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RAF Marham awarded £135m contract for revamp

The F-35B

A £135m contract to improve facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk has been awarded by the Ministry of Defence.

The work will deliver a new aircraft hangar capable of housing 12 of the new F-35 jet aircraft and will improve existing facilities, including resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways.

Vertical Landing Pads will also be added to RAF Marham, accommodating the F-35B’s ability to land vertically, a capability previously covered by the Harrier jets.

The major investment in RAF Marham is the last of seven projects worth £250m undertaken to ready the Station for the arrival of the aircraft in 2018.

The contract has been awarded to a joint venture of Galliford Try and Lagan Construction Ltd, creating local jobs at RAF Marham and across East Anglia.

Throughout the F-35 programme, British firms have won major contracts creating thousands of jobs.

The contract to improve the runways and taxiways as well as installing new landing pads will bring local jobs to Marham.

– Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon

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Three of region's universities get top marks for teaching

University of Essex

Three of the region's universities have been awarded a gold mark for teaching excellence.

The University of Essex, Norwich University of the Arts and University of Cambridge all got the accolade.

It's part of a new teaching assessment developed by the Department for Education which it is hoped will help to better inform students thinking of applying to university or colleges.

Hottest June day in the UK since 1976

The UK has seen its hottest June day for more than 40 years. Credit: Joanne Joyce

The UK has seen its hottest June day since the long hot summer of 1976 as the temperature at Heathrow airport reached 33.9°C this afternoon.

Not quite so hot in the Anglia region but it was 30.7°C at Woburn in Bedfordshire at 4pm.

Not only has it been the hottest day of the year so far it has also been the hottest summer solstice on record beating 31.7°C set in London in 1936.

Temperatures at 4pm in the Anglia region on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • 30.7°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 29.9C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 29.6°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 29.4°C in Cambridge
  • 29.3°C in Bedford
  • 28.9°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire

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Ambulance service urge people to think before calling 999

Public Health England are urging people to keep hydrated in the heat Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service is urging the public not to call 999 unless it is absolutely necessary during the current hot weather.

The service has been receiving up to 200 calls an hour over the last few days.

They mostly involve elderly people or those with underlying health issues suffering with heatstroke or dehydration.

They are under huge pressure to respond to the big rise and demand.

However, whilst we are able to respond, we urge the public to please think before they dial 999 and use our services wisely and look at other alternatives that they could use before dialling 999.

– Karl Edwards, Deputy Director for Service Delivery
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