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East Anglia counts the cost of the great Easter washout

The East has been mopping up after torrential rain over the Easter weekend.

Several places were flooded, with visitors to some camp sites returning home early because of the bad weather.

Although indoor attractions did reasonably well, outside ones weren't so fortunate.


Horseracing called off because of flooding

The flooding at Huntingdon racecourse earlier this weekend Credit: @Huntingdon_Race

Organisers of meets at two of the region's racecourse have had to abandon events today due to flooding.

Huntingdon Racecourse made an early call two days ago after heavy rain left large parts underwater.

Fakenham Racecourse made the call first thing this morning.

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The flooding at Huntingdon racecourse earlier this weekend Credit: @Huntingdon_Race

300 jobs to go as Coke closes in Milton Keynes and Northampton

Coca-Cola is to close sites in Milton Keynes and Northampton, with the loss of almost 300 jobs.

300 jobs to go as Coke closes in Milton Keynes and Northampton Credit: ITV Anglia

The drinks giant said the closures will take place in 2019, following consultations with workers over the past two months.

Coca-Cola says they need to improve productivity so they can grow in within the UK market.

App production and warehousing currently at Northampton and Milton Keynes will be moved to other sites within the UK.

"We want to stress that this is not a reflection on the performance or professionalism of our colleagues at these sites. Whilst this was a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the right way forward for our business. It will allow us to significantly improve productivity and create greater efficiency for our business in Great Britain, allowing us to continue to grow in this increasingly dynamic market."

– Coca-Cola spokesperson

Union leaders are urging the company to have an urgent rethink

"This is devastating news for the workers and their families, and the local economies in Milton Keynes and Northampton. Unite does not believe that Coca-Cola has made a convincing business case for these closures. There were strong representations from Unite during the consultation period. Even at this eleventh hour, we urge Coca-Cola to have an urgent rethink and not to jettison the hardworking workforces at these two sites. We will be exploring with the company the redeployment opportunities that it has offered today, so as many workers as possible find new jobs within Coca-Cola."

– Unite regional officer Sally Mortimer


RNLI's Bank Holiday warning

People are being warned to be cautious around water. Credit: ITV News Anglia

With the bank holiday just around the corner, there's a warning for those visiting the coast here to respect the water.

The RNLI says its lifeboats were needed177 times in Norfolk and Suffolk last year.

They say anyone planning on being near the sea should remember the water is still cold and not to take risks.

Powerboat designed for wheelchairs takes to the water

Youngsters in a new speedboat. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A youth charity in Milton Keynes has launched the region's first specially adapted powerboat for children with disabilities.

Action 4 Youth has been working on the £40,000 'wheelyboat' for the last two years.

Youngsters have been giving it a test ride at Caldecotte Water Sports Centre.

Jenifer Cameron, from Action 4 Youth, said: "Young people in wheelchairs can get straight onto the boat, drive the boat, get qualifications in using the boat, so that's a really exciting and new opportunity for them."

Man charged over murder at shopping centre

Beniamin Pieknyi died at the scene of the attack at the Stratford Centre Credit: Met Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a 21-year-old from Milton Keynes at an east London shopping centre.

Beniamin Pieknyi was stabbed to death at the Stratford Centre on Tuesday, 20 March.

Vladyslav Yakymchuck was arrested on suspicion of murder and subsequently charged on Sunday.

He was further charged with three counts of robbery, one count of theft and possession of a bladed article.

Yakymchuck has been remanded in custody to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court at a later date.

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