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Essex winning the war against potholes

A campaign to fix potholes on the roads of Essex appears to be paying off with just 500 left across the county.

The county council says since June extra workers have filled in more than 4000 holes on major routes. It's spent £17.5 million on the work.

The extra crews will now turn their attention to fixing defects on the 700 worst local urban roads around the county by March 2015.

Essex winning the war against potholes Credit: ITV Anglia

Reducing the number of potholes on our priority routes to just over 500 is great news for Essex motorists - and for all those visiting Essex for business or pleasure. It is the result of an ambitious programme of maintenance work that will continue beyond summer into the winter and beyond.”

– Cllr Eddie Johnson

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Patients praise ambulance crews

Patients have praised East of England Ambulance crews for doing 'an amazing job' in a new survey.

Ambulance bosses say patients and their relatives who used the service in June were 100% satisfied with the service that they received. More than 97% of people described ambulance crews as very professional.

The survey's been published just a week after the East of England Ambulance Service was fined over a million pounds for failing to meet response times and ambulance turnaround targets.

The June survey shows people were also happy with the service provided by the 999 call handlers, with more than 96% of people ranking their experience of dialing 999 as ‘acceptable’ or ‘very acceptable’. Other highlights included full marks for the cleanliness of the ambulance and equipment, more than 96% rating the ambulance response time as fairly to very acceptable and 93% rating the journey as fairly comfortable or better.

“We’re delighted that the majority of patients are happy with the service we provide. This reflects the professionalism and dedication of our staff, who often have to work in the most challenging situations and environments. As we recruit hundreds of new frontline student paramedics, as well as up skill our existing staff, the service and response to patients will continue to improve.”

– Chief Executive Anthony Marsh

This survey follows a recent report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre which showed that the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 798 complaints in 2013/14; down 32% from 1,177 in 2012/13. This compares to an increase across ambulance services generally.

Heritage Open Days in the East of England

The Electric Palace at Harwich

Hundreds of unusual and interesting buildings are opening their doors to the public as part this year's Heritage Open Days.

Among them are this art deco cinema at Harwich in Essex, built in 1911.

The Electric Palace closed following the 1953 floods but reopened in the 1980s.

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Toby Freeman runs a charity set up after his brother's death from a rare form of cancer

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region

TOBY FREEMAN

Toby Freeman's brother Robin died of cancer at the age of 24.

He's the chair and leading light in a charity, The Robin Cancer Trust, set up by the family, from Wivenhoe in Essex, to raise awareness of germ cell cancer which usually presents itself as testicular or ovarian cancer.

As well as being a tireless fundraiser he's made videos to help young people check themselves for signs of the disease.

Lifeboat rescues fishermen and their dog

Two fishermen and their dog were rescued by lifeboat crews after their boat broke down off Brightlingsea in Essex.

Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was called to the aid of the 28ft fishing vessel after its steering broke close to the Knoll buoy, four miles off Brightlingsea, at about 5pm on Wednesday.

The men, aged in their 50s, and the pet were towed back to Brightlingsea Harbour.

The lifeboat, which included helmsman Adrian Rose and crewmen Darren Simper, Tristan Welham and Steve Beardsley, returned to the station by 7.15pm.

The wartime secrets of the mysterious Langham Dome

What wartime secrets were kept in the mysterious Langham dome? Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a curious building perched closed to the North Norfolk coast but it played a vital role in the Second World War.

The Langham Dome just a new miles from Blakeney hid a secret that helped Britain deal with the aerial bombardment from Germany.

It's now been restored and turned into a museum where its mystery can now be revealed.

Kate Prout reports on the Langham Dome in the ITV News Anglia Hidden Histories series

World Cup 1966 & the East

The East of England may not have hosted any of the 31 fixtures staged during the 1966 World Cup, but there was still a role to play for the region.

A handful of nations, including semi-finalists Portugal and finalists West Germany, based themselves in the ITV Anglia patch.

Portugal stayed at Harlow, while the Homestead Court Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was used by the Germans although they trained in Stevenage in the run up to the final.

See Donovan Blake's report, part of ITV News Anglia's series "Hidden Histories"

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