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New Amazon Research & Development centre could help change the way we shop

A new Amazon Research and Development Centre could help change the way we shop and even live our lives.

The internet shopping firm will employ 400 engineers in Cambridge working on cutting edge technology such as drones and artificial intelligence.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Protests in Northamptonshire over planned cuts to services

Under the budget cut proposals Northamptonshire County Council, 21 libraries would either be closed or handed over to community groups.

Road gritting, children's centres and bus services could also be affected.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd.

Dozens protest outside Library over planned Northamptonshire council cuts

Dozens protest outside Moulton Library in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of people have gathered outside Moulton Library in Northampton over planned cuts to County Council services.

£10 million pounds worth of cuts are on the table which could see 21 libraries handed over to community groups or closed.

Northamptonshire County Council says it doesn't get enough funding from the Government.

Library services are facing cuts by Northamptonshire County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

The County Council is set to approve starting a consultation on their budget saving plans.

It says unprecedented demand for local services along with a reduction in government funding mean the authority is facing severe financial challenges.

"There is no denying that there are difficult decisions to be made, and the proposals we have before us will undoubtedly have an impact on local communities. Therefore, what we are looking to do with some of these proposals is gauge what role local communities themselves could have in the running of these services."

– County Council Leader Cllr Heather Smith

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Crafting an impressive revival in our brewing industry

While the headlines in recent years have been dominated by the number of pubs closing down - brewers have been quietly cashing in on a renewed interest in craft beer.

The number of breweries operating in the UK has topped two thousand for the first time since the 1930s.

According to CAMRA's latest Good Pub Guide, that includes 152 in this region alone including 41 in Norfolk, 27 in Suffolk and 31 in Essex.

This week sees the 40th annual Norwich Beer Festival, with up to 20,000 visitors expected through the door by the time it finishes on Saturday 28 October.

Wizz Air launches UK licence bid ahead of Brexit

Opening its base in June

Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air has applied for a UK licence ahead of Brexit. It plans to set up a Wizz Air UK subsidiary at London Luton Airport, where it currently operates 41 routes. This will begin in March 2018 subject to receipt of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The firm pledged to employ more than 100 people in management, pilots and cabin crew roles at Luton by the end of next year.

It follows the airline opening its first base in the UK at Luton in the summer.

Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi said:

"It is a natural next step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. "The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK's eighth largest operator, and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. "We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward."

– Jozsef Varadi

Colchester's Jumbo water tower to get new lease of life

Colchester's Jumbo water tower dominates the skyline but stopped being used as a water tower back in 1987 and has since had a string of different owners.

The Grade Two listed Victorian building has fallen into disrepair but now there are plans to convert it into a restaurant.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report.

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