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Prince passes exams to fly East Anglian air ambulance

Prince William

Prince William has passed the 14 exams required to qualify as a civilian helicopter pilot and work as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

He began studying last September. He now has to undergo some extra training with Bond Air Services, who'll be his employer, and this will start shortly after the current tour. He's expected to be fully operational by early summer.

An air ambulance similar to the one Prince William will fly

The Prince will be flying out of Cambridge and Norwich. He'll work full time on a shift system, but allowances will be made for his continuing royal duties. He'll mix the two. William will earn around £40,000 but will donate it all to charity.

Kensington Palace will remain his main residence, but the family will almost certainly spent more time at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate, which the Queen gave to her grandson.

Anmer Hall

Most people surveyed happy with ambulance service

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Most people who've had to call out paramedics in the region say they're happy with the service they've recieved.

In a survey of 115 people treated by the East of England Ambulance service -97 percent said they were very satisfied or satisfied with their care

Ninety-six per cent said that the service they received either reasonably met, met, or exceeded their expectations

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Bill for agency nursing in the east increases by £20 million

Agency nursing bill for the east has risen by £20 million Credit: ITV News Anglia

The bill for agency nurses in the East of England has increased by £20 million in the last year.

Figures obtained by the Royal College of Nursing show that spending on agency nurses has doubled at most hospitals in our region, claiming that problems with recruiting are the cause.

There has been a 69% rise in agency nursing expenditure in the east, along with a 26% growth in the number of nursing vacancies too.

West Herts HNS Trust, Colchester NHS Trust and Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust spent the most, paying nearly £20 million on agency nurses during 2014.

Firefighters across the east to strike today in pension dispute

Firefighters to go on strike today in pensions dispute Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across the East of England will be striking today over a continuing pensions dispute with the Government.

Thousands of members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to join a lunchtime rally in London before lobbying MPs to support their campaign against changes to pensions and their retirement age.

Fire services will be putting contingency plans into place as normal services will not be run from 7am - for 24 hours.

"If we find that we have a very big incident in Cambridgeshire we have an agreement with FBU that members could return to work voluntarily, we also have arrangements with other services who could provide back-up."

– Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

Thousands of jobs could be under threat due to dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue

There is a warning that thousands of jobs are under threat because of a dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue.

It is likely to have more of an effect on oil production off Scotland, but firms in our region will not be immune from the economic decline.

They are calling on the Government to provide tax breaks to help make the UK energy industry more competitive.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

Northampton Saints star George North fit to play

Northampton Saints George North during the Champions Cup Pool Five match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Credit: PA Images

Northampton Saints star George North has been passed fit to play for Wales in the Six Nations Championship this weekend.

North has been given the all-clear after suffering a concussion in the tournament opener against England earlier this month.

He is expected to be in the starting 15 against France in Paris on Saturday.

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Council to outsource ALL services

Northamptonshire County Council has agreed to outsource ALL of its services, saying the old model no longer works.

It will create four new bodies, employed by the council. It is claimed this will free them up to raise extra money for themselves.

Councillors also agreed to cut the budget by £68million this year. It means spending £1 million less on promoting the county's economy, £7million less on waste management and £750,000 less on the fire service.

The council says it hopes the drastic restructure will mean a more certain future.

Click below to watch Olivia Paterson's report:

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