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Multi-million pound project to remove overhead lines

Power lines snaking across the countryside can be a blot on the East Anglian landscape.

But now, instead of upgrading existing overhead cables, specialists teams from Holland have decided to go underground.

It's part of a multi-million pound project to improve power supplies in the area.

We've got two big large overhead lines and we are upgrading from the current voltage and moving to the higher voltage.

They're now getting towards the end of their usable life after 60 years as they cross the marshes they become harder to maintain.

So, they are ready to be replaced and hopefully they'll be down and finished with a new underground supply come the end of next year.

– Chris Powers, UK Power Networks

Warning about dangers of open water ahead of summer holidays

Police officers warn that a quick dip could have potential tragic consequences Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are urging people to think twice before jumping in the nearest lake or river to cool off ahead of the summer holidays.

The force is advising people to avoid risky open water areas, that could conceal strong undercurrents.

Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites.

It's instead encouraging people to pay a visit to the county’s many leisure centres and lidos instead.

Those walking, running or cycling near open water should also ensure they stay well clear of bank edges to avoid trips and falls.

Even the strongest of swimmers can get into difficulty as a result of undercurrents and deeper water, a bit of fun splashing around can soon turn into something a lot more tragic - as we have unfortunately seen in previous years.

– Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, of Bedfordshire Police


Northampton prepares for judging in East Midlands in Bloom competition

One of Northampton's floral displays being watered Credit: ITV News Anglia

And after months of planting, pruning and preening, Northampton is welcoming judges from the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

The team in the town are hoping they can win this year. The competition covers the six counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the aim of the competition is to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping. It also aims to achieve a litter free and sustainable environment.

Council crackdown on fly-tipping in Essex

Increased efforts will be made to catch those responsible Credit: PA

New measures are to be introduced in Tendring in Essex to crackdown on fly-tipping.

The council's going to set up a team of officers to identity hot spots and use surveillance cameras to prosecute offenders.

Residents are to be asked to play their part by reporting offenders.

The council says the fly-tipping is blighting the countryside and the main aim is to stop it from continuing.

Tendring is going to crackdown hard on offenders it catches and will use its resources to prosecute them.

However, the main aim of the exercise is not to catch these offenders – the overall objective is to reduce the increasing amount of fly-tipping that goes on all around our District.

– Cllr Michael Talbot, Tendring District Council
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