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Surprise gifts to bring Christmas cheer to strangers

Trish Abbott from Norfolk leaves free homemade presents in public places. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The festive season is a time for giving presents to our nearest and dearest but one woman from Norfolk gets a buzz out of bringing festive cheer to complete strangers.

Trish Abbott from Reedham leaves free homemade presents in public places and her idea has spread across the world.

All year round she makes gifts for people she'll never meet. Parks, shopping centres, buses, trains - wherever Trish goes her bag of gifts goes with here. Over the years she's left hundreds of home made presents.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

Dogs pose for pictures with Santa Paws

It's not just children who are visiting Santa this Christmas Credit: ITV News Anglia

Canines in Christmas jumpers have been getting into the festive spirit in Norwich.

Pets posed for photos with their owners at Santa's Grotto for Dogs outside The Forum.

The cuddly dogs posed for pictures Credit: ITV News Anglia

Santa's helpers handing out treats to the dogs who were well-behaved.

The rather quirky idea helps raise money for RSPCA Norfolk.

They love it!

The costumes that the dogs wear are absolutely phenomenal, some of the dogs do do a second take at doggy Santa but they do settle down and everyone can take their own photos and send them to friends and family so the social media goes crazy afterwards its amazing.

– Tammy Clarke, RSPCA


Busiest day before Christmas at Stansted Airport

The departures board at Stansted Airport. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Today is set to be one of the busiest days of the year at Stansted Airport - with more than 40,000 people flying off to 170 destinations ahead of Christmas.

But it will be topped just a few days later - on December 30 - when even more passengers will travel out of the Essex terminal.

In total nearly one million people will use the airport between December 18 and January 2.

Trains and roads are also likely to be very busy.


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