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Six months away but which Christmas toys are going to be big this year?

It's just six months exactly or 183 days until Christmas Day. Credit: ITV News

Not wanting to wish away the summer but it's just six months exactly or 183 days until Christmas Day and High Street stores are already looking at what will be big this festive period.

None more so than toy shops which do most of their trade over the winter months.

From a new look Tracey Island from Thunderbirds to yet more Disney Frozen toys, Christmas lists are already being written.

So which toys are expected to dominate the market this year?

Click below to find out by watching a report by David Wood

Peterborough residents 'most at risk of eviction'

People in Peterborough are most at risk of losing their home in our region, according to housing charity Shelter.

Almost 800 people a week across the East of England face losing their home. Credit: PA Images

As many as one in 61 homes in the city are under threat of eviction or repossession.

Shelter suggests other 'hotspots' include: Luton (one in 70), Harlow (one in 78) and Stevenage (one in 92).

In total almost 800 people a week across the East of England face losing their home.


Fears over shortage of new homes in Cambridgeshire

There are fears of a housing crisis in Cambridgeshire after government planning inspectors revealed that local councils have seriously underestimated the number of new homes needed in the county.

Forty three thousand are required over the next 15 years that's 10,000 more than are currently planned.

The inspectors go on to say more of them should be built on the edge of Cambridge to tackle a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Click below to watch Matthew Hudson's report:

Cambridgeshire needs thousands of new homes

Government planning inspectors say 43,000 new homes are needed in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire over 16 years.

They have called for local councils to reconsider their current strategy of creating new towns and villages to tackle the shortage of affordable homes.

Thousands of new homes are needed Credit: PA

Instead they suggest building more houses on the edge of the city because this may be more sustainable.

The local plan document plots delivery of 33,000 new homes and 43,000 jobs until 2031, as 'Greater Cambridge' faces an enormous period of growth.

Aldeburgh named third 'most expensive' seaside town

Aldeburgh in Suffolk has been named in Britain's top 10 most expensive seaside towns to buy a home.

A survey of house prices in 196 seaside towns across the country by Halifax found that with a typical value of £413,393, homes in Aldeburgh are the third most costly.

The beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

"Seaside towns have a distinct attraction, offering that all important sea view with a typically high quality of life in a healthy environment.

"There is a romance associated with living by the sea and this is evident in the high house prices seen in many of these areas."

– Craig McKinlay, mortgages director at Halifax

Here are the 10 most expensive seaside towns in Britain according to Halifax, followed by the average house price:

  • 1. Salcombe, South West - £672,874
  • 2. Sandbanks, South West - £614,726
  • 3. Aldeburgh, East Anglia - £413,393
  • 4. Lymington, South East - £404,781
  • 5. Dartmouth, South West - £403,767
  • 6. Padstow, South West - £387,109
  • 7. Lyme Regis, South West - £343,604
  • 8. Budleigh Salterton, South West - £342,442
  • 9. Bigbury on Sea, South West - £333,626
  • 10. East Wittering, South East - £330,146

Employment Minister Priti Patel delighted as unemployment falls again

The new Employment Minister Priti Patel and Witham MP. Credit: PA

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the region.

In the East of England it was down by 19,000 in the first quarter of the year to 137,000.

It's fallen from just under 7% of the population in 2013 to a little over 4% this year.

"Looking at roads, infrastructure, more business development, positive stories from Cambridge, from Ipswich, from Martlesham to Stansted Airport as well.

I think it's a very positive story in terms of the growth we are seeing.

The investment we are seeing in the region, It's all about creating a brighter and more secure future for individuals."

– Priti Patel MP, Employment Minister


Cambridge among the "healthiest" High Streets in the UK, while Northampton doesn't fare so well...

Cambridge city centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge has one of the "healthiest" High Streets in the country according to the Royal Society for Public Health.

It came 7th out of 70 major towns and cities. Researchers looked at whether their High Streets encouraged a healthy lifestyle by measuring how many health centres, museums and leisure centres were there.

The "Healthiest" High Streets in the UK

  • 1.) Shrewsbury
  • 2.) Ayr
  • 3.) Salisbury
  • 4.) Perth
  • 5.) Hereford
  • 6.) Carlisle
  • 7.) Cambridge
  • 8.) Cheltenham
  • 9.) York
  • 10.) Bristol

In contrast, Northampton was named as the 5th "unhealthiest" High Street.

Preston came out on top in that particular list.

Click below to watch a report from ITV's Wesley Smith

Work finally starts on new development in Wellingborough

Artist Impression of the site in Welingborough Credit: Borough Council of Wellingborough

Work is finally due to start on the long awaited Stanton Cross development in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire today.

It'll increase the size of the town by a third - creating three thousand new homes, a new school, and shops and offices.

It's got the go-ahead after the council was given permission to use a crucial piece of land needed for the site's main road.

The project has been in the pipeline for nearly two decades.

Stanton Cross development Credit: Borough Council of Wellingborough

The cost of renting has risen across the east

The cost of renting has risen by around 10% in the east Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cost of renting a house in East Anglia has risen by the highest amount in any region over the last five years.

The average tenant in East Anglia now pays £787 a month compared to £714 a month a year ago. Putting the rent rise at 10.2% year on year - the highest across the UK.

"The rental sector is carrying the weight of the housing crisis. More homes are needed to house an ever-growing population. The supply simply isn't there. The result is that landlords are catering to those who can't afford to buy as well as those who choose renting for the flexibility it offers them - workers moving into new jobs, or people wanting to get a feel for an area before committing to property ownership and setting down roots."

– Adrian Gill, Director of Estate Agents Reeds Rain and Your Move
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