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Suffolk: Pylons brought down in bid to restore natural views across the Waveney valley

A popular riverside beauty spot in the Broads has been transformed by work to dismantle electricity pylons and bury power cables underground.

The project around the River Waveney near Beccles is part of a national scheme to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty. It's cost £1.7 million.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

10km of overhead cables removed from Suffolk beauty spot

10km of overhead cables and more than 100 timber posts were removed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A stretch of the River Waveney valley has been transformed by a £1.7million project near Beccles to dismantle electricity pylons, and bury power cables underground.

10km of overhead cables and more than 100 timber posts were removed.

It's part of a national scheme to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and national parks.

"The Broads is one of our finest landscapes and these have been a rather notable feature on the Waveney valley, but a bit of a blot on the landscape, so to see them fall down like that was really a great moment."

– John Packman, Chief Executive, The Broads Authority

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School Report: 'The Thankful Villages'

Here's our next look back at a local story from the First World War selected and told by schoolchildren from across the region.

We all know about the huge losses incurred in the First World War. But what you might not have heard about are those rare places in the country that did not lose a single life during the conflict.

They are known as the Thankful Villages and the Anglia region has six of them:

  • Culpho and South Elmham St Michael in Suffolk.
  • Strethall in Essex.
  • Puttenham in Hertfordshire.
  • East Carlton and Woodend in Northamptonshire.

This School Report was sent to us by Year 8 at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles in Suffolk and it tells the story of the Thankful Villages.

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All four victims of Gillingham helicopter crash named

Norfolk police have officially named all four people killed when a helicopter crashed near Beccles on Thursday.

As well as the owner of the helicopter and nearby Gillingham Hall, Lord Ballyedmond, on board were Declan Small, and pilots Carl Dickerson and Lee Hoyle.

Air accident investigators have spent the day at the crash site in the village of Gillingham, as Kate Prout reports.

David Cameron's tribute to 'good friend' killed in helicopter crash

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Lord Ballyedmond, who died in a helicopter crash in Norfolk.

David Cameron said: “Lord Ballyedmond was a towering figure in Northern Irish business life, and passionate about peace and good relations north and south, east and west.

"He was a larger than life figure who was a great supporter of the Conservative party and a good friend to me.”

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