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Cambridge conference to talk about post-Brexit plans

The conference is being held at the Guildhall, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

A public conference is being held in Cambridge today to discuss the city's future post-Brexit.

It comes ahead of the start of negotiations for the UK's exit from the EU.

The open event is being held at the Guildhall between 1pm and 8pm, but requires prior registration.

Those attending will include representatives from the local business community, Universities, the public sector and community groups.

The aim is to move beyond the 'Remain or Leave' question and start a new conversation on 'where do we go from here?

"As the Cambridge University European Society, we seek to reflect Cambridge's diversity and to be welcoming and inclusive. Working with our partners, we aim for this conference to bridge the different communities and perspectives across Cambridge and offer an opportunity to come together to discuss our post-Brexit future. What issues are most important for the people of Cambridge and what would you like the government to prioritise during the negotiations? We look forward to examining these questions at our conference!"

– Matteo Mirolo, Cambridge University European Society

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18,000 homes across Norfolk & Suffolk still without power

Power lines were damaged by the storm. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 18,000 homes across Norfolk and Suffolk are still without power this morning (February 24) following the destruction caused by Storm Doris yesterday.

80mph winds turned over lorries and caused trees to come down, while emergency services had to deal with hundreds of incidents.

UK Power Networks say they've brought in extra staff to help restore electricity as soon as possible after damage was caused to power lines.

Numbers of homes without power:

  • Norfolk: 11,170
  • Suffolk: 7,042

Engineers continue to work hard to restore power supplies in parts of East Anglia after Storm Doris caused damage to power lines.

It was the worst storm across our networks this winter and the severe weather conditions damaged overhead power lines, particularly across parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Overnight and through into this morning engineers have been working to restore supplies, and we have moved additional staff from our South East region and contractors released from less affected areas into East Anglia, to support the repairs and reconnect all the remaining supplies as quickly as possible.

We are still urging people to keep clear of any damaged power lines and call us. Our priorities are restoring supplies as quickly as safely possible and keeping customers informed.

– UK Power Networks statement

It's thought that some homes may not be back to normal again until this afternoon.

Orwell Bridge re-opens after storm Doris subsides

The A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk has re-opened after it was closed for almost eleven hours because of the severe weather caused by storm Doris.

Highways England opened the bridge up at 8.40pm and said that safety is their 'top priority'. Decisions to close the bridge during high winds is always based on the safety of road users they said.

The trail of destruction in the East from Storm Doris

Storm Doris brought a trail of destruction to the Anglia region.

Winds gusting at more than 80 miles an hour have left a trail of destruction across the East of England as Storm Doris swept through

The emergency services have responded to thousands of calls, including eleven people who were injured when a double decker bus was toppled by the wind near Wisbech.

Elsewhere a number of lorries were blown over, trees were uprooted and power cables brought down, leaving more than 40,000 without power.

Watch ITV News Anglia's coverage of Storm Doris

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Driver's lucky escape as lorry blown off Fenland road in high winds

The truck blew off the A141 near Chatteris Credit: Fen Cops

Fenland Police have tweeted these pictures of a truck that blew off the A141 in high winds.

They say the driver was unhurt, even though the truck ended up in a field beside the road.

It's one of a number of accidents on the flat Fenland roads.

Police tweeted this picture of the truck marooned in a field Credit: Fen Cops
The truck was battered but luckily the driver escaped injury Credit: Fen Cops

Eleven hurt after double decker bus blows over

Around a dozen passengers were treated for minor injuries after a bus was blown over. Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing

Eleven people have had to be treated after a double decker bus blew over near Wisbech.

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to the scene at Lynn Road at 1.14pm after the X1 service blew over between West Walton and Walton Highway.

First Buses said they were withdrawing the Norwich to Peterborough service until the winds die down.

First Buses said they were withdrawing the Norwich to Peterborough service until the winds die down. Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing

Four ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance officer, and a medical response car from Magpas were sent to the scene.

Medics began to arrive within two minutes of the 999 call and assessed 15 patients at the scene.

Eight patients were taken to North Cambridgeshire minor injury unit in stable conditions, three were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries and the remaining four were discharged at the scene.

No-one involved is believed to be in a serious or life-threatening condition.

Meanwhile in Norfolk, Sanders buses have taken all double deckers out of service for the rest of the day.

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