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New East Anglian ambulance chief sought

Anthony Marsh is to step down as interim Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The head of the East of England Ambulance Service is to step down in the coming months as the search for his sucessor begins less than a year after he started the job.

Anthony Marsh became interim Chief Executive of the Trust in January, tasked with improving ambulance response times. Also Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, he faced criticism over his quarter of a million pound salary.

His appointment was meant to last for up to two years, but the trust has already advertised for a replacement. Mr Marsh will stay until a successor is found.

Essex says cuts challenge will be tough

Essex County Council faces a £49m cut in government funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.

Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.

“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”

– Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, Essex County Council


British actress tipped for Hollywood success in her role as Stephen Hawking's wife

Cambridge academic Professor Stephen Hawking is famous the world over for his book A Brief History of Time. He's also the subject of a new film called The Theory of Everything to be released in cinemas on New Year's Day. It's based around of the memoirs of his first wife and their life in Cambridge.

The film explores the couple's love story and how Professor Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. The role of Jane is played by the actress Felicity Jones.

Councils in the Anglia region face 14% cuts in government funding

The government grant to councils in the Anglia region is being cut by 14% Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.

The main grant from the government to local councils in the Anglia region is being cut by £323 million next year - a reduction of nearly 14%.

However the government says that the overall reduction in spending power for English councils will be 1.8%, with no council facing a loss of more than 6.4%.

The "spending power" figure includes other income that local councils receive like NHS grants, council tax and business rates and local fees and charges.

The Local Government Association said that the provisional finance settlement for 2015/16 amounted to an 8.8% cut in core central Government funding, bringing to 40% the total reduction in support since the coalition came to power in 2010.


Temperatures are 7C above average on the mildest day of the winter so far

2pm temperatures across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures throughout the Anglia region have peaked at 14C this afternoon, making it the warmest day of December 2014 so far.

It's a far cry from the same time last week when temperatures struggled to exceed 4C on the coldest day since March 2013.

It will feel colder on Friday as temperatures return to average for the time of year. 7C is the typical daytime high in East Anglia in mid-December.

Click here for the latest forecast for the Anglia region.

Double yellow lines less than a foot long could be the shortest in Britain

Double yellow lines measuring 11 inches have been painted on a road in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Chris Warner

Double yellow lines less than a foot long have been painted on a road in Cambridge and are likely be the shortest in Britain.

The lines, at 11 inches long, in Hamilton Road separate a pay and display parking bay from residents' parking.

The city of Cambridge was already vying for the UK's shortest parking restriction with double yellow lines measuring 13 inches in nearby Humberstone Road.

Hunt for man over sexual comments to boy at swimming pool

CCTV image of a man Cambridgeshire Police want to speak to over an incident at a swimming pool. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police have released a picture of a man they want to speak to after receiving reports of a suspicious incident at a swimming pool in the town of March.

The 15-year-old boy had been swimming at the George Campbell Leisure Centre and says he was approached by a man in the changing room who made comments of a sexual nature.

The incident took place between 11.30am and 12.45pm on Sunday 7 December.

"The victim is shocked and embarrassed by what happened so I would urge anyone who may have information to contact police. I am keen to speak to the man in the CCTV images as I believe he has important information about what happened."

– Detective Constable Rachel Weeks, Cambridgeshire Police

The man is described as being 25 to 40 years old, of medium build with short brown hair.

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