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Battle to keep rural banks as hundreds set to close

Bank customers at HSBC in Reepham queue for the cash machine. Credit: Natalie Gray / ITV News Anglia

The 3,000 residents of Reepham in Norfolk will have nowhere to bank from October when HSBC closes its doors.

The soaring popularity of digital banking both online and on smart phones is being blamed.

More than 500 bank branches are expected to disappear from Britain's high streets in 2015 forcing residents of many communities to travel miles to their nearest bank.

The major lenders seem to have ditched a commitment to keep open 'the last bank in town', putting almost 900 branches in smaller towns and villages at risk of closure too.

Traders warn it'll be the death of the market town if the town's only bank and cash point goes. And elderly residents say they can't get to the nearest HSBC branch in Dereham 11 miles away.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray


Six months away but which Christmas toys are going to be big this year?

It's just six months exactly or 183 days until Christmas Day. Credit: ITV News

Not wanting to wish away the summer but it's just six months exactly or 183 days until Christmas Day and High Street stores are already looking at what will be big this festive period.

None more so than toy shops which do most of their trade over the winter months.

From a new look Tracey Island from Thunderbirds to yet more Disney Frozen toys, Christmas lists are already being written.

So which toys are expected to dominate the market this year?

Click below to find out by watching a report by David Wood

Cambridge house prices increase five-fold in two decades

House prices in Cambridge have risen faster than any other part of the UK outside London. Credit: ITV News Anglia

House prices in Cambridge have risen five-fold in since 1995 according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

The median sale price of a house in the city in 2014 was £350,000, up from £70,000 in 1995. That is a 400% increase and the biggest rise of any area of the country outside London.

Peterborough residents 'most at risk of eviction'

People in Peterborough are most at risk of losing their home in our region, according to housing charity Shelter.

Almost 800 people a week across the East of England face losing their home. Credit: PA Images

As many as one in 61 homes in the city are under threat of eviction or repossession.

Shelter suggests other 'hotspots' include: Luton (one in 70), Harlow (one in 78) and Stevenage (one in 92).

In total almost 800 people a week across the East of England face losing their home.


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Average UK house price is now £195,000

Mortgage approvals are also at a 14-month high. Credit: PA

The average UK house price is now £195,166, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

It comes after prices rose 0.3% last month, surpassing an all-time high of £193,048.

Mortgage lenders have been offering some of their lowest ever rates in recent months.

Bank of England figures released yesterday showed the number of mortgages made to home buyers lifted to a 14-month high in April.

Luton is officially the poorest area in East

Luton's "poor record" means many are on low incomes. Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Luton is officially the poorest area in the East of England according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. They show that the average expendable income in the town is a little over 13 thousand pounds - which is the ninth lowest amount in the UK

The county with the most money to spend in our region though is Hertfordshire - where the average is almost 22 thousand pouds.

Aldeburgh named third 'most expensive' seaside town

Aldeburgh in Suffolk has been named in Britain's top 10 most expensive seaside towns to buy a home.

A survey of house prices in 196 seaside towns across the country by Halifax found that with a typical value of £413,393, homes in Aldeburgh are the third most costly.

The beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

"Seaside towns have a distinct attraction, offering that all important sea view with a typically high quality of life in a healthy environment.

"There is a romance associated with living by the sea and this is evident in the high house prices seen in many of these areas."

– Craig McKinlay, mortgages director at Halifax

Here are the 10 most expensive seaside towns in Britain according to Halifax, followed by the average house price:

  • 1. Salcombe, South West - £672,874
  • 2. Sandbanks, South West - £614,726
  • 3. Aldeburgh, East Anglia - £413,393
  • 4. Lymington, South East - £404,781
  • 5. Dartmouth, South West - £403,767
  • 6. Padstow, South West - £387,109
  • 7. Lyme Regis, South West - £343,604
  • 8. Budleigh Salterton, South West - £342,442
  • 9. Bigbury on Sea, South West - £333,626
  • 10. East Wittering, South East - £330,146

Referendum rules need "urgent review"

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The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner wants an "urgent review" of referendum rules, after Bedford voters rejected his proposal for a rise in council tax to go towards policing.

Olly Martins claims the information he was allowed to put on the ballot paper was "inadequate".

Almost 70% of those who voted said no to the rise.

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