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A12 roadworks will continue until May

Roadworks on two stretches of the A12 are going to be around longer than planned.

Resurfacing work that started in Ipswich and Brentwood in December was due to finish at the end of this month.

The Highways Agency said weather conditions and additional works had held up progress. The improvements are now due to be completed in May.

“We found the road was in a worse state of repair than originally thought, so we have had to plane out more to compensate.

"We apologise for the delay and I’d like to thank drivers for their patience while this work continues and ask drivers to take care travelling through the roadworks and adhere to the 40mph speed limit.”

– Anna Graham, Highways Agency.

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Harlow Council granted temporary injunction to stop illegal traveller encampments

The High Court's granted a temporary injunction to Harlow council allowing them to stop unauthorised traveller encampments. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The High Court has granted a temporary injunction to Harlow council allowing them to stop unauthorised traveller encampments.

Harlow and Essex County Council applied to the High Court for the injunction to prevent travellers using two illegal sites in the town.

They have also applied to protect more than 400 other vulnerable areas. .

PM announces plans for new discounted homes

David Cameron was visiting Colchester this morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has been in Essex to talk about the latest part of the Conservative election pledges.

David Cameron has announced plans to build 200,000 new discounted starter homes. Prices would be capped at £250,000 outside London.

Labour have said the homes will be built far from amenities and close to industrial areas.

"Some of the UK's biggest property developers have signed up - including Barratt and Taylor Wimpey," said Mr Cameron in a speech in Colchester.

"I can announce today that the next Conservative government would build not just 100,000 starter homes, but 200,000 starter homes, giving more young people the security of owning a home, rewarding hard work, making this a country where if you put in, you will get out."

Labour is committed to increasing the number of new homes being built each year to 200,000 by 2020 by threatening to take land from developers who fail to use it, doing more public sector building and building a new generation of garden cities.

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Ambulances service loses equipment worth more £215,000

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The East of England Ambulance service has lost equipment worth more than £215,000 in the past two years.

The service said the problem of losing items is a "significant problem" to the trust.

Between 2012 and 2014 the trust say they have lost 30 special laptops costing £2,500 each and 10 defibrillators worth £90,000.

They have also lost 64 thermometers worth £72 each, 16 blood glucose monitors and a stretcher worth more than £8,000.

Perhaps the most bizarre lost item the trust misplaced was a vomit bowl.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request from a member of the public.

Trust manager Karl Edwards, blamed "dynamic" and "chaotic" situations for equipment being left at the scene and said the focus was placed on giving the best possible care.

"That's why we're putting a great deal of focus into making sure we put practices and measures in place to minimise this going forward."

– Karl Edwards, East of England Ambulance Service

The items were all classified as "lost" rather than stolen, the trust confirmed.

It said it did not know how many of the items had subsequently been found.

Report says region's prisons overcrowded

Norwich Prison Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales are right here in our region, according to prison reform campaigners. The Howard League for Penal Reform analysed data from the Ministry of Justice. It shows the HMP Prisons in Norwich and Chelsmford are over capacity by around 100 prisoners each.

Police appeal over man with head injuries

Police are appealing for information after a man in his 40s was found with serious head injuries at Halstead in Essex. Officers were called to Butler Road shortly after 2.30am on Saturday 28th February. The man was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. It's thought he'd been at Scenarios nightclub earlier in the evening

Butler Road where the man was found Credit: ITV Anglia
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