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Scandinavia-bound ferry on final trip

The DFDS ferry leaves Harwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The UK's only ferry link from our region to Scandinavia is making its final crossing.

The last passengers boarded the DFDS Seaways ship bound for Denmark yesterday. It is due to arrive in Esbjerg early this afternoon.

The route between Harwich in Essex and the Danish port had been in operation for nearly 140 years, but DFDS says new European laws on what fuel they use mean the route is no longer sustainable. Passenger numbers have dropped from 300,000 to about 80,000.

New £35 million technology park for Bedfordshire

A state of the art technology park is to be built at the Millbrook Proving Ground testing centre in Bedfordshire.

The local council has given the green light for the £35million scheme to go ahead. Final approval should be granted next month.

The park will include new office space and research facilities. It will also allow more companies to base themselves at the site which could create more than a thousand new jobs.

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Council insists Luton Dunstable Busway is a success, despite lower than expected passenger numbers

The Luton Dunstable Busway. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the Luton Dunstable Busway nears its first anniversary, figures show that passenger numbers are lower than first hoped.

It was estimated around 2,500,000 journeys would be made on the route in the first nine months, but the actual number was just over 1,000,000.

Luton Borough Council insists the project is a success, and announced today that another service will be added.

"Six years ago when we were doing the business case, there were higher figures and it was an assumption.

Of course, the recession came in between that, but I think with 1.3million passengers on the busway in 2014, it's great news in any language."

– Cllr Dave Taylor, Luton Borough Council

More animals return to Sealife Sanctuary after tidal surge damage

Sea creatures returning to centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

A number of animals are returning to the Sealife Sanctuary in Hunstanton nearly 10 months after the building was damaged in last December's tidal surge on the Norfolk coast.

More than 2,500 creatures were sent to foster homes across the UK in the aftermath of the storm.

Common seals, giant sea turtles, otters, penguins and rays along with hundreds of fish are due to arrive.

Seals are among the sea creatures coming home Credit: ITV News Anglia
December's tidal surge caused damage to the centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

New deal could help wind power industry

The growing wind power industry in Norfolk and Suffolk is set to benefit from a new deal with German energy companies.

A delegation from Germany has been touring the region - including a visit to the Scroby Sands development.

As part of the visit they have signed an agreement to work together with UK companies to improve and expand wind power developments.

New deal could benefit power industry in our region Credit: ITV News Anglia

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MP pledges help for Lotus workforce

Richard Bacon Credit: ITV Anglia

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has described the proposed job losses at Group Lotus as bitter news for workers at Hethel.

I understand that the company is going through a major reshaping process in order to become more sustainable for the future. The harsh truth is that if Lotus is to prosper in the long term it must do even better, at lower cost.

“I have spoken to the Business Secretary Vince Cable and also to the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to ask for every possible help from government at this difficult time.

– Richard Bacon MP
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