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House prices in East Anglia rising faster than most parts of the UK

House prices in East Anglia rising faster than most parts of the UK Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

House prices in East Anglia are still rising faster than most parts of the UK despite a slight slow down during March.

In the first quarter of 2014, property prices in East Anglia rose by 2.9% according to the Nationwide building society. Only two other regions - London and the North - saw bigger rises.

The average price of a house in East Anglia is £179,718, which is 9.5% more than a year ago.

Cambridge is fourth in the list of highest rising prices after Manchester, London and Brighton.

The city saw a 14% year-on-year increase with the average house now worth £405,540 which is more than in London.

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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.

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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".

Children and parents raise money to pay for lollipop lady

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

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