Unemployment in East Anglia falls by 2,000

Unemployment in the region has decreased by 2,000, as the number of people in work nationally reaches its highest level since records began.

Tractor plant's 50th

New Holland Agriculture plant's been marking its 50th year with a tractor parade through Basildon.

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Energy firm confirms investment in wind farm

The new wind farm is due to start generating power in 2017
The new wind farm is due to start generating power in 2017 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The developers of a new wind farm off the Norfolk coast have confirmed that the project will create up to 450 jobs and bring hundreds of millions of pounds in investment to the economy.

Based 20 miles off the coast of Cromer the Dudgeon wind farm could generate enough electricity to power approximately 410,000 homes.

It's a joint venture between two Norwegian energy companies, Statoil and Statkraft.

Scientists develop barley plant that has four times the drought tolerance

Scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich are developing a barley plant that has four times the drought tolerance of their parent stock.

The effects of drought on a crop can be devastating – yield is generally reduced and the grain which is collected is often of poor quality compared to that grown under optimal conditions.

Barley is the world's fourth most commonly grown crop and has diverse uses such as cattle feed and in the production of beer and whiskey.

Click below to watch Kate Prout's report:

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C2C awarded 15-year rail franchise

Passengers have been promised improved services with the awarding of a 15-year rail franchise.

The Essex Thameside franchise has gone to present incumbent c2c, which is a National Express company.

As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £160 million.

“We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground-breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay at the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service. Today’s announcement is good news for passengers, taxpayers and shareholders alike.”

– Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive

Essex Thameside Rail franchise to stay with c2c

c2c operates through Southend-on-Sea and Shoeburyness Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Essex Thamside rail franchise is to stay with its current operator c2c, which is a National Express company.

As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £60 million.

Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive, said. "I am delighted we will continue to serve the people of East London and South Essex for another 15 years. We have listened to our customers and we local stakeholders and we have challenged ourselves to be at the forefront of innovation.

We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay ay the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service."

Who will finance the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk?

Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk.

EDF Energy has refused to be drawn on who will finance the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, which could be modelled on the new Hinkley Point site in Somerset.

It comes after reports that Chinese companies could be keen to invest after letters of intent were signed on funding for Hinkley Point.

A second public consultation on Sizewell C is expected in the autumn. EDF has worked with Chinese partners on projects for 30 years.

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Cambridge Folk Festival brings in more than £1.5 million a year to the local economy

Cambridge Folk Festival, 2013.

A study has found the Cambridge Folk Festival brings in more than £1.5 million a year to the local economy.

The research was carried out by students at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

The average spend of a festival-goer in shops and businesses in Cambridge was around £94. This year's festival, with headliner Van Morrison, is sold out.

Vauxhall considers second shift at Luton factory

A new Vivaro outside Vauxhall's Luton factory
A new Vivaro outside Vauxhall's Luton factory Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton based Vauxhall says it's considering introducing a second shift at the Luton van plant.

The announcement comes on the day the company launched the latest version of the Vivaro van.

The decision to build the vehicles in Luton has secured the future of 1,200 jobs over the next decade with the prospect of more workers being recruited in the future.

Work on Black Cat roundabout

Work to improve the busy A1 Black Cat roundabout on the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire border near St Neots starts at 0730 this morning.

The £5.6m scheme aims to ease congestion, improve journey times for road users and improve safety. It is part of the Government's £317million pinch point programme, which aims to boost local economies by reducing congestion and delays at key locations.

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