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Rail fares rise: How services in the East will be affected

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Rail users were handed a blow today with the announcement that fares will increase again.

From 2 January 2017, passengers will pay an average of 2.3% more - the highest average increase since January 2014.

The Rail Delivery Group say the money will be used to improve services, but public transport campaigners warn some people will be "priced off the railways".

Here's how much rail services in the East of England will increase by:

  • Greater Anglia: 1.8%
  • c2c Rail: 1.8%
  • CrossCountry: Unknown
  • East Midlands Trains: 1.5%
  • London Midland: 1.9%
  • Southeastern: 1.8%

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New F1 world champion Rosberg announces retirement

Rosberg has retired from Formula One. Credit: PA

New Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has sensationally quit the sport with immediate effect.

The German driver, who races for Brackley-based Mercedes, has decided to call time on his career after achieving his dream of winning the world championship on Sunday.

Many people had been looking forward to seeing Rosberg renew his rivalry with Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton next season, but that now won't be the case.

Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion.

Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target.And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.

My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

– Nico Rosberg

Hospital boasts most advanced cancer centre in UK

The new radiotherapy machine Credit: Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital boasts the most advanced cancer centre in the UK thanks to a £5.5 million upgrade of its radiotherapy service.

Patients will now benefit from a greater range of therapies, better accuracy in targeting cancer cells and reduced side effects thanks to the purchase of the most sophisticated cancer machines in the UK.

Police forces in the East launch Christmas campaigns

As the festive season begins, police forces across the countries are launching their annual Christmas campaigns to warn against drink driving.

One in six of all road deaths are caused by drivers over the limit.

3,000
people killed or seriously injured by drink drivers every year in the UK

During last year's campaign, Northamptonshire Police tested more than 1,700 drivers. 79 were arrested for drink or drug related offences.

Elsewhere in the East, 56 people were arrested for driving driving in Bedfordshire, 80 were arrested in Cambridgeshire and 130 were arrested in Hertfordshire.

"People are going out, they're doing the right thing of an evening, getting a lift, getting a taxi home.

"It's the morning after....People have had a sleep, they wake up, they're full of the joys of spring, not realising that they've still got alcohol in their system and could still be over the drink drive limit."

– PC David Lee, Northamptonshire Police

Cycling sisters selected for 'podium programme'

Hannah Barnes has been selected. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire sisters Hannah and Alice Barnes will both benefit from top level funding next year.

They've been selected for British Cycling's 'podium programme' as part of the women's road squad.

Unsurprisingly, Hertfordshire's four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny - formerly Laura Trott of course - has also been picked for the track endurance team.

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