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Local train operators consider plans to axe First Class

Greater Anglia say they're going to look into the proposals. Credit: PA

Local rail operators are considering proposals by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, to abolish First Class seats on commuter routes into London.

Greater Anglia say passenger groups have also raised the issue and they'll give it full consideration when finalising design plans for new trains from 2019.

London Midland meanwhile still await the outcome of their franchise renewal process.

The consultation process for the introduction of new trains across the Greater Anglia network has just finished.

This issue has been raised amongst some passenger groups so will be given our full consideration when finalising the design plans for the new trains due to arrive from 2019.

– Greater Anglia spokesperson

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Britain's Got Talent's Pudsey dies

Britain's Got Talent has revealed that the winner of the 2012 show - Pudsey - has died.

Pudsey the dog and his owner Ashleigh from Wellingborough won the nation's hearts after their win.

After the show Pudsey starred in his own film, and appeared on TV and in theatres across the country.

Watch: When Ashleigh and Pudsey visited ITV Anglia

In a statement on Instagram Ashleigh said:

"I can't honestly believe I am writing these words. My handsome man is gone and I don't know what to do without him," she wrote.

"My heart is broken and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much that my handsome man has gone and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much that my handsome incredible Pudsey Bear will never be by my side, where he belongs again."

– Ashleigh Butler

Storms cause disruption to rail services

A tree has damaged overhead lines Credit: greater anglia

Rail commuters are being told to expect disruption this morning after overhead lines were damaged during last night's storms.

All lines between Bishops Stortford and Stansted Airport are blocked by fallen trees and train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or revised. Disruption is expected until 10am.

Train Services from London Liverpool Street will terminate at Bishop's Stortford. Greater Anglia says it is trying to resource buses to supplement the service between Bishop's Stortford and Stansted Airport.

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Silverstone Classic announces celebrity teams

Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny (l) and boxing legend Carl Froch (r) Credit: ITV Granada/PA.

The organisers of the Silverstone Classic have announced the celebrity teams who will be taking part next month.

Among them, Take That's Howard Donald, Olympic cyclist Jason Kenny and boxing champion Carl Froch.

The event at the Northamptonshire circuit raises money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK and takes place on the 27th and 28th July.

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