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Driving tests 'cancelled' due to strike

Instructors are in a dispute about working hours. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Driving tests across the region could be cancelled today and tomorrow after examiners decided to strike.

The Public and Commercial Services union said some of its members were walking out in a row over working hours.

Sites most likely to be affected are Peterborough, Norwich, Lowestoft and Basildon.


Storm Barney winds peak at 66 mph in the Anglia region

Storm Barney brought down trees, blew out the lights and caused some travel disruption on the roads and railways in the Anglia region with winds topping more than 65 mph.

The highest wind gust in the UK during the storm was 85 mph at Aberdaron in Wales while in the Anglia region it peaked at 66 mph at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast and at Wittering near Peterborough.

A man and a woman were injured in Buckinghamshire when a tree was blown onto their car at Bourne End. Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region from Storm Barney on Tuesday 17 November 2015

  • 66 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 66 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 63 mph in Bedford
  • 63 mph in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 61 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 59 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 59 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 58 mph in Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 54 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 51 mph at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire

Hundreds of homes without power as Storm Barney hits the Anglia region

A snapshot of the power cuts in the East. Credit: UK Power Networks.

Storm Barney has caused lots of power cuts across the region and kept our emergency services busy last night.

This is the latest power cut map from UK Power Networks in the East - the red markers show the current problems. Click here to see the most up to date version.

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Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region from Storm Barney

Severe gales have been battering the Anglia region as Storm Barney swept in from the Atlantic bringing winds gusts of more than 60 mph.

Trees have been blown over blocking roads, bringing down power lines and causing disruption on train services.

The satellite picture shows the centre of Storm Barney over the North Sea at 11.30pm on Tuesday 17 November 2015. Credit: Met Office

Peak wind gusts in the Anglia region by 11pm

  • 66 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 63 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 59 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 55 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 54 mph at Bedford

"What happened in Paris won't put me off": determined fans from our region head to Wembley for England France friendly

Laura Smith, the chief executive of Suffolk Football Association, will be going to Wembley tonight Credit: ITV Anglia

Thousands of football fans will travel to Wembley Stadium this evening for the friendly between England and France in a show of solidarity with those killed in Paris this weekend.

Among those attending tonight's match will be Laura Smith, the chief executive of Suffolk Football Association.

She'll be there as a football fan rather than in an official capacity.

She was planning to go to the game anyway, but Friday's events in Paris have made her all the more determined.

"I just feel it's very important that football supporters stand together and show our support for those affected by the tragedy'

"This is a great opportunity for our two nations to be as one, making a statement that we won't be defeated by people intent on trying to destroy our way of life."

– Laura Smith, chief executive of Suffolk Football Association

England have qualified for next year's European Championship finals which are being held in France. Inevitably there are fears they may come be a target for terrorists.

Laura is keen to go to France to watch England.

"What happened in Paris won't put me off. I've always wanted to go to a major sporting event. This just makes me more determined."

– Laura Smith, chief executive of Suffolk Football Association

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Storm Barney could bring 70mph wind gusts to the Anglia region

The first autumn storm of the season to head for the Anglia region is forecast to hit late on Tuesday. Winds during Storm Barney are forecast to gust up to 70 mph with the power to bring down trees and cause disruption.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds for the East of England for late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

The video shows a Met Office animated forecast sequence indicating rainfall and pressure. Where the pressure lines are closest together is where the strongest winds are expected to blow.

Storm Barney is the second storm to be named under the "name our storms" project by the Met Office and Met Eireann, which asked the public to suggest names.

Last week, Storm Abigail left more than 20,000 homes without power and schools closed in Shetland and the Western Isles as it swept across Scotland.

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