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Campaign to encourage more of us to become carers

Jayne signed up to the scheme after her children left home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a campaign to attract more people to open their homes to someone needing care and support into their homes.

Shared Lives pays households to offer long-term or respite care to elderly people or adults with learning disabilities.

Rachel Tull from Murrow near Wisbech goes to stay with her carer Jayne one weekend every month.

Carers do get paid but Jayne says it's the experience that is rewarding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's very rewarding and the chance to give the person's family a chance of a break which they might not normally get and it puts something into my life too.. Rachel's great fun.. we do nothing but laugh the whole time she is here"

– Jayne Sommersby, Respite carer

For more information on the Shared Lives scheme, and to find out how to join click here

600 new primary school places created in Cambridgeshire

The Shade Primary School in Soham is growing each year as part of a phased entry system Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six hundred new primary school places have been created in Cambridgeshire as the council attempts to tackle the soaring demand.

It's part of an £11 million investment to cope with increasing housing development and a rise in numbers expected over the next three years.

The Shade Primary School in Soham near Ely is one of many in the county which will see a significant rise in numbers over the next few years.

Cambridgeshire county council says by 2022 more than 13,000 additional school places will be needed.

The Shade Primary School is a new school which opened in September 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"The school is currently at 180 children but we've built a capacity for 420 and that's a good example of what we're going to do across the county in order to make sure that when parents apply for their school places there are enough places for children to be taught."

– Jo German, Cambridgeshire County Council

Click below to see a report by Hannah Pettifer

Rail union to strike for third day this week

Workers are strking for the third time this week Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail workers from this region will go on strike today for the third time this week.

Greater Anglia says its services will not be affected, as members of the RMT union stage a 24 hour walkout over the role of guards.

Workers from three other rail companies, Merseyrail, Northern and South Western Railway, will also go on strike.

Picket lines will again be mounted outside railway stations in the East, as workers continue to make their stand over fears of safety.


Three arrested after cannabis factory found near A14

Police discovered more than 400 cannabis plants at the building near the A14. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Three men have been arrested after police discovered more than 400 cannabis plants in a building near the A14 at Swavesey.

Officers found the haul yesterday (11th January) morning.

The plants are thought to be worth between £121,000 and £365,400.

Three men, two aged 28 and one aged 24, have been arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis.

Police say the cannabis plants could be worth more than £360,000. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Commuters facing another rail strike over role of guards dispute

There's been another day of strike action for rail operator Greater Anglia to contend with as RMT Union members walk out over the role of guards on the network.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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