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Calls for action to stop attacks on police officers

A police officer from Norfolk says her job is becoming increasingly dangerous with regular verbal and physical abuse.

Norfolk Police officers on patrol Credit: ITV Anglia

Figures show more than three officers are abused everyday across our region - that's more than 1,000 incidents every year.

PC Erin King says most weeks she and her colleagues will face difficult situations. Now the Police Federation is calling for new laws and more deterrents to stop the abuse.

Norfolk's Chief Constable Simon Bailey says some of his colleagues have left the force because of attacks.

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£1.6 million to create tourist hotspot in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire

A unique stretch of land from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire to Gamblingay in Cambridgeshire could become a tourist hotspot thanks to £1.6m of lottery funding.

The Greensands area Credit: ITV Anglia

The Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity is working with organisations such as The Wildlife Trust to preserve and promote the area.

The plan is to complete more than 40 conservation projects by 2021.

"The Greensand Country is an island of really distinctive landscape, it's made up of green sand which makes up the geology. It's a piece of land that stretches from Leighton buzzard to Gamblingay. We've got a million people living in this area and we want them to get to know about it, we want them to value it, we want them to love it and look after it for the future."

– Claire Poulton, Greensand Country Landscape Partnership
A new boardwalk at Flitwick Moor Credit: ITV Anglia

The Greensand Country Partnership has already secured £1.6m of lottery funding.

It's being spent on 42 projects, including a boardwalk at Flitwick Moor in Bedfordshire.

The area is also home to lots of flora and forna, including the Hawker Dragonfly and Common Lizard.

The Greensands area Credit: ITV Anglia

"It was really a huge opportunity for us at the Wildlife Trust to be involved because of all the work we could potentially do. A lot of the work we wanted to do here was sort of aspirational, big restoration projects, big capital improvement projects, which we were not possible to do without the funding and support from the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership project."

– Laura Downton, Wildlife Trust
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