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EasyJet pilots vote for industrial action - as airline makes last-minute offer

An EasyJet plane. Credit: Press Association.

Pilots at Luton-based airline EasyJet have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over fatigue.

However, their union, Balpa, has announced that talks are planned to try to resolve the row following a last-minute offer from the company.

General Secretary Brian Strutton said 96% of members at the airline voted for some form of industrial action on a turnout of 88%.

Balpa said it would issue further information tomorrow after considering the offer from EasyJet.

"For clarity that means there are no plans for pilots taking industrial action in EasyJet at this stage."

– Brian Strutton, Balpa.


Union gives cautious welcome to Bernard Matthews sale

Poultry giant Bernard Matthews has been sold Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been reported tonight that East Anglia's poultry giant Bernard Matthews has been sold to the 2 Sisters Food Group.

The firm - based at Great Witchingham in Norfolk employs more than two thousand people in the region.

The Unite has given the sale a cautious welcome and say they will meet with managers tomorrow to discuss future employment and pay under the new ownership.

Housing market in the East of England picking up after Brexit

House prices are rising again following a dip after Brexit. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The housing market's expected to pick up again across the east following a dip after Brexit.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors says house prices will increase by 3.3% per year on average for the next five years.

This marks the most confident prediction given in the survey since the referendum vote, although not as strong as predictions made closer to the start of the year, when surveyors predicted annual price growth of more than 4%.

East Anglia has seen the strongest growth in the UK with 30 % of surveyors reporting price rises.

"There are clear signs that the housing market is settling down after the initial surprise of the outcome to the EU referendum. Buyer enquiries did dip again in August but only modestly, and more significantly, sales expectations are beginning to edge upwards once again."

– Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist

London Luton to New York flights suspended

La Compagnie plane at London Luton Airport. Credit: La Compagnie

Flights between London Luton Airport and New York (Newark) have been suspended after French operator La Compagnie said the service was no longer economical to run.

The Business class boutique airline says it wants to concentrate on it's Paris to New York route in the wake of of a challenging financial climate in Europe.

Flights between Luton and New York began in April last year and will cease on Sunday 25th September .

We would like to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of our passengers who have supported us since the launch of our London – New York operations from April 2015 to present. This has not been an easy decision for us to make but we would like to emphasise that this is the suspension of, not the cancellation of, the London – New York route

– Frantz Yvelin, Founder CEO of La Compagnie.


Suffolk's Chamber of Commerce writes to PM over Hinkley Point delay

Sizewell C nuclear power station Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk's Chamber of Commerce has written to the Prime Minister expressing concern over the future of the Sizewell C nuclear power station.

It follows the delay on the decision over building a new power station at Hinkley Point.

The Chamber says building Sizewell C would pump £100 million a year into the local economy for the next ten years.

It urges the Prime Minister for a quick decision on Hinkley Point.

Rural crime cost the East of England £6.9 million in 2015

Police patrolling a farm Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rural crime cost the East of England £6.9 million pounds last year according to new figures from the National Farmers' Union.

The figures are slightly down from the year before though, when the cost was put at £7.1 million.

NFU Mutual's annual crime report found that farm equipment along with oil and diesel were most often stolen.

"Rural thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated and using computers rather than bolt cutters to steal from farms and country properties. Farmers and police have been working hard to adopt high-tech security measures to tackle the problems which now include: cloning tractor identities, advertising non-existent machinery in agricultural publications and stealing the GPS computer systems which are a key part of modern farming."

– Philip Breary, NFU Mutual Senior Agent in the East of England

Across the UK as a whole, the cost of rural crime was put at £42.5 million in 2015.

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