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People start to arrive at Sundown Festival

Over the summer the East hosts some of the biggest festivals going. From Latitude in Suffolk, to the Cambridge Folk Festival and of course there's the V-Festival in Chelmsford.

Now with the nights drawing in its time for the grand finale with the appropriately named Sundown Festival taking place in Norwich this weekend with, among the line up, some of the biggest names in British music.

Watch: Tory defector Douglas Carswell hopes voters will stick with him

Tory defector Douglas Carswell has defended his decision to join Ukip and said he hopes voters will stick with him.

Mr Carswell and his new boss Nigel Farage began their charm offensive in Clacton, the constituency they hope will provide Ukip's first MP.

Chancellor George Osborne described the defection as regrettable. But as the MPs resignation became official this afternoon, there were even stronger words from the candidate who was originally due to represent Ukip in Clacton.

Click below to watch Hannah Pettifer's report:

Police at the scene of a serious collision in Southend

Police are currently at the scene of a serious-injury road traffic collision at Sutton Road in Southend.

Police were called shortly before 1pm today following reports of an RTC involving a lorry and a pedestrian. Officers attended along with Fire and Ambulance services and found a woman in her 70s with potentially life threatening injuries. She was taken to Royal London Hospital.

A 43 year-old man from Romania was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and taken into custody.

The road has been closed in both directions and is likely to remain closed for at least a further two hours.

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Watch: Former mayor given suspended prison sentence after Second World War pistol found in his home

A former mayor of Wisbech has been given a 21 month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to do community service after a Second World War pistol was found at his home.

Jonathan Farmer arrived at Cambridge Crown Court today where he was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm after a two-day trial.

The 56-year-old had argued the weapon was an antique and he did not know it was loaded.

Before today's hearing Claire McGlasson went to meet him in his home.

Chancellor makes Douglas Carswell's resignation official

Former Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell on a walkabout in the Essex seaside town following his defection from the Conservative Party to UKIP
Former Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell on a walkabout in the Essex seaside town following his defection from the Conservative Party to UKIP Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The resignation of Douglas Carswell as Clacton's Member of Parliament has become official a day after he announced he was defecting from the Conservatives to UKIP.

By parliamentary convention set in 1624, MPs can't actually step down from office. Instead they have to apply for one of two offices of the Crown which are incompatible with being an MP.

So on Friday afternoon a message was released by HM Treasury which made Mr Carswell's resignation official:

"The Chancellor of the Exchequer has this day appointed John Douglas Wilson Carswell to be Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead."

– HM TREASURY

Douglas Carswell has been a Conservative MP since 2005, first as the MP for Harwich and then, after boundary changes, for Clacton.

He announced on Thursday he was quitting the Conservative Party to seek re-election as a UKIP MP in a by-election.

It's not known when the by-election will be held but it usually takes place within three months of there being a vacancy. The date will be decided in Parliament by the Conservative Party Chief Whip, Michael Gove.

Former Wisbech mayor given a suspended prison sentence over firearm

A former mayor of Wisbech has been given a 21 month prison sentence - suspended for two years and ordered to do community service after a Second World War pistol was found at his home.

Jonathan Farmer was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm after a two-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

The 56-year-old had argued the weapon was an antique and he did not know it was loaded.

East of England Ambulance Service fined over £1m pounds

The East of England Ambulance Service has been fined over £1m pounds for failing to meet response times and ambulance turn around targets.

They have been hit with the sanction by the region's clinical commissioning groups which control NHS budgets.

In a statement, Wendy Tankard chief contracts officer at Ipswich and East and West Suffolk CCGs and lead for the East of England Ambulance Consortium said:

“NHS contracts contain national mandatory financial consequences in addition to local financial consequences for ambulance trusts and other NHS providers who do not meet national or local performance standards. These standards are applied to ensure that services provide high quality, safe and effective care and deliver the best possible outcomes for patients.

“We continue to work with the East of England Ambulance Service in transforming the service where it has failed to meet performance standards. This work has included an additional £9.5 million investment from the CCGs over and above the contract price in order to support EEAST in their transformation programme. Mandatory financial consequence to date are £1.5 million and a proportion of this will be applied at the end of the year. They will continue to incur financial consequences if performance standards are not met.

“The Commissioning Consortium will continue to work with and monitor EEAST to address areas of underperformance and ensure those improvements are made to ensure our population receives the best possible care.”

– Wendy Tankard
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