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Crufts winner owner: "Before I had Molly I was losing the will to live"

The owner of a Crufts winning dog says she's her "reason to be."

Lucy Watts from Benfleet in Essex was praising her cocker spaniel Molly who has become the winner of the Crufts Friends for Life 2014 award.

Speaking about their win at the NEC in Birmingham, Lucy said: “This is just fantastic. It is just wonderful what Molly has done for me. She has given me a purpose, a reason to live, a reason to keep fighting and a reason to carry on.”

Molly voted Britain's top hero dog at Crufts

Lucy Watts (left) and her mum Kate from Essex with Cocker Spaniel Molly, after winning the Friends for Life award at Crufts Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A cocker spaniel has picked up a top prize at Crufts for helping her owner Lucy Watts from Benfleet in Essex.

Molly was announced as the winner of the Crufts Friends for Life 2014 competition.

Molly and Lucy, who's 20, were voted the most deserving winners out of five shortlisted finalists by the British public. Lucy has a life-limiting rare genetic illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, that has left her in a wheelchair.

Lucy said she was isolated, withdrawn and unhappy but Molly has given her independence again and taken the focus of strangers away from her condition


Ambulance service faces cut in funding


The East of England Ambulance Service is facing a cut in funding, after failing to meet response targets. The commissioning group responsible for buying healthcare services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said it would withhold 2 per cent of its contract until standards are met.

The ambulance service last year failed to meet some targets to reach the most seriously ill patients in 19 minutes.

Retailers prepared for last-minute rush before Christmas

Shoppers are likely to be out in force on our high streets today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

There are just two shopping days before Christmas and the region's retailers are expecting it to be a busy time.

Many of the big high street chains have launched sales in a bid to draw in those last-minute shoppers.

The Grafton Centre in Cambridge says footfall is up on last Christmas.


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