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Debt charity says more families are struggling to make ends meet

Families are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

More and more families in our region are struggling to make ends meet, according to a national debt charity.

Step Change says more than 10,000 people in the East of England called their helpline last year - up 17% on the year before.

On average, those callers owed more than £12,000 in unsecured debt such as credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts.

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Cambridge authors go head-to-head at book awards

Two Cambridge authors will find out tonight if either has won the Costa Book of the Year award - one of the top acolades for writers.

Helen Macdonald Credit: ITV News Anglia

Helen Macdonald's 'H is for Hawk' is about how she turned to falconry to cope with her father's death.

Ali Smith has been nominated for her sixth novel, 'How to be both'.

The winner will be announced in London tonight . The winner takes home £30,000 in prize money

Scheme set up in Cambridge to get more people into engineering

The Launchpad scholarship has been set up by aerospace company Marshall. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme has been set up in Cambridge to get more young people into engineering.

The Launchpad scholarship has been set up by aerospace company Marshall, and is open to children from 8 to 18.

The aim is to provide support, experiences and opportunities in the field.

Candles to be lit to mark 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

A special memorial evening was held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Candles will be lit across the region later to mark 70 years today since the liberation of the Nazi Death camp - Auschwitz..

A special memorial evening was held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, as part of the build up to today's commemorations.

Survivors of the Nazi death camps were invited to the event to see a mixture of dance and readings.

Candles will be lit in Cambridge, Northampton, Lowestoft, Norwich, Southend and Colchester later to represent each of the 70 years since the end of Auschwitz.

Emotions were running high at the service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I couldn't possibly find words to convey what it's like in Auschwitz, to be there, how scared we were. It was terrible.

It's not so important, what is important is that people behave like human beings now."

– Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Auschwitz survivor

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Libyan soldiers deny raping man

Bassingbourn Barracks Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two Libyan soldiers haved denied raping a man while they were stationed at a former RAF base in Cambridgeshire.

At Cambridge Crown Court Moktair Mahmoud and Ibrahim Abugtila both pleaded not guilty to raping a 23 year old man on Christ's pieces park last October.

They were among more than 300 Libyan cadets based at Bassingbourne Barracks as part of a training programme which has now ended.

Their trial has been set for 5th May.

Plans to shake up three police control rooms

Plans to shake up three police control rooms Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three of our police forces could soon be working closer together. Plans are underway for collaboration between control rooms in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

It would mean reducing the number of locations - but chief constables say it could save £5 million pounds a year.

The police commissioners and the chief constables of the three counties have decided there is sufficient evidence to look at how to answer 999 calls, non-emergency calls and crime recording from fewer bases.

The final proposals will be presented in the Spring.

Redmayne tipped for awards hat trick for Hawking portrayal

Eddie Redmayne dedicated his award to those who suffer from ALS, like Hawking Credit: Reuters

Eddie Redmayne scooped another top acting award last night for his portrayal of the Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything - and dedicated it to those living with the scientist's condition.

The Brit beat Birdman star Michael Keaton in the most outstanding actor category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Redmayne has already won a Golden Globe, but it is thought he could now score a hat trick at the Oscar's next month.

The SAGs award ceremony, held in LA last night, is widely held as an indicator as to who will win at this year's Oscar's.

In his acceptance speech, Redmayne told the audience he had learned a lot while making the biopic about Hawking, who suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

I would like to dedicate this award to those people around the world living with ALS, to those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease.

In preparing to play Stephen I met many people fighting ALS, and I met their families fighting alongside them. And the courage and the bravery and the spirit, this triumph of spirit that I witnessed, blew my mind. So I'm incredibly grateful to them."

– Eddie Redmayne making his acceptance speech

Cambridgeshire: Two men killed in A505 crash

Two men have died following a crash on a busy road in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men have died following a crash on a busy road in Cambridgeshire.

It happened early yesterday morning (24 January) on the A505 at Thriplow near Duxford.

A 32-year-old man from Oxfordshire and 30-year-old Francois Lassaliy from Royston in Hertfordshire were both killed in the collision.

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