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Stevenage scientists unveil new craft to monitor pollution from space

Scientists at Stevenage based Airbus Defence and Space have unveiled a new craft today which will monitor pollution in space.

The Sentinel 5P Credit: ITV Anglia

The Sentinel 5P will monitor our ozone layer, pollution and climate change.

When launched it will orbit the Earth at a height of 824 km and can map the whole Earth's atmosphere in one day.

It's carrying the Dutch Tropomi monitoring system which will provide much more accurate and reliable data than ever before.

Major repairs to protect Fens flood defences

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The Environment Agency has started major repairs to flood defences in the Fens.

The work along Engine Road near Ten Mile Bank will last up to three months, while trees are removed and 300 metres of steel piling is installed.

It means the road will remain fully closed throughout. The Environment Agency says the repairs will finish in September.

"We recognise there will be some disruption to the local community. We trust they will understand the need to undertake these works as soon as possible in order to finish before the next flood season, thereby reducing the flood risk to people and property. Support and patience is appreciated during this time."


Call for new powers to tackle littering from cars

Councils are calling for new powers to let them tackle the "huge and spiralling" problem of littering from cars.

Piles of litter. Credit: PA Images

Local authorities outside London want to have the power to fine vehicle owners if someone drops litter from their car to help tackle the thousands of sacks of waste that end up on roadsides every year.

They warn they are not able to tackle the problem effectively because they have to positively identify who has thrown the rubbish out of the car.

Councils are calling on the Government to bring in new regulations that bring the rest of the country in line with London, where vehicle owners can be fined, regardless of who dropped the litter.

Almost a quarter of motorists (23%) admit to having thrown litter out of the car, research suggests.

Clearing up the vast quantities of plastic bottles, cigarette butts, food wrappers and other rubbish that gets dumped from cars is difficult, dangerous and expensive to clear up, the Local Government Association (LGA) warns.

On just 18 miles of A-roads in north Hertfordshire, some 80 tonnes of litter from cars were cleared up in an annual clear-up, the equivalent of 3,200 wheelie bins or 10,000 sacks of waste.

LGA environment spokesman Peter Box said:

"Road litter is a huge and spiralling problem which is threatening to overwhelm some of the nation's roads. It is difficult - and dangerous - for councils to clear up.<

"The litter louts who blight our roads and cost council taxpayers millions in clean-up costs are currently getting away scot free thanks to a legal loophole.<

"It's time for the lazy, selfish people who toss rubbish from moving cars learn this behaviour is simply unacceptable.<

"We are calling on the Government to urgently give councils the appropriate powers to tackle this issue head-on."

– LGA environment spokesman Peter Box.


The conflict between countryside and new housing in East Anglia

There's opposition to plans to build thousands of new homes in East Anglia with some people accusing builders of destroying rural life.

Developers say their plans will bring jobs as well as providing green spaces.

Among the proposals is a new village near Langham in Essex, which is close to Colchester, as well as a development at Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

Littleport lies six miles north of Ely. There's concern at plans to be build another 250 homes on the outskirts leading to fears the village could eventually become a suburb of its larger neighbour.

In Essex, plans to build a garden village near Langham, including 4,000 homes, have been submitted to Colchester Council.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Chemical leak alert in Suffolk

Police have closed Kettle Lane in Creeting St Mary after a container that came off a lorry was found to be leaking a potentially hazardous substance.

Officers stopped the Mercedes lorry on the roundabout at the A140/ A14 interchange. The vehicle had been carrying two containers, one of which had slipped out of the side of the lorry and was on the verge and leaking.

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