Trading Standards officers in Essex have issued a list of top tips to ensure that you are getting a real bargain in the New Year sales.
House prices in the East of England rose faster than elsewhere in England during October according to the biggest survey in the UK.
There are warnings today about a new type of telephone scam which is here in the East.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change will today release the latest figures for the number of families in fuel poverty.
But the figures are expected to show a drop in fuel poverty due to a change in definition by the department last month.
The new data will include the confirmed figures for 2011 and projections up to 2013.
A bank based in Cambridge is celebrating its first anniversary with the announcement that it's on course to meet its initial four year lending target in less than two years.
Cambridge & Counties Bank has issued around £40 million in secured lending in its first year.
The number of people employed by the bank has also increased in less than a year. Having had 10 employees when it was launched last June there are now 30 staff.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the expectations for house sales in the East of England have hit a two-year high.
36% more chartered surveyors in the East expect home sales will rise rather than fall in the coming three months. It's the most positive reading since May 2001.
RICS says there's increased confidence with interest from would-be buyers rising for three months in a row following the announcement of the government's Help to Buy Scheme.
The former Archibishop of Canterbury has given his first TV interview since taking up a senior position at Cambridge University. Dr Rowan Williams has become master of Magdalene College. Kate Prout reports.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, pushed a trolley through the streets of Cambridge today to raise money for local food banks. Dr Williams has become master of Magdalene College since leaving office and taken on the role of patron of Cambridge City Food Bank.
He says: 'Although Cambridge seems like an affluent city more than 3500 people have been given emergency provisions in the last year alone.'
The food banks are run by the Trussell Trust and organised by volunteers from local churches who rely on donations of food from the public.
Campaigners trying to reverse a ruling which prevents Stilton cheese being sold in the Cambridgeshire village from which it gets it's name say they're making good progress.
At the moment the blue cheese can only be produced in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire under a European Protected Designation of Origin ruling.
Villagers say DEFRA has now agreed to carry out a public consultation to see if it should be changed.
House prices in East Anglia have recorded the biggest month-on-month asking price jump according to the property website Rightmove.
They say prices in the East jumped up by 4.4 per cent. It means the average house here is now selling for over £224,538.
Across England and Wales, London was the only region where asking prices took a dip in April, falling by 0.5%, although at £493,635 on average they are still 6.2% higher than a year ago
Rightmove, whose records go back for more than a decade, tipped next month for a new asking price high, as a combination of confidence returning to the market this spring and a shortage of properties for sale continue their upward pressure on prices.
Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said: "With London prices pausing for breath this month but likely to bounce back next, May looks like an odds-on bet to deliver a new asking price record. More estate agents are reporting more activity in more segments of the market."
A letter written by one of the Cambridge scientists who discovered the structure of DNA to his young son has sold for more than five million dollars at auction in New York.
Francis Crick penned the letter to his son Michael in 1953.
In it, he describes the breakthrough and even sketches an outline of the famous double helix structure.
It fetched $5.3 million when it went under the hammer at Christie's.
Hospices in this region have been awarded more than five million pounds of government funding. The cash will be used to improve facilities for patients, families and staff.
Nineteen hospices in the East will receive a share of the cash. The Norfolk Hospice in Snettisham says it will use the money to help fund a move to a new home in Hillington.