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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


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.

Discovery of 'plague graffiti' in church in Cambridgeshire

The names of the sisters who most probably died in plague outbreak of 1515 Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey 2015

Graffiti thought to date back to the 16th century has been uncovered at a Cambridgeshire church.

Markings appear to show the names of three sisters, who it's thought died in the plague outbreak of 1515.

The names Cateryn, Jane and Amee Maddyngley and the date can be seen inscribed on stonework in Kingston Parish Church.

The discovery in Kingston was made by volunteers as part of the Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey of 2015.

It's been described as 'plague graffiti'.

Kingston church is covered in many early inscriptions Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey 2015
A similar inscription has also been found in Sawston, Cambridgeshire Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey 2015


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.

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