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MK Dons confirm Neilson appointment

Robbie Neilson is the new MK Dons manager. Credit: PA

MK Dons have officially appointed Hearts boss Robbie Neilson as their new manager.

The 36-year-old takes over from Karl Robinson who left stadium:mk last month.

A compensation deal between the two clubs was agreed last night, and Neilson as well as assistant Stevie Crawford have now finalised personal terms.

The Scot takes over a Dons side currently sitting 19th in League One, and leaves Hearts 2nd in the SPL.

Caretaker boss Richie Barker will take charge of tomorrow's FA Cup game at Charlton, before Neilson is unveiled to the media on Monday.

It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to developing the club, developing the players and moving the club forward.

The most important thing for me was picking the right chairman and the right club and this was the right match at the right time –it’s a Club that’s going places.

Hopefully the fans are ready for the ride. We want to create excitement but, most importantly, win football matches. With the squad that we’ve got here, we should be winning football matches – our job is to help them do that.

– Robbie Neilson, MK Dons manager

Controversy over plans to build homes in Suffolk village

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

A judicial review into new homes in Suffolk could change planning laws across the country.

Babergh District Council granted permission for houses to be built in East Bergholt, against the recommendations of their local neighbourhood plan.

The plans are about to go before the High Court for a judicial review, which will look at how much weight local authorities should give to neighbourhood development plans.

It will also look at the government's new homes bonus, which provides central government income to authorities as a reward for authorising development.

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Rail fares rise: How services in the East will be affected

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Rail users were handed a blow today with the announcement that fares will increase again.

From 2 January 2017, passengers will pay an average of 2.3% more - the highest average increase since January 2014.

The Rail Delivery Group say the money will be used to improve services, but public transport campaigners warn some people will be "priced off the railways".

Here's how much rail services in the East of England will increase by:

  • Greater Anglia: 1.8%
  • c2c Rail: 1.8%
  • CrossCountry: Unknown
  • East Midlands Trains: 1.5%
  • London Midland: 1.9%
  • Southeastern: 1.8%
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