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Dyed-in-the-wool allegiances ahead of 'old farm' derby

Even the sheep are showing their true colours! Credit: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College is getting into the derby spirit as it prepares to host its annual lambing weekend in Norfolk.

The event will be taking place on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 March, with the second day coinciding with one of the biggest East Anglian derbies in memory, as Norwich City take on arch rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

The college, which has campuses based in both counties, also has a variety of sheep breeds. To get in the mood for the lambing weekend - and taking a leaf out of the Latitude music festival's book - the farm staff decided to get into the spirit of the football match by dyeing one of their Norfolk Horn breed rams Yellow and Green and one of its Suffolk breeds blue and white.

Suffolk 'sleep out' for charity

Staff and residents at Suffolk's YMCA's will be sleeping rough tonight to raise money for the services they provide.

Sleep Easy will take place at Inspire Suffolk in Ipswich Credit: YMCA

The 'Sleep Easy' fundraiser comes at a time when the charity says more residents are finding it difficult to move on due to welfare reforms.

All the money raised will go towards the work of YMCA Suffolk, including the supported accommodation provided for up to 150 young people every night.

It is hoped the event will raise more than £5,000.


Go-ahead for East Anglia One wind farm project

The Government has given the go ahead to a major new wind farm 26 miles off the Norfolk/Suffolk coast.

The East Anglia One project was approved under an auction where energy firms are guaranteed a fixed price for electricity they produce.

Developers ScottishPower Renewables says the £2billion project could provide enough energy for half a million homes.


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


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

Nine children's centres to close


Suffolk County Council has decided to close nine children's centres. The centres provide help and advice for parents and carers, play opportunities for children, family activities, children’s health services and a range of other services.

The council says all the services provided will be moved to other centres or will be delivered from other buildings nearby once the closures have taken place during the spring.

The centres which are closing: Brett River, Hadleigh; Jigsaw, Thurston; Meredith, Ipswich; On Track, Haverhill; Quayside, Ipswich; Reydon and Southwold; Roman Hill, Lowestoft; Sea Breeze, Felixstowe; Woodlands, Glemsford.

Arrests in multi-million pound fraud investigation

Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a multi-million pound fraud investigation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

A series of raids took place across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Surrey this morning (Wednesday).

More than 100 officers from Bedfordshire Police, Thames Valley Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Regional Organised Crime Units and the Business Department were involved in the warrants.

A 32-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were arrested in Bedford, a 66-year-old man was arrested in Huntingdon, and a 46-year-old man was arrested in Milton Keynes.

The investigation is into fraudulently trading companies, tax evasion and money laundering.

It was launched following concerns raised by the Insolvency Service that a number of companies were being set up to fail – defrauding creditors out of large sums of money.

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