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The £650,000 dredging operation to keep the canal flowing

A massive clean-up is taking place along the Grand Union Canal in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A massive clean-up is taking place along the Grand Union Canal in the Anglia region.

The Canal and River Trust is spending £650,000 on dredging silt and debris with the idea is of making navigation easier for canal users.

Seven miles of the Grand Union Canal is going to be dredged in an operation that takes place only once in 30 years.

The sediment which is dragged from the bed is rich in nutrients and will be used on nearby farmland

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Dani Crawshaw who spent the day in Bedfordshire seeing the work being done there

Holidaymakers asked for cash to support seaside lifeguards

Cromer is the first place in East Anglia for ask holidaymakers for cash to fund the lifeguards. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Holidaymakers in the Norfolk seaside resort of Cromer are being encouraged to give financial support to help pay for the lifeguards there in the future.

It is a busy time for the emergency services as ten of thousands of people are expected to flock to the beaches for the last bank holiday weekend of the summer.

Cromer is the first place in East Anglia where the public is being asked to help with funding and the target this year is £32,000.

North Norfolk council pays for most of the lifeguard's salaries but it's funding for the equipment and training that the RNLI want the public's support for.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson


Hay stack will keep burning in Essex for several hours

The hay stack alight near Halstead. Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters in Essex spent the night tackling a blaze in a 60-tonne stack of hay.

Crews from Braintree and Halstead were called to the incident at Greenstead Green just before 1.30am Friday morning.

By 7.30am, 30 tonnes of hay were still burning and the stack is expected to continue to burn for another eight hours.

One fire engine will remain at the scene until it is considered safe to leave.

Thousands descend on Hatfield House to celebrate Great British countryside

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Around 120,000 people are expected to visit Hatfield in Hertfordshire this weekend to celebrate the Great British countryside.

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The annual three day Game Fair is being staged at Hatfield House for the first time in it's 59 year old history.

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The Game Fair boasts the most comprehensive array of field sports in the UK, including archery, air gunning, falconry, fishing, ferrets, gun dogs, horses & hounds and Europe’s longest clay shooting line.

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