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Busiest ever month for Stansted airport

More than 1.8 million passengers travelled through the terminal last month. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been a good few weeks for Stansted Airport - it's just reported it's busiest ever November.

More than 1.8 million passengers travelled through the terminal last month, almost 83,000 or 5 per cent more than the same time last year.

The total number of passengers in the 12 months to November 2017 rose to over 25.9 million passengers, up 7.2 per cent over the previous year.

Restoration of Electric Palace gets the go-ahead

The Electric Palace, Harwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Final works to restore The Electric Palace in Harwich have been given the green light.

The listed building has already undergone an extensive refit and has been removed from English Heritage's buildings at risk register.

Now work to reinstate original features and preserve the building's long term future have been agreed by Tendring District Council.

Panto stars bring festive magic to children's ward

There's no mistaking that it's nearly Christmas.

For children at Colchester hospital the festivities have arrived already.

They were treated to an hour of song and dance from the cast of this year's pantomime, Cinderella.

There was plenty of Christmas cheer for the young patients from Buttons, Prince Charming, Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters.

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Historic cinema to get more restoration work

Final works to restore The Electric Palace cinema in Harwich have been given the green light.

Electric Palace in Harwich Credit: ITV Anglia

The listed building has already undergone an extensive refit and has been removed from English Heritage's buildings at risk register.

Now work to reinstate original features and preserve the building's long term future have been agreed by Tendring District Council.

The Electric Palace is Grade II listed and sits within the Harwich's Conservation Area.

"The impact of the proposed scheme will be relatively minor but very beneficial and will assist the long term preservation of the building which is an asset to Harwich. It will prevent further deterioration of the fabric of the cinema and will improve comfort in line with modern user expectation. Importantly the auditorium ceiling will be stabilised and secured to prevent any possibility of collapse. The work is of appropriate design which will enhance both the building and the Conservation Area."

– Tendring District Council

Man rescued after his car gets stuck in freezing water

Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars. Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue

Firefighters were called to help a driver who was trapped in his car in Chelmsford.

Crews from Essex Fire and Rescue arrived at Buttsbury Wash to find his car trapped in 3ft of freezing cold water.

The man was freezing cold and was suffering from shock and possibly hypothermia.

Firefighters waded into the flood waters and rescued the man using an inflatable sledge.

Station Manager Martyn Hare said: "When we arrived, the motorist was still in his car and water had started to fill the footwells."

"It is extremely dangerous for anyone to attempt to drive into flood water without knowing how deep the water is, especially on a morning where temperatures had plummeted to -4."

Every year the fire service rescues dozens of motorists who find themselves trapped after driving into flood water.

The fire service is warning motorists not to drive through flood waters which will reach more than half of their car wheels.

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