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Pride of Britain Awards: Meet the first of the Anglia region finalists

Earlier in the summer we asked for your nominations as we began the search for this year's regional winner for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain ITV Fundraiser of the Year Award.

This week we will be revealing each of the finalists, four across the east and four across the west of the Anglia region.

A winner for east and one for west will be announced on Friday 20th October.

Today from the west of the region, we meet Karen Rogers from Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire. Karen's son Alfe battled cancer and inspired her to help other parents going through the same experience.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Our first finalist from the east of the Anglia region is 17 year old Harry Gardner from Writtle near Chelmsford. He hit national headlines when he wrote a song about his poorly nan.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout.

NHS staffing fears across eastern region over EU nationals leaving after Brexit vote

A Cambridgeshire Doctor says he's concerned that increasing numbers of EU nationals are leaving NHS hospitals since the Brexit vote.

New figures also show that fewer doctors and nurses are joining to replace them.

The news comes just days after the Care Quality Commission said the NHS faces a "precarious" future due to rising vacancy rates.

Watch the report below by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper


Milton Keynes based Open University asks government to help fund tuition fees

Open University Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Milton Keynes based Open University has called on the government to help fund tuition fees.

The organisation is aimed at people already working who want to get a degree mainly through distance learning. But because of the rising cost of studying part-time the numbers of students across England has more than halved.

Watch Dani Crawshaw's report below.

Push to raise awareness of hate crime in Hitchin

The stall was set up to raise awareness of hate crime Credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary

Groups have gathered in Hitchen town centre today (October 16th) to raise awareness of hate crime.

Police Victim Support officers, Hitchen Town Football Club, the North Herts Ethnic Minority Forum, youth group YC Hertfordshire and Tell Mama- a charity that supports Muslim victims of hate crime, all manned a stall in the Hertfordshire town and talked to shoppers.

The venture is part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and aims to let victims know what support is available to them. It will continue on October 18th and 19th and there will be performances from local schoolchildren.

Hertfordshire police's new rainbow patrol car and their victim support dog Peggy were also present.

"We would welcome anyone who is in Hitchin to come along and say hello. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about hate crime, local policing or services for victims."

– Angela Westwood, Hertfordshire Police


Man charged in connection with death of two women in Ramsey collision

The crash happened on Puddock Road, Ramsey Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's been charged with two counts of causing death by careless driving following a collision in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.

A silver Mazda was being driven along Puddock Road on the morning of Friday 13th October when it left the road and went into a water-filled ditch off Ramsey Forty Foot.

Two women who were passengers in the car died at the scene. Two men in the front of the car managed to get out and were taken to Hospital with minor injuries.

21-year old Ionut Cosmin Curut from Spalding in Lincolnshire has been remanded into custody to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on 10th November.

Construction starts on Blackwater Retail Park in Essex

The groundbreaking ceremony at Blackwater Retail Park, Maldon in Essex Credit: Aquila Developments

Construction work's started on the Blackwater Retail Park in Maldon, Essex. A ground breaking ceremony has taken place to mark the start of the project which when finished will create 200 jobs.

The shopping park is due to open in August 2018 and is close to the existing Tesco Extra and recently completed Lidl.

The scheme is already over 76% pre-let to big names such as Aldi, Next, Sports Direct and Costa.

Once fully open, the Retail Park and hotel will employ 200 staff.

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