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Mother's anger over school hair row

A mother from Bedfordshire is refusing to send her son to middle school after teachers threatened him with isolation because he got his hair cut like his favourite footballer.

Nine year old Danny Purdy saved up his own pocket money to get a cut like Arsenal star Olivier Giroud. But he came home in tears after being told off by his teachers.

Watch Russell Hookey's report...

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Fears over GP recruitment

Dr Paul Driscoll, Haven Health Credit: ITV Anglia

There are growing concerns over a worrying drop in the number of doctors going into general practice in the East. Not enough new GPs are being recruited and many already doing the job want to leave because of the mounting pressure.

In the first of two special reports, Tanya Mercer's been looking into what's causing the crisis...

In the second of her reports, Tanya Mercer's been finding out why it is more young doctors are choosing not to become GPs and what's being done in the East to try to improve the situation...

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Inquest hears teenager drowned

Conor McColl, who drowned last year Credit: McColl family

An inquest into the death of a teenager at a Bedfordshire Quarry last summer has found he died as a result of misadventure. 16-year-old Conor McColl had been swimming in open water at Clophill Lake during a heatwave last June. The inquest heard that he had used cannabis and gave the cause of death as drowning.

Unemployment figures released for the East

The unemployment rate in the East of England has remained steady at 4.9%.

The number of those without work rose by 1,000 in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 153,000.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the jobless rate has fallen to 5.5% with 2,000 more people finding work in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 129,000.

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