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Shami Chakrabarti is the new Chancellor of the University of Essex

Well known civil rights defender Shami Chakrabarti has been named as the new Chancellor of the University of Essex.

She becomes the first woman to hold the position at Essex.

Shami Chakrabarti
Shami Chakrabarti Credit: PA Wire

Shami became Director of Liberty, the civil liberties and human rights organisation, in 2003. She has gained a reputation for her fearless campaigning against the erosion of civil liberties

She was also chosen as one of only eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

"Shami Chakrabarti is a tenacious advocate of civil liberties and promoting human rights, prepared to confront injustice and someone who is making the world a better place."

"I am delighted Shami is our fifth Chancellor – she is a shining example of the values the University of Essex holds dear and she will be an inspiration for all members of our University community.”

– Professor Anthony Forster, Essex Vice-Chancellor

Awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Essex in 2006, Shami returned to the University in 2007 to give the Essex Law Lecture.

"The University of Essex has a proud tradition of teaching human rights and respect for the rule of law. I am delighted to be joining this institution that shares so many of the values we hold at Liberty. At a time when our freedoms are under increasing attack, we need our young people to be equipped with the tools to defend them."

– Shami Chakrabarti

At Essex Shami Chakrabarti succeeds Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who stood down in July 2013, and follows in the footsteps of former Chancellors Lord Rab Butler of Saffron Walden, Sir Patrick Nairne, and Baron Nolan of Brasted.

Click below to see the Essex University video introducing Shami Chakrabarti as their Chancellor

Couple hope simple machine can save their daughter's life

A couple from Norfolk whose daughter stops breathing in her sleep say a simple machine could save her life.

Kylie and Michael Ramm with Phllisity
Kylie and Michael Ramm with Phllisity Credit: ITV Anglia

Kylie and Michael Ramm from Dereham have to regularly revive eight month old Phllisity as she suffers from sleep apnoea.

They hope a CPAP machine, available on the NHS, would keep her airways open while she's asleep

Shadow Health Secretary to speak at Bedford Rally

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham is due to speak on the future of the NHS at a rally in Bedford later.

Andy Burnham
Andy Burnham Credit: PA Wire

The People's March for the NHS is stopping in the town as part of a 300 mile journey from the North East to London.

Campaigners are following the same route as the so-called 'Hunger March' against poverty in 1936.

Mr Burnham is expected to deliver a speech in Harpur Square at 6 o'clock.

75 years in the same house: Pensioner in Ipswich celebrates landmark day.

A pensioner in Ipswich is celebrating living in the same house for 75 years.

Beryl Willson moved into her home when she was just 4 years old in 1939.

Beryl outside her home in Ipswich
Beryl outside her home in Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Her parents bought it for just £375. Since then the house has been a family home for her parents, Beryl and her husband, their children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Despite 2 new extensions, 2 new bathrooms, kitchen and downstairs toilet, the property still doesn't have any central heating.

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Turtle Dove thriving in East Anglia

The RSPB has highlighted the East of England as a popular breeding ground for a bird under threat of extinction.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove Credit: RSPB

The charity says the region is home to more than 60% of the summer breeding population of Turtle Dove.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove Credit: RSPB

They're now encouraging farmers to get involved in free conservation projects.

Norwich City beat the deadline to sign Hooiveld and Thompson as Becchio departs

Jos Hooiveld has joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal.
Jos Hooiveld has joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal. Credit: PA

Norwich City have beaten the deadline to sign Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on a season-long loan deal.

The commanding Dutchman is the second new defensive recruit of the day, after the Canaries also captured Arsenal centre back Ignasi Miquel.

Former Celtic man Hooiveld was a key part of the Saints team which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2012, and will add welcome experience to the Norwich backline.

"I am very excited about this move. I have played at Norwich and I was very impressed with the surroundings and the atmosphere. It was a full house then and again last Saturday when I saw the Bournemouth game.

Everybody I have asked about Norwich says only good things. I know Gary Hooper from our time at Celtic together and he was very positive about everything at the Club when I phoned him to talk about coming here.

I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the players in training and fighting for a place in the team. It’s a very good squad at Norwich and has every chance of doing well this season."

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City
Louis Thompson will stay at Swindon Town for the rest of the season.
Louis Thompson will stay at Swindon Town for the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, the Canaries have also agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson.

The 19-year-old had attracted a lot of interest this summer, but Norwich have won the race for his signature.

Thompson has agreed a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Carrow Road.

He will remain with Swindon on loan for the rest of the season as he continues his development.

"I'm extremely proud. To come to a club of Norwich City's stature is a fantastic achievement for me. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of coming here after my loan finishes at Swindon.

It's a massive club with a huge fan base, there's not a single negative thing to say about them. Hopefully they can do well this year and challenge for a Premier League place."

– Louis Thompson, Norwich City
Luciano Becchio will spend the next few months on loan at Rotherham United.
Luciano Becchio will spend the next few months on loan at Rotherham United. Credit: PA

Finally, out-of-favour Norwich striker Luciano Becchio has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan until January.

The Argentine has barely featured since moving from Leeds United in January 2013, and will now hope to see first team action in South Yorkshire.

Read more: Norwich City swoop for Miquel

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond going nowhere

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond will be staying with the club after all.

The 20-year-old was consistently linked with a move away from Carrow Road throughout the summer, but judging by this cheeky tweet, his future lies with the Canaries for another few months at least.

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Peterborough United finally get their man as highly-rated striker James agrees move

Luke James has been a target for Posh all summer.
Luke James has been a target for Posh all summer. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have completed the signing of highly-rated Hartlepool United striker Luke James for an undisclosed fee.

Posh have been chasing the talented 19-year-old all summer, and have finally managed to convince the League Two club to sell.

James has signed a four-year contract at London Road, and takes the number nine shirt left vacant by Britt Assombalonga who joined Nottingham Forest last month.

"I am delighted to get this bit of business done. I think everyone is aware that we have been interested in Luke for quite a while. We have had to be patient, but we have used our experience from other deals in this transfer.

I am grateful to my chairman and to Barry Fry for getting this deal over the line. We are delighted to get him. We felt we needed a number nine. He is a goal-scorer, he has a great attitude and he can't wait to get started."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager

Read more: Assombalonga joins Forest

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