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Fears over Chinese involvement in East Anglian nuclear industry

There are fears over the future security of our East Anglian nuclear industry over Chinese involvement in new nuclear reactors planned for Essex and Suffolk.

It's expected that China will invest in a new nuclear power stations at Sizewell and Bradwell. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chinese president has arrived in the UK for a four day tour and it's expected that a deal will be announced for his country's investment at both Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex.

No other Western country has given China such a large stake in its power industry and critics say it poses a huge threat to our national security but the government says tough safeguards will be in place.

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

The nuclear options for the East of England

A new nuclear power station could be built at Bradwell in Essex within the next decade. Credit: ITV News Anglia

British, French and Chinese cooperation that could mean new nuclear power stations are built in the East of England.

The government's on the verge of signing a deal that would give the green light to building new nuclear reactors at Bradwell in Essex and Sizewell in Suffolk.

The Essex plant is expected to be built in the next decade.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

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200m cordon in place at Bradwell Power Station after "suspicious package" found

Bradwell Power Station. Credit: PA

Police in Essex are currently at Bradwell Power Station after a "suspicious package" was found nearby.

They have placed a 200m cordon around the dilapidated plant after they were called just before 9am.

The approach road has also been closed while officers investigate.

The power station was decommissioned in 2002 and there is no nuclear energy left on the site.

The incident has now been stood down and police say that the package didn't contain anything malicious.

Union raises fears over Essex nuclear plant

Bradwell Power Station Credit: PA

A leading union has raised safety and job fears over the technology to be used in a possible new nuclear power station.

The GMB has written to the Government and safety bodies saying it feared the Bradwell nuclear site in Essex could be handed over "lock, stock and barrel" to China's national nuclear corporation.

The Chinese could then use their own technology, and possibly bring thousands of workers to the UK, dealing a blow to this country's own nuclear industry, the union claimed.

National officer Gary Smith said in a letter to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd:

"The idea that a Chinese state company will be given a site in the UK, not far from London, where they can use Chinese labour to construct a reactor to be made in China and using Chinese components would in our view constitute economic madness and raises serious safety issues."

The Magnox power station at Bradwell is currently being decommissioned.

Essex: Devastated mother's desperate search to find missing autism support dog

A mother from Bradwell in Essex says she's been left heartbroken after a puppy her son was given to help with his autism has gone missing.

Rex, a six-month-old American bulldog, hasn't been seen since last Wednesday.

Rex is a registered autism support dog for Mari's five-year-old son Tim.

"From the minute that he saw him his eyes just welled with tears and he was smiling and he said "Mummy, look this is Rex." He named him within two minutes," Mum Mari Wood told ITV News Anglia.

"That's the hardest bit, knowing that I don't know where he is and I don't know when he is going to come back."

Mum heartbroken after son's puppy goes missing

Have you seen missing Rex?

A mother from Bradwell in Essex says she has been left heartbroken after a puppy her son was given to help with his autism has gone missing.

Rex, a six-month-old American bulldog, has not been seen since last Wednesday.

Mari Wood has been handing out posters to help find him. Rex is a registered autism support dog for Mari's five-year-old son Tim. He has not been told that the puppy is missing.

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