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70 years since the start of the NHS in the Anglia region

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

There's no doubt healthcare has improved vastly since the inception of the NHS on 5 July 1948.

Back then there were 34 deaths per 1,000 births - now the infant mortality rate has dropped to fewer than four per 1,000 births.

On average, people now live at least 12 years longer than they did in 1948.

  • ITV News Anglia reporter Tanya Mercer has been finding out what life was like before the NHS and how its introduction has changed Britain forever


Scientists use massive water tank to test HGV aerodynamics

Think of aerodynamics and you probably think of aircraft, Formula One or the type of skin suit worn by our Olympic cyclists.

But, researchers, from the University of Cambridges Centre for Sustainable Road Freight have been using a special water tank facility to develop a more aerodynamic trailer design for HGVs.

The work means the trucks will produce lower CO2 emissions.


Cambridge pensioner found guilty of sexually abusing young girls over 23 years

Sazzad Miah was found guilty of 18 sexual offences. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A pensioner has been found guilty of sexually abusing girls as young as four in a series of offences which spanned 23 years.

Sazzad Miah, 83, was arrested in October last year after police received information about the abuse.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how he abused one girl over a period of 12 years between 1992 and 2004 and another over eight years between 2004 and 2012.

Two were as young as four, another was five years old and another was 10.

Miah, from Cambridge, denied any wrongdoing but after a 16-day trial he was found guilty of 18 offences.

They included five counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child, four counts of rape, two counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

“The victims in this investigation have been extremely courageous and I am pleased that they were able to disclose the horrific abuse they have suffered at the hands of Miah. “Child abuse is totally unacceptable and we will support victims of such crimes and work tirelessly to bring the offender to justice.”

– Det Insp Andrea Warren

For information and advice about child abuse, including sexual abuse, visit the police website

Anyone who suspects a child is being abused should contact police on 101 or report online at

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