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Cook dropped as captain for cricket World Cup

Alistair Cook during a one-day international in May. Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire.

Essex cricketer Alistair Cook has been replaced as England's World Cup captain - and will not feature at all in the team's 15-man squad.

The England and Wales Cricket ball confirmed the change on Saturday morning.

It follows the 29-year-old's poor form in one-day internationals over the past year - and an equally poor performance by his team.

A statement from the ECB said:

"ECB today announced that Eoin Morgan has replaced Alastair Cook as England one-day captain with immediate effect.

"England selectors met yesterday to pick a 15-man one-day squad for the tour to Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

"Selectors recommended to managing director England cricket Paul Downton a change in captaincy which has now been approved by the ECB chairman."

– England and Wales Cricket Board.

The board is due to announce its squad at 11am on Saturday.

Former Bedfordshire schoolboy Cook, who will turn 30 on Christmas Day, will continue as England Test captain.


Vodka containing paint remover seized

Council Trading Standards officers have seized 166 bottles of counterfeit vodka from three Luton shops. Officers removed the Glen’s and Kommissar branded vodka from shop shelves after noticing the label on the bottle describing the substance as 'Botteled' rather than 'Bottled'. They then discovered the Kommissar products had fake duty paid labels.

Three samples tested by the public analyst contained dangerously high levels of isopropanol, commonly used as an industrial solvent, and butanol which is used in paint remover.

Two local areas score high for quality of life

The Uttlesford District of Essex and South Northamptonshire are among the top ten places in the country for quality of life according to a new survey. They come sixth and seventh in a list compiled by the Halifax with Hart in south-east England offering the best quality of life. Male life expectancy is highest in Hart and South Cambridgeshire at 83 years. The UK average is 79.3 years.

16-year old's snap wins RSPCA's young photography award

The winning picture taken by 16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard Credit: Owen Hearn

An image of a seal glistening in the morning sun has scooped first prize in the RSPCA's young photography competition.

16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard was named the overall winner of the RSPCA Young Photographers Awards 2014.

The picture was taken on the Norfolk coastline. Owen also won the 12 to 15-year old category for the same photograph.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham led the judging panel.

"It really stood out to the whole panel as soon as we saw it. Through this image he has really shown his talent and as fellow photographers we were jealous we hadn't taken the shot ourselves."

– Chris packham, Wildlife expert

All the winning photographs can be seen at


Chelmsford teenager was on his way to college when he was stabbed

Ashley Woolley died in hospital from his injuries Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tributes have been made to a teenager who was stabbed while he was on his way to college in Chelmsford yesterday.

Ashley Woolley, known as 'Ash' died from his injuries.

Today his girlfriend said today, "You were my best friend."

Click below to watch Claire McGlasson's report.

Emergency services braced for busiest weekend of the year

Emergency services are braced for what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year as thousands of office parties take place.

Police and paramedics are putting on extra patrols in case things get out of hand.

A & E units are also drafting in more staff as already busy hospitals come under more pressure.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

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