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Police warning over theft of fireworks

The fireworks stolen were part of a professional display Credit: PA

Police are warning about the dangers of setting off fireworks after a number of professional firework displays were stolen from a farm in Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

The burglary happened at some point between noon on Tuesday, March 17th and 9.50am on Wednesday, March 18th.

Offenders broke into a building off Whitwell Road in Codicote and stole professional display fireworks - which can only be ignited electronically. Police say any attempts to ignite these fireworks manually would be highly dangerous.

“As igniting these fireworks manually is extremely dangerous, I’d like to warn whoever is responsible for this offence for their own safety and would advise them to return the fireworks to their rightful owners.

I’d also like to appeal to anyone who knows who could be responsible for this crime, or who is aware of anyone acting suspiciously in the local areas during the stated times, to please come forward as soon as possible.”

– PC Chris Suckling

Clouds part across Northamptonshire in time for the eclipse

The best partial solar eclipse since 1999 has begun across the Anglia region but for many the view is spoilt by cloud.

With the eclipse reaching a peak just after half nine this morning, the cloud is breaking up just in time across parts of Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire with promising signs for Milton Keynes and the far west of Norfolk.

Satellite image at 9am as the eclipse gets underway across the Anglia region Credit: Met Office.

Elsewhere, unfortunately, the overcast skies are expected to stay - at least until after the eclipse.

The cost of renting has risen across the east

The cost of renting has risen by around 10% in the east Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cost of renting a house in East Anglia has risen by the highest amount in any region over the last five years.

The average tenant in East Anglia now pays £787 a month compared to £714 a month a year ago. Putting the rent rise at 10.2% year on year - the highest across the UK.

"The rental sector is carrying the weight of the housing crisis. More homes are needed to house an ever-growing population. The supply simply isn't there. The result is that landlords are catering to those who can't afford to buy as well as those who choose renting for the flexibility it offers them - workers moving into new jobs, or people wanting to get a feel for an area before committing to property ownership and setting down roots."

– Adrian Gill, Director of Estate Agents Reeds Rain and Your Move

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Budget: East Anglian Air Ambulance to get new helicopter

East Anglian Air Ambulance Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is to get a new helicopter after the Chancellor announced in today's Budget that a one-off grant would be given to the charity of £1.7 million.

The money is coming from the 'Libor Fines Fund' and is to be spent on all military and blue light causes. The Libor fines were levied on banks manipulating the London INterbank Offered Rate financial benchmark.

The money will help fund a second new EC145T2 helicopter to be based at Norwich Airport.

It will increase the charity's clinical capability and the distance it can cover. It's hoped the new helicopter will go into service in 2016.

"We are enormously grateful for this one-off grant from the Treasury that will help fund a second EC145T2 helicopter which will greatly enhance the lifesaving service we provide for local people. Our grant application to the Chancellor received cross-party support from all our Norfolk MPs. I would, however, like to say a special thank you to Chloe Smith MP and Henry Bellingham MP, both of whom worked closely with EAAA to secure this result.”

– EAAA Chief Executive Patrick Peal
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