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Peterborough United rename London Road the ABAX Stadium after sponsorship deal is reached

London Road will now be called the ABAX Stadium. Credit: PA

The home of Peterborough United will now be called the 'ABAX Stadium' after a deal was reached with the Norwegian-owned company ABAX.

An initial five-year agreement has been signed between both parties, with ABAX becoming the club's stadium naming rights partner.

The stadium was previously called London Road and Posh have played there since 1934.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony is happy with the deal. Credit: PA

“We see this opportunity as a great deal for this club, ABAX, the city and our supporters. ABAX has firmly put down its roots in Peterborough and now we all want to see the company grow.

This long term collaboration is aimed at establishing sustainability for all concerned with a successful future being the ultimate goal.”

– Darragh MacAnthony, Peterborough United chairman

Local clubs back Michael Vaughan's cricket 'FA Cup' proposal

Michael Vaughan wants to see a Twenty20 version of the FA Cup. Credit: PA

Cricket clubs in the region have given a cautious welcome to proposals for a domestic competition modelled on football's FA Cup.

The idea is the brainchild of former England captain Michael Vaughan.

He wants the English Cricket Board to consider a national Twenty20 knock-out cup featuring club sides, minor counties and universities, with professional counties like Northamptonshire and Essex entering in the latter stages.

Chris Scott, the Cambridge MCCU Head Coach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I think it could reignite amateur cricket, and I think when amateur cricket and professional cricket can work together in certain competitions, I think it's a good thing.

It gives people a dream."

– Chris Scott, Cambridge MCCU Head Coach

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£8million worth of Cocaine found in Christmas tree lorry at Harwich

Cocaine with an estimated street value of £8million has been found in a lorry. Credit: Home Office

Cocaine with an estimated street value of £8million has been found in a lorry full of Christmas trees at the Port of Harwich.

Officers from the Border Force seized 54kg of the class A drug in the early hours of Monday morning.

The lorry had travelled to the port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.

“Smugglers will use any kind of method and any kind of cover load in their attempts to breach border controls.

By making this seizure, worth millions of pounds, Border Force officers have prevented a substantial quantity of dangerous class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK and put a serious dent in the profits of the international criminal networks involved in this type of smuggling.

Working with our colleagues at the NCA we are determined to do all we can to stop drug traffickers. Those convicted of drug importation offences face considerable prison sentences.”

– Phillip Holliday, Border Force Regional Director

A 27-year-old Romanian man, Filip Adrian Tunea, has been charged with importing a Class A drug.

Essex: Police launch probe into Lord Hanningfield's expenses claims

Lord Hanningfield. Credit: PA

Former Essex County Council leader Lord Hanningfield has been interviewed by police after he was found to have claimed a £300 allowance for days in which he did no parliamentary work.

Lord Hanningfield is currently suspended from sitting in the Lords after wrongly claiming over £3000.

He has made it clear he intends to return after the suspension and says he was unaware that what he was doing was wrong.

He was jailed in 2011 for a separate abuse of his expenses.

Highways Agency confirms A11 dualling work to be completed in December

The Highways Agency have confirmed that work to dual a stretch of the A11 will be completed next month. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Highways Agency have confirmed that work to dual a stretch of the A11 will be completed next month.

The Agency says the road between the Fiveways roundabout at Barton Mills and Thetford in Norfolk will fully open some time in December.

The 40mph speed limit will remain in place until the road is opened.

A11 dualling - the facts:

  • The cost of the project is projected to be £102million
  • Full construction started in January 2013
  • A stretch of road 9.1 miles in distance will now become dual carriageway

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Suffolk star Ed Sheeran adds second Wembley Stadium date

Ed Sheeran will now play two dates at Wembley. Credit: PA

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has announced that he will play a second night at Wembley Stadium due to popular demand.

The 23-year-old will now perform on Saturday 11 July, as well as the Friday.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday (28 November), but pre-sales have already gone through the roof.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell delighted after "internal major incident" is lifted

Sir Bob Russell. Credit: PA

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has expressed his delight that the "internal major incident" at Colchester Hospital has been lifted.

The hospital has returned to "normal working" following a period where staff struggled to cope with unprecedented demand.

“This has clearly been a very worrying time for all associated with the Hospital, staff and patients, as well as residents throughout our part of Essex.

I am delighted that the prompt action taken has led to this outcome, although I recognise this has been at the expense in particular of cancelled operations which I hope can be speedily reinstated. We are, of course, still left with the fact that the Hospital remains in ‘special measures’ but I am reassured that positive steps to work towards overcoming deep-rooted management structure issues will result in this aspect being resolved – although when is uncertain.”

– Sir Bob Russell MP

Brighton and Hove Albion confident of extending loan of Norwich City winger Bennett

Elliott Bennett could stay at Brighton until the new year. Credit: PA

Brighton and Hove Albion are hoping to extend the loan of Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett for another month.

The 25-year-old joined Norwich from Brighton back in 2011, but was allowed to return to Sussex on loan earlier this month after falling out of favour at Carrow Road.

Bennett's current spell is due to expire on Saturday, but Albion boss Sami Hyypiä is hopeful that they will keep him until the new year.

“We are trying to extend Elliott’s loan, because I really like him as a character as well as a player.

He can help the team to be better. I would very much like to extend his stay.

I am quite optimistic that it will happen. He wants to stay as well. I’m pretty sure that we can make a deal with everyone that he can stay here. I think we are talking about one month more.”

– Sami Hyypiä, Brighton and Hove Albion manager

"Internal major incident" stood down as Colchester Hospital returns to normal working

Colchester General Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Hospital has announced that it has returned to "normal working".

The Trust declared a "internal major incident" earlier this month after staff struggled to cope with unprecedented demand and patients were told to stay away from its A & E department if possible.

The Care Quality Commission had raised safeguarding concerns following an inspection.

“It was clear at the time of the CQC visit that our staff, particularly in the Emergency Department and the Emergency Assessment Unit, were under serious pressure.

Pressure in the hospital has now been reduced, not least because people are considering carefully whether they really need to come to the Emergency.

In addition, with the support of our health partners, including North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, GPs and community services – we are confident we will be able to discharge more patients from the hospital in the coming days.

This will enable our staff to concentrate their efforts on the patients who really need acute care."

– Dr Lucy Moore, Trust Chief Executive
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