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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.

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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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Lifesaving volunteers praised by ambulance trust

The ambulance service are trying to recruit more CFRs. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) is marking 20 years of community first responders.

First responders are volunteers trained by EEAST, usually over a weekend, to respond to medical emergencies including heart attacks, breathing difficulties, diabetes emergencies.

The ambulance service are now hoping to recruit more.

Campaigners stage protests over rail fares increase

Campaigners outside Chelmsford station today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protests have been taking place at train stations across the region over the rise of rail fares.

Campaigners gathered outside Chelmsford station this morning to show their anger.

On Greater Anglia trains, the average price rise is about 1.8% - lower than the national average.

There were delays and cancellations this morning because of over-running engineering works that began over the festive period.

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