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Councils in the Anglia region face 14% cuts in government funding

The government grant to councils in the Anglia region is being cut by 14% Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.

The main grant from the government to local councils in the Anglia region is being cut by £323 million next year - a reduction of nearly 14%.

However the government says that the overall reduction in spending power for English councils will be 1.8%, with no council facing a loss of more than 6.4%.

The "spending power" figure includes other income that local councils receive like NHS grants, council tax and business rates and local fees and charges.

The Local Government Association said that the provisional finance settlement for 2015/16 amounted to an 8.8% cut in core central Government funding, bringing to 40% the total reduction in support since the coalition came to power in 2010.

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New misconduct notices over custody death

Leon Briggs

Four officers with Bedfordshire Police are facing additional gross misconduct notices over the death of a man in police custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs, who died after being taken to Luton police station in November last year.

Five police officers, and a police detention officer are under criminal investigation. The IPCC says a second detention officer is no longer being investigated.

Police release audio of phone call. Do you recognise this voice?

Police in Bedfordshire have released an audio clip of a man they want to trace in connection with a burglary in Luton.

The man called for a taxi from Wodecroft Road in the early hours of Saturday, October 25.

A home had been burgled in the road during the same night and offenders stole a number of electrical items including a large flat screen television.

The taxi firm recorded the audio after the caller could not identify the number he was calling from.

Detective Constable Scott Hannam said:

“We are keen to identify the man who is recorded makingthe call for a taxi as we believe he may have important information which could assist our investigation.

“I would urge anyone who recognises his voice, or for the man himself, to contact police.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has any information or saw a large television being carried around this area on the night in question.”

– DC Scott Hannam, Beds Police

You can listen to the phone call below. Contact Beds Police on 101 if you can help.

'Thank you officer' - bizarre list of gifts to police revealed

A £1,000 holiday, nine Mars bars, juggling balls, a broken dog biscuit and a discount on a kebab are among 'thank you' gifts given to police officers in Cambridgeshire, it has been revealed.

One received four cans of lager, another bags of crisps while a female officer was given two pheasants and one lucky officer got a filter for a vacuum cleaner.

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed a dozen presents were gifted to officers last year including a bag of home grown potatoes, 120g bar of Dairy Milk chocolate, 20% John Lewis discount voucher - value unknown - a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, biscuits, a bottle of Jura whisky and wine as well as a book and the Mars bars.

Cambridgeshire Police revealed the list as part of an FOI request Credit: ITV

In previous years a constable in Ely was given a "small discount" at Ali's Kebabs, while in St Neots an officer was given a box of eggs and in Ely a member of the public gave a female officer an "afternoon fishing for her husband".

Other gifts included juggling balls, football shirts, bag of chips, flowers, pizza, strawberries, steak, venison sausages, carrots, cider, Polish lager, honey, asparagus, plums and corn.

A police spokesman said: "The force has an open and honest gratuities and gifts policy which relies on staff and officer honesty and discretion; in-line with the College of Policing's Code of Ethics.

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Man arrested in connection with 2009 kidnap

Police have arrested a man in connection with a kidnap incident which happened at Drinkstone in Suffolk in 2009.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was threatened at a property in Drinkstone In September by four men and was forced to get into a car and driven to London.

In the early hours of the following morning, whilst the captors slept, he managed to escape and raise the alarm.

A 26 year old man from Croydon was arrested yesterday on suspicion of kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He has been released on police bail until September

Renewed appeal to find missing teenager

Missing Suffolk teenager Quang Xuan Trinh Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are renewing their appeal for help to trace a 15-year-old boy who went missing from his home at Otley in Suffolk last month.

Quang Xuan Trinh was last seen around 6pm on Monday 23 June. Quang is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, with short dark hair and brown eyes.

When he was last seen he was believed to be wearing a navy blue Nike jacket, light blue jeans and black shiny shoes. Police are keen to hear from Quang himself, anyone who may have seen him, or anyone with information about where he is now. If you can help please call Suffolk Police by dialling 101.

Police investigate attempted assault on schoolgirl

The area where a man tried to assault a schoolgirl in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating an attempted assault on an 11 year old girl in woodland in Ipswich.

The girl was walking along a footpath near the recreation ground on Bramford Lane when a man approached her and took her into a wooded area near Lovetofts Drive.

He then attempted to assault her, but ran off into the direction of the A14 when the victim screamed. She was unhurt. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.

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