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Sacked fire chief says he'll sue the service over dismissal

The former head of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service who was sacked after a misconduct investigation says he'll sue the brigade over the way he was treated.

David Johnson was dismissed from his post yesterday with immediate effect. His sacking follows a two year suspension during which he was investigated by the fire authority over allegations of wrongdoing.

The service have now been criticised over their handling of the case which has cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Shop owner devastated after ram raid destroys store

The owner of a post office at Chatteris in Cambridgeshire which was wrecked in a ram raid, says the robbery has left her devastated.

Ramila Karia said her family had only just finished renovating the local post office on the High Street, which thieves all but destroyed in their failed attempt to steal a cash machine.

The damage was so extensive, the street had to be closed for most of the day.

Jobs at risk as insurance firm considers future of Norwich call centre

180 jobs could go at Swinton's Norwich call centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Almost 200 jobs could go at a call centre in Norwich.

It comes as the Swinton Group announced plans to reshape its business model - putting more than 900 jobs at risk across the country.

The firm is investing £45m in enhanced IT and digital technology at its new head office and contact centre in Manchester.

The move means 84 branches are under review nationally as well as the call centre in Rosary Road, Norwich, which employs 183 people.

Swinton will now begin a formal consultation with all employees impacted by the proposals.

Where possible, affected staff will be deployed into other parts of the business.

Ever since Swinton started selling insurance door-to-door 60 years ago, this business has always evolved - first via branches, then contact centres and increasingly online. Our approach today, which is based on a high contact strategy, no longer meets our customers’ needs.

While branches continue to be an important part of our multi-channel business model, we need to ensure that we can interact with customers whenever, and however, they choose.

It therefore makes sense to continually review how we operate to ensure Swinton remains fit for the future.

– Gilles Normand, Chief Executive of Swinton

Star turn as film star son opens hospital unit named after his doctor dad

The lives of dialysis patients in Peterborough are being radically improved by the opening of a brand new unit at the city's hospital.

The 10-bed Renal services unit means kidney patients will no longer face lengthy journeys several times a week for treatment.

And as Matthew Hudson found out there were a couple of well known faces from our TV screens at today's opening.


Third man arrested in Ipswich stabbing investigation

Scene of the attack

Police investigating a stabbing in Ipswich earlier this month have arrested a third man in connection with the incident.

At around 3.30am on Friday 7 April police were called to Dogs Head Street by a member of the public reporting that a man had been stabbed. The victim – a man aged in his 20s – was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

This morning a 20-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested in Cambridge on suspicion of attempted murder. He has now been brought to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned by detectives.

Two other men have previously been arrested in connection with this incident, both on suspicion of assisting an offender. The men – a 49-year-old from Ipswich and a 26-year-old from Liverpool – have both been interviewed and released under investigation.

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