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Multi-million pound investment to improve Abellio Greater Anglia services

Over ten million pounds will be spent on a new programme to improve services on Abellio Greater Anglia trains.

The money will be used to provide a range of measures including additional refurbished carriages, new ticket gates and extra seating availability.

The upgrades are to be completed by October 2016 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We are totally committed to delivering a better service for our customers, focusing on those areas they prioritise as important. This extensive package of service improvements represents a major investment in key areas of service delivery including the on-train travelling environment, cleaning, seating capacity and performance."

– Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Abellio Greater Anglia

The upgrades will take two years to complete.

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Tour de France: Preparations in full swing for the finish at The Mall in London

People gather close to the finish line at The Mall in London. Credit: ITV Anglia

It's not long until the third stage of the Tour de France in Cambridge but already preparations are in full swing for the finish at The Mall in London.

The peleton is expected to arrive in the heart of the capital around four o'clock this afternoon.

An estimated 2.5 million people watched the opening two stages in Yorkshire following the Grand Depart in Leeds on Saturday.

Italian National Champion Vincenzo Nibali wears the yellow jersey when stage three gets underway in Cambridge and passes through Essex and Epping Forest.

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London Southend Airport terminal extension official opening

London Southend Airport.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will officially open Southend Airport's new terminal extension today.

A commemorate plaque will be unveiled to mark the finale of the £120 million revamp which has taken six years to complete.

During his visit, he will tour the airport and have a chance to meet and talk to representatives from all the major airlines operating from London Southend Airport, local MPs', members and officers of Southend and Rochford Councils'.

Colchester woman guilty of attack on Ground Force star's daughter

A Colchester woman has been warned to expect a jail sentence after being found guilty of slashing the neck of Ground Force star Tommy Walsh's daughter in a London nightclub.

Leanne Bloomfield, 28, had denied using a shard of glass to cut Natalie Walsh, 22, upwards from her neck to her chin.

But a jury found her guilty of wounding with intent following a four-day trial and seven and a half hours of deliberations at Southwark Crown Court.

Following the verdict, Mr Walsh, who was in court with his wife and son, condemned the defendant's "laddish" behaviour during the assault on February 3.

After being found guilty, Bloomfield, of Highwoods, in Colchester, turned to the jury and said "I didn't do it", before breaking down in tears.

Judge Peter Susman QC adjourned sentencing to February 7 and warned he had "no choice but to impose a prison sentence".

First portrait of pet guinea pig found

16th century oil painting with guinea pig. Credit: PA Images

Art experts think they have uncovered one of the first ever portraits of a pet guinea pig.

A 16th century oil painting showing the animal being cradled between three children will go on show at a new exhibition later this year.

The portrait, believed to have been painted around 1580 by an unknown artist, shows three young children holding the animal which had recently been introduced into Europe from South America by Spanish merchants.

It will form part of an exhibition, called Elizabeth I And Her People, which opens at the National Portrait Gallery in central London in October.

A gallery spokesman said: "We know that guinea pigs were introduced into Europe by traders and were kept as exotic pets.

"While archaeological finds for domestic guinea pigs in Europe are rare, a partial skeleton of one that dates from around 1575 was discovered at Hill Hall in Essex, an Elizabethan manor house."

The youngest child in the painting is also holding a small bird, possibly a goldfinch, which was often used to symbolise Christianity in works of the period.

The exhibition includes jewellery, costumes and coins from the period as well as paintings.

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