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Norfolk scientists work on new water testing kit to save thousands of fish from deadly toxin

Scientists in Norfolk are developing a new water testing kit in the hope of saving thousands of fish from a deadly toxin.

They believe it will provide early detection of a poisonous algae which has devastated fish stocks in the past.

It is estimated that angling contributes more than a £100 million to the local economy every year.

Transport minister visits sections of the A14

The A14 which crosses the region has long been a nightmare road for many motorists - not least the thousands of lorry drivers who get stuck in jams on it each day.

Now there may be light at the end of the dual carriageway - with improvement works being carried out and major changes planned for the route.

Today Transport Minister John Hayes visited a stretch that is being widened near Cambridge.


Hundreds of students turn out for a #selfie with Boris Johnson

There were amazing scenes at the University of Northampton today.

Hundreds of students turned out to take selfies, cheer and even sing - but it was not a pop-star they were there to see... it was the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson is perhaps the only politician who could spark such excitement.

Matthew Hudson was there for us, click below to watch his report:

Abellio Greater Anglia: Service disruption Diss to Norwich - journey times extended by up to 2 hours

A person has been hit by a train between Diss and Norwich as a result Liverpool Street to Norwich services are unable to run between Diss and Norwich in both directions.

"Abellio Greater Anglia tickets between Liverpool Street and Norwich will be valid via Cambridge on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Liverpool Street - Cambridge - Ely - Norwich and on Great Northern services between Kings Cross - Cambridge -Ely, London Underground will accept Abellio Greater Anglia tickets between Liverpool Street and Kings Cross.

East Midlands Trains will accept Abellio Greater Anglia tickets between Ely and Norwich, Cross Country trains will accept Abellio Greater Anglia tickets between Cambridge and Ely.

Advance purchase tickets holders are advised that their tickets will be valid on alternative services. Customers are advised that journey times will be extended by up to 2 hours."

– Abellio Greater Anglia


Abellio Greater Anglia disruptions likely to continue until at least 19:30

Disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia between Norwich and Ipswich due to person hit by a train between Norwich and Diss.

All lines are currently blocked between Norwich and Diss. Pasengers travelling between Norwich and London can travel via Cambridge. Abellio Greater Anglia expect disruption to continue until around 19:30.

Abellio Greater Anglia: All lines blocked between Diss and Norwich

Firefighters set to strike for four days over fireworks weekend

Exactly 24 hours from now, firefighters across the East will walk out on strike in a row over pensions.

With Bonfire night just days away and Halloween tomorrow, the strike is falling on one of the busiest weekends of the year for the service.

Fire chiefs are advising the public to remain vigilant.

Budget cuts mean lighting reduced in Cambridge despite recent sex attacks

Parker's Piece at sunset Credit: Mandy Lo

Street lights in Cambridge could be turned off at night to save money despite calls from students to improve lighting in the city.

Cambridgeshire county council is proposing to turn off street lamps for part of the night in residential areas to reduce energy consumption and balance the budget. This comes after a recent spate of sex attacks on Christ's Pieces, a green space with poor lighting.

A petition launched by a student paper calling for better lighting in the city's green spaces has attracted 1,500 signatures. It says that extra lighting is an "easy solution" and will make people feel "safe and secure" when they walk through the city at night.

"It’s clearly a problem. Everyone feels scared walking across these spaces, it’s high time they responded, but they always respond in the same way saying it’s a budget issue".

"What the petition has demonstrated is that there’s a huge amount of popular support for it."

– Francesca Ebel, student journalist

Cambridgeshire county council have sought to reassure local people that lights will be kept on overnight in the city centre.

"Lights will also be kept on in areas with a higher risk of crime and places of risk like remote alley ways where confirmed by the police.”

– Cambridgeshire County Council
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