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Airline starts transatlantic flights from Stansted

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An Icelandic-owned airline has pledged to "make expensive transatlantic flights history" after launching long haul services from London Stansted this week.

Primera Air operated its first flight from the Essex airport to New York on Thursday, with routes to Boston, Toronto and Washington DC opening in the coming weeks.

Fares start at £99 one way as the carrier bids to tempt passengers away from legacy operators such as British Airways.

Anastasija Visnakova, Primera's chief commercial officer, believes passengers are "smart" and will not pay #500 for a ticket when significantly lower fares are available.

In an interview with the Press Association, she said: "When you're flying from the UK to Europe you would not pay more than #100 because you can get tickets for £30.

"On the transatlantic market, people are becoming really wise about how they spend their money.

"We make the transatlantic flights really cheap and we make expensive transatlantic flights history."

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Simon ready to step it out in London Marathon

Simon Kindleysides in training for the marathon Credit: ITV News Anglia

We've been catching up with marathon man Simon Kindleysides ahead of Sunday's big challenge.

Simon, from Blofield in Norfolk, is hoping to become the fastest person - and the first man - to complete the London Marathon in a futuristic exoskeleton suit. He expects it to take him around 35 hours over two days.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

He's needed a wheelchair since a brain tumour five years ago. But now the father of three is back on his feet and hoping to raise thousands for the Brain Tumour Charity

Robotic suit to help paralysed Norfolk man conquer London Marathon

Becky Jago caught up with him...

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Armed officers deployed more than 500 times in Essex

Armed Officers were called out more than 500 times in the Essex last year.

Incidents ranged from emergency calls and reports of criminals with guns, to those in distress who posed a risk to themselves.

Armed officers deployed more than 500 times in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

There were 2,596 incidents requiring the support of Taser-trained officers, to deal with volatile or dangerous suspects. Despite the number of incidents, Taser was only fired at 24 of the incidents.

Armed officers also carried out 768 arrests during 2017, completed 7,872 hours of basic firearms training and attended 14,580 non-firearms incidents.

Nationally, recent events of the last few years - including the tragic terror attacks in London and Manchester - have demonstrated that now, more than ever, every force needs firearms officers.

– Chief Insp Richard Melton

18-year old remanded in custody over Chelmsford petrol station murder

John Pordage was shot dead in August 2017 Credit: Family photo

Bradley Blundell has appeared at Chelmsford magistrates court over the murder of 34-year old John Pordage in August 2017.

The 18-year old is charged with murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and nationality.

Now with dark hair and dressed in jeans and a dark green tracksuit top he was remanded in custody.

The scene of the shooting Credit: ITV News Anglia

He’s due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow morning to enter a plea.

John Pordage's family arrived at court for the hearing Credit: ITV News Anglia

Charity warns more child sexual abuse images are being found online

A Cambridgeshire charity says more child sexual abuse imagery is being found on the internet than ever before.

Charity warns more child sexual abuse images are being found online Credit: ITV Anglia

The Internet Watch Foundation found more than 78,000 sites featuring disturbing content last year, that's a 37% rise on the previous 12 months.

Around a third of this content featured the most severe Category A abuse, which includes the rape and sexual torture of children.

"We are now receiving more reports of child sexual abuse content than ever before. This year we're seeing offenders getting smarter and finding new ways to abuse legitimate internet services."

– Susie Hargreaves, Internet Watch Foundation
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