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Bird flu: farmers told to keep poultry indoors

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The Government has ordered that all poultry farmers across the region keep their birds inside to protect against a dangerous strain of bird flu that's sweeping across Europe.

As yet the strain of the avian flu hasn't been found in the UK, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the steps should be followed until the New Year as a precaution.

It's a type of highly pathogenic avian flu, H5N8, that has been found in dead wild birds.

Many of the turkeys, ducks and chickens have already been processed for Christmas so it shouldn't affected the supply of birds for Yuletide meals.

Public Health England said the threat to humans from the bird flu strain remains very low.

Here's a report from Kate Prout:

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Fog warning to drivers in the East

Drivers urged to take extra care in fog Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning with areas of fog expected across the region.

Highways England is advising drivers to check their headlights and fog lights before setting out on journeys to make sure they are working properly, and adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog until 9am, meaning drivers should plan ahead and think about possible travel delays.

Drivers should switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced – generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres – and use fog lights if you’re struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can reflect the light back and reduce visibility.

We’d also encourage drivers to check their lights before setting out and make sure they know how to operate their front and rear fog lights.

– Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s Head of Road User Safety

Drivers are also being advised to:

  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see.
  • Use your windscreen wipers and demisters, including air conditioning.
  • Be able to stop well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down.

Rail fares rise: How services in the East will be affected

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Rail users were handed a blow today with the announcement that fares will increase again.

From 2 January 2017, passengers will pay an average of 2.3% more - the highest average increase since January 2014.

The Rail Delivery Group say the money will be used to improve services, but public transport campaigners warn some people will be "priced off the railways".

Here's how much rail services in the East of England will increase by:

  • Greater Anglia: 1.8%
  • c2c Rail: 1.8%
  • CrossCountry: Unknown
  • East Midlands Trains: 1.5%
  • London Midland: 1.9%
  • Southeastern: 1.8%

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Man stabbed in front of shoppers in Milton Keynes

A man was taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds. Credit: PA

A man was stabbed in front of shoppers in Milton Keynes last night (30 November).

Police were called to the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre shortly after 7pm to reports that a man was brandishing a knifes.

Officers arrested two men in on suspicion of assault. They are currently in custody.

The ambulance service was also called. A man has been taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds.

"While this was obviously distressing for those who witnessed this incident, I would like to reassure people that it was swiftly brought under control and is being thoroughly investigated."

– Supt Gez Chiariello, Milton Keynes local policing area commander
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