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Jobs boost announced in Yarmouth and Lowestoft

Enterprise Zone success in Suffolk and Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 700 jobs have been created in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone according to figures just released.

The jobs boost has been announced by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.

The region is said to have been particularly successful in the energy sector, bringing £994 million a year to Norfolk and Suffolk.

It's hoped the Enterprise Zone will have created 9,000 jobs by 2025.

"Enterprise Zones are now picking up the pace and really starting to deliver for the economy. We're seeing activity across the country from established sites attracting some of the biggest names in business to derelict sites being brought back to life. That's because our long-term economic plan is giving businesses the confidence to invest. They know that Enterprise Zones work and are making the most of the top-class incentives and world-class infrastructure on offer. "

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary

Plenty of laughs in Lowestoft as town hosts Europe-wide clown convention

Now let's be honest conventions and conferences can often be pretty dreary affairs but one for clowns in Suffolk this week is proving to be a right old hoot!

Giggling, classes in falling over and general jolliness are just some of the fun and games on the agenda.

Natalie Gray joined clowns from up and down the country for some lessons in laughter.

Click below to watch Natalie's full report:

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Council secures £2m to continue repairs at Lowestoft South Beach

Waveney District Council has secured £2m to continue its work to repair the sea wall at Lowestoft's South Beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Funding has been secured for the second phase of work to repair the seawall on Lowestoft's South Beach following a tidal surge more a year ago.

In November last year, 6,000 tonnes of rock was transported from Norway for the first stage of repairs after erosion caused major damage in December 2013.

Now Waveney District Council has successfully bid for £2m from Defra to allow it to continue its coastal protection work.

Phase two of the project will see the seawall at Children's Corner secured and allow public access to resume.

Details are to be discussed at a council meeting on 20 January.

Two injured after car flips on roof during police chase

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Two people have been treated by paramedics after their car flipped onto its roof during a police chase in Lowestoft.

Officers attempted to flag down the silver hatchback car at around 8pm on Sunday evening. It failed to stop and led the patrol car on a chase through the Suffolk town in icy conditions. But it soon came to an abrupt stop just half a mile after being signalled to stop by police, hitting two parked vehicles and flipping onto its roof.

Two people were removed from the car and treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.

The driver was taken to hospital for a check-up and the road was closed for two and a half hours.

Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Police appeal for witnesses to violent fight between two large groups of men

The fight between two groups broke out close to Lowestoft Railway Station.

A man's in hospital after a fight broke out between two large groups of men outside Lowestoft railway station.

The incident took place at around 3.30am Sunday morning in Katwijk Way. It's thought some of the men were carrying weapons.

Two men were taken to the nearby James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. One man has since been discharged, but the other is still under observation having sustained head injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Schools and homes evacuated after hand grenade discovered in Lowestoft

A World War Two hand grenade has been found in a garage in Lowestoft. Credit: Jordan Smith

A World War Two hand grenade has been found in a garage in Lowestoft.

The device was found earlier this morning when the property in the Kelly-Pain Court area was being cleared.

Pupils from nearby Northfields St Nicholas Primary and St Margaret’s School have been evacuated as a precaution. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pupils from nearby Northfields St Nicholas Primary and St Margaret’s School were evacuated as a precaution.

The Bomb Disposal Service removed the grenade which was not live.

Multiple appliances deal with fire in Lowestoft

Eight appliances were used to put out a fire in the High Street in Lowestoft on Friday night.

A flat on the first floor of the three storey property in the town centre was on fire.

Crews from Lowestoft North and South, along with appliances from Beccles and Great Yarmouth were called to the scene.

The fire was brought under control just before midnight. Nobody was hurt.

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