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England captain Cook signs new Essex deal

Alastair Cook is staying at Essex. Credit: PA

England captain Alastair Cook has signed a new contract with Essex.

The 31-year-old made his debut for the county back in 2003 after coming through the academy.

Cook scored 643 runs in just seven games last season as Essex stormed to the County Championship Division Two title.

Cook's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year. Although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.

I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title winning season meant a great deal.

– Alastair Cook, Essex
Ben Duckett had a remarkable season in the County Championship. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett has been named the Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an incredible season at Northants, making 1,338 runs in the County Championship.

He could make his England debut this winter after being called up for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has made history too - she won the inaugral women's prize.


Pippa Middleton to take High Court action

Pippa Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister has taken High Court action against a "person or persons unknown". Pippa Middleton is listed as the claimant in a case listed to be heard at the High Court in London tomorrow.

A 35-year-old man from Northamptonshire has been released on police bail after being arrested by officers investigating claims that Miss Middleton's iCloud account had been hacked.

Police said the man had been arrested at an address late on Saturday, on suspicion of a Computer Misuse Act offence. Officers said he had been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are reportedly among 3,000 images taken from Miss Middleton.<

Stansted passengers face walking over a kilometre

Stansted Airport

Passengers at Stansted Airport face the longest walk from check-in to departure according to a new survey.

At the Essex airport travellers face a walk of over a kilometre or three quarters of a mile. At Luton Airport they may have to walk up to 822 metres or 900 yards.

Travel organisation Abta say many travellers who have difficulty walking only request assistance once they arrive at the airport, which may be too late.

This can lead to them having to make their way across terminals on foot or miss their flight.

Giant wasps' nest discovered

The huger wasp nest Credit: Pest Professionals

A giant nest built by up to 10,000 stinging wasps has been discovered in a Northamptonshire loft space. by Peterborough based Pest Professionals.

The nest was allowed to reach close to its maximum size because the property in question, in the village of Pipewell, has been unoccupied for several years.

Specialists Pest Professionals based in Peterborough, say the nest is rare not only because of its size, but because the wasps built an intricate tunnel from the nest to the outside, which is perfectly preserved.

The wasp tunnel Credit: Pest Professionals

It was discovered by pest controllers treating an established woodworm problem prior to the new owners moving in.

Treating the giant wasps nest Credit: Pest Professionals

Here's a report by ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper:

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