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Demand grows for rural farmland

Price of farmland is on the up. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cost of farmland has risen by 4% so far this year.

The latest Rural Land Market Survey has found the average cost of an acre is more than £8,600 - four times higher than in 2003 when regular surveys began.

The figures are said to reflect demand outstripping supply.

Recent demand has been driven principally by industrial farmers, but demand from lifestyle farmers is starting to come back.

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Police appeal after string of pubs burgled

Police are appealing for information after four pubs were burgled in west Suffolk.

All of the incidents happened between 11pm on Friday 1 August and 8am on Saturday 2 August.

The first happened in Lavenham Road in Great Waldingfield. Offenders stole a till drawer, cash and a bottle of alcohol.

The second happened in High Street in Acton. Theives took bottles of alcohol, a charity box and a box of darts.

The third happened in The Street in Horringer. Money was stolen.

The fourth happened in The Street in Chedburgh. Alcohol, cans of energy drinks, tobacco products and money were taken

Suffolk Police is reminding business owners to consider:

  • Consider installing an intruder alarm, particularly in the office and staff areas.
  • Ensure windows are fitted with window locks and that you use them whenever the premises is shut and locked.
  • Install secure doors with attack-tested locks.
  • Have a floor safe fitted. Safes should be professionally fitted and bolted to the fabric of the premise.
  • Consider a smoke device – a unit which fills the room with smoke if the intruder alarm is activated. This means the thieves can’t see inside and they can’t steal what they can’t see so leave with nothing.

Thousands of Volkswagon fans attend Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival

Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival.

Thousands of Volkswagon fans have been meeting in Thetford Forest this weekend for the twelfth annual WhiteNoise festival.

It's a celebration of all things VW as more than 300 campervans and Beetles from across the country made the journey to Euston Hall on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

It's the biggest VW event in the region and includes bands and children's entertainment.

Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival.

"I think it's a lifestyle, people buy into it and they get the bug and it's a lifelong sort of obsession then."

– Neil Haughey, Organiser
Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival.

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Multi-million pound project to map DNA

A £300 million "landmark" project to better understand the genetics of people with cancer and rare diseases is to be based near Cambridge.

The 4 year study will map the DNA of thousands of patients, helping doctors and scientists to find new drugs and treatments.

The research will be carried out at the Wellcome Trust's Genome Campus and The Sanger Institute.

The project is expected to be completed by 2017. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister says the project is destined to make Britain the world leader in genetic research on cancer and rare diseases.

David Cameron made the prediction as he announced a package of deals that will secure the future of the work, expected to be completed by 2017.

Nothing on the scale of the 100,000 Genomes Project has ever been attempted anywhere before.

Over the next four years, about 75,000 patients with cancer and rare diseases, plus their close relatives, will have their whole genetic codes, or genomes, sequenced.

Cancer patients will have the DNA of both healthy and tumour cells mapped, making up the 100,000 total.

Scientists expect the project to be pivotal to the development of future personalised treatments based on genetics, with the potential to revolutionise medicine.

The landmark project will be carried out in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Carlsberg shelves plans for distribution centre in Northampton

Carlsberg has announced it is shelving its plans for a national distribution centre in Northampton. Credit: Press Association Images.

A major brewer has shelved plans to build a new national distribution centre in Northampton.

Carlsberg had planned to move its current centre from Swan Valley to the town's Brackmills Industrial Estate.

A spokesman for the company said the decision not to continue with the relocation plan was down to commercial considerations.

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