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Businesses need "action" to maintain economic stability

Northants Chamber of Commerce calling for Govt to act

The boss of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government to act to maintain "economic stability" following the historic EU result.

The Anglia region voted to leave the European Union by a greater margin than the rest of the country.

Some business people will be pleased with the result, and others resigned to it. Yet all companies will expect swift, decisive, and coordinated action from the government and the Bank of England to stabilise markets if trading conditions or the availability of capital change dramatically.

Firms across Northamptonshire want an immediate and unambiguous statement from the Government on next steps, along with a clear timeline for the UK's exit from the European Union.

Business will also want to see a detailed plan to support the economy during the coming transition period - as confidence, investment, hiring and growth would all be deeply affected by a prolonged period of uncertainty. If ever there were a time to ditch the straight-jacket of fiscal rules for investment in a better business infrastructure, this is it.

Businesses need action to maintain economic stability, a timeline for exit, and answers to their many practical, real-world questions about doing business during and after this historic transition. Firms want help to get Britain back to business at a time of great uncertainty. The health of the economy must be the number one priority – not the Westminster political post-mortem.”

– Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive


Region reacts to European referendum result

University Vice-Chancellor Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge has tweeted his disappointment with the result of the EU Referendum..

We note this result with disappointment. My position on this issue is well known, but 52% of voters in the Referendum disagreed. We will work with our partners in business, research and academia, as well as our European partners and the Government, to understand the implications of this outcome.

– Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Region's MPs react to PM's resignation

Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Politicians across the region have been reacting to the news that the Prime Minister has resigned after the EU Referendum result.

David Cameron announced this morning that he will step down after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Human head found in Cambridgeshire is male

Police at the scene in Mepal, Cambridgeshire Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Detectives investigating the discovery of a human head at a quarry in Cambridgeshire, have confirmed it is male.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (MCU) have been working with specialists from the Natural History Museum and an odontologist since it was found in Mepal last month.

After conducting numerous tests and examinations, specialists believe the man was aged between 30 and 50 at the time of his death, which could have been as long ago as the 1960s, although experts believe it is more likely to have occurred about 10 years ago.

Officers were called at about 3pm on Monday, May 16 after a worker at the quarry in Block Fen Drove made the discovery.

A post-mortem examination came back inconclusive, and the cause of death remains to be unknown at this stage.

One possible scenario we are looking at is that it may have been a tragic accident whereby the man was hit by a train along the Bedfordshire line. We believe the head may have been lodged somewhere along the structure of the bridge in Sharnbrook, and as part of the recent cleaning process, has been dislodged, found its way into the skip and deposited at the quarry in Mepal.

We have been working very closely with anthropologists at the Natural History Museum in London to establish the age and gender of the deceased, as well as the National Crime Agency’s Missing Persons Database, which unfortunately has not shown any DNA matches.

I would urge anyone who has any suspicions around who this person may be to contact us.

– Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit


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