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Mixed picture as unemployment statistics released

Mixed news on unemployment in the Anglia region. It rose in the East Midlands which includes Northamptonshire. Now standing at 98,000 jobless people, an increase of 8,000 on the previous quarter. More than four percent are without work.

Unemployment figures in East Midlands

In the East of England, the figures are down by 5,000. Nationally, the jobless figures are the lowest for 12 years.

Unemployment figures in East Anglia

Stop the Press: A look at the changing face of local media

Over the last few years many communities have lost a valuable voice - their local newspaper.

The internet and changing habits lead to falling sales and eventual closure. Among the papers to have ceased to go to print are the Newmarket News, Beds on Sunday and Norwich Citizen.

More than 200 have closed throughout the country since 2005 - But could there be a fightback? While many have shut some new titles have started. In the first of a two part special report into the changing face face of our region's media Matthew Hudson looks at the fall and rise of the local paper.

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Northamptonshire town has UK's fastest rising house prices

House prices rise in the East of England Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images
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Great Yarmouth has the lowest average house price in the region

Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has the fastest rising house prices in the UK, say new government statistics. Prices there soared 15% in the year to August 2017, with the average costing £215,000.

In both the East of England and the East Midlands prices were up 6.4% from last year, more than double the rate of inflation. However, several areas including Mid Suffolk, East Northants and Peterborough were hit with house price rises of over 10%.

House prices in the region are now the highest in the UK outside of London and the South East. The average UK house price was £226,000 in August 2017. In St Albans, where house prices are the highest in the region, the average was £526,216.

Welwyn Hatfield was the only place in the region where prices dipped and the lowest average house prices were seen in Great Yarmouth (£161,992), Corby (£178,131), and Fenland (£179,984).

Pride of Britain Awards: Meet the first of the Anglia region finalists

Earlier in the summer we asked for your nominations as we began the search for this year's regional winner for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain ITV Fundraiser of the Year Award.

This week we will be revealing each of the finalists, four across the east and four across the west of the Anglia region.

A winner for east and one for west will be announced on Friday 20th October.

Today from the west of the region, we meet Karen Rogers from Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire. Karen's son Alfe battled cancer and inspired her to help other parents going through the same experience.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Our first finalist from the east of the Anglia region is 17 year old Harry Gardner from Writtle near Chelmsford. He hit national headlines when he wrote a song about his poorly nan.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout.

NHS staffing fears across eastern region over EU nationals leaving after Brexit vote

A Cambridgeshire Doctor says he's concerned that increasing numbers of EU nationals are leaving NHS hospitals since the Brexit vote.

New figures also show that fewer doctors and nurses are joining to replace them.

The news comes just days after the Care Quality Commission said the NHS faces a "precarious" future due to rising vacancy rates.

Watch the report below by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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