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White coats return for doctors so patients can spot them

Northampton Hospital now has doctors in white coats so patients can can spot them. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two out of three patients at one of the region's major hospitals say they've no idea whether or not they've seen a doctor during their visit.

It's prompted managers at Northampton General to have a rethink and turn back the clock to the days when doctors wore white coats.

They've been updated to allay fears about hospital infection rates and are being introduced alongside a new policy where staff introduce themselves to patients.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Wesley Smith

  1. Olivia Paterson

Day of transport misery as Northamptonshire town named as best value for commuting

Traffic jams and rail delay across the region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been a day of misery for commuters using road and rail links across the region after a series of incidents caused huge delays for thousands of people.

On the roads, some of the worst congestion was seen on the M1 after a crash at Milton Keynes. Problems too on the A14 near Cambridge, which also led to congestion on the M11.

Meanwhile trains stopped running between Milton Keynes and London after a person was hit by a train. And services from Cambridge and Bishop's Stortford to London were affected by problems to overhead lines.

It came on the day that a new survey named Wellingborough as the town which offers the best deal to commuters when comparing factors such as house prices and the cost and time of travelling to London.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

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Watch the moment a little girl comes face to face with royalty - almost

A young girl hides behind her mother after she handed a bouquet of flowers to the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

As the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the Sandringham Flower Show this morning, well-wishers lined up to greet them.

One little girl was waiting, bouquet in hand, ready to hand it to the royals.

But five year old Pleasance Allen was a little overwhelmed by the Duchess of Cornwall - after handing the bouquet to Camilla she hid behind her mother.

  1. Matthew Hudson

Last bastion of traditional high street struggles against influx of chain stores

Mill Road in Cambridge trying to maintain its independent shops against an influx of chains. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mill Road in Cambridge is one of the last bastions of independence in the High Street.

It has an eclectic mix of retailers, proudly trying to keep the big players at bay.

But there's concern an influx of chains and multinationals could spoil the character of this bohemian borough.

There are more than 20,000 independent shops in the East of England. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are currently 20,375 independent stores across the Eastern region. In the last 12 months 2,133 have opened while 2,241 have closed.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Norwich tourist who escaped Tunisian massacre launches appeal for holiday industry

A Norwich man who was on holiday in Tunisia when a gunman ran amok killing 38 people has launched an appeal to help the tourist industry there.

Nathan Priestley has started an appeal to help the Tunisian tourism industry. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Among those who died was Philip Heathcote from Felixstowe in Suffolk and Stuart Cullen, who lived in Lowestoft. With tour operators taking holidaymakers there from all over the region, hundreds from the east flew back in the days that followed.

Nathan Priestley was one of those but he initially gave up his flight to allow others to come home first. The extra time he spent there gave him an insight into just how tough it was going to be for the Tunisian Hotel workers who rely on the tourism trade.

Click below to watch an interview with Nathan Priestley in the ITV News Anglia studio

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Thousands joins Royals at Sandringham Flower Show

The Duchess of Cornwall sniffs roses as she and the Prince of Wales toured the annual Sandringham Flower Show in Norfolk. Credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire

More showers across the Anglia region in what seems to be turning into a bit of a soggy summer but that is good news for the garden.

Thousands of gardening enthusiasts from across the country have been descending on the Queen's Norfolk estate for some top tips at the Sandringham Flower Show

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall also turned out for what's become an annual occasion in the diary of the royals.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

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Man jailed for 18 years for string of child sex offences

Clint Gilbert Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of child sex offences.

Clint Gilbert, who is 21 and from Bedford, groomed families in order to gain unsupervised access to their children.

Gilbert sexually assaulted young children and shared images of his victims across the internet for two years.

Links to Gilbert were made when files he shared on the internet were discovered as part of another investigation.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to 14 charges last month, including nine sexual assaults on five young children in the town and a further five charges relating to possessing and distributing indecent images.

This significant sentence shows the gravity of offences committed by Gilbert. The trauma he inflicted on his victims and their families is despicable and we are pleased that he has received such a long stretch behind bars.

Nothing can ever undo the harm he has caused however we hope this gives the families some closure."

– Detective Constable Tanya Shotbolt

Gilbert is due to be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Battle to keep rural banks as hundreds set to close

Bank customers at HSBC in Reepham queue for the cash machine. Credit: Natalie Gray / ITV News Anglia

The 3,000 residents of Reepham in Norfolk will have nowhere to bank from October when HSBC closes its doors.

The soaring popularity of digital banking both online and on smart phones is being blamed.

More than 500 bank branches are expected to disappear from Britain's high streets in 2015 forcing residents of many communities to travel miles to their nearest bank.

The major lenders seem to have ditched a commitment to keep open 'the last bank in town', putting almost 900 branches in smaller towns and villages at risk of closure too.

Traders warn it'll be the death of the market town if the town's only bank and cash point goes. And elderly residents say they can't get to the nearest HSBC branch in Dereham 11 miles away.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service

The train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service. Credit: Department for Transport

Rail users on the train line between Peterborough and Ely could be given more say in how its run after the government announced plans to turn it into a community rail service.

The Hereward Line runs for 29 miles through Manea, March and Whittlesey.

If it is designated a community service, local people could have more say over the design and operation of passenger services.

"By designating the Hereward line as a community rail service, we can breathe new life into this route, ensure its long term future, and improve connections that will help grow the local economy."

– Claire Perry, Rail Minister

Nineteen rail lines around the country have been designated as community lines since 2005 including the Wherry Lines services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the East Suffolk Lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

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