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Town centre transformed into race track

Some of the classic cars taking to the streets of Oundle. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The centre of Oundle in Northamptonshire was transformed into a race track at the weekend.

The town centre was closed for the 'Classic Sprint' event.

First off the starting line were the vintage cars built before 1960.

The event attracted plenty of spectators- despite the cold weather! Credit: ITV News Anglia

It was the first time a closed road motorsport event had been held in Oundle.

The event also raised money for the Help For Heroes charity.

Money from the event went to the Help for Heroes charity Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Experts fear children could be at risk because of shortage of permanent social workers

Experts have warned that children could be put at risk because of the number of posts for permanent children's social workers that are unfilled.

The number of vacant posts vary around the country but in Peterborough 23% of the jobs are not filled by permanent employees.

The British Association of Social Workers say unfilled posts and high caseloads are putting kids at risk.

"It will up the ante. Risk is risk - we are talking about children who largely are at risk - and the system can make that riskier if people haven't got enough capacity to do that work rigorously and thoroughly,"

– Nushra Mansuri, BASW

However Peterborough City Council say measures are in place to support families that need them.

"We continue to use agency staff to cover vacant posts so that we can support vulnerable families."

– Sue Westcott, Executive Director of Children's Services, Peterborough City Council

Did you witness a fatal hit and run crash in Essex?

Frinton Road in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal hit and run crash in Essex.

A woman was walking in Frinton Road in Kirby Cross at around 5.20pm on Boxing Day evening when it is believed she collided with a small red car which didn't stop.

The 54 year old victim from the Kirby Cross area has not yet been named.

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Stranded seal brought to Norfolk wildlife centre

The seal nicknamed "Dumbledore" Credit: ITV News

A seal that was found bizarrely stranded in a field in Merseyside last week is being cared for at a wildlife centre in west Norfolk.

The seal was thought have to have travelled island from a nearby estuary

Staff at the East Winch facility near King's Lynn have named the grey seal Dumbledore after the Harry Potter character.

They say that "he'll need a lot of attention in the coming days" but are hopeful that he will make a full recovery.

Burst main leaves 5,000 homes in Norfolk without water

Around 5,000 homes have been without water in Norfolk today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Around 5,000 homes have been without water in Norfolk today.

Homes in several villages, including Framingham Earl and Poringland near Norwich, were affected by a burst water main in nearby Caistor St Edmund.

Anglian Water have apologised for the disruption, and say that the problem is unlikely to be fixed tonight.

“We are very sorry that customers in the Caistor St Edmund, Poringland, Framingham, Mundham, Newton Flotman, Hempnall, Hardwick, Postwick and surrounding areas are without water today. This is because of a burst to a water main in Caistor St Edmund.

This is a very complex job on the pipe near our treatment works and because of that it is taking longer than we had initially hoped.

We are doing everything we can to bring people back on water as soon as possible, but unfortunately it is now likely that this work will continue overnight.

All possible options are being explored to get things back to normal for people as soon as we can, and we would like to reiterate how sorry we are for the upset and inconvenience that this will have caused."

– Anglian Water
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