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Union gives cautious welcome to Bernard Matthews sale

Poultry giant Bernard Matthews has been sold Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been reported tonight that East Anglia's poultry giant Bernard Matthews has been sold to the 2 Sisters Food Group.

The firm - based at Great Witchingham in Norfolk employs more than two thousand people in the region.

The Unite has given the sale a cautious welcome and say they will meet with managers tomorrow to discuss future employment and pay under the new ownership.

Number of FGM cases on the rise in Norfolk, figures show

Aneeta Prem. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of cases of Female Genital Mutilation in Norfolk is rising according to new figures.

The illegal act is sometimes carried out on girls up to the age of 15 for cultural reasons.

Aneeta Prem from the Freedom Charity campaigns to stop the practice that has no medical or religious purpose.

Her book is being sent to schools across the country.

"It is illegal and does carry quite a long prison sentence," she said.

"So people need to be aware, if they're going to carry out this on their daughters then they do risk going to prison"

Click below to see Kate Prout's report


Two women stabbed in Dereham

Police in Norfolk are hunting a man who stabbed two people in an alleyway in Dereham.

The attack happened at around 6am on Saturday 17 September close to a car park near Jolleys in Yaxham Road.

Police in Norfolk are hunting a man who stabbed two people in an alleyway in Dereham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The victims were treated by paramedics then taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for further treatment but were both released later the same day.

A woman in her 40s from the Dereham area was arrested but released on police bail.

"We are treating this as an isolated incident and it is believed that those involved are known to each other.

"I would urge anyone with information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

– Det Con Mark Barron, Norfolk Police.

Man injured in explosion and homes evacuated

Oakdale Drive in Brundall Credit: Google maps

A man was injured in an explosion and six nearby homes were evacuated by police as the bomb squad were called to the scene.

Officers were called to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital by doctors about a man being treated for burn injuries.

The cordon was put up around the man's house in Oakdale Drive, Brundall, amid fears it contained dangerous substances.

Army bomb disposal experts and the Fire Service were called in.

Neighbours were allowed back into their homes around 2am.


600,000 more seats available on trains


Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia says there are now 600,000 more seats available a year on its intercity trains between Norwich and London.

Seven catering carriages have been fitted with 54 seats each and extra seats added to some standard carriages. Its all part of a £12 million refurbishment of all intercity trains.

Demand for ambulance service spikes during heatwave

Figures show a spike in demand for ambulances during heatwave Credit: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

New figures show a sharp rise in demand for ambulances during this month's heatwave.

From 12th - 15th September, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received more than 11,500 emergency calls regionally, compared to 10,300 over the same period last year.

"Despite the increase in demand faced over recent days, our staff and volunteers have continued to deliver quality care to all of our patients and for that I want to thank them. We would like to remind patients to only call us in an emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or major trauma and to otherwise consider contacting your GP, attending an urgent care centre, attending a hospital or contacting a pharmacist.”

– Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery for EEAST
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