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Prince passes exams to fly East Anglian air ambulance

Prince William

Prince William has passed the 14 exams required to qualify as a civilian helicopter pilot and work as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

He began studying last September. He now has to undergo some extra training with Bond Air Services, who'll be his employer, and this will start shortly after the current tour. He's expected to be fully operational by early summer.

An air ambulance similar to the one Prince William will fly

The Prince will be flying out of Cambridge and Norwich. He'll work full time on a shift system, but allowances will be made for his continuing royal duties. He'll mix the two. William will earn around £40,000 but will donate it all to charity.

Kensington Palace will remain his main residence, but the family will almost certainly spent more time at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate, which the Queen gave to her grandson.

Anmer Hall

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Most people surveyed happy with ambulance service

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Most people who've had to call out paramedics in the region say they're happy with the service they've recieved.

In a survey of 115 people treated by the East of England Ambulance service -97 percent said they were very satisfied or satisfied with their care

Ninety-six per cent said that the service they received either reasonably met, met, or exceeded their expectations

Arrests in multi-million pound fraud investigation

Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a multi-million pound fraud investigation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

A series of raids took place across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Surrey this morning (Wednesday).

More than 100 officers from Bedfordshire Police, Thames Valley Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Regional Organised Crime Units and the Business Department were involved in the warrants.

A 32-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were arrested in Bedford, a 66-year-old man was arrested in Huntingdon, and a 46-year-old man was arrested in Milton Keynes.

The investigation is into fraudulently trading companies, tax evasion and money laundering.

It was launched following concerns raised by the Insolvency Service that a number of companies were being set up to fail – defrauding creditors out of large sums of money.

Bill for agency nursing in the east increases by £20 million

Agency nursing bill for the east has risen by £20 million Credit: ITV News Anglia

The bill for agency nurses in the East of England has increased by £20 million in the last year.

Figures obtained by the Royal College of Nursing show that spending on agency nurses has doubled at most hospitals in our region, claiming that problems with recruiting are the cause.

There has been a 69% rise in agency nursing expenditure in the east, along with a 26% growth in the number of nursing vacancies too.

West Herts HNS Trust, Colchester NHS Trust and Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust spent the most, paying nearly £20 million on agency nurses during 2014.

Firefighters across the east to strike today in pension dispute

Firefighters to go on strike today in pensions dispute Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across the East of England will be striking today over a continuing pensions dispute with the Government.

Thousands of members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to join a lunchtime rally in London before lobbying MPs to support their campaign against changes to pensions and their retirement age.

Fire services will be putting contingency plans into place as normal services will not be run from 7am - for 24 hours.

"If we find that we have a very big incident in Cambridgeshire we have an agreement with FBU that members could return to work voluntarily, we also have arrangements with other services who could provide back-up."

– Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service
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