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Setback for campaigners fighting housing development in Suffolk's 'Constable country'

There's been a blow to campaigners fighting plans to build more than 300 homes in the Suffolk countryside that inspired the artist John Constable.

The development in Brantham has now been approved by the district council, but some say it will turn the village into a town and the infrastructure won't be able to cope.

With growing demand for housing and government targets to meet there are many more in the East who are forming groups to try and protect their countryside.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

450 jobs created in new Ryanair training centre at Stansted

Vince Cable, George Osborne and Ed Balls Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's emerged 450 jobs will be created at a new Ryanair training Centre to be based at Stansted Airport.

The airline's boss Michael O'Leary announced the investment at the airport as part of a stronger in Europe event alongside George Osborne, Vince Cable and Ed Balls.

However Leave campaigners have accused Mr O'Leary of hypocrisy quoting speeches he made in 2011 criticising the EU.


Scheme launched to stop rogue traders targeting vulnerable people

Traders will be put through a strict vetting procedure. Credit: ITV Anglia

A new scheme is launching in Hertfordshire today to stop vulnerable people being targeted by rogue traders.

Local traders applying to the scheme will have to go through a strict vetting procedure, including a criminal record check.

It's been developed by the consumer organisation Which? and Hertfordshire County Council.

Enthusiasts flock to see high speed trains on show

Gathering for trains proved popular over the Bank Holiday Credit: ITV News Anglia

They've been a familiar site on the East Coast line through Peterborough for decades, but soon they'll be part of rail history.

Local trains joined 40 HST 125s from across the country over the Bank Holiday to mark the loco's ruby anniversary.

New electric trains are scheduled to replace them in a couple of years.

Trains on show for enthusiasts Credit: ITV News

"We're on the cusp of the sister of the high speed train and the intercity express train today and we thought this was a good time to celebrate the work it's done and the engineers that worked on them have done."

– Dan Panes, Great Western Railway


Apprenticeship fair being held in Northampton

Apprenticeship fair is to take place in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hundreds of schoolchildren across Northampton will be attending an apprenticeship fair in the town today.

The show, thought to be biggest of its type ever held in the country, is taking place at the Royal and Derngate theatre.

Both the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and the Minister for Apprentices Nick Boles are going too.

Hundreds of schoolchildren aged from fourteen to eighteen and from ten Northampton schools will be attending with more than 35 businesses with apprenticeship vacancies on offer.

Jobs could be at risk at Luton-based airline Monarch

Jobs could be at risk at Luton-based Monarch. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire.

Luton-based airline Monarch is considering closing one of its engineering bases.

Unions say it would mean the loss of more than 100 jobs - including 13 in Luton.

Monarch's interim managing director Andy Mackay said all staff would be offered alternative roles if the closure of the base at Manchester Airport went ahead.

But Unite said workers had already had to make "significant sacrifices" in terms of pay and conditions to secure their future.

"It is very disappointing and a severe blow to our engineering members to hear this news when they have played their part in turning around Monarch and making the airline the profitable business that it is today."

– Oliver Richardson, Unite national officer.
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