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The campsite at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk (Jacob King/PA)
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Latitude festivalgoers describe ‘amazing feeling’ of being back at a major event

The four-day festival in Suffolk, part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, is expected to be attended by 40,000 people.
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People smuggler ordered to pay £3,000 to bereaved families of 39 migrants

The men, women and children suffocated in the back of a lorry taken from Zeebrugge to Essex in October 2019.
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Former Towie star Mick Norcross took his own life, inquest concludes

The businessman, who rose to fame as the owner of the Sugar Hut nightclub in the ITV series, died at his home in January.
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Thunderstorms to strike UK on hottest day of the year so far

The Met Office has issued new amber thunderstorm warnings for parts of south-eastern England between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday.
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Heavy showers and thunderstorms to batter UK amid sweltering heat

The Met Office has issued new amber thunderstorm warnings for parts of south-eastern England between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday.
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Downing Street adds to the pile of pandemic U-turns

Throughout the pandemic, Government advice has shifted on a range of issues.
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Reality TV star Stephen Bear in court accused of sharing sexual images

The 31-year-old, who appeared on Ex On The Beach, was bailed to reappear in court later this month.
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Ford Escort once owned by Princess of Wales fetches £52,640 at auction

Lady Diana Spencer was given the silver 1.6L Ghia saloon by the Prince of Wales as an engagement present in May 1981.
Where to live

Swap a London flat for a house in Essex’s new commuter sweet spots

Trade a London flat for a house and find a more relaxed lifestyle with plentiful transport connections.

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Full list of branch closures announced by Lloyds

A total of 29 Lloyds Bank and 15 Halifax branches are to shut down.
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Weekend washout to continue into next week, forecasters warn

Up to 30mm of rain could fall in parts of south-east England on Saturday night, with no sign or clearer skies on the horizon.
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Ex-GB athlete diagnosed with MND drives team to Thames pedalo record

A team led by former athlete Alex Gibson, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, shaved around seven hours off the record on the Thames.
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Adventurers bid to reclaim record by navigating Thames in pedalo

Their time set last year was broken within three weeks.
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Pensioner was strangled in his village home during burglary, court told

Leighton Snook, 28, and a teenager are accused of murdering Donald Ralph at his home in Essex last December and stealing guns and a car.
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Electrician jailed over boy’s death loses appeal bid to reduce sentence

Colin Naylor was handed a sentence of 12 months in prison after Harvey Tyrrell suffered a fatal electric shock at a pub in Romford.
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Car given to Diana by Charles as engagement present resurfaces at auction

The silver 1981 Ford Escort Ghia saloon is expected to fetch up to £40,000.
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Queen to award city status as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Rare awards will grant winning towns and cities in the UK with city status and Lord Mayor or Provost status for the first time in 10 years.
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Heavy rain for London ahead of sunny and warm weekend

Temperatures plummeted to around 13C in some areas following the UK’s mini heatwave.
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Bra-fitting boutique and Catholic oratory among Shed of the Year entrants

Several sheds were shortlisted in the ‘lockdown’ category.
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Ferrero to snap up Jammie Dodgers-maker Burton’s Biscuits

Burton’s, which also makes Wagon Wheels and Maryland Cookies, employs about 2,000 people across six factories in the UK.
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Anti-immigration protesters halt traffic at port of Dover

There were sporadic clashes with police and several arrests have been made, the PA news agency understands.
Where to live

London commuter islands: boats and beaches within reach of the office

Fancy the island life but can’t stray too far from London? Here are the capital’s best commuter isles.

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Police officers accused of sharing murder scene photos ‘sorry beyond measure’

The officers had been assigned to protect the scene after Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were stabbed to death at a Wembley park last June.
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Police officers accused of sharing murder scene photos apologise in court

Pc Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Pc Jamie Lewis, 32, are charged with misconduct in a public office.
Exhibitions

Estuary 2021: A stretch of land and sea rich with stories to tell

From identity to climate change, this huge festival dives deep into the history of the Thames Estuary

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Long Covid ‘severely’ affecting families of those suffering – study

Researchers raised concerns about both patients and their loved ones.
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Government ‘must have plan B for steel industry’ in wake of Liberty sale

The sale comes after the collapse of Greensill Capital in March.
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Liberty Steel plans sale of Stocksbridge plant in restructuring

The business has faced trouble since Greensill Capital collapsed.
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Ex-EastEnders star to stand trial for assault and racially aggravated harassment

Katie Jarvis played Hayley Slater in the soap from 2018 to 2019.
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Holidaymakers delighted to board first flights abroad after ‘long, cold winter’

Passengers have set off on the first flights to Faro in Portugal from Gatwick Airport as restrictions were eased in England and Wales on Monday.
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Former police officer jailed for helping gang seize ‘criminal cash’

The criminal enterprise has been compared to a storyline out of BBC’s Line of Duty

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Lockdowns led to 9% drop in knife crime

The ONS said decreases in overall crime were mainly driven by ‘substantial falls’ of 15% between April and June 2020 during the first lockdown.
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Cancer patient Archie enjoys first day at school after beating Covid-19

Five-year-old Archie Wilks was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma two-and-a-half years ago.
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Police release CCTV of man after mum’s body was found in bush

Police have released CCTV footage and images of the man, in connection with an investigation into Maria Rawlings’ death.
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Murder probe launched after woman found dead in shrubbery

A post-mortem examination gave Maria Jane Rawlings’s preliminary cause of death as neck compression and possible blunt force head trauma.
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Barrymore pool death man’s ailing father: I’ve done my best for my son

Terry Lubbock’s son Stuart died following a party at the entertainer’s former house in Essex 20 years ago.