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General Election 2015: Day One

The election campaign has formally begun with politicians hitting the campaign trail across the East for what's likely to be one of the closest battles for political power in modern times.

Over the next five or so weeks, candidates will be knocking on tens of thousands of doors in the hope they can convince you they're worthy of your vote.

Russell Hookey reports on Day One of the election campaign in the west of the Anglia region...

To see how the Election battle began across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex click on the link below to hear Victoria Lampard's report

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Video: heartwarming moment dog is reunited with owner after disappearing for six months

Credit: Heath Veterinary Clinic

A pet dog from Bedfordshire have been reunited with his owner after being found more than 100 miles away from his home – six months after he disappeared without trace.

One-year-old whippet Jasper was brought into Heath Veterinary Clinic in Hurstpierpoint in Sussex on March 12th after being found by a local resident.

One of the vets checked him over and scanned him for a microchip to discover he had disappeared or possibly been stolen from his owner's home in Leighton Buzzard last September.

Vets say he'd been sold to a woman who had looked after him for the past three months.

Click below to see the moment Jasper is reunited with his owner Michael Ford...

The veterinary clinic is now urging all pet owners to microchip their dogs and cats.

Former Bedfordshire care home owner told to pay £250,000 after resident is dropped on her head

The Meppershall Care Home in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Bedfordshire care home owner has been told to pay £250,000 after a 100-year-old resident who was dropped on her head from a hoist by staff, died from her injuries.

May Lavinia Ward had lived at Meppershall Care Home for 6 years when the accident happened in August 2010.

She suffered a fractured skull in the fall but staff but her to bed and waited at least 40 minutes before calling an ambulance.

Mohammed Zarook was a Director at GA Projects which owned the home.

He was fined £150,000 plus £100,000 costs.

GA Projects was fined £50,000 plus £36,000 costs.

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McBusted drummer Harry Judd opens new facilities at Luton Hospice

There were plenty of excited youngsters, parents and nurses too when pop star Harry Judd dropped into a Children's Hospice near Luton.

Harry, who's now part of McBusted, was at Keech Cottage to open some new and improved facilities for the hospice which has a place close to his heart.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

£10.5 million station redevelopment

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Work on a multi million pound redevelopment of Luton train station could begin within 18 months, according to the town's MP. Gavin Shuker met with Thameslink, the company which runs the station, and confirmed that work will progress in 2016. The work would cost £10.5 million.

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