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Police warn of petrol pump skimming scam

Two skimming devices have been found on petrol pumps at Tesco's at Springlands Way in Sudbury.

Police in Suffolk are warning people to be on their guard after two skimming devices were discovered on petrol pumps at a supermarket in Sudbury.

The devices can be used to steal personal details from bank cards and allow fraudsters access to bank accounts.

Police were called to the Tesco filling station in Springlands Way, Sudbury at around 6.30pm on Sunday 23 March after a man reported finding a skimming device on one of the pay-at-pump petrol pumps. Police then found a second device.

It's not known how long the devices had been on the pumps and people who've used the pay at pump facilities at the filling station are being asked to contact their bank to check for any unauthorised transactions.

Chancellor tweets picture of new 12-sided £1 pound coin

George Osborne tweets picture of new 12-sided £1 pound coin.

The Government has announced it will introduce a 12-sided £1 pound coin, in the same shape as the old Threepenny bit.

The new coin has been described as a "giant leap into the future", and the Treasury say it will be "most secure coin in circulation in the world".

Read more on the 12-sided £1 pound coin here


Children and parents raise money to pay for lollipop lady

Blisworth Community Primary School
Children at Blisworth Community Primary School take part in a sponsored relay walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Children and parents at Blisworth in Northamptonshire are raising money to pay for the village lollipop lady themselves.

This morning they held a sponsored relay-walk around the playground of Blisworth Community Primary School. The school needs to raise £2700 in order to fund the crossing-patrol on the busy A43 for a year.

In 2010 Northamptonshire County Council announced that it would have to stop funding the patrols as part of plans to save £73 million a year from council budgets.

Debt problems rising in the East of England

More and more families in the region are facing a debt crisis and it may also be causing mental health problems.

Figures from by the charity StepChange suggest that as well as more people getting into debt, the number of people who can't pay for essentials like food is growing.

Some families face a shortfall of £600 between their income and their outgoings over the course of a year.

In the Anglia region, the average monthly shortfall in paying essential bills has grown five-fold from £3 per month in 2012 to £16 in 2013. In Colchester, Essex the figure is as high as £58 per month and in Southend it's £38.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Elodie Harper

Debt: where to get help?

StepChange Debt Charity has released new figures showing that nearly nine thousand people in the East of England contacted them over debt problems in 2013 - an increase of two and a half thousand on the previous year.

The Charity is urging to people to recognise that they may have a debt problem if they are doing any of the following:

  • juggling or falling behind on essential household bills
  • borrowing to make it through to pay day
  • making just the minimum repayments on your debts
  • borrowing more to pay off existing debts
  • getting hit by late payments or overdraft charges

Anyone struggling with debt can click on the links below to connect to organisations which offer free, confidential help and advice:

Norfolk MP suggests residents pay flood tax

Damage caused to the Norfolk coast Credit: ITV

Damage caused by the recent tidal surge is still being repaired along the East coast.

The Snettisham and Heacham defences saved about 3000 properties although not everyone was so lucky.

The government recently admitted it hasn't actually spent more on flood defences than the previous government, as had been claimed by the environment minister. With budget cuts it is unlikely to.

On a visit to the beaches at Snettisham and Heacham, local MP Henry Bellingham suggested those living by the coast may have to pay a flood tax.

He said, "What we must now do is find ways to pay for additional flood defences. It's not just for government or for councils, it's other organisations and local people as well."

"I believe that the people who are most seriously affected should pay more by way of a levy. And indeed the parishes in the area should be part of that programme of funding"

The MP made the suggestion while visiting Snettisham Credit: ITV

In an area where holiday homes dominate the shoreline that could become a tricky prospect. And those who live here all year round may take some persuading to dig even deeper to live by the sea.

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