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More people register as blood donors after appeal

More people coming forward as blood donors after appeal Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than twice as many people in our region registered to give blood this month than in the same period last year

NHS Blood and Transplant says it's the result of a recent drive for new donors - and adds many more lives will now be saved,

Almost 2,500 people in the East registered in the first week of June when the campaign started. That's compared to 1,180 in the same period last year.

"We hope that the thousands of people who registered will now go on to book an appointment and become regular donors and that the organisations who backed the campaign will continue to help us promote blood donation. Current stock levels are good so we don’t need new donors to walk in to donate now. If there aren’t any immediate appointments in the area in the next few weeks – don’t worry, book an appointment for the future."

– Jon Latham, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Assistant Director for Donor Services and Marketing

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Yellow warning for heavy rain and storms in parts of region

The Met Office has issued a warning of heavy rain in some parts of the region this evening.

Though many places could stay dry, heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop during Saturday afternoon and last into the evening, with localised torrential downpours.The public should be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, as well as lightning strikes and large hail.

A yellow warning has been issued Credit: Met Office

Ren-NO: Red Bull chief fumes at engine supplier

Red Bull Credit: PA

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has hit out at Renault for destroying his team's "enjoyment and motivation" and is ready to walk away from Formula One.

Relations between engine supplier and the four time world champions from Milton Keynes have been fraught since rule changes introduced new power units into the sport.

Christian Horner has also hit out at the lack of competitiveness in the Renault power unit.

Speaking to Speedweek ahead of Sunday's race at Red Bull Ring in the team's home country of Austria, Mateschitz said:

Beside taking our time and money they have destroyed our enjoyment and motivation No driver and no chassis in this world can compensate for this horsepower deficit. How many more things have to happen before we lose all enjoyment?...

"...There are contracts for Formula One participation. How many teams have dropped out of Formula One, despite already (having) contracts? You cannot hold someone if he wants to get out."

– Dietrich Mateschitz

Cost of renting property in the east is rising faster than ever

The cost of renting a property in the east is rising Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rents across East Anglia are shooting up faster than ever according to new figures.

The average tenant in the East is now paying £819 per month - which is more than the national average of £778.

Experts say the rise is down to the proximity to London and exceptional economic expansion here - especially in the Cambridge area.

"Rent growth has shifted up a gear in the space of just a few months. As recently as October annual rent rises were just 1.5% - so this pace of growth has tripled since then."

– Adrian Gill, Director of estate agents Reeds Rains and Your Move

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Renewed calls to tackle elderly abuse

Elderly abuse is a growing problem Credit: PA

Research has shown that elderly abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation is one of the biggest issues facing senior citizens.

Now there are renwed calls to try and tackle the problem.

Earlier this week the United Nations held a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to try and focus the spotlight on the issue.

Lin Whitehead is a partner at the lawyers 'Clapham and Collinge' where she specialises in elderly client law and she explained to ITV News Anglia why elder abuse has become such a problem now.

For more information on this story and for advice on where to seek help you can follow the link below..

http://www.elderabuse.org.uk/

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