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Debt charity says more families are struggling to make ends meet

Families are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

More and more families in our region are struggling to make ends meet, according to a national debt charity.

Step Change says more than 10,000 people in the East of England called their helpline last year - up 17% on the year before.

On average, those callers owed more than £12,000 in unsecured debt such as credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts.


Man charged with murder

John-Mark Duffy Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a man in Bedford. 39 year old John-Mark Duffy died from a stab wound to the chest at Byron Crescent on Monday afternoon. Forty seven year old Ian Brunner, who lives at Byron Crescent. has been charged with his murder. Police are still searching for the weapon

Thousands inspired to help amputee Tracy

The family of a woman who had both legs amputated after getting pneumonia at Christmas say they're overwhelmed by thousands of pounds worth of donations to a campaign to buy her prosthetic limbs.

The story of Tracy Ralph from Hawkswell in Essex has inspired more than 3,000 donations from members of the public and celebrities.

Watch Natalie Gray's report here:

More information about the family's fundraising appeal can be found here:


Read Emma Hutchinson's election blog

With 100 days to go until the General Election, here's the first installment of ITV Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson's election blog:

Its January 27th 2015, 100 days to go until polling day on May 7th , and the countdown is on to the most unpredictable election in a generation.

Our region will be a key battleground with politicians vying to win over voters in marginal constituencies. The electoral map in the East is currently a Conservative stronghold with just 4 Liberal Democrat MPs in Norwich South, North Norfolk, Colchester and Cambridge and 3 Labour MPs in Luton North and South and Corby as well as a single UKIP MP in Clacton.

Labour are targeting seats like Norwich South , Waveney, Bedford, Northampton North and Ipswich , where only a few hundred voters would have to change allegiance to change the colour of the constituency.

Meanwhile the Conservatives like the look of our region as it is and want to hang on to the seats they already have as well as trying to win back Corby , which Labour won in a by-election in 2012.

The Liberal Democrats believe they can do better than their opinion poll rating suggests and hang on in places they already have , though Norwich South will prove a very tough fight , the current Liberal Democrat majority there is just 310.

And UKIP leader Nigel Farage believes the East of England is his party's most fertile territory , they topped the poll here in the European Elections last May and won more than 50% of the vote in the Clacton by-election to get UKIP's first elected MP

Add the Greens into the mix , who say their membership is growing rapidly and they hope to do well in Norwich and Cambridge, and you can see why the only thing that's certain about this election is the date.

Way back for Bassong?

Bassong has yet to make an appearance for the Canaries this season. Credit: PA

Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong will get his first outing under new manager Alex Neil tonight (Tuesday).

The former Cameroon international recently returned to Carrow Road after a spell on loan. He's one of four senior players who will play in City's International Under 21s Cup tie with German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bassong has yet to make an appearance for the Canaries this season.

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