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New scheme to cut down on plastic bottles

The scheme's already been piloted in Norwich and Hunstanton. Credit: Anglian Water.

People will soon be able to refill water bottles for free at shops, cafes and water fountains across the region.

Anglian Water is taking part in the scheme - which they have already piloted in Norwich and Hunstanton.

The aim is to cut down on the number of plastic bottles that are thrown away every year.

Non-profit organisation 'City to Sea' is behind the scheme.

We've seen a huge appetite for our Refill campaign across England, from individuals wanting to make a difference in their community to national chains keen to offer free refills to their customers.

Our Refill app puts the power to stop plastic pollution in people's hands - and now thanks to the water industry we'll be able to help everyone, from local communities to airports, to provide free refills on the go.

– Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea.

Justice Minister's concerns over standards at Oakhill prison

Justice Minister Phillip Lee speaking in the House of Commons Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Justice Minister has said he rules "absolutely nothing out" if G4S officials fail to improve standards at a youth jail near Milton Keynes.

Phillip Lee said "very senior people" at the security services company are aware of his views about Oakhill.

Watchdogs reported last year that surging levels of violence at the privately run facility had left staff in hospital following attacks.

"These are vulnerable children, they require the best care - especially with regards to their mental health, In negotiations I rule out absolutely nothing if those contract obligations are not being met."

– Dr Phillip Lee MP, Justice Minister

Oakhill is located near Milton Keynes and provides secure accommodation for up to 80 male youths aged 12 to 18 who have been sentenced or remanded in custody.


Emergency summit called over ambulance death claims

An emergency summit has been called to investigate claims that patients have died after ambulance delays in our region.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust is facing allegations that up to 20 people died over a 12-day period, at a time when, they say, there was extreme demand.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

This weekend's football fixtures

This weekends football fixtures Credit: ITV News

SATURDAY'S GAMES - 3.00pm unless stated.


Bolton Wanderers v IPSWICH TOWN

NORWICH CITY v Sheffield United







Forest Green Rovers v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

LUTON TOWN v Morecambe

STEVENAGE v Carlisle United


Storm disruption to power, roads and rail continues

More trees have come down on power lines

The line between Norwich and Liverpool street is experiencing delays after yesterday's heavy winds.

This morning more trees fell onto overhead wires between Stowmarket and Norwich. Greater Anglia say they expect the disruption is expected to continue until later this afternoon.

Some areas are still experiencing power cuts Credit: ITV News

Around 1,300 homes and business in Suffolk are still experiencing power cuts with a further 700 in Norfolk affected. UK Power Networks say they are aiming to have power restored by the end of today.

In Hertfordshire the remaining trees on the roads have been made safe and will be removed today.

More people visiting the East of England

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Official tourism figures show the number of overseas visitors to the East of England grew last year.

VisitBritain says more than 1.8 million international tourists came to the region in 2017. That's a rise of about 3% compared to the previous year.

However it wasn't such good news for the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire. The number of overseas visitors there fell by 5% to under a million.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nationally in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2016.

Boosting inbound tourism throughout Britain is at the heart of our work, so it is very encouraging to see the growth across our nations and regions. Tourism is one of our most valuable export industries and we are forecasting that growth will continue in 2018, with 41.7 million overseas visits to the UK and visitors spending almost £27 billion.

– VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates

Police get more time to question suspects in Maids Moreton murder investigation

Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin died 18 months apart in the village of Maids Moreton Credit: Press Association.

Police have been given more time to question a church warden and a magician over the deaths of two retired teachers in Buckinghamshire.

Thames Valley Police launched a double-murder inquiry earlier this week into the deaths of Peter Farquhar, 69, and 83-year-old Ann Moore-Martin.

The pair died a year and a half apart in the village of Maids Moreton, near Buckingham.

Two people - a 27-year-old from Towcester and a 31-year-old from Cornwall - have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Officers confirmed they had been given permission to keep both in custody while they continue to question them.

A third man, a 22-year-old from Milton Keynes, has been released pending further investigation. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and fraud by false representation.

Victim Peter Farquhar was found dead in 2015 Credit: Remembering Peter Farquhar/Facebook
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