Anglia News in brief

A round-up of news items from around the Anglia region.

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'Temporary reprieve' for MK skate park

Campaigners trying to save a skate park in Milton Keynes, which was threatened with demolition after noise complaints, say it has won a temporary reprieve.

Broughton Skate Park was built as part of a new housing development but has become so popular that nearby residents claimed it was affecting their quality of life.

The local council now says it will look at ways of reducing the noise rather than closing it down.

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Coryton: Jobs 'could have been saved'

850 jobs could have been saved at the Coryton oil refinery in Essex according to an Essex MP.

South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe told the Commons last night that the refinery could have been rescued.

Last night the government defended the decision not to offer state aid to keep the refinery open.

Yesterday it was announced the site will be turned into an import terminal and storage facility for petrol and diesel.

£22m investment in Ipswich transport

Transport Minister Norman Baker has given the go ahead for a new £22m package of sustainable transport measures for Ipswich.

The Department for Transport says 'Ipswich - Transport Fit for the 21st Century' will include the following measures:

  • changes to the town centre bus interchanges;
  • expansion and improvement of other bus facilities;
  • an Urban Traffic Management and Control system;
  • a Real Time Passenger Information system; and
  • a detailed programme of improvements to walk/cycle routes and crossings in and around the town centre.

"This innovative scheme will make a huge difference to the way people travel around Ipswich and will be a real boon to the local economy by making new business and housing sites more accessible by public transport."

– Norman Baker MP

Two bailed after pig thefts

Two men who were arrested over the theft of 145 pigs in Norfolk have been bailed to return to King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday 1 August.

It's alleged the pigs were taken from a farm in Great Cressingham. Police say a vehicle was forced through a locked gate between 2pm on Sunday 24 June and 7.15am the following morning.

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Essex teenager admits cyber attacks

Ryan Cleary
Ryan Cleary, pictured in June 2011 Credit: ITV Anglia

A young man from Essex has admitted carrying out cyber attacks against organisations including the CIA and the NHS.

20-year-old Ryan Cleary from Wickford and 19-year-old Jake Davis from Shetland pleaded guilty to carrying out a series of attacks last year.

News International and Arizona State Police were also among their victims.

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court Cleary, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, also admitted four separate charges including an attack on Pentagon computers.

Seal's bath tub rescue

A seal is on the road to recovery after a dog walker rescued it, and kept it in his bath while he waited for assistance.

Dog walker Mark Allsop had spotted the seal five days earlier near Holbeach, when the newborn pup seemed healthy and lively.

But when he came across her the second time, she seemed weak and listless.

He drove the pup 40 minutes back to his home in Spalding, much to his wife's surprise.

"My wife Ilze was understandably astonished but was as concerned about the pup as I was."

– Mark Allsop

He called the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton and they were here within an-hour-and-a-half.

The seal spent a few days in intensive care but is now on the road to recovery.

"She was in a very sorry condition and it was touch and go whether she would survive. Her trip to Spalding obviously hadn't helped matters, but Mark acted with the best of intentions and without doubt the pup would have died had he not found her."

– Hollie Stallworthy, Hunstanton Sea Life Centre
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