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Council promises foster care investigation

There are calls for an investigation into claims Social Services in Norfolk wrongly removed vulnerable children from foster carers.

The calls come after the County Council branded inadequate in an Oftsed inspection two years ago - suspended a member of staff over allegations he removed a child from care without evidence of deliberate harm. The Norfolk Foster Carers' Association Carers claim there have been dozens of similar cases in the last four years. The council has promised a thorough investigation.


Cup replay rescheduled

Cambridge United's FA Cup replay with Manchester United will be played a week tonight, Tuesday February 3.

Sale of match tickets will start tomorrow morning. If Cambridge manage to win at Old Trafford they will visit either Preston or Sheffield United in Round Five. Meanwhile the U's return to League Two action tonight against Dagenham and Redbridge, with a possible start for winger Harrison Dunk.

Cambridge authors go head-to-head at book awards

Two Cambridge authors will find out tonight if either has won the Costa Book of the Year award - one of the top acolades for writers.

Helen Macdonald Credit: ITV News Anglia

Helen Macdonald's 'H is for Hawk' is about how she turned to falconry to cope with her father's death.

Ali Smith has been nominated for her sixth novel, 'How to be both'.

The winner will be announced in London tonight . The winner takes home £30,000 in prize money

Former Ukip candidate cleared on first four counts of electoral fraud

Former Ukip candidate Matthew Smith Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Ukip candidate has been cleared of four counts of electoral fraud in Norfolk, while two other party members have also been cleared over any involvement relating to council elections in 2013.

Matthew Smith was suspended from Ukip after allegations of forged signatures on nomination forms. Yesterday 60 year old Michael Monk from Hopton and Daniel Thistletwaithe who's 19 and from Belton were found not guilty at Norwich Crown Court. The jury is still considering a total of five charges against Mr Smith. He pleads not guilty.


Parents protest over children's centre closures

Parents in Suffolk protesting against planned cuts to children's services are taking their fight to the council today. Nine centres are earmarked for closure. Those who use them say it's a vital service they can't lose.

Parents protesting in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

They're demonstrating outside Suffolk County Council's offices in Ipswich this morning ahead of a meeting to make a final decision on the centres' future. Suffolk County Council says the closures will save £250,000.

The protest on the steps of Suffolk County Council's offices Credit: ITV News Anglia

Maldon rape - two men arrested

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of rape in connection with an incident in Maldon on Saturday, January 24.

The 26-year-old man from Maldon and the 23 year-old man from London were arrested on Monday evening.

The men are in police custody and will be questioned regarding the rape of a woman in her 20s, which happened in the underpass at Mill Lane.

People in Essex urged to sign up to scheme which could save them money on their energy bills

The Essex Energy Switch, run by Essex County Council, opens next week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People in Essex are being asked to sign up for a scheme which could save them money on household bills.

The Essex Energy Switch, run by Essex County Council, opens next week.

It's free, and the idea is that all those who enter get put into a collective to get lower rates from energy companies.

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