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Parents protest over children's centre closures

Parents in Suffolk protesting against planned cuts to children's services are taking their fight to the council today. Nine centres are earmarked for closure. Those who use them say it's a vital service they can't lose.

Parents protesting in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

They're demonstrating outside Suffolk County Council's offices in Ipswich this morning ahead of a meeting to make a final decision on the centres' future. Suffolk County Council says the closures will save £250,000.

The protest on the steps of Suffolk County Council's offices Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk: Parents to take children's services fight to the council

Lorna Eves is devastated that the centres have been earmarked for closure. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Parents in Suffolk protesting against planned cuts to children's services will take their fight to the council today.

Nine centres are earmarked for closure - but those who use them say it's a vital service they can't lose.

"For us it's been a respite. It's been something that's helped us from the beginning.

It's devastating that other mums aren't going to get the help that I have, or they aren't going to be able to access the things they need."

– Lorna Eves, parent

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Signalling system fixed at Liverpool Street Station

Commuters squeezed onto trains this morning Credit: Chris M

A fault with the signalling system at London Liverpool Street which led to long delays for commuters this morning has been fixed.

There were delays and cancellations on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Norwich and London -especially through Essex.

All lines have now reopened after Network Rail engineers fixed the problem.

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Coastal communities scoop Govt cash to the tune of almost £2 million

The pontoon for the Burnham Ferry in Essex will benefit from the money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Government has announced almost £2 million of funding for the region's coastal communities which it says will create jobs and help develop tourism.

Suffolk Coastal District Council will get £490,000 to implement a series of projects including improve parts of the coastal path and developing food tourism. This will create more than 6 jobs and 140 indirect jobs.

The announcement was made in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

In Norfolk £497,000 goes to the North Norfolk Railway which it’s hoped will benefit 90 local businesses and create 34 jobs. Great Yarmouth Borough Council will receive £650,000 to provide business advice and training where it’s thought up to 260 jobs will be created.

Meanwhile Maldon District Council in Essex gets £292,000 to develop a coastal trail around the Dengie Peninsula as well as improving links to the RSPB’s Wallasey Island by improving the pontoon for the Burnham Ferry, creating 38 jobs.

Chaos in rush hour rail commute

Commuters struggling to squeeze onto trains Credit: Chris M

Commuters on the Norwich-London line faced disruption this morning.

A fault with the signalling system at London Liverpool Street led to long delays and cancellations on Abellio Greater Anglia trains- especially through Essex.

Passengers packed into Shenfield Railway station Credit: Tim Harvey

Services are still not back to normal. There is no estimate as to when normal services are being resumed.

A viewer photo of packed Greater Anglia trains Credit: Paul Goldsmith
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