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Village fighting in favour of building more houses

Quite often plans for village expansion and huge new estates of houses are met with fierce opposition and local protest.

But one community in Suffolk is putting forward plans to expand their village which residents say is vital to sustain its future.

Lavenham was more houses built so there are affordable homes for younger people. Credit: ITV News Anglia

91% of those in Lavenham who voted were in favour of plans to build around 100 homes over the next decade.

Currently, expensive housing means it's mainly the older generation who can afford to live in the area. Now villagers want to bring young families back.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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Rural crime cost the East of England £6.9 million in 2015

Police patrolling a farm Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rural crime cost the East of England £6.9 million pounds last year according to new figures from the National Farmers' Union.

The figures are slightly down from the year before though, when the cost was put at £7.1 million.

NFU Mutual's annual crime report found that farm equipment along with oil and diesel were most often stolen.

"Rural thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated and using computers rather than bolt cutters to steal from farms and country properties. Farmers and police have been working hard to adopt high-tech security measures to tackle the problems which now include: cloning tractor identities, advertising non-existent machinery in agricultural publications and stealing the GPS computer systems which are a key part of modern farming."

– Philip Breary, NFU Mutual Senior Agent in the East of England

Across the UK as a whole, the cost of rural crime was put at £42.5 million in 2015.

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