Firefighters strike

Fire crews across the Anglia region will go on strike between midday and 4pm over a dispute about pensions and changes to the retirement age.

Firefighters' strike ends without major incident in the east

More than two thousand firefighters in this area joined today's four-hour strike over changes to their pensions.

Chief fire officers put in contingency plans in every county and warned of slower response times but no major incidents were reported.

The Fire Brigades Union says the proposed changes mean crews may still be on the frontline fighting fires at the age of sixty - and that would put lives at risk.

Luke Farrington has more.

Man trapped under roll of paper

Firefighters worked with paramedics to release a man trapped under a roll of paper this lunchtime.

Crews were called out to Childeritch Industrial Park at Little Warley, near Brentwood, just before midday and had released him by just after 12.30pm. They left him in the care of the air ambulance.

Essex fire service said the call was received before today's strike action began and crews remained at work until the man had been released.

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Firefighters begin strike in Corby

Picket line at Corby Fire Station in Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first picket lines have begun to form across the region as firefighters stage a four-hour strike.

This was the scene in Corby, Northamptonshire, just after midday today as the industrial action began.

It's over a dispute about pensions and proposals to change the retirement age for crew members.

Fire crews issue advice ahead of four-hour strike

Firefighters across the Anglia region are getting ready to go on strike at midday today.

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Region prepares for fire strike

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The region is preparing for a strike by members of the fire service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Contingency plans are being put in place across the Anglia region as firefighters prepare to take part in a four hour nationwide strike.

It's in a row over pension plans.

Emergency calls will still be answered but there may be no response between 12pm and 4pm to calls about things like gas leaks and flooding.

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