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Theresa May hosting summit with Polish PM

Theresa May will host a summit with her Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo (right) at Downing Street. Credit: PA

Theresa May is expected to discuss the murder of a Polish man in Essex when she meets with the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

40-year-old Arek Jozwik was attacked outside a takeway shop in Harlow in August in a suspected race hate crime.

He suffered fatal head injuries. His death prompted calls for greater measures to protect the Polish community in the UK.

Arek Jozwik. Credit: Submitted

The two Prime Ministers are meeting in Downing Street as Theresa May attempts to build alliances ahead of Brexit negotiations.

Warsaw has raised concerns about attacks against Poles in the UK following the EU referendum, with a rise in incidents of alleged hate crimes including the killing in Harlow.

Justice Secretary: 'Progress being made at HMP Bedford'

Liz Truss is confident improvements are being made at Bedford Prison. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss says improvements are starting to be made at Bedford Prison after a riot took place there earlier this month.

The MP for South West Norfolk spoke during a visit to see a work experience project at Norwich Prison.

Truss told ITV News Anglia that more staff have been recruited and body worn cameras are being rolled out.

Inmates who were involved in the six-hour riot were protesting at the conditions in the jail.

"There are issues across the prison estate, but what we've done, we've trained up new sniffer dogs in detecting psychoactive substances, we're rolling out body-worn cameras across the estate, investing in more frontline staff," Truss said.

"I announced earlier this year that we were recruiting an additional 400 staff in our most challenging prisons and we've now reached half of that target, so we are making progress."

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Work to widen the A12 to three lanes set to start by 2020

Work to widen the A12 in Essex from two to three lanes is due to start by 2020. Credit: ITV Anglia

The government has announced the timetable to widen the A12 in Essex.

The main trunk road from London to East Anglia through Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich will be widened from two lanes to three.

The Chelmsford MP Sir Simon Burns has been told by Transport Minister John Hayes that work on the section from Boreham near Chemlsford to Colchester is expected start by March 2020.

The stretch from the M25 to Margaretting will be the next stage of the project and is expected to begin between 2020 and 2025.

‘Widening the A12 from the M25 to Chelmsford and from the Boreham Interchange to Colchester was an election commitment and I am delighted that the work to the North of Chelmsford is expected to commence by March 2020.

"This work is badly needed to relieve congestion and improve connectivity on the main feeder road from London to the East of England and when completed will improve connectivity to and from Chelmsford.

– Sir Simon Burns MP, Chelmsford, Con

City council due to vote on Cambridgeshire devolution deal

Is devolution good for Cambridge?

A debate will be held on devolution at Anglia Ruskin University today, just hours before councillors in Cambridge decide on the deal.

Experts from across the region will discuss the implications of increased local powers.

They will also discuss the impact Brexit will have on the East.

Professor Aled Jones, Director of Anglia Ruskin's Global Sustainability Institute, said: "The GSI is delighted to host this special panel discussion on the day that Cambridge City Council votes on devolution.

"In the context of dramatically changing political structures - moving from regional development agencies, through Local Enterprise Partnerships, into devolution - there is a need to understand how sustainability should be delivered.

"A clear gap exists, and appears to be widening, in sustainability leadership and delivery at regional level in the UK."

Devolution deal meeting cancelled after last week's vote

Norfolk County Council has cancelled a meeting to vote on devolution. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk County Council has cancelled a meeting that was due to take place to vote on plans for devolution.

It's believed the government will now withdraw the proposals - after King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough councillors last week voted against the plans.

The government invited councils for local devolution deal bids back in July 2015 saying it would give them much more say in local decision making.

Last September, Suffolk and Norfolk were told to submit a joint deal, not one for each county.

By March this year, Cambridgeshire had ruled itself out of joining a three-county deal, saying it wanted to go it alone.

Now Norfolk County Council says it's willing to discuss alternative options meanwhile Suffolk County Council say it may still go ahead alone.

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