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Growth Deal expansion secures £155.5m to help boost region's economy

The government has announced funding worth £155.5m for the Anglia region. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive.

The government has announced an extra £155.5m in funding for the Anglia region as part of a bid to boost economic growth in the area.

The money is an expansion of the Growth Deal announced by ministers in July last year.

It will see the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership in Norfolk and Suffolk awarded an additional £48.5m to spend on a number of projects.

They include the creation of an Aviation Academy - the first of its kind in the UK - and new innovation centres in Ipswich and King's Lynn to support businesses to set up and grow.

In the greater Cambridge and Peterborough areas, £38m will be used to help create an Institute of Advanced Construction, a Highways and Civil Engineering Academy, and will fund the construction of the new Ely Southern Bypass, among other projects.

Hertfordshire will benefit from an extra £22.3m which will be spent on regeneration projects in Bishop's Stortford and Hatfield, and a state-of-the-art engineering design and innovation centre in Stevenage.

And in Northampton, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, £46.7m will be used towards projects including a new centre focused on intelligent technology at Cranfield University, and a new "creative industries hub" in Northampton.

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Prolific burglar jailed for four years and five months

four years and five months Credit: Norfolk Police

A prolific burglar who targeted a home and a number of businesses in and around Norwich has been jailed for four years and five months.

Craig Hicks, of Mousehold Avenue, Norwich, committed five burglaries and an assault/theft, between February 2014 and June 2014, and was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 23 January 2015.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and one count of assault and theft from person.

Detective Constable Michael Blowers, from Norwich CID, supervised the investigation and welcomed the sentence.

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List of Tesco stores set for closure

These are the stores that Tesco have revealed are set to close.

Superstores

  • Bedlington
  • Chatham
  • Connswater and Cregagh Road in Belfast
  • Doncaster
  • Kirkcaldy and Wrexham Dodds Lane

Homeplus shops

  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • Chelmsford
  • Chester
  • Edinburgh
  • Southampton
  • Staines

Tesco Metro

  • Bicester
  • Bootle
  • Caerphilly
  • Crossgates
  • Devizes
  • Grangemouth
  • Mexborough
  • Morecambe
  • Ormskirk
  • Runcorn
  • Smethwick
  • Woodseats

Tesco Express convenience stores

  • Bearwood
  • Belvedere
  • Church Street, Ballymena
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heybridge, Essex
  • Houghton Regis
  • Liverpool Kensington
  • Longbridge Road, Barking
  • Northfield, Birmingham
  • Raymouth Lane, Worksop
  • Sheffield Manor
  • South Tottenham High Road
  • Tredegar
  • Troon
  • Walsall Wood
  • Wealdstone
  • Whitley Bay
  • York Road, Hartlepool.
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2,000 Tesco jobs at risk as store closure list revealed

Tesco Credit: PA Wire

Around 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk after the supermarket giant announced the location of 43 store closures.

Seven superstores and six Homeplus outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

Mr Lewis said: "The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

"Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco."

MP calls for safety improvements at road junction where 15 year old died

Lodge Hill where Martha Seaward from Holt was hit by a lorry.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb says action is urgently needed to improve safety at a road junction where a 15 year old girl died.

Martha Seaward from Holt was hit by a lorry just over a year ago after getting off a bus at the top of Lodge Hill near Sheringham.

There has been a long running campaign for improvements. Today Martha's family are attending the inquest into her death.

Martha Seaward.
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