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One of the East's busiest rail junctions gets funding boost

Five railway lines come together north of Ely - creating a bottleneck of services. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Major improvements to one of Anglia region's busiest rail junctions has moved a step closer.

It comes after nearly £9 million of funding was secured for preparatory work.

Five railway lines come together north of Ely, creating a bottleneck of freight and passenger services.

Business leaders say a better junction would unlock economic growth across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

“The Ely NorthJunction project will bring with it huge improvements for passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and for services connecting the UK’s busiest container port at Felixstowe with the Midlands and the North – both delivering jobs and economic growth for the East.

"We’re confident that our investment can convince Government of the vital need for this project, and create the rail network businesses and passengers want and deserve.”

– Mark Pendlington, Chairman, New Anglia LEP

Westminster attacker previously lived in Luton

Police responding to the terror attack in Westminster. Credit: PA

The man responsible for the terror attack in Westminster had previously lived in Luton, it has emerged.

Khalid Masood, who was 52, ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death policeman Keith Palmer in the grounds of Parliament.

Masood most recently lived in the West Midlands, but had been in Dunraven Avenue, in Luton, for a several years before moving in 2012.

"I'm absolutely disgusted and saddened in a way that you don't know your neighbours as well as you should do.

"I would see him gardening frequently at the weekends, quite house proud, in relaxed clothing with two small children.

"He would be frequently loading the children into his car, but I didn't see his wife very much.

– Katie Garricques, former neighbour

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How our region remembered the Westminster victims

Tributes have been pouring in for Keith Palmer, the police officer murdered in yesterday's terrorist attack in Westminster.

A couple from Norfolk have been talking about how stopping to take a selfie outside the Houses of Parliament probably saved their lives - and across the region there have been demonstrations of support for those killed and injured.

Policing Minister: 'The British way of life will prevail'

The Policing Minister Brandon Lewis has vowed that the British way of life "will prevail" following Wednesday's terror attack in Westminster.

Mr Lewis, who is also the MP for Great Yarmouth, urged people to get on with their normal lives and stay strong.

The man responsible for the attack has this afternoon been named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood from Kent.

"As the Prime Minister outlined in her statement today, the threat level doesn't change," Mr Lewis told ITV News Anglia.

"We're keeping the threat level as it was. We do believe this was a single incident, and people around the country should do as we're seeing in London today - British people getting on with their everyday lives, getting on with work and making sure that our way of life does prevail."

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Essex MP calls for posthumous honour for fallen policeman in emotional House of Commons tribute

Braintree MP James Cleverly has asked that the policeman killed whilst guarding the Palace of Westminster be given a posthumous honour.

Pc Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by an attacker who crashed on Westminster Bridge before trying to run into Parliament grounds.

Mr Cleverly met him 25 years ago in the Royal Artillery, and had been friendly with him ever since becoming an MP and passing him on the gates of Parliament.

In an emotional tribute he gave praise to a "strong, professional public servant"

He was a strong, professional public servant, and it was a delight to meet him again only a few months after being elected.

Would my right honourable friend the Prime Minister in recognition of the work that he did and the other police officers and public servants here in the house do, consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice formerly with a posthumous recognition.

– James Cleverly MP

"Please stop your stupid attention seeking comments": Essex MP blasts Katie Hopkins after US TV news appearance

An Essex MP has blasted claims made on US TV by a controversial news commentator that people are "cowed", "afraid", and "not united" following the London terror attack.

Katie Hopkins speaking on Fox News said "People are cowed. People are afraid. And people are not united."

But travelling to Westminster this morning the Braintree MP James Cleverly, who was also a friend of the police officer killed in the attack, said "No one is cowed, afraid or divided. Please stop your stupid attention seeking comments.

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