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New habitat for wildlife to be created

The orange tip butterfly can be seen at Fingringhoe Wick in spring Credit: PA

Twenty two hectares of intertidal habitat for plants and wildlife will be created at Fingringhoe near Colchester.

The Environment Agency and Essex Wildlife Trust are working together to breach the existing sea wall, allowing land to flood and creating salt marshes for wildlife to thrive.

"Within a year we will have salt marsh plants colonising the site and on the first tide the waders and wildfowl will come in on the water and be a great new reserve and an extension to the existing one ."

– Merle Leeds, Environment Agency
The Great Crested Grebe is among the species in the area Credit: PA

Aldeburgh named third 'most expensive' seaside town

Aldeburgh in Suffolk has been named in Britain's top 10 most expensive seaside towns to buy a home.

A survey of house prices in 196 seaside towns across the country by Halifax found that with a typical value of £413,393, homes in Aldeburgh are the third most costly.

The beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

"Seaside towns have a distinct attraction, offering that all important sea view with a typically high quality of life in a healthy environment.

"There is a romance associated with living by the sea and this is evident in the high house prices seen in many of these areas."

– Craig McKinlay, mortgages director at Halifax

Here are the 10 most expensive seaside towns in Britain according to Halifax, followed by the average house price:

  • 1. Salcombe, South West - £672,874
  • 2. Sandbanks, South West - £614,726
  • 3. Aldeburgh, East Anglia - £413,393
  • 4. Lymington, South East - £404,781
  • 5. Dartmouth, South West - £403,767
  • 6. Padstow, South West - £387,109
  • 7. Lyme Regis, South West - £343,604
  • 8. Budleigh Salterton, South West - £342,442
  • 9. Bigbury on Sea, South West - £333,626
  • 10. East Wittering, South East - £330,146


Family secret unveiled in new book

Derek Niemann Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Sandy in Bedfordshire who discovered his grandfather was a Nazi has written a book about his double life.

Derek Niemann uncovered the family secret online while planning a trip to Berlin.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

His grandfather Karl was an SS officer who managed slave labour in concentration camps.

He discovered a collection of photographs which showed his double ife in black and while.

He was supervising concentration camps slave labourers there. And his family knew, or certainly my father and his siblings knew nothing of this. My grandfather must have seen people being hung, he must have seen them with skeletal bodies yet he was going home to a normal family."

– Derek Niemann

Britain's biggest one day carnival takes to the streets of Luton

Around 25,000 people gathered in Luton today for the annual international carnival.

The highlight of the event - Britain's biggest one day carnival - was the parade - a sea of brightly coloured costumes and performers that proceeded through the town.

Click below to watch a report by Sarah Cooper....

The Only Way Is Suffolk for Keegan & Wright

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have tied the knot in Suffolk.

The former Coronation Street actress and The Only Way Is Essex star were married at a celebrity packed ceremony in Bury St Edmunds.

Michelle Keegan & Mark Wright at an awards ceremony. Credit: PA Images

Brooke Vincent and Antony Cotton were among the soap stars who attended the ceremony at St Mary's Church.

Towie stars who joined the couple for their special day included James Argent and Lydia Bright.

Brooke Vincent and Anthony Cotton (right), make their way to St Mary's Church. Credit: PA Images

Bridesmaids were thought to include Wright's sisters Jessica and Natalya, Keegan's stepsister Nichola, her cousins Gemma, Katy and Lauren, and her best friend Becky Hatch.

The couple are thought to have signed a deal with a magazine for coverage of their big day.

Members of the public gather outside St Mary's Church in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: PA Images
Guests making their way to the church in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: PA Images
The car carrying former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan arriving at St Mary's Church in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: PA Images
The Reverend Canon Malcolm Rogers conducted the marriage service. Credit: PA Images

The couple have been celebrating their upcoming nuptials in recent weeks with a string of hen and stag dos, which saw Keegan, 27, take a group of friends away to Dubai where her fiance proposed to her, while Wright, 28, and his pals hit Las Vegas for their party.

Keegan and Wright announced their engagement in September 2013, nine months after they started dating.

Keegan had previously been engaged to The Wanted singer Max George, while Wright had planned to marry his former Towie co-star Lauren Goodger.


Man stabbed in Stevenage

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Stevenage last night.

Location of stabbing in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It happened outside a property on Cherwell Drive, Great Ashby at about 9.45pm. The man became involved in an argument with three men and one of them stabbed him in the leg.

The victim is currently in hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. He is in a stable condition.

Police have described the three men as: black, with one of them having lighter skin.

“Incidents of this nature are very rare in the local area and I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be an isolated and targeted incident which we are treating very seriously.

“I am appealing for help from the public who may have seen the incident take place or who knows anything at all about it to please get in touch. Perhaps you saw the three men outside the address or did you see them drive off in their vehicle? Any information you pride could significantly help us with our enquiries.”

– Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Mark Clawson from the Local Crime Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number: ISR 0706 23/05/15. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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