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Plans for 130m wind turbine in Suffolk rejected

Plans for a wind turbine near Ipswich have been rejected by planners. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans for a 130 metre tall wind turbine near Ipswich have been turned down by councillors.

The group, Partnership for Renewables, wanted to build on farmland at Wherstead, but residents in neighbouring villages, said it would dominate their lives.

Babergh District Council's planning committee voted unanimously against the plans.

New East Anglian ambulance chief sought

Anthony Marsh is to step down as interim Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The head of the East of England Ambulance Service is to step down in the coming months as the search for his sucessor begins less than a year after he started the job.

Anthony Marsh became interim Chief Executive of the Trust in January, tasked with improving ambulance response times. Also Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, he faced criticism over his quarter of a million pound salary.

His appointment was meant to last for up to two years, but the trust has already advertised for a replacement. Mr Marsh will stay until a successor is found.


Man dies in flat fire in Norwich

West Pottergate, Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has died after a flat fire in Norwich which happened at around 12pm today.

The man was discovered in the flat in West Pottergate in the city.

Emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire.

Man dies in flat fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex says cuts challenge will be tough

Essex County Council faces a £49m cut in government funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.

Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.

“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”

– Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, Essex County Council

Warning not to go to Bedford A&E unless absolutely necessary

Bedford Hospital has told people not to come to its Accident and Emergency department unless it's absolutely necessary.

Bedford hospital is urging patients to stay away from A&E unless absolutely necessary. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The hospital is struggling to cope with what it's calling "exceptionally high demand" and cancelled all routine operations on Thursday 18 December to free up beds.

Hospital bosses say they're working hard to resolve the issue but have warned that patients with serious and life-threatening conditions will take priority in the meantime.

Murder investigation launched after teenager stabbed in Essex park

Murder investigation launched in Chelmsford, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex police have begun a murder enquiry after a man believed to be in his late teens was stabbed in Oaklands Park in Chelmsford.

It happened at 3.15pm on Moulsham Street. The man who is believed to be from Chelmsford, was taken to Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital where he later died.

The murder investigation has been launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

A police cordon has been put in place at the scene.

The suspect is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build and wearing a dark coloured top.

Anyone with information should contact Chelmsford CID on 101.


Cells left open in police Christmas appeal for criminals to hand themselves in

Custody cells at a police station in Northamptonshire were left open on Thursday to try to encourage criminals to hand themselves in before Christmas.

Officers have already posted special Christmas cards to offenders who're wanted in Wellingborough but they want them to come forward now or face being arrested on the day itself.

Click below for a report from Wellingborough police station by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

Fugitive arrested after landing in light aircraft at Norfolk airfield

Paul John Scott was arrested in Norfolk after landing in a light aircraft. Credit: National Crime Agency

Police have caught one of the UK's most wanted fugitives trying to fly into East Winch airfield in Norfolk in a light aircraft.

Paul John Scott, 32, from Liverpool was arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into a Merseyside gang which plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the country.

Officers from Norfolk Police and Border Force were waiting for the aircraft to touchdown after reports from a member of the public about activity on the airfield ten days earlier.

Scott will appear in Liverpool Crown Court in January charged with conspiracy to import cocaine. The pilot of the aircraft was also arrested.

Paul John Scott was arrested after landing in a light aircraft in a Norfolk airfield. Credit: National Crime Agency

Bars at centre of Northampton street fight to remain closed

Two bars in Northampton will remain closed until a review of their licences in January. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two bars in Northampton will remain closed for the foreseeable future after a fight on Friday 12 December which left eight people in hospital.

The licensing committee for Northampton Borough council has met to decide the fate of NU bar and Faces, both on Bridge street. They both had their licences suspended.

The council says it will keep the suspension in force until a review of the licences again in January.

British actress tipped for Hollywood success in her role as Stephen Hawking's wife

Cambridge academic Professor Stephen Hawking is famous the world over for his book A Brief History of Time. He's also the subject of a new film called The Theory of Everything to be released in cinemas on New Year's Day. It's based around of the memoirs of his first wife and their life in Cambridge.

The film explores the couple's love story and how Professor Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. The role of Jane is played by the actress Felicity Jones.

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