line survivor Lieutenant Lionel Bruce Charles, who served with the 5th Battalion of the Queen's Regiment in Gallipoli and the Dardanelles in Turkey.

The bidding for the biscuits, which have survived some of the bloodiest battles of WWI, will start at £60. Credit: SWNS

The bidding for the biscuits which have survived some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War will start at a modest £60.

Each of the biscuits have a label on them saying: "Biscuits used by troops in Sulva Bay" - the peninsula captured by British soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915.

"This 100th anniversary year since the start of The Great War makes all memorabilia from the period collectable," auction manager James Sadler said.

Briton charged with hacking Federal Reserve computers

A man from Suffolk has been charged in the US with hacking into computer servers belonging to the Federal Reserve and then stealing and revealing the personal details of people who use them.

Lauri Love was charged with one count each of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the hacking charge and another two years on the identity theft charge.

Love was first arrested in October in the UK and charged by US and British authorities with hacking into and stealing data from a variety of US government computer systems, including those run by the military.


Storm topples tree through kitchen window

Last night's storm sent a willow tree crashing through the kitchen window of one woman's home in Ixworth, Suffolk.

Nicola Barwick said she had only just moved into the house as a temporary measure after her home was twice flooded.

The top of a willow tree snapped off during the storm Credit: Nicola Barwick
The tree smashed a kitchen window Credit: Nicola Barwick
Part of the tree is embedded in the wall of the building Credit: Nicola Barwick

RNLI: Swimmer 'called for help' during charity race

Around 58 people were rescued from the sea after getting into difficulty during a charity swim off the coast of Southwold in Suffolk, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said.

Lifeguards helped a further 27 people who were unable to continue swimming against the strong tide.

Simon Callaghan, helmsman at Southwold RNLI, said:

We were out on a regular Sunday exercise when we heard a swimmer calling for help. After that we had one of the busiest times I can remember, rescuing 58 people altogether.

Our volunteer crew, the lifeguards and other rescue teams involved all responded brilliantly and may have averted what could have become a much more serious incident.

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