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£3.5 million pound historic garden set to open in Bedfordshire

£3.5 million pounds was spent restoring the garden.
£3.5 million pounds was spent restoring the garden.

An historic garden in Bedfordshire is set to open to the public after more than £3.5 million pounds was spent on its restoration.

It's believed the 19th century Swiss Garden near Biggleswade is the only one of its kind in the country.

The garden has 13 listed listed buildings - including a two-storey Swiss Cottage - that have all undergone careful conservation.

The garden has 13 listed listed buildings.
The garden has 13 listed listed buildings.

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Corby's Sharman wins silver in 110m hurdles

William Sharman running in the heat earlier today.
William Sharman running in the heat earlier today. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Corby sprinter, William Sharman, narrowly missed out on gold in the men's 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He came second to Jamaica's Andrew Riley, after a slight mistake at the 8th hurdle cost him some time.

Police hail success of Secret Garden Party

Festival goers at Abbot's Ripton
Festival goers at Abbot's Ripton

Cambridgeshire Police has hailed this year's Secret Garden Party at Abbot's Ripton a success with minimal disruption and lower levels of reported crime. Police had just 44 crimes reported, a decrease of more than 65% compared to last year. Theft of cash, particularly from tents was the most reported crime. There were 21 people arrested during the event, primarily for drugs related offences. 32,000 people attended the event.

Trade Minister urges businesses to export

A new initiative launched today aims to show how other countries form a large and lucrative market for businesses in our region. Trade Minister Lord Livingstone's been in Cambridgeshire visiting companies who've expanded because of overseas trade and is encouraging more companies to do the same. Matthew Hudson has been at one of those companies in Cambridgeshire. Here's his report....

New laws used to protect women

Essex Police
Essex Police

Essex Police have used new legislation to protect women believed to be at risk of domestic violence 54 times since the system went live eight weeks ago.
Superintendents in the force have authorised the use of Domestic Violence Protection Notices in the cases where reports have been received of domestic related incidents.

There has been insufficient evidence to charge suspects in these cases with a crime but officers have had still had enough concern about the safety of the victims that they have put in place DVPNs.

The notices can order the suspects to leave the premises where the incidents occurred, prevent them from entering the homes of the alleged victims and stop them from making any further contact with them, as well as further provisions.

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MP to stand down after police caution

After weeks of mounting pressure, the decision by Suffolk MP David Ruffley to step down at the next election has been broadly welcomed in his constituency. Calls for him to vacate his Bury St Edmunds seat came after news surfaced that he's received a caution for common assault on a partner. But his detractors say next May isn't soon enough, and he should go immediately. Here's Tanya Mercer's report.

Doctors forced to abandon seven hour brain operation

Doctors in America have been forced to abandon a gruelling seven-hour operation to treat a Norfolk schoolgirl's rare brain condition. The family of seven-year-old Ella-Grace Honeyman, who is from Hevingham near Aylsham, hoped the surgery would finally seal the leaking blood vessels in her brain. But doctors deemed it too dangerous. They now need to find a new technique to help her as Natalie Gray reports

Essex has worst area for 'Clipped Wing Generation'

They're known as the "clipped wing generation" - the young adults who haven't yet flown the nest and are still living with their parents.

New research from the housing charity Shelter shows that, despite having jobs, many young adults simply can't afford to leave home.

The worst area in the country is Castle Point in Essex where 44 per-cent live at home, In Maldon it's 40 per-cent.

Also in Essex 37 per-cent of young adults in Tendring live at home, In Babergh and Suffolk Coastal it's 31 per-cent and in Broadland it's 30 per-cent. The charity's now warning it's a growing trend and is threatening their independence. Here's Lauren Hall's report

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