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Scam phone calls trick elderly out of thousands

In the past week two elderly people have lost thousands of pounds.

People living in Stevenage are being warned of scam phone calls taking place there.

In the past week two elderly people have lost thousands of pounds when someone posing as a police officer investigating credit card fraud persuaded them to give up their bank details.

In the first case an 80-year-old man was contacted by a woman who claimed she was investigating theft and credit card fraud and managed to convince him to withdraw £7,000 from his bank.

An 80-year-old woman was also contacted by a woman claiming to be a police officer from the fraud squad in London who was investigating a 'massive fraud'.

Fresh warnings of fines in crackdown on flytipping

Flytipping is a persistent problem for many rural areas. Credit: ITV Anglia.

People who pay to have rubbish taken away are being warned they face fines of £300 if it is not disposed of legally.

It is part of a crackdown by Kettering Borough Council on 'flytippers'.

Two people so far have been fined by the council after their rubbish was found dumped on the highway after they paid someone in a van to remove it.

Future generations will never own their "forever" home

73% of people in the East of England fear future generations will never have a 'forever home' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nearly three quarters of us in the East fear future generations will never own their "forever" home.

The charity Shelter says the housing shortage means millions are facing a lifetime of instability.

73% of younger people felt it was harder for them to get a home to settle down in, than it was for their parents.

“The fact that vast numbers of people fear their grandchildren will never have a home to put down roots in, highlights the sad truth that this country is once again at the mercy of a housing crisis.

Our current housing shortage means millions are facing a lifetime of instability and, understandably, people are giving up hope".

– Campbell Robb, Shelter’s CEO


'Eastern Powerhouse' devolution deal expected on budget day

Chancellor George Osborne outside Downing Street. Credit: Press Association.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce a devolution deal for a so-called Eastern Powerhouse today as he delivers his budget.

It will mean more powers for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and the chance to make important decisions in areas like road, rail and digital infrastructure.

But the deal has met opposition. Cambridge councillors have previously said they do not believe a combined deal for the three counties was in the best interests of Cambridgeshire tax payers.

East Anglian chocolate businessmen set to make millions from sell-off

Hotel Chocolat is set to float on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Its name hinted at origins in a Parisian back street but Hotel Chocolat actually began life in Royston in Hertfordshire and has become an international success with shops in many of our towns and cities.

The company now boasts revenues of £81 million a year and when it is floated on the stock market its founders stand to make a fortune.

Huntingdon-based company Hotel Chocolat will be floated on the stock market raising capital to fund expansion of the business.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

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