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Teens arrested after 'fire bomb' thrown at bus

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested after a home-made fire bomb was thrown at a bus in Ipswich.

The buses were attacked in Henniker Road Credit: ITV Anglia

Police were called to Henniker Road yesterday evening after stones were thrown at one bus, smashing a window, while a home made fire bomb was thrown in front of a second bus.

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage with intent to endanger life.


PM announces plans for new discounted homes

David Cameron was visiting Colchester this morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has been in Essex to talk about the latest part of the Conservative election pledges.

David Cameron has announced plans to build 200,000 new discounted starter homes. Prices would be capped at £250,000 outside London.

Labour have said the homes will be built far from amenities and close to industrial areas.

"Some of the UK's biggest property developers have signed up - including Barratt and Taylor Wimpey," said Mr Cameron in a speech in Colchester.

"I can announce today that the next Conservative government would build not just 100,000 starter homes, but 200,000 starter homes, giving more young people the security of owning a home, rewarding hard work, making this a country where if you put in, you will get out."

Labour is committed to increasing the number of new homes being built each year to 200,000 by 2020 by threatening to take land from developers who fail to use it, doing more public sector building and building a new generation of garden cities.

Man dies and another rescued in house fire

A man has died and another has been rescued from a house fire in Bedfordshire.

Fire crews received several 999 calls to reports of a fire in a house in Chelsea Gardens in Houghton Regis, at around 1.30am on Monday 2nd March.

When they arrived they found there was a fierce fire on the ground floor of the 2-storey dwelling, with smoke in the upper floor.

One man was rescued from the building and taken to hospital. A second person, believed to be a neighbour, was also treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. A third person, a man, died at the scene.

A fire investigation is underway.


Rail minister defends reprivatisation of East Coast mainline

One of the new East Coast Virgin trains Credit: Virgin

Rail minister Claire Perry has defended the Government's decision to reprivatise the East Coast main line which runs through Stevenage and Peterborough.

She said the necessary investment needed on the line could not be made with the franchise being run in the public sector.

Returning the line to the private sector - as Virgin Trains East Coast - was a good deal for taxpayers and passengers, Ms Perry added.

Rail minister Claire Perry Credit: PA

From November 2009 until Sunday, East Coast was run under the control of the Department for Transport.

Its reprivatisation has been bitterly opposed by trade unions, with Labour also questioning the decision.

"This is a better deal for taxpayers. If the lights are about to go out we know that the Government can step in take over. But the economics of the franchise did not allow for the sorts of investment that we are seeing. What we see today is the best of the private sector. Let's stop talking about the ideology."

– Rail minister Clare Perry

Ambulances service loses equipment worth more £215,000

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance service has lost equipment worth more than £215,000 in the past two years.

The service said the problem of losing items is a "significant problem" to the trust.

Between 2012 and 2014 the trust say they have lost 30 special laptops costing £2,500 each and 10 defibrillators worth £90,000.

They have also lost 64 thermometers worth £72 each, 16 blood glucose monitors and a stretcher worth more than £8,000.

Perhaps the most bizarre lost item the trust misplaced was a vomit bowl.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request from a member of the public.

Trust manager Karl Edwards, blamed "dynamic" and "chaotic" situations for equipment being left at the scene and said the focus was placed on giving the best possible care.

"That's why we're putting a great deal of focus into making sure we put practices and measures in place to minimise this going forward."

– Karl Edwards, East of England Ambulance Service

The items were all classified as "lost" rather than stolen, the trust confirmed.

It said it did not know how many of the items had subsequently been found.

Charity mug in aid of EACH

Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Emma Bridgewater factory Credit: ITV News

A set of specially designed mugs made to help raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices go on sale today.

The Duchess of Cambridge who is patron to the charity saw the Emma Bridgewater creations being made when she visited the factory in February.

Five pounds from the sale of each mug, which features ladybirds, will go to the charity for its 'Nook' appeal to build a new hospice in Norfolk.

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