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Decision time on coastal repairs

The thousands of people who visited Lowestoft in Suffolk this weekend would have struggled to get to the beach, even if the weather had been perfect.

Since late last year the section of beach between the harbour south pier and Parade Road South has been closed because of coastal erosion. The council now has to decide if it will pay millions to have it made safe.

£1.5M storm damage repairs proposed

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The Suffolk coast taking a battering back in December Credit: ITV

Proposals to repair part of the Lowestoft seafront in Suffolk are being discussed at a meeting today.

Waveney District Council's cabinet is looking at plans to spend around £1.5 million repairing coastal erosion and damage from last years tidal surge.

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The area set to benefit from the funding Credit: ITV

Councillors will be asked to give the go-ahead tomorrow (Weds) for the works, which have been described as a priority.

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Suffolk boxer Ogogo to carry Commwealth Games baton through county

Anthony Ogogo. Credit: PA images.

Suffolk boxer Anthony Ogogo has been announced as one of the county's baton bearers for the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Six people from Suffolk will carry the Queen's Baton when it visits the area on June ninth.

t will travel through Lowestoft, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Anthony won an Olympic bronze medal during the London 2012 Games.

Among the other baton bearers are Commonwealth gold medallist Ron Wallwork, England under-19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds, and 80-year-old keep fit enthusiast Ken Webb.

Police raids over bootleg booze and cigarettes

Police raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Credit: Malcolm Robertson / ITV News Anglia

There's been a series of raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft looking for counterfeit alcohol and tobacco.

Three shops in Yarmouth and two houses in Lowestoft have been targeted by the police, HMRC and trading standards. Some 50 officers were involved in carrying out searches.

Stephen Maunder from Norfolk Trading Standards said: "In total we've found thousands of packets of cigarettes. No duty is being paid on this and often quite horrible chemicals and even rat droppings are found in the tobacco."

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More than £2 billion to be spent on rail improvements in the Anglia region

Billions to be spent improving rail services in the East. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than £2 billion pounds is to be spent on improving our rail network in the Anglia region over the next five years.

Network Rail is planning to spend up to £200 million pounds on improvements between Felixstowe and Ipswich to ease congestion.

There will also be major re-modelling work at Ely to increase capacity there, while £50 million pounds will be spent on a signalling upgrade between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

And a new operations centre will open at Romford in Essex next year to take control of the regions signalling.

£247 million pounds of that will go towards increasing capacity on the East coast Main line which runs through Peterborough.

The Bedford to Sheffield line will be electrified for the first time and work will start on the east west rail scheme which is a new line linking Milton Keynes and Bedford to Oxford.

The money comes from a national pot of £38 billion pounds.

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