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Electronic checks at Stansted Airport

New electronic passport checks are being introduced at Stansted Airport.

The new e-gates at Stansted Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 15 new gates can check passports electronically using a chip in the passport itself.

They've been officially opened by Security and Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.

They're part of a £260m investment programme at the airport.

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Solar farm plans go on show

Plans have gone on show for a solar energy farm on the former RAF base at Coltishall in Norfolk which closed in 2006.

The site of the proposed solar farm at Scottow Credit: Mike Page

The solar panels would be built on 250 acres of land between the former runways and provide renewable energy for up to 15,000 homes. After 25 years the solar farm would be removed. The plans are being submitted to the local council for approval.

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Tomorrow's technology powering the cars of today

A Renault Twizy is put through its paces at Millbrook, Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Motor industry experts from all over the world have been converging on Bedfordshire for the annual Low Carbon Vehicle event.

The event, which showcases the latest in green vehicle technology and energy efficiency, is where those in the business gather to talk tech and take a ride.

The hybrid BMW i8 sports car is made in the UK and with a price tag just under £100,000 Credit: ITV News Anglia

LCV is now in its seventh year and it's being hosted by Millbrook in Bedfordshire, a 700 acre site used by all the major car companies and the MoD to test and develop cars.

By 2040 experts say pretty much all of us will be driving around in electric, bio-fuel or hydrogen powered cars. And in the not too distant future with autonomous vehicles already being developed, they too could be driving us.

More of us are clicking onto superfast broadband

The Government has announced its rollout of superfast broadband has reached a million homes and business in the UK - which includes 30,000 in Cambridgeshire alone.

It's making a big difference in rural areas like the village of Spaldwick near Huntingdon - boosting businesses and allowing more people to work from home.

More homes getting faster internet service

More homes getting superfast broadband Credit: ITV News Anglia

Superfast broadband has now reached more than 160,000 homes and businesses in the East of England.

The Government says it's on track to roll out the new technology to 95% of the UK by 2017.

The £1.7 billion project is said to create an additional 56,000 jobs in the UK by 2024.

“More than a million homes and businesses have now benefitted as a result of Government’s investment in superfast broadband. It is totally transforming the way we live and work. You can download feature length films faster, chatting online with family and friends around the world using VOIP is more reliable and households can go online simultaneously without the connection slowing down or dropping out. For Businesses, superfast speeds are boosting profits through increased sales, reduced overheads and accessing markets abroad for the first time.”

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid
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