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Police strip criminals of more than a million pounds

The police say that their specialist new financial unit has stripped criminals across the region of more than one million pounds.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 'Asset Confiscation Enforcement team' was set up to recover proceeds of crime. The recovered money includes £250,000 from a Wisbech drug trafficker, £288,000 from a firearms offender in Milton Keynes and £17,000 from an Essex man who defrauded people on dating websites.

Milton Keynes gets £9 million to promote electric cars

Milton Keynes is to get £9 million from the Government to promote the use of electric vehicles. It is one of four towns and cities to get a share of a £40 million fund to encourage more people to buy hybrid and plug-in cars.

Electric cars at Millbrook in Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Milton Keynes Council's winning bid for the money included plans for an advice centre that people can come to if they are thinking of buying an electric car. Owners could also be allowed to use the town's 20,000 parking bays for free. The Government has pledged to make all new vehicles electric by 2040.

"The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing #600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040."

– Patrick McLoughlin MP - Secretary for Transport

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Pensioner speaks out to warn others after cruel online scam

A pensioner's been conned out of thousands of pounds by fraudsters in a cruel online scam. When former Baptist Minister Arthur Rowley from Milton Keynes heard his friends were in need, he immediately wanted to help. But he discovered too late that it was a trick to steal his savings. Every year millions in the UK fall victim to scams, and while anyone can be a target it seems the elderly are often the most vulnerable. Olivia Kinsley's been hearing Arthur's story.

Frosty scenes as temperatures dip below -5°C in the Anglia region

Frost, ice and freezing fog have hit the Anglia region as temperatures plunged close to -6°C.

The lowest temperature in the region was -5.6°C recorded at Norwich airport shortly before 6am.

Frost and ice at Needham Woods in Suffolk. Credit: Louise Woods
  • -5.6°C at Norwich airport
  • -4.8°C at Writtle, Essex
  • -4.5°C at Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • -4.3°C at Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • -3.2°C at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

The lowest temperature in the UK was -11.6°C at Kinbrace in Scotland

Met Office issues freezing fog warning for morning rush hour

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads with a Met Office weather warning for freezing fog in force for the Anglia region.

The Met Office says patches of fog and freezing fog have become more widespread overnight with visibility falling below 100 metres in places.

Be aware that this will cause difficult travel conditions, and some disruption to transport.

Area covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning for fog and freezing fog. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning covers much of the Anglia region and is in force until 10am on Thursday 21 January 2016

"Clear skies, light winds and rapidly falling temperatures have allowed patches of fog and freezing fog to form.

"These are expected to become widespread overnight, but will start to clear southern counties around dawn as wind speeds start to increase. However, fog and freezing fog will be slower to clear in the north, for example Vale of York."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

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Unemployment figures continue to fall

Three years ago the region's unemployment figure stood at six per cent. Credit: PA.

Unemployment is continuing to fall across the region, according to the latest figures.

It is down by 14,000 in the East of England with just four per cent of the workforce - 119,000 people - not in a job.

It is the lowest of anywhere in the country outside the South East.

Fundraising effort for critically-ill man stranded abroad

Ronnie Slade fell ill when visiting Moldova.

A family from Milton Keynes is trying to raise £20,000 to fly their critically ill father home, after he got sick on holiday.

Ronnie Slade, 62, was visiting a friend in Moldova when he contracted flu and ended up on a life-support machine with pneumonia.

His daughters are now desperate to bring him back to the UK for treatment not available there.

Fishermen urged to take care as figures reveal deadly statistic

Commercial shipping accidents make up most of the incidents. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Fishermen in the region are being urged to stay safe after new figures show 88 in East Anglia were injured or killed in the past five years.

The figures from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show many of those were commercial shipping accidents.

Lifeboats were launched 16 times to such craft last year - rescuing 25 people and saving one life.

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