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Big increase in child sex offences reported

There's been an increase in the number of child sex offences being reported in the East of England

  • In Norfolk there were more than a thousand last year - thats up 47 percent on the previous year.

  • In Cambridgeshire there were 746 cases last year - that's up 23 percent.

  • In Hertfordshire there were 771 - an increase of 16 percent

  • In Suffolk it was up 28 percent

  • In Essex there was a 6 percent increase.

The NSPCC, which released the figures, is calling for increased support and training for police to help tackle the crime.

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Concern for missing teenager

Brendan Provan Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing 14-year-old boy.

Brendan Provan has been missing since the evening of Thursday, February 15. He is known to frequent the Rushden and Raunds area of Northamptonshire.

Officers are growing concerned for Brendan’s welfare and are urging him to make contact to let them know he is safe and well.

Brendan, or anyone with information as to his whereabouts, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101

Anglia Weather: Dull and rainy start to the week

Credit: PA

Today: A dull start to the working week with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain and drizzle expected through the day. Winds will be light throughout and it is slowly expected to become drier in the west by dusk. Maximum temperature 9 deg C (48 deg F).

Tonight: Remaining damp for all but perhaps the far west at first before another weak band of rain arrives from the west by dawn. Milder overnight compared to recent nights. Minimum temperature 5 deg C (41 deg F).

Tomorrow: Cloudy and damp to start, though a slow improvement is expected in the west, with some brighter spells here by the end of the afternoon. Rain easing elsewhere overnight. Maximum temperature 8 deg C (46 deg F).

Mosques around the region open doors to local communities

Mosque open day in Cambridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Mosques around the region have opened their doors to the local community to try and clear any misconceptions people may have about Islam.

It's part of a national Visit my Mosque Day organised by the Muslim Council of Britain.

Dani Crawshaw has been to one of the Mosques taking part in Cambridge, click below to watch her report.

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PCSO helps elderly man with a Valentine's Day card

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This is a Valentine's Day card created by Northampton Police PCSO Andrew Emberton for an elderly local man who hadn't got his wife a card.

The pair created a unique design featuring red and black love hearts, the date and the message 'Be My Valentine' for the man to take home to his wife.

A poem "Roses are red, violets are blue, I will always love you!" was written inside.

Thousands of homes waiting to be built

Around 75,000 homes are still waiting to be built. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are nearly 75,000 homes in the East Midlands and Eastern England waiting to be built after being given planning permission.

New research by the Local Government Association shows the backlog has grown by nearly 16% in the last year.

It now takes 40 months on average for building work to be finished after planning permission was granted.

"To tackle the new homes backlog and to get the country building again, councils also need the freedom to borrow and invest in desperately needed new homes," LGA housing spokesman Cllr Martin Tett said.

"Our national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. While private developers have a key role to play in solving our housing crisis, they cannot meet the 300,000 house building target set by the Government on their own.

"We have no chance of housing supply meeting demand unless councils can get building again."

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