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Health Minister says Ambulance Trust back on track

Health Minister Dan Poulter has paid tribute to the work of the departing East of England Ambulance chief Dr Anthony Marsh.

Dr Marsh, who is also Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, took control of the trust in January in a bid to improve its response times. He came under heavy criticism for his £250,000 salary, but Suffolk MP Dan Poulter said he'd got the trust back on track.


Phoenix Choir off to represent the UK in Las Vegas next year

A Choir made up with members from Cambridge, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire - and are off to represent the UK in Las Vegas next year.

Phoenix Choir have come a long way since they started with 6 members in 1978.

Sometimes referred to as Potton’s best kept secret, in their 36 year history Phoenix have consistently been in the top 5 choruses in the UK and are the current silver medal chorus in Region 31. And now they are off to Las Vegas.

Click below to watch nativity scenes from St Barnabas School in Wellingborough and a Christmas message from The Dean of Ely Cathedral who are accompanied by music from Phoenix Choir:

Couple get ready to feed 600 people at Christmas

A couple from Norfolk have given up their Christmas for the past 17 years so they can give other people a day to remember.

Linda and Colin Harper run Norwich Open Christmas which provides homeless, lonely and vulnerable people with a free Christmas lunch and festive fun on December 25th.

This year they are expected to cater for nearly 600 people - that is more than ever before.

Click below to watch Natalie Gray's report:


Commissioner cleared of wrongdoing

Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett.

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) will not be prosecuted over allegations about his expenses.

An inquiry, carried out by officers from City of London Police under the direction and control of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), examined whether claims for travel expenses made by Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett between November 15, 2012 and October 31, 2013 were correct.

In a statement today James Dipple-Johnstone, the IPCC commissioner overseeing the investigation, said that a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service should not be made as there is no evidence that Mr Bett committed a criminal offence.

A full report will be published at a later date.Mr Bett said: "When this investigation started a year ago I said I had every confidence that the IPCC's investigation would clear me of any criminal wrongdoing and today's news could not be more definitive. I hope this puts these spurious allegations to bed once and for all."

The investigation began in June following a referral from the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel. Nothing in the referral demonstrated there had been any steps to validate the claims made by Mr Bett, the IPCC said.

Drugs gang jailed for total of 27 years

The gang of five men jailed after drugs raids Credit: Norfolk Police

Five men who were part of a drugs gang which operated across Norfolk and Essex have been jailed for a total of 27 years.

The men from Norwich,London and Great Dunmow were arrested after police seized cocaine and heroine during raids across Norfolk and Essex in March 2014.

The men who appeared before Norwich Crown Court pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

Four of the men will be deported at the end of their sentences

"This result reiterates that we will not tolerate any kind of activity around the dealing of drugs in the county. I hope this result reassures our communities that we act on intelligence and information provided to us and that we continue to investigate and seek prosecution against those who break the law."

– Detective Inspector Gary Bloomfield, Norfolk police

The five men, 33-year old Rim Stafuka from Norwich, 30-year old Benard Stafuka from Norwich, 57-year old Petrit Spahiya from London, 25-year old Bonni Tufa from Great Dunmow and 28-year old Kamber Shera from Norwich are not beginning jail sentences.

£10million Greater Anglia makeover gets underway

Travellers using Abellio Greater Anglia trains from Norwich into London know only too well it's been a frustrating year thanks mainly to overrunning engineering work and other related issues.

Whether it's any consolation, from the New Year they'll be travelling in more comfort and style than they've been used to.

The rail operator is spending £10million on refurbishing the mainline fleet - a task that'll take nearly two years.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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