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Police warn Norfolk shopkeepers about fake £50 notes

Fake £50 notes have been found in circulation in the Norwich area.

Norfolk Police are warning shopkeepers to be on their guard against fake £50 notes in circulation.

There have been four reports of counterfeit bank notes being passed in the Norwich area.

The first incident was on Thursday 17 September at the Co-op in Dereham Road, Costessey when two notes were handed over. The following day the Jet petrol station in Rose Lane, Norwich was targeted.

Police say One Stop in Town Green, Wymondham was also hit on Friday 18 September and the BP garage in Costessey on Sunday 20 September.

"Shop workers are asked to be vigilant and to carry out basic checks and making use of ultra-violet equipment, which most stores have."

– Norfolk Police


Foodbanks in the East see summer surge in demand

Foodbanks across the region are seeing a surge in demand this summer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Foodbanks across the region are seeing a surge in demand this summer as families struggle to afford food for children who'd normally get free school meals.

A recent survey suggests a third of parents on lower than average incomes are skipping meals so their children can eat properly during the six week break.

"It does bring a panic when it comes to summer holidays, because when your children are at school, they get their free school meals, because when you're on benefits you do get the pupil premium.

However, when it's the summer holidays they're at home every day, so they're eating more."

– Sharon Deeming, mother

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.

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