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New Assistant Chief Constable wants increase in BME officers

Nav Malik at his first day in his new job yesterday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police says he wants to see the force recruit more officers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Nav Malik is now one of the country's most senior muslim policemen and hopes others can follow in his footsteps.

Recent figures showed that only 2% of officers in Cambridgeshire were from a BME background.

I think it's about making sure we market the role.

There are some communities that don't see the police service as an obvious career choice so for us it's about marketing the role, making sure we make the opportunities available to them.

– Nav Malik, Cambridgeshire Police Assistant Chief Constable

Essex firefighter numbers could be cut to save millions

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

The number of full-time firefighters in Essex could be cut, meaning the service is more reliant on volunteer or on-call firefighters.

Almost 140 Essex firefighters could lose their jobs as part of a proposed shake-up. The service says cuts are necessary because of shrinking budgets, but the Fire Brigades Union says it could put lives at risk.

The fire service has to save seven million pounds a year until 2020. Three quarters of people who took part in a recent public consultation backed plans to reduce crew numbers.


Government considers pension law change to speed up Tata Steel sale

Tata steel employs 500 people in Corby. Credit: PA

The government is looking at changing pension laws to help the sale of Tata Steel which employs 500 people at Corby.

A consultaton process has been launched to look at price index changes to the British Steel pension fund which many of the Corby workers belong to, that could potentially save billions of pounds.

Scheme launched to stop rogue traders targeting vulnerable people

Traders will be put through a strict vetting procedure. Credit: ITV Anglia

A new scheme is launching in Hertfordshire today to stop vulnerable people being targeted by rogue traders.

Local traders applying to the scheme will have to go through a strict vetting procedure, including a criminal record check.

It's been developed by the consumer organisation Which? and Hertfordshire County Council.

Tata plants up for sale as future of Corby mill remains uncertain

Around 500 people are employed at the Corby plant. Credit: PA

Tata steel will begin the official process to sell its UK plants today, with the future of the Corby site still unclear.

The government says a number of interested parties have come forward, including Liberty Steel, who are said to have had "positive meetings" with the business secretary.

The steel rolling mill in Corby employs around 500 people.


Uncertain future for Corby steelworkers

Tom Pursglove MP has tweeted in reponse to the decision. Credit: ITV Anglia.

There is still uncertainty for the future of workers at Corby's Tata Steel Mill after the company announced it will try to sell all of its UK plants.

Six hundred jobs there are currently at risk as part of the latest cutbacks in steel production.

The decision was taken in India last night.

Since that decision the MP for Corby Tom Pursglove has tweeted his support for the workers in his constituency and the steel industry as a whole

200 jobs at risk as Essex dairy plant earmarked for closure

Arla Foods wants to move the majority of its production to their site in Buckinghamshire. Credit: Arla Foods

Up to 200 jobs could be lost with the closure of a dairy processing plant in Essex.

Arla Foods wants to shut the site in Hatfield Peverel by the end of July this year.

Some of the jobs could be moved to the company's Aylesbury factory.

As a farmer-owned dairy company, our mission is to return the highest value for our farmers’ milk, creating opportunities for growth.

The development of Aylesbury is helping us to deliver this vision in the UK, as the dairy approaches capacity.

We are entering into full consultation with all colleagues affected by both proposals, and their trade union representatives.

We are committed to supporting affected colleagues at this difficult time and will do everything we can to support them in their search for suitable alternative employment, either within Arla or elsewhere.

– Dan Kolding, Arla Foods

Norfolk fire fighters protest over proposed budget cuts

Heacham in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across Norfolk will be gathering outside county hall today to protest against proposed budget cuts.

Plans include shutting Heacham Fire Station- as well as closing two retained stations at either West Walton or Outwell.

The fire brigade's union says it's worried lives could be put at risk.

Fire fighters have protesting in the past about budget cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia
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