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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


Police team up with College to recruit more Special Constables

Cambridge Regional College and Cambridgeshire police Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police is working with Cambridge Regional College to increase its numbers of Special Constables.

The college has joined the Employer Supported Policing initiative to inspire people to become special constables.

The partnership will mean active support from college staff who become specials, including five days a year paid leave for duties and training.

"The College's fantastic Police Academy already demonstrates really positive work between the college and the Constabulary and this initiative takes us on to another level. We are delighted that CRC has become one of the first colleges in the country, and the first in the county, to support the Special Constabulary in such a positive way."

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins

"The students are benefitting hugely from working with the police through our Police Academy and many of them will be applying for the Special Constabulary."

– CRC Principal Anne Constantine

Unemployment figures continue to fall

Three years ago the region's unemployment figure stood at six per cent. Credit: PA.

Unemployment is continuing to fall across the region, according to the latest figures.

It is down by 14,000 in the East of England with just four per cent of the workforce - 119,000 people - not in a job.

It is the lowest of anywhere in the country outside the South East.

Fancy a cool job at the South Pole?

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey is recruiting tradespeople to work at the South Pole.

It may be mid-winter in the East of England but try working in temperatures that can dip to minus 50.

The British Antarctic Survey based in Cambridge is looking for tradespeople to work at its research stations in the South Pole.

For the more adventurous the prospect of working in the Antarctic could be the experience of a lifetime.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Police host event targeting more BME recruits

The event aims to encourage people from BME backgrounds to consider joining the force Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire police is holding an event today to encourage people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to consider joining the force.

Figures show almost seven percent of people living in the county say they are from a BME background, this increases to 16.6% in Peterborough. But less than two percent of police officers are from ethnic backgrounds.

The event is part of a 'positive action' strategy which aims to ensure that the workforce fully represents the community it serves.

"Cambridgeshire has a diverse population and we are dedicated to developing a representative workforce.

Positive Action has been instigated to encourage potential candidates from ethnic minorities to explore the opportunities of a career with the police.

We want to recruit the best talent from the widest pool of people possible and are actively encouraging people from all backgrounds to consider applying to become a police officer in Cambridgeshire"

– Inspector Jayne Drury, Positive Action


67,000 burger buns made every hour in Dunstable for fast food chain

Burger buns made in Dunstable for McDonalds Credit: ITV News Anglia

It might have its roots in the States but did you know the buns for McDonalds burgers are made right here in our region.

Over the last year 70 people have been recruited for a new 10,000 square metre factory in Dunstable.

They're now making 67,000 buns every hour, 24 hours a day for restaurants across the country.

Adrian Doran, Commerical Director, Aryzta Bakery Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We have bakers in the north west, we have a bakery in the south west, but nothing really in the south east of England which represents really the biggest market for McDonalds, so it is important to have a presence in this area to enable us to get the freshest product to our restaurants on a daily basis."

– Adrian Doran, Commerical Director, Aryzta Bakery
Burger buns being produced in Dunstable Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex jobs fair the best yet say organisers

Hundreds packed out the jobs fair in Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

More than 2,000 jobseekers went along to the third annual 'Tendring Jobs and Careers Fair' in Clacton.

The event which took place at the Princess Theatre attracted 55 exhibitors with around 150 jobs available on the day.

There were long queues to get into the jobs fair Credit: Tendring District Council

"It really was fantastic to see so many people come along, some were searching for jobs while others were looking to change their career path. We also had students from a number of colleges looking to make contact with companies and the feedback from all those involved has already been extremely positive.”

– Giles Watling, Tendring District Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Inward Investment
Jobs and Careers Fair, Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

Buses were also put on to bring people in from Harwich and they proved popular.

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