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Prehistoric past to become tourist attraction

Over the past quarter of a century, there have been the most amazing discoveries along the coast of Norfolk.

The remains of a mammoth, and more recently footprints that were 850 thousand years old - the earliest evidence of humans in Europe.

These were found at West Runton and Happisburgh.

On the back of this, the county is hoping to create a tourist attraction reflecting its prehistoric past.

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One of Europe's rarest butterflies spotted in Norfolk

One of Europe's rarest butterflies has been spotted in Norfolk Credit: Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell

One of Europe's most rare butterflies has been spotted in Norfolk.

The scarce tortoiseshell also known as the Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, is so uncommon it hasn't managed to survive hibernation here for more than 60 years.

But it was spotted in Holt country park this month. Conservationists say this new sighting is a truly historic event as it marks the first time this stunning butterfly has ever overwintered successfully in Britain.


Milton Keynes shortlisted for centre of excellence for low emission vehicles

Electric buses are already being used in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Milton Keynes Council's been shortlisted as one of twelve contenders to become a centre of excellence for low emission vehicles.

The announcement was made by Transport Minister.

Milton Keynes already has some of the UK's most advanced projects for low emission vehicles, including the recent installation of 50 rapid chargers which can charge an electric car in around 20 minutes.

Big beach clean collects hundreds of bags of litter

A plastic hand, a colostomy bag and sea defences from the second world war have all been washed up on our beaches in the last year.

The Marine Conservation Society today published the findings of its Great British Beach Clean which was carried out by thousands of volunteers last September.

They collected 43 bags of rubbish in Essex, 136 bags in Suffolk, and 169 bags of litter in Norfolk - including 87 from Cley beach and Blakeney Point alone.

ITV News Anglia spoke to Charlotte Coombes from the Marine Conservation Society who said one everyday item in particular was causing big problems at the moment.

Changes to recycling centres in Norfolk are put on hold

Recycling centre changes have been put on hold Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk County Council's agreed that plans to cut opening hours at five of its recycling centres from 7 to 4 days a week are to be put on hold.

The changes were due to come in next month.

There were also plans to charge a £2 entry fee at 9 recycling centres from next year. The Council has decided that this should also be dropped.

The changes were designed to make savings of around £450,000. Instead they will carry out a comprehensive review of the centres to see how savings could be made elsewhere.

"Pressing the pause button on these changes is a good decision. It gives us more time to take a fresh look at our current range of services and infrastructure and see whether they really are helping Norfolk's residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible."

– Toby Coke, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee

The review should be completed and a report prepared for the Committee's next meeting in September.


MK in running for share of £35m 'green fund'

Milton Keynes is one of a dozen cities bidding for a share of a £35 million fund to become centres of excellence for low emission vehicles.

Underpass in Milton Keynes Credit: PA Images

The Go Ultra Low city scheme will reward cities that demonstrate the most potential to become internationally outstanding examples for the adoption of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in a local area.

The funding has been announced alongside an additional £30 million to enable local authorities and bus operators to replace existing vehicles with greener, cutting-edge alternatives to help clean up urban air quality.

The shortlisted cities have been invited to develop their proposals over the summer and the winners will be announced in the autumn.

Power cables removed from beauty spot in Norfolk

Power cables and poles being removed from Holkham Estate, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Power cables and 19 supporting poles have been removed from an area of outstanding beauty in North Norfolk.

The cables now run underground, opening up the vista across from Holkham beach to Wells-next-the-Sea.

The work is costing £115,000 and it's hoped it will improve the experience of the area for tourists.

The cables are now underground, rather than on the landscape Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Just as I was driving up the coast road, half the poles had been taken down and the difference it made to the landscape was tremendous. You don't think they're that significant, but as soon as they're gone, the landscape, which is vast, is greatly improved by it."

– Sarah Henderson, Holkham Estate Conservation Manager
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