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£60 million for region's industry

The government has pledged a total of £60 million for a series of projects across Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. The windfall will benefit the aviation industry and create thousands of new jobs, homes, and better roads. But critics claim it's just another political sweetener three months ahead of the General Election. Malcolm Robertson's been looking at one of the schemes designed to benefit.

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Snapshot of region in 50s and 60s

A series of 200 photos taken in the 1950s and 60s give a snapshot of life for one family in our region.

Bird fedding - somewhere in England, 1968 Credit: viewfromthisside.com

It's believed they were taken by the Bryant family, who ran a shop in St Ives, Cambridgeshire at the time.

Christmas, somewhere in England, 1968 Credit: viewfromthisside.com

The shots capture local people and places, family holidays and even Royal guest appearances.

The Plough and Sail, Snape, Suffolk. Date unknown Credit: viewfromthisside.com

All the pictures can be viewed at

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1,000 new defibrillators for Ambulance Service

The new defibrillators will be kept in locations such as sports centres, village halls, and libraries Credit: ITV

The East of England Ambulance Service is investing almost £1 million on 1,000 new defibrillators.

The lifesaving kits, which can make all the difference in the first two or three minutes of cardiac arrest, will be placed across six counties. The first deliveries will be divided as follows:

  • Norfolk - 50
  • Essex - 40
  • Cambridgeshire - 30
  • Suffolk - 20
  • Bedfordshire - 10
  • Hertfordshire - 10

They will be kept in locations such as sports centres, village halls, and libraries. It is hoped all devices will be in place by the end of March.

Motorway ban on lorries overtaking?

The Highways Agency is considering a ban on lorries being allowed to overtake on a section of the M11 through Essex.

The ban - aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety - would be in force between junctions 8 and 9 as early as next year. It comes after a number of recent accidents on the motorway. Watch Hannah Pettifer's report here.

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Giant T-rex statue unveiled in Cambridge

Giant t-rex statue in Cambridge Credit: University of Cambridge

A giant statue of a Tyrannosaurus Rex called Clare will be unveiled in Cambridge today.

The metal sculpture is described as "half life-size" and will be on display outside the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Clare near the Sedgwick Museum Credit: University of Cambridge

Clare was the centrepiece of Clare College's May Ball last summer - the theme was "primordial".

The statue had to be moved through Cambridge to get to the party.

The statue being moved through Cambridge Credit: University of Cambridge
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