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Abellio Greater Anglia respond to rail price rises

Responding to the publication of July’s Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation figure of 2.5%, which helps determine season tickets and other regulated train fares for 2015, an Abellio Greater Anglia spokesperson said:

"Government decides the average change to regulated rail fares, including season tickets, each year. The details of changes to rail fares will be confirmed later in the year. We recognise and share the importance that rail passengers place on value for money and improving train services in our region, and we're working with our stakeholder partners on initiatives including the taskforce which has been established to make the case for greater investment in the Norwich to London mainline.

"We have also worked with the Department for Transport to secure a £20 million investment in a package of service enhancements to be delivered during the current franchise to October 2016, including a major refresh of the carriages on our Norwich to London intercity services, and more capacity.

"We will also continue to build a positive case for the next long franchise to help in bringing about the major enhancements to rolling stock and infrastructure for the East Anglia rail network that we all wish to see."

– Abellio Greater Anglia

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Essex Police and Crime Commissioner warns cost-cutting measures may have gone too far as sickness levels go up

Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.
Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Essex Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that cost-cutting measures may have gone too far, causing high levels of sickness and depression among officers.

Two years ago, Essex Police was set a target of saving £42 million pounds from their annual budget of £262 million.

Nick Alston, the county's PCC, said that although a reduction in officer numbers had been unavoidable, the changes had resulted in a significant increase in sick days. Mental health problems had doubled.

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Cambridge University look for PhD student to work on heat-resistant chocolate bar

Cambridge University look for PhD student for chocolate project.
Cambridge University look for PhD student for chocolate project. Credit: PA Images

Cambridge University is looking for a PhD student to work on a project to invent a heat-resistant chocolate bar.

The would-be doctor of chocolate will be challenged to come up with new ways to keep the treat solid in warm conditions.

Applicants for the three and a half year post must have a 2:1 undergraduate degree and good maths skills.

Two arrested after drugs seized in house search in Norwich

A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences after officers searched a house in Norwich on Friday.

Police seized about 100 grams of white powder, believed to be amphetamine, during a warrant at an address on Irstead Road. Drug paraphernalia was also seized.

A 41-year-old man and 38-year-old woman were arrested at the address and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The suspects, both arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, were released on bail until October while enquiries continue.

Basildon assault: Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to the man pictured, anyone with information to contact Pc Jo Phillips at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police want to speak to the man pictured, anyone with information to contact Pc Jo Phillips at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault of a woman in Basildon on July 20.

Shortly before 3am a woman in her 50s was pushed to the ground and kicked in the ribs in Colors nightclub. She was taken to hospital with internal bruising.

Police want to speak to the man pictured and ask anyone with information to contact Pc Jo Phillips at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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