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Prince William confirms he is leaving East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William Credit: PA

The Duke of Cambridge has confirmed he will be leaving his job as an East Anglian air ambulance helicopter pilot in the summer and spending more time in London where his children will be schooled.<

In a statement, issued on his behalf by Kensington Palace, William praised the East Anglian Air Ambulance saying it was a "privilege" to fly with the organisation.<

The statement added that William and Kate wanted, as they have in previous years, to increase their official duties on behalf of the Queen and their charity work, which would mean more time in London.<

Prince George, who is three, will begin school in London in September while sister Princess Charlotte, two in May, will start nursery in the capital and later go to school in the city.<

It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.<

I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals.<

I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock and Cambridge airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger.

– Prince William

Is Universal Credit working? ITV Anglia investigates

A video by Malcolm Robertson:

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis is being urged to attend a public meeting in the town over concerns that the Government's controversial new benefit system is leading to increasing numbers of homelessness.

Brandon Lewis MP

Yarmouth's one of the areas where universal credit is being rolled out ahead of the national introduction. It's designed to streamline the number of benefits people are receiving, but delays in payments are affecting tenants and landlords.

Paul Whatley's in receipt of universal credit. He says he'd had to wait weeks to be paid.

"Anything from six to ten to 12 weeks. . Unless you've got a job and they're topping up with universal credits you could find yourself with nothing, " he said. "It's only because of our local foodbank that we've been able to put food on the table."

Paul Whatley

Under previous benefit schemes, some of the money due to claimants would go to the council who would then pay their landlords. Now all the money goes direct to the person receiving the universal credit, but with delays in payments landlords are missing out.

"Its been disastrous for tenants but mostly for landlords, " says Sue Dawson, 35 years a landlord and for he first time facing mortgage arrears on her properties. ."There's a certain number of unscrupulous tentants that will live in your property for up to nine weeks, maybe more, while waiting for universal credit . When they get it they just do a flit without paying the landlord a penny."

Brandon Lewis admits some people are facing challenges over the way universal credit is being introduced, but insists this is a good scheme to get people into work and off benefits.

The local authority has a discretionary fund and Great Yarmouth has an underspend at the moment, " says the town's MP." There is capacity to give people support and they can get those advance payments to help them through that early transition period. I want to make sure they get the right information and the support they need.

Originally, universal credit was to be introduced across the entire country by the end of this year but it could now be 2021 at the earliest.

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Helen Bailey murder trial - police officer tells how he discovered her body

Helen Bailey and Ian Stewart

A police sergeant told a jury the body of murdered children's author Helen Bailey came to the surface of a cesspit at Royston inHertfordshire after he prodded the contents with a garden hoe.

Sergeant Stephen Oliphant was given the hoe by a contractor who had been asked to empty the pit beneath her garage following the arrest of her partner Ian Stewart.

The well at Helen Bailey's House Credit: Hertfordshire Police

I pushed the object into the water and realised it was an arm of a body.

The body was beneath the crust initially. Solid matter was moved away and the body came to the surface.

– Sergeant Stephen Oliphant

The body of the 51 year old author and her dog Boris were recovered in July from the garage at the large detached house she shared with her fiancé Ian Stewart in Royston, Herts. Three months earlier he had reported her missing.

Mr Stewart, 56, denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues

Watch a video report by Chloe Keedy:

Tributes paid to man who died in fire engine accident

Mitchell Bailey Credit: Facebook

Tributes have been paid to a grandfather who was crushed to death by a fire engine which rolled on top of him while racing to a 999 call at Royston in Hertfordshire.

Mitchell Bailey, 58, was walking home from the supermarket when he was pinned to the pavement by the 12-tonne vehicle as it tipped on its side.

The father-of-three died instantly at the scene of the collision - just metres from the family home he shared with his wife Carol, 51.

A second person suffered minor injuries in the collision on Wednesday night, and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The scene of the accident in Royston

Today friends took to Facebook to pay tribute to Mr Bailey, who is believed to have worked for a chemical manufacturing firm.

Ricky Williams said: "What a man thoughts are with you Carol , Charlotte, Alyce and George.

Michael Weibel wrote: "Top bloke, will be missed a hell of alot. R.I.P mate. Thoughts with your family."

Sarah Rowe said: "Totally gobsmacked….. such a lovely man and such a lovely family."

Simon Jefferies added: "He was a top man, family oriented, will be badly missed by all."

An eyewitness, who watched the collision unfold, saw the driver of the fire engine break down in tears moments later.

The fire engine was on its way to reports of a house fire in the town when it was left on its side following the collision with the pedestrian.

Two firefighters were taken to hospital following the incident for precautionary checks.

Parents shell out thousands on private tutors

A student does the 11+ Credit: PA Images

Business is booming for private tutors in Essex and Hertfordshire as parents try to get their kids into grammar schools.

According to one tutor, parents are shelling out thousands of pounds a year to help their youngsters pass the 11 plus.

Critics claim the system only benefits children from more privileged backgrounds.

"If you want a really solid stab at the 11 plus you need to prepare about two years earlier, if not more. You need to read a lot, the child needs to read a lot like every day. They need to learn new words every day. They need to get a tutor in and that time and get really solid at the primary school maths stuff and then start learning the more advanced stuff."

– Richard Harris, private tutor

A video report by Victoria Lampard:

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