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Anti-bird flu restrictions to be lifted on poultry flock

Restrictions were first put in place in December 2016 to keep poultry indoors. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Restrictions on poultry following the recent bird flu outbreak will be lifted, the government has announced.

Owners will no longer have to keep their birds housed or enclosed in netting, after experts decided the level of risk had reduced.

Strict disease prevention measures and a ban on poultry gatherings will remain in place.

The move will come into effect on 13 April

All poultry and bird keepers in England must continue to comply with strict biosecurity measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Based on the latest evidence on reduced numbers of migratory and resident aquatic wild birds we believe that kept birds in the areas we previously designated as higher risk are now at the same level of risk as the rest of England and may now be let outside.

"However, all keepers must still observe strict disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of contamination from the environment, where the virus can survive for several weeks in bird droppings.

"This does not mean business as usual: the risk from avian flu has not gone away and a prevention zone remains in place, requiring keepers across England to take steps to prevent disease spreading."

– Professor Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer


Senior police from eastern region to attend Pc Keith Palmer's funeral

Pc Keith Palmer died in the Westminster terror attack Credit: ITV News Anglia

Senior police officers from across the region will be attending the funeral in London today (10 April) of the PC killed in the terror attack on the Houses of Parliament.

Keith Palmer's funeral will take place at Southwark Cathedral this afternoon.

Representatives from Police Federation branches around the region will also be travelling to London to pay their respects.

Lightning strike to win play-offs

Lightning strike to win EIPHL play-offs Credit: Instagram: mk_lightning

MK Lightning marked their final game in Ice Hockey's Premier League competition with a win in the play-off final.

The team head to the Elite League next season and thrashed Telford Tigers 7-2 to win the final at Coventry's Skydome.

Yesterday’s win, was the first time Lightning have won the play-offs since 2006.

More details on the club's website.


Free rail travel for police officers attending terror attack PC's funeral

PC Keith Palmer was killed in the terrorist attack at Westminster.

Police officers from the region attending the funeral of PC Keith Palmer will get free rail travel with Greater Anglia.

PC Palmer was killed in the terror attack at Westminster last month. He was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament.

His funeral will take place on Monday, April 10, in London. Anyone with a valid warrant or ID card will be able to claim a return ticket from any station on the Greater Anglia network.

Talking trade in MK: Chinese delegation visits post-Brexit

Milton Keynes is home to the development of the driverless car Credit: ITV News Anglia

A group of businessmen from China will visit Milton Keynes to talk trade links with the town in the wake of Brexit. In particular they'll be focusing on futuristic technologiessuch as the driverless car.

The delegation from the Shenzhen region of China will tour the town which recently celebrated its 50th Birthday.

They'll visit to Bletchley Park and the home of the driverless car.

The visit it being hosted by local business interest group MKBusiness Leaders Partnership.

Shenzen in south eastern China has a population of 18 million and in 2016 its GDP was worth $294 billion.

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