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Protest over planned cuts to adult social care

Protesters outside County Hall in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The budget for adult social care could be cut by half. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Protesters say the most vulnerable will be hit hardest. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protestors have been demonstrating outside County Hall in Norwich over planned cuts to adult social care.

Norfolk County Council is voting to slash funding from £10 million to £4.5 million by 2019.

Councillors insist the vulnerable will not be left without resources, although that has not allayed fears amongst everyone.

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Drug dealer jailed after driving into police officer

Andre George has been jailed for more than four years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A drug dealer who drove into a police officer to escape arrest has been jailed for more than four years.

Andre George, 27, was spotted dealing drugs from a vehicle by two plain clothed police officers in Eve Street, Cambridge.

When the officers approached George he drove off, knocking Sergeant Paul Street onto the bonnet.

Sergeant Street was uninjured and managed to arrest George when the vehicle stopped.

George, of Crome Road in London, pleaded guilty to being concerned with the supply of a Class A drug and assault with intent to resist arrest.

Sergeant Street said: “It is hard to explain just how frightening it was being on the bonnet of a vehicle travelling at speed, but it was by pure luck that nobody was seriously injured as a result of this incident."

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Drug driver jailed after running over nine-year-old girl

Benjamin Hall was sentenced to 20 months. Credit: Essex Police

A drug driver who ran over a nine-year-old girl and her mum in Essex has been jailed.

Benjamin Hall from Canvey admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to 20 months and disqualified from driving for four years and 10 months at Basildon Crown Court.

The court heard how a blue Ford Connect van struck a nine-year-old girl and her 27-year-old mother on a zebra crossing in Furtherwick Road, Canvey.

Both victims, from Canvey, were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Investigating officer Pc Simon Newman from the Southern Roads Policing Unit said: "Hall took a cocktail of drugs before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle.

"Shockingly, he was found to be almost 10 times over the drug driving limit for cocaine and two times over the drug driving limit for cannabis."

Friendly Invasion campaign to attract US tourists

180,000 US servicemen arrived in East Anglia during the Second World War. Credit: ITV News Anglia
A tourism campaign called 'The Friendly Invasion' has been launched. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A tourism campaign has been launched to encourage more US visitors to East Anglia.

'The Friendly Invasion' commemorates the 75th anniversary of 180,000 American servicemen arriving in the region.

It was launched at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

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