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New multi-million pound shopping centre opens in Essex

The John Lewis store in the Bond Street development will be a major boost to the city. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A multi-million pound redevelopment in Chelmsford will be officially opened this morning.

It's hoped the £64m Bond Street complex will help the city compete with the shopping centres of London.

It features a cinema, shops and restaurants and will generate at least 450 jobs.

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Police issue advice after worried calls about door knock sellers

Police in East Hertfordshire are reminding people they do not have to buy goods from 'door knock' sales people. It comes after a number of calls were made to police this week about men trying to sell household items.

At one address in Stansted Abbotts police received reports that one seller became abusive when a resident refused to buy anything. Another women reported being inappropriately touched by one of the sellers as he passed her in the street.

17 calls were made to police in total.

Selling at the door is not a crime, but abusive and inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable. We are also worried that some people are being really pressurised by some of the sales tactics and have ended up parting with a lot of cash for low value items. It is often elderly residents who are targeted, who may not have the confidence to say no, or who may get confused about what they are agreeing to buy and then handing over more cash than they intended.”

– Neighbourhood Sgt Martin May

Officers are keen to trace the group of men who were operating in east herts on Weds 17th August. They were travelling in a white van and were aged between 20 and 30 years.

If you saw these men or have any information regarding their activity, please contact Sergeant Martin May on the non-emergency number 101.

'Too ugly' for supermarket lemons saved by Peterborough farm

Six tonnes of organic lemons were deemed ‘unsuitable to meet retailer specification based on appearance’. Credit: Riverford Farmers

An organic farming group based in Peterborough are warning of the impact of supermarkets wasting food.

Riverford have bought six tonnes of lemons that were deemed unsuitable due to their appearance.

Around a third of the food we produce worldwide ends up in the bin.

Our customers love knowing exactly where the food on their plate has come from- we can tell them who grew it, how they grew it, and when it was picked.

This connection means they enjoy getting unusual shaped veg that has been grown for flavour, not cosmetic perfection, and having the reassurance that our farmers are paid fairly for their produce, even if it is not aesthetically perfect.

– James Negus, Riverford

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Norwich is most affordable city to study says new report

Norwich market Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich is the most affordable city in our region for students according to a new report by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The city was ranked at 12th place in the UK, with Cambridge in 23rd place, making it the third most expensive.

The top five most affordable cities:

  • Portsmouth
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Belfast
  • Exeter
  • Norwich (12th)
  • Cambridge (23rd)
Cambridge city centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The survey took into account a range of factors, including living and accommodation costs and average incomes for students.

It also looked at how much students spend on going out and how much time they spend studying.

Cambridgeshire pub scoops CAMRA 'pub of the year'

The Falcon, Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the oldest pubs in Huntingdon which had connections to Oliver Cromwell has been named as CAMRA's Cambridgeshire's 'pub of the year'.

The Falcon was on the county's at risk register six years ago, but was turned around after a successful Facebook campaign to save it.

It was finally rescued when lease owners Paul and Alyson Hepworth took over and reopened the pub at the end of 2014.

We opened in 2014 and everyone has just been promoting and telling friends.

We're the only pub where you can have board games and bring your animals.

It's more of a family pub. It's great- it means we're all working towards something and it is paying off.

– Charlotte Sodeaux, Kitchen manager

Research finds 57% of parents in the east stretch finances to pay for annual holiday

The Norfolk coast Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nearly a third of parents say their kids decide where the family holiday will be each year, with half in the East of England saying they're pressured into visiting certain destinations.

The research by travel search engine Kayak found nearly 60 per cent stretch their finances to pay for their annual break.

57%
Regularly stretch their finances

Parents also take grandparents on family holidays to contribute to the overall costs and to babysit.

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