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Power restored to 8,000 Norfolk & Suffolk homes

UK Power Networks have been working through the night to restore electricity. Credit: UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks say that they've managed to restore electricity to around 8,000 homes in Norfolk and Suffolk this morning.

Extra engineers have been drafted in to help get the power flowing again following damage to lines caused by Storm Doris yesterday.

However, some people may have to wait until this afternoon until things return to normal.

Homes still without power:

  • Norfolk: 6,607
  • Suffolk: 3,538

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'Overwhelming' support for four village bypass near Sizewell

Concerns have been raised about the roads around Sizewell Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's 'overwhelming' support for a bypass to be built around villages close to the new Sizewell C power station says Central Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter.

He's written to residents as part of the ongoing consultation about improving the A12.

86% of people supported a bypass for Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham.

"Through regular contact with residents and Parish Councils, I was all too aware of the strength of feeling supporting a four villages bypass and I am delighted that my survey has captured the views of people living and working in key communities affected by the building of Sizewell C."

– Dr Dan Poulter

Elephants get ready to move into their new home at Whipsnade

It won't be long until the elephants can enjoy their new home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Asian elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire will soon be moving into their new two-million-pound home.

When it opens in April, 'The Centre for Elephant Care' will double the indoor space available to the growing herd.

9-month-old Elizabeth is the latest addition, she'll weigh more than three tonnes once she's fully grown.

"We've already got masses of acres of space for elephants, we can walk around the zoo, we can do loads of stuff that's really enriching and important for their well-being, this is just another element of this. So where they've got sand outside, we've now got sand inside for them. We've got loads of big oak trees in there, it's just a really enriching environment inside now."

– Matthew Webb, Zoological Manager, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Plans for a fast food 'exclusion zone' around schools in Milton Keynes

The plans could prevent fast food restaurants operating near schools Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to introduce a fast food restaurant "exclusion zone" around schools in Milton Keynes will be put to the public, after councillors agreed to push forward with the idea.

The exclusion zone would mean fast food restaurants could no longer open new premises within 400 metres of primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

"We want to do all we can to encourage young people eat healthily. Research shows that where hot food takeaways are situated very close to school, young people will use them regularly. This approach, which could mean stopping new hot food takeaway premises opening very close to schools, is just one action that the Council is considering to support healthy eating locally."

– Milton Keynes Council

Cambridge conference to talk about post-Brexit plans

The conference is being held at the Guildhall, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

A public conference is being held in Cambridge today to discuss the city's future post-Brexit.

It comes ahead of the start of negotiations for the UK's exit from the EU.

The open event is being held at the Guildhall between 1pm and 8pm, but requires prior registration.

Those attending will include representatives from the local business community, Universities, the public sector and community groups.

The aim is to move beyond the 'Remain or Leave' question and start a new conversation on 'where do we go from here?

"As the Cambridge University European Society, we seek to reflect Cambridge's diversity and to be welcoming and inclusive. Working with our partners, we aim for this conference to bridge the different communities and perspectives across Cambridge and offer an opportunity to come together to discuss our post-Brexit future. What issues are most important for the people of Cambridge and what would you like the government to prioritise during the negotiations? We look forward to examining these questions at our conference!"

– Matteo Mirolo, Cambridge University European Society

18,000 homes across Norfolk & Suffolk still without power

Power lines were damaged by the storm. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 18,000 homes across Norfolk and Suffolk are still without power this morning (February 24) following the destruction caused by Storm Doris yesterday.

80mph winds turned over lorries and caused trees to come down, while emergency services had to deal with hundreds of incidents.

UK Power Networks say they've brought in extra staff to help restore electricity as soon as possible after damage was caused to power lines.

Numbers of homes without power:

  • Norfolk: 11,170
  • Suffolk: 7,042

Engineers continue to work hard to restore power supplies in parts of East Anglia after Storm Doris caused damage to power lines.

It was the worst storm across our networks this winter and the severe weather conditions damaged overhead power lines, particularly across parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Overnight and through into this morning engineers have been working to restore supplies, and we have moved additional staff from our South East region and contractors released from less affected areas into East Anglia, to support the repairs and reconnect all the remaining supplies as quickly as possible.

We are still urging people to keep clear of any damaged power lines and call us. Our priorities are restoring supplies as quickly as safely possible and keeping customers informed.

– UK Power Networks statement

It's thought that some homes may not be back to normal again until this afternoon.

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