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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.

How to avoid becoming a victim of online scams

Brian Chatten from Norfolk Trading Standards joined Jonathan and Becky in the studio to talk about the widespread problem of online fraud.

It costs consumers around £42 million a year, with the majority of these crimes carried out by well-organised criminal gangs who trick people into parting with personal information such as bank account details.

The older generations are most vulnerable to scams.

Mr Chatten said people should always be aware when online, and never hand money over to someone you have never met.

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams


Norfolk pub that caters for peckish pooches

  • Video report by ITV News's Anglia's Natalie Gray

For dogs around the country, a stroll to the pub has long been rewarded with only a dish of water to slurp and perhaps a dry biscuit.

But more and more eateries are now offering peckish pooches proper meals of their own.

The Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham near King's Lynn offers three course meals for mutts, and, if you order in advance, Christmas dinners as well.

So while you're tucking in, your dog can enjoy a meal too!


Crafting an impressive revival in our brewing industry

While the headlines in recent years have been dominated by the number of pubs closing down - brewers have been quietly cashing in on a renewed interest in craft beer.

The number of breweries operating in the UK has topped two thousand for the first time since the 1930s.

According to CAMRA's latest Good Pub Guide, that includes 152 in this region alone including 41 in Norfolk, 27 in Suffolk and 31 in Essex.

This week sees the 40th annual Norwich Beer Festival, with up to 20,000 visitors expected through the door by the time it finishes on Saturday 28 October.

Northamptonshire town has UK's fastest rising house prices

House prices rise in the East of England Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images
Great Yarmouth has the lowest average house price in the region

Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has the fastest rising house prices in the UK, say new government statistics. Prices there soared 15% in the year to August 2017, with the average costing £215,000.

In both the East of England and the East Midlands prices were up 6.4% from last year, more than double the rate of inflation. However, several areas including Mid Suffolk, East Northants and Peterborough were hit with house price rises of over 10%.

House prices in the region are now the highest in the UK outside of London and the South East. The average UK house price was £226,000 in August 2017. In St Albans, where house prices are the highest in the region, the average was £526,216.

Welwyn Hatfield was the only place in the region where prices dipped and the lowest average house prices were seen in Great Yarmouth (£161,992), Corby (£178,131), and Fenland (£179,984).

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