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More people visiting the East of England

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Official tourism figures show the number of overseas visitors to the East of England grew last year.

VisitBritain says more than 1.8 million international tourists came to the region in 2017. That's a rise of about 3% compared to the previous year.

However it wasn't such good news for the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire. The number of overseas visitors there fell by 5% to under a million.

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Nationally in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2016.

Boosting inbound tourism throughout Britain is at the heart of our work, so it is very encouraging to see the growth across our nations and regions. Tourism is one of our most valuable export industries and we are forecasting that growth will continue in 2018, with 41.7 million overseas visits to the UK and visitors spending almost £27 billion.

– VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates

Protesters stage sit-in to save Brackley Library

  • ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd was live from Brackley library

Protesters staged a sit in today at Brackley library in Northamptonshire against plans to close them across the county.

There's only one more day for people to have their say on the county council's plans to close smaller libraries - or hand them over to community groups.

Over the last few months protests have been held across Northamptonshire to stop nearly thirty from shutting.

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