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Councils in the Anglia region face 14% cuts in government funding

The government grant to councils in the Anglia region is being cut by 14% Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.

The main grant from the government to local councils in the Anglia region is being cut by £323 million next year - a reduction of nearly 14%.

However the government says that the overall reduction in spending power for English councils will be 1.8%, with no council facing a loss of more than 6.4%.

The "spending power" figure includes other income that local councils receive like NHS grants, council tax and business rates and local fees and charges.

The Local Government Association said that the provisional finance settlement for 2015/16 amounted to an 8.8% cut in core central Government funding, bringing to 40% the total reduction in support since the coalition came to power in 2010.

Temperatures are 7C above average on the mildest day of the winter so far

2pm temperatures across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures throughout the Anglia region have peaked at 14C this afternoon, making it the warmest day of December 2014 so far.

It's a far cry from the same time last week when temperatures struggled to exceed 4C on the coldest day since March 2013.

It will feel colder on Friday as temperatures return to average for the time of year. 7C is the typical daytime high in East Anglia in mid-December.

Click here for the latest forecast for the Anglia region.

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Bedfordshire: See (and hear) the bear that's causing a Christmas kerfuffle...

Bernard the bear Credit: ITV

A musical Polar bear has been causing a song and dance in Bedfordshire.

Bernard, a 6 foot mechanical bear which sings Christmas songs outside a cafe in Shefford, has been investigated by the council after complaints about noise.

Central Bedfordshire Council said it takes all complaints seriously and is urging people to be mindful of their neighbours when planning festivities.

So what do you think? Click below to hear Bernard singing one of his Christmas songs.

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No trains to run on Christmas Day

All services barring the Stansted Express will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day Credit: ITV News Anglia

There won't be any trains running in the region on Christmas Day.

East Coast, London Midland, C2C and Greater Anglia trains say they will remain closed on Boxing Day. But the Stansted Express will run services on the 26th December with trains departing from London every 30 minutes.

There will then be a revised timetable until the New Year.

Two terror arrests made in Luton

Two men aged 37 and 61 have been arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) made the arrests under Schedule 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The men are being held at a police station in Bedfordshire.

The arrests have been made under the Police and criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and are in relation to suspicion of supporting a proscribed organisation.

Nine jailed for their part in drug ring

A judge at Luton Crown Court has sentenced nine men to a total of more than eighty eight years in prison, for their part in a Class A drugs ring.

They were arrested in 2013 after police seized £5 million pounds worth of cocaine, at locations in the south east of England.

Some of the drugs had been hidden in tins of fruit, and shipped on a lorry from France.

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