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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.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report

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.

Cathedral's resident peregrine falcons lay first egg

The first egg has been laid by Norwich's peregrine falcons. Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust.

Norwich Cathedral's resident peregrine falcons have laid their first egg of the year.

The Hawk and Owl Trust made the announcement on its Twitter feed this morning.

The trust installed a platform for the birds at the cathedral in 2011.

In 2014, four chicks hatched but two later died.

The eggs have an average incubation period of about 35 days.

To watch the Hawl and Owl Trust's live webcam feed from the cathedral, click here.

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.

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