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Could Brexit mean it'll cost more to fix your car?

Some of the region's independent garage owners are warning their businesses could be damaged by Brexit.

They're worried that a European regulation called the 'Right to repair', which forces companies to give them access to technical data to fix cars, will be stopped when we leave the EU.

Independent garages deal with around 67% of all repairs on our cars and research shows they are around 40 per cent cheaper than the big Franchise dealerships.

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The Doctor will see you now: For 9 minutes

British patients see their family doctor for less time than patients in many other European countries.

According to a study carried out by Cambridge University, the average average appointment time here is 9.22 minutes.

That's shorter than in Spain, Sweden or Lithuania. In fact it's shorter than 28 of the 67 countries they analysed

The authors wrote that a recent survey of GPs, including some from the UK, found that over a third were "dissatisfied" with the time they could spend with each patient.

Bittern numbers booming

The distinctive boom of the 'Bittern' is becoming more common, with record numbers heard this year.

The RSPB says the bird has flourished despite a drier than average winter and loss of habitat due to some coastal flooding.

Bittern numbers increasing Credit: RSPB

Bitterns are highly secretive wetland birds and live most of their time within dense stands of reed, making them very difficult to survey.

However, scientists count bitterns by listening for the male's foghorn-like booming call, which can reach more than 100 Decibels in volume.

In the UK the RSPB recorded 164 'booming' males this year, 8 of those were at Lakenheath Fen.

Nearly half of the UK bitterns breed within Special Protection Areas designated under the EU Birds Directive.

"In the late 1990s, the bittern was heading towards extinction once again in the UK. But, thanks to conservation efforts to restore and create its preferred habitat of wet reedbed, the bittern was saved and we're delighted to see another record year for this amazing bird."

– Simon Wotton, Senior Conservation Scientist at the RSPB


Ambulance demand rises 40%

As temperatures drop the region's ambulance service is asking people to do what they can to avoid calling 999

Last winter it got more than than 370,000 emergency calls - that's the equivalent of the populations of Cambridge, Ipswich and Harlow combined.

Increase in ambulance calls Credit: ITV Anglia

Bosses say that figure could be lower if people get prepared for winter with flu jabs, stocking the medicine cabinet and servicing their cars.

Demand has gone up almost 40 per cent since the winter of 2010/11 when the Trust received almost 270,000 calls from the beginning of November to the end of February.

"Winter is a really busy time for the ambulance service and we are prepared. We will be there for patients who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses and injuries this winter. We always prioritise our response to those with the highest priority need so ask that we are only called from emergencies where other health advice and support is not appropriate."

– Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery for EEAST

Only half of speed cameras are actually switched on

Many fixed speed cameras aren't switched on. Credit: PA

A new survey has found that only half of the fixed speed cameras on our roads are actually switched on.

Northamptonshire has been highlighted as one of four police forces across the country where none of their cameras are in use.

The force says it switched its 39 cameras off in 2011 but have left them in place to deter speeders.

The only county in our region to still have all of their fixed speed cameras active is Suffolk.

In Norfolk, 17 of the county's 24 cameras are switched off, while in Essex, which only provided rough figures, 33% of cameras are in use.

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