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Record year for Magpas air ambulance

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The Magpas Air Ambulance saw its busiest year to date in 2016, with almost 1,500 callouts for the charity’s advanced care, across 12 different counties. The ever increasing demand for the service led to its expert medical team being called out to emergencies on average of 4 times a day.

After becoming a 24/7 service in October 2015, the charity now sees almost 50% of callouts taking place overnight.

December was also a record month for the charity, with the medical team treating 18 patients during the four days between Christmas Eve and 27th December.

There are simply more people who need the enhanced care the Magpas Air Ambulance medical team delivers on a daily basis. The ageing population in the East of England is increasing the need for our service and our doctors and paramedics noticed a particular rise in the number of cardiac arrests they treated last year. We fully expect this demand to continue to rise in 2017 and need to raise £4.8 million as a charity to fund the service this year.

– Natalie Church, the Head of Operations

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Floods minister: 'Protecting lives is our priority'

Police on patrol in Jaywick. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Floods minister says "protecting lives, homes and businesses" is the priority as the East coast prepares to be battered by strong winds and rain.

Therese Coffey, who is also Suffolk Coastal MP, said the government was closely monitoring the situation.

In Lincolnshire, soldiers have been deployed to warn people and evacuate homes.

“Our absolute priority is protecting lives, homes and businesses from the threat of coastal flooding currently facing the East coast. That is why we have soldiers on the ground helping to warn and evacuate people alongside the emergency services and Environment Agency teams, who are putting up temporary defences.

“We’re working closely across government to monitor the situation as it develops and I ask people to check their flood risk, keep a close eye on updates and follow any advice from the Environment Agency and the emergency services.”

– Therese Coffey MP, floods minister.

The business of Milton Keynes as town's 50th birthday approaches

Milton Keynes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its creation as a New Town.

Fifty years ago Milton Keynes was little more than a tiny Buckinghamshire village now it's a thriving conurbation that wants to be officially named a city.

It was the first of a new generation of New Towns originally built to relieve a housing shortage in London back in 1967.

Today many companies have put down roots in the town over the years .

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia Matthew Hudson

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