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Norfolk brothers to defend boxing belts this weekend

Norfolk brothers will both be defending their boxing titles this weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk's champion boxing brothers will try and make history tomorrow (30 April) when they both defend their belts on the same night.

Liam Walsh will be fighting to keep his super-featherweight title against Coventry's Troy James, while his twin Ryan will try to keep his featherweight title against Belfast's James Tennyson.

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Thousands of weapons handed in during Essex amnesty

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

Nearly 7,000 weapons have been handed in as part of a knife amnesty campaign.

A total of 6,897 - including one BB gun and a pellet gun - have been collected from amnesty bins in Clacton, Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree and Basildon since the initiative was launched in January 2015.

The blades are sent to the British Ironwork Centre, which is transforming surrendered weapons collected from across the country into an angel sculpture as part of its Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife project.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000. The law also changed last July to target repeat offenders.

Adults who are convicted more than once of being in possession of a blade face a minimum six month prison sentence and a maximum of four years. Young offenders, aged 16 and 17, face a minimum four month detention and training order.

West Suffolk Hospital launches £19 million electronic record system

The West Suffolk Hospital is launching a £19 million electronic records system this weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The West Suffolk Hospital is launching a new multi million pound electronic record system this weekend.

The hospital says the IT overhaul, named e-Care, should transform the way services are managed, by bringing all information about every patient into one place, preventing duplication and reducing costs.

"e-Care is one of the leading IT systems available in this county. It will revolutionise the hospital and bring a whole range of benefits to our patients by modernising and transforming our services."

– Prof Dr Stephen Dunn, chief executive of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

300 jobs launched at Chelmsford's new shopping centre

300 jobs go up for grabs at John Lewis at Chelmsford's new shopping centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

300 jobs at Chelmsford's newest shopping centre go up for grabs today (29 April).

The city's new John Lewis store is launching a huge recruitment drive this morning before it opens in September.

It's part of the £120 million Bond Street development that is being built there.

"The opening of the John Lewis store in the Bond Street development will be a major boost to the city."

– Councillor Neil Gulliver, cabinet member for planning and economic development at Chelmsford City Council

Tim Peake to operate Mars Rover in Hertfordshire

Tim Peake will be operating a Mars Rover in Hertfordshire from the International Space Station Credit: ITV News Anglia

Astronaut Tim Peake will be pairing up with space engineers in Hertfordshire today, when he operates a Mars Rover they built.

He will be controlling it from the International Space Station and the results will be beamed live to the scientists at the Stevenage Airbus Mars yard.

It's all part of the European Space Agency's Meteron project, which is preparing for human and robotic exploration of the solar system.

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People in the East told to call 999 only in emergencies over the bank holiday

The East of England Ambulance service is urging people to avoid calling 999 if possible over the bank holiday weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ambulance bosses in the East of England are warning people to avoid calling 999 if at all possible over the bank holiday.

Last Mayday they got more than 8,000 emergency calls. This Easter there was a 17% increase in demand. They say people feeling unwell should get checked out before the weekend to be prepared.

"Everyone can do their bit to keep their family safe by being prepared. If you are unwell, get checked out in advance and if you need medication, make sure that you've collected your prescription prior to the weekend."

– Marcus Bailey, Consultant Paramedic for EEAST

Farmers say cold snap is having a detrimental impact on crops

East Anglia's farmers say the current cold snap is having a detrimental impact on their crops.

Drilling for sugar beet is behind schedule and many asparagus growers are well behind schedule.

Algy Garrod grows asparagus at Bawdeswell near Norwich. Although it's on sale at his farm shop, that's a variety grown under polythene at a nearby farm.

Algy doesn't cover his which is why there's very little sign of growth.

"We've probably missed ten days of picking already," he said.

What he needs is several days of warm weather.

"Cold weather slows everything down; drops the soil temperature. In the last few days we've had frost, hail sleet and snow. The asparagus tips would explode with an improvement but there's little sign of it at the minute."

The immediate outlook isn't encouraging. Cold, showery weather is forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend - a bit of a concern for the region's tourist industry after a disappointing Easter.

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