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New Ambulance boss says targets are unrealistic

Robert Morton Credit: ITV Anglia

The new boss at the East of England Ambulance Service says response time targets are unrealistic especially in rural areas.

Robert Morton joined the service this week and has more than twenty years experience - most recently in Australia.

He'll have quite a task to boost staff morale at a time when many say they're expected to work dangerously long hours.

Just today, he met union officials concerned about the fees student paramedics have to pay.

Click below to watch our report from Wesley Smith


Three Saints players called up for England's Rugby World Cup squad

England's Rugby squad for the World Cup has been announced.

The squad includes 31 players from 8 Premiership clubs. They open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18th.

Kieran Brookes Credit: PA Wire

There are three Northampton Saints players in the squad. Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood.

However there's disappointment for Luther Burrell who misses out on a call up.

Ben Youngs Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk born brothers Tom and Ben Youngs are both included

“It’s really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection wasn’t easy and it is tough to leave anyone out but it’s important to stress that the players not in this group are still part of our wider squad and could come in at any point."

– England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster

You can't stop the music: Show goes on outside when the fire alarm goes off

The cast taking part in a performance of 'Grease' at Norwich's Playhouse decided that the old addage of 'The show must go on' had to be upheld when the fire alarm went off on Tuesday night.

The audience, a full house, were left standing outside, so members of the cast broke out in song. They gavce a 15 minute performance on the street before getting the all clear from the fire service to continue inside.

Click below to watch a video of the outdoor performance

Damage to home caused by "mini tornado"

There was damage to at least one home at Winfarthing near Diss today.

One family came home to find what they believe may have been a mini tornado had struck their home.

One house at Winfarthing near Diss Credit: Paula McQue
More damage at Winfarthing Credit: Paula McQue
A tree also hit power cables Credit: Paula McQue

As well as high winds in places there was also some torrential downpours.

Drains were overflowing, cars were struggling and passers by were getting absolutely drenched.

Damage to the garden Credit: Paula McQue

Inquest: 12-year-old girl took own life after mother's death

An inquest has been hearing how a 12-year-old girl took her own life because she was struggling with her mother's death five years ago.

Isabel Richardson from Norwich died in May. She had been self-harming in the weeks leading up to her death.

The Coroner said teachers did all they could to help her, but questioned the level of pastoral care at her school.

Click below for Malcolm Robertson's report


Ipswich to play Manchester United at Old Trafford

Ipswich Town are through to the third round of the Capital One Cup - they beat Doncaster 4-1 this evening. Their reward is a match against Manchester United at Old Trafford

Norwich City beat Rotherham 2-1, They now have a home tie against West Brom or Port Vale

Luton Town took Premier League side Stoke City to extra time and penalties but were knocked out 8-7

MK Dons secured victory in extra time - beating Cardiff 2-1, they will now entertain Southampton in the third round

Northampton were beaten 4-1 by Newcastle at St James' Park

Peterborough also left the competition at the hands of Charlton - also 4-1

More churches stripped of lead and graves vandalised

Lead thieves have struck again - a church in Suffolk has had almost six tonnes of the valuable metal stripped from its roof - and gravestones were damaged in the process.

Meanwhile in Norfolk, a church which had only just recovered from an earlier theft, has been targetted again.

The thefts have left people in the village of Merton and in Combs angry and upset and insurance companies won't cover the loss.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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