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Mixed picture as unemployment statistics released

Mixed news on unemployment in the Anglia region. It rose in the East Midlands which includes Northamptonshire. Now standing at 98,000 jobless people, an increase of 8,000 on the previous quarter. More than four percent are without work.

Unemployment figures in East Midlands

In the East of England, the figures are down by 5,000. Nationally, the jobless figures are the lowest for 12 years.

Unemployment figures in East Anglia

Stop the Press: A look at the changing face of local media

Over the last few years many communities have lost a valuable voice - their local newspaper.

The internet and changing habits lead to falling sales and eventual closure. Among the papers to have ceased to go to print are the Newmarket News, Beds on Sunday and Norwich Citizen.

More than 200 have closed throughout the country since 2005 - But could there be a fightback? While many have shut some new titles have started. In the first of a two part special report into the changing face face of our region's media Matthew Hudson looks at the fall and rise of the local paper.

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Severe problems on rail due to signalling fault

Liverpool Street Credit: PA Images

There are major problems with train services to and from London Liverpool Street tonight.

Due to a fault with the signalling system between London Liverpool Street and Colchester all lines are blocked.

Greater Anglia say train services to and from these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until at least 8pm.

More details are available here.

Pair sentenced after £30,000 of drugs found in fridge and freezer

Credit: Essex Police

A man and a woman were sentenced after £30,000 of drugs were found hidden in a freezer, birthday card and on top of a fridge.

Melanie King, 44, and Jon Rudd, 44, were arrested when officers from South Operation Raptor team raided a property in Laindon, Essex on February 21st.

The police found 400 grams of cocaine, with a street value of £20,500, hidden on top of the fridge freezer and almost a kilo of amphetamine, with a street value of £9,200, hidden in a freezer and a birthday card. Officers also uncovered drug paraphernalia and £3,680 cash.

Ms King and Mr Rudd were both charged with possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply, two counts of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply and money laundering.

Both admitted the charges. Ms King was given an eight-month jail term suspended for nine months on October 9th and on October 12th Mr Rudd was jailed for years and four months.

The sentencing comes as Essex Police steps up its action against those involved in gang and drug crime with the launch of Operation Essex.

“We will continue to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those attempting to supply drugs in our county. If you are involved in this type of activity then you can be assured that we will make sure you have no place to hide.”

– Det Con Adam Blackwell, Essex Police
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