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How important is the region's manufacturing industry?

All this week we've been looking at the state of our region's manufacturing industry - from the traditional skills that are still managing to survive in today's world to the niche products that are doing well.

Dr Jag Shrai from the Institute for Manufacturing has been talking to us about the importance of manufacturing to our region.

Click below to hear from Dr Jag Shrai


'Unexploded grenade' handed into police in Bedford

The device was handed in to Greyfriars Police Station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Several roads have been closed in Bedford town centre this evening (February 10), after someone handed in what's thought to be an old unexploded hand grenade to police.

The device was handed in to Greyfriars Police Station at about 4pm.

It's being inspected by a bomb disposal team. Officers have cordoned off the area surrounding it.

Giant Roman arcade found underneath block of Colchester flats

It's being described as one of the most exciting archaeological finds in this region in recent times.

A giant Roman arcade, found beneath a new block of flats in Colchester.

Longer than a running track and taller than two double decker buses - it's almost certainly the biggest of its kind in the whole of Britain.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

M1 near Northampton closed after pedestrian hit by a lorry

The pedestrian was hit near junction 15a. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are major delays on the M1 tonight after a pedestrian was hit by a lorry on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

It happened on the Southbound carriageway near to Junction 15a just after 1.30pm.

Cars are being diverted at the Northampton Services and the road is likely to remain closed until at least 6pm.


Essex all-rounder Westley agrees contract extension

Tom Westley is staying with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Tom Westley has signed a new contract with the club and has also been named as the new vice-captain.

The 26-year-old appeared for England Lions this winter and has played 99 First Class games for Essex.

Westley's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

“Tom has been exceptional for us over the past few seasons, and it seems the logical next step in his progression to take on the role of vice-captain.

We are delighted he has signed his new contract. He has an excellent cricket brain, and I believe he will enjoy the added responsibility."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

Councillors approve plans for Norfolk holiday resort to finance coastal defences

The money will help to protect the coastline at Hopton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors have approved plans for a holiday resort to finance a multi-million coastal defence scheme in Norfolk.

Potters Leisure Resort will pay the £3 million needed to build new rock groynes and add to the sea wall at Hopton near Great Yarmouth to protect the beach from further erosion.

A similar project has been built near the Bourne Leisure Resort north of Potters.

"It's a very unusual move.

For a private company to put £3 million into the local area and help to secure the coastline has got to be fantastic news for all."

– Cllr George Jermany, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
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