Emergency services are braced for what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year as thousands of office parties take place.
Police and paramedics are putting on extra patrols in case things get out of hand.
A & E units are also drafting in more staff as already busy hospitals come under more pressure.
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This weekend will be mostly dry with sunshine on Saturday and cloudy, windy conditions by Sunday.Read the full story ›
This year has seen the introduction of free school meals for all schoolchildren aged four to seven.
The £1billion flagship policy was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and rolled out to all schools in September.
But it seems the East of England has one of the lowest take-ups in the country with almost two in ten children taking a packed lunch instead.
ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft went to one school in Hitchin to find out how the free meals are going down there
Emergency services prepare for 'Black Friday' - expected to be the busiest night of the year in pubs and clubs.Read the full story ›
Additional police will be on duty this weekend on what is expected to be one of the busiest weekends of the year.Read the full story ›
The number of calls to the East of England Ambulance service are up 11% compared to 2013 and that is before 'Black Friday' gets underway tonight.
Crews call the last Friday before Christmas 'Black Friday' as people make the most of what is for some, their last working day before Christmas.
There were 700 more callouts than average last Saturday and it's expected that figure will be exceeded tonight.
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The head of the East of England Ambulance Service is to step down in the coming months as the search for his sucessor begins less than a year after he started the job.
Anthony Marsh became interim Chief Executive of the Trust in January, tasked with improving ambulance response times. Also Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, he faced criticism over his quarter of a million pound salary.
His appointment was meant to last for up to two years, but the trust has already advertised for a replacement. Mr Marsh will stay until a successor is found.
Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.
Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.
“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”
Councils are examining their budgets and deciding where savings and cuts can be made as government funding is to be cut by 14% next year.Read the full story ›
Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.
The main grant from the government to local councils in the Anglia region is being cut by £323 million next year - a reduction of nearly 14%.
However the government says that the overall reduction in spending power for English councils will be 1.8%, with no council facing a loss of more than 6.4%.
The "spending power" figure includes other income that local councils receive like NHS grants, council tax and business rates and local fees and charges.
The Local Government Association said that the provisional finance settlement for 2015/16 amounted to an 8.8% cut in core central Government funding, bringing to 40% the total reduction in support since the coalition came to power in 2010.