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Cost of renting in the East falls by 5.4%

The cost of renting a home in the Anglia region fell by 5.4% last month to an average of £781, according to the HomeLet Rental Index.

The average cost of renting a property in the East is £781. Credit: PA Images

The latest data suggests the average monthly rent in Cambridge is £1,028, 43% of the average annual income.

In Norwich the average monthly rental is £566, 35% of the average income.

Our analysis of the affordability of renting in the UK’s major cities has produced some surprising results.

In some parts of the UK, such as Scotland and East Anglia, where rental prices are now falling or stagnant, the data tells us that renting in some cities in these regions is still stretching tenant affordability.

The data has also revealed some unexpected pockets of rental affordability where tenant income is keeping greater pace with rental prices.

– Martin Totty, Homelet

Disruption on trains between London and Cambridge due to fallen tree

A tree touching power lines is disrupting trains between Cambridge and London. Credit: PA

Trains between Cambridge and London are being cancelled or delayed after a tree fell on overhead power lines.

Greater Anglia say train services between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

Network Rail staff are working at a location between Audley End and Great Chesterford, where a small tree has been reported touching the overhead powerline equipment.

Trains from London Liverpool Street will terminate at Bishop's Stortford and restart services returning to London. Diesel train services operated by Crosscountry Trains will be able to run through to Cambridge, from Stansted Airport and Abellio Greater Anglia customers may travel on these trains. We are sorry if your journey today is affected by this problem and thank you for your patience whist engineers clear the obstruction.

– Abellio Greater Anglia

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House prices in Cambridge up 12%

House prices in Cambridge have increased by more than 12% in the last year, according to property analyst Hometrack.

The pace of house price growth in Cambridge has slowed in recent months. Credit: PA Images

The average price of a house in Cambridge now stands at around £331,000 however the pace of growth appears to have slowed down in the last few months.

Deadline looms for people to have their say on £300million Cambridge campus

AstraZeneca. Credit: PA

Today marks the deadline for people to have their say on plans for a new £330 million Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

Animal rights activists have objected to drug giant AstraZeneca's plan which include an animal research lab.

AstraZeneca recently fended off a takeover attempt by American company Pfizer.

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Murder arrest after man is run over by car outside Cambridge hotel

Alex Jeffrey. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after another man was run over by a car in Cambridge.

21-year-old Alex Jeffery from Melbourn died in Addenbrooke's Hospital on Saturday - a week after he was involved in an "altercation" outside the Cambridge City Hotel on Downing Street on November 1.

He was then knocked down by a vehicle.

A 24-year-old man from Huntingdon has now been arrested in connection with the death.

Cambridge: Councillor demands Prime Minister to launch independent inquiry into sex attacks

Bassingbourn Barracks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The leader of Cambridge City Council has written to the Prime Minister to demand an independent inquiry into a recent spate of sex attacks in the city.

Five Libyan cadets from nearby Bassingbourn barracks have been charged in connection with the assaults which happened back in October.

Cllr Lewis Herbert is angry that soldiers from the base were able to wander into the city centre unsupervised despite the fact that trainees should have only left the barracks on controlled visits.

All 300 Libyan soldiers based at Bassingbourn have now been sent home, with the last leaving yesterday.

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