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Attenborough-backed campaign reaches halfway mark

Sir David Attenborough is backing the campaign to extend Carlton Marshes. Credit: PA/ITV News Anglia

A campaign backed by Sir David Attenborough to raise a million pounds for a new nature reserve in the Suffolk Broads, has reached its halfway point.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust launched its appeal in October last year to extend Carlton Marshes near Lowestoft.

Since then nearly three thousand people have donated money.

The project is being backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund with an initial development grant. The project will see 150 acres of wet habitats for rare animals and plants created.

Anti-bird flu restrictions to be lifted on poultry flock

Restrictions were first put in place in December 2016 to keep poultry indoors. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Restrictions on poultry following the recent bird flu outbreak will be lifted, the government has announced.

Owners will no longer have to keep their birds housed or enclosed in netting, after experts decided the level of risk had reduced.

Strict disease prevention measures and a ban on poultry gatherings will remain in place.

The move will come into effect on 13 April

All poultry and bird keepers in England must continue to comply with strict biosecurity measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Based on the latest evidence on reduced numbers of migratory and resident aquatic wild birds we believe that kept birds in the areas we previously designated as higher risk are now at the same level of risk as the rest of England and may now be let outside.

"However, all keepers must still observe strict disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of contamination from the environment, where the virus can survive for several weeks in bird droppings.

"This does not mean business as usual: the risk from avian flu has not gone away and a prevention zone remains in place, requiring keepers across England to take steps to prevent disease spreading."

– Professor Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer

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Investigations continue into cause of petrol station fire

Firefighters had to tackle the fire from above. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Investigations are continuing into how a fire engulfed a petrol station in Suffolk at the weekend.

The shop building at Esso on the Barton Mills Roundabout off the A11 was completely gutted on 8 April.

More than 25 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze.

Senior police from eastern region to attend Pc Keith Palmer's funeral

Pc Keith Palmer died in the Westminster terror attack Credit: ITV News Anglia

Senior police officers from across the region will be attending the funeral in London today (10 April) of the PC killed in the terror attack on the Houses of Parliament.

Keith Palmer's funeral will take place at Southwark Cathedral this afternoon.

Representatives from Police Federation branches around the region will also be travelling to London to pay their respects.

Eighties pop group Culture Club to play Newmarket Nights

1980s greats Culture Club to play at Newmarket Nights on 21st July Credit: Newmarket Nights

One of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s will be playing at Newmarket in the summer.

Culture Club have sold more than 50 million records and have had seven top ten hits in the UK charts.

They'll be playing at Newmarket Nights on the 21st of July.

'"We are very pleased to confirm Culture Club as our next Newmarket Nights act for 2017 and look forward to welcoming them to Newmarket Racecourses for the first time this July. During the height of summer on the beautiful Adnams July Course, I have no doubt we will be in store for a brilliant performance whereby racegoers will be treated to an extensive set including some of their most popular chart topping hits following racing."

– Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses

There's still one more artist to be announced for the 2017 lineup.

So far big names such as Little Mix, Olly Murs and Jess Glynne are already confirmed.

Tickets for Culture Club go on sale on Wednesday 12th April at 8am.

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