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Demolition work starts on Luton's Purley centre

Demolition of the Purley Centre, Luton Credit: Agency

Demolition work has started on the Purley Centre on Luton's Marsh Farm estate.

The grey concrete 60s shopping centre, which has a multi-storey block of flats above, is being knocked down as part of a £25 million regeneration project for the area.

The Purley centre back in 2008 Credit: Agency

In July 1995 there were two nights of rioting on the estate. 500 people, mainly teenagers, attacked the police with petrol bombs, bottles and bricks. It followed four days of riots in 1992.

The shops that were in the Purley Centre have moved and the site will now be used to build 93 new homes.

£54 million poultry processing plant could be built in Suffolk

New poultry processing plant could be built at Eye in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new 54 million pound poultry processing plant could be built in Eye in Suffolk.

The development by food producers Cranswick will create up to 400 new jobs.

The proposed facility does still require planning permission and consultation is ongoing.

The company has also allocated a further £13 million to increase its existing milling and hatchery facilities at Kenninghall in Norfolk.


£500,000 boost as Tour of Britain rides into Essex

The Essex economy could be line for a £500,000 boost as crowds flocked to watch some of the world's best cyclists in Tendring on Thursday.

Clacton hosted the Time Trial stage of the Tour of Britain, with the pictures being beamed to viewers across the world.

The stage was won by Dutch rider Lars Boom who completed the 10-mile route in 19 minutes and two seconds - around six seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

Rise in numbers to region's gardens, zoos and museums

The region's gardens, zoos and museums saw a large growth in visitor numbers last year, according to a new tourism survey.

The annual report by Visit England found the most popular paid-for attraction in the East of the Anglia region was Colchester Zoo, with more than a million visitors.

Also clocking up a million tourists was Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and in third place was Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.


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