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Reformed Jihadist tells British Muslims 'Don't go'

A former Jihadist fighter, who now lives in Ipswich, is pleading with British Muslims not to go out and join extreme militant groups in the Middle East.

Muhammed Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma in the 1980s. He says he's learnt from his experience and the level and extent of killing has now become extreme and driven by hatred and revenge.

He has also condemned the killing of journalist James Foley.

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Is the 'Help to Buy' scheme working in the East?

In the latest in our reports on housing in the East, we look at the Government's 'Help to Buy' scheme.

It was launched by the Prime Minister in our region and it seems we've embraced the scheme more enthusiastically than anywhere else in Britain.

Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Peterborough have been among the biggest users of Help to Buy - which enables people to buy a home with a 5% deposit.

But critics of the scheme say that, by backing up people's mortgages, the government is encouraging us to get into debt - and will push up house prices.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Pupils celebrate GCSE success but how have changes in the exams affected the grades?

It was another nerve-racking day for students across the region as they collected their GCSE results.

The exams watchdog had warned schools to expect "volatility" in grades after a number of changes to the exams took affect - and there are many more still to come.

However, there was still plenty to celebrate.

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Norwich headteacher delighted with results in "turbulent year" for GCSEs

Students embrace in Corby.
Students embrace in Corby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students across the region have been collecting their GCSE results this morning.

Schools throughout the East had received letters from the qualifications watchdog to warn that changes to the exams would have led to a lot of volatility in grades.

One headteacher said some schools would have seen their results drop this year - but there was still plenty to celebrate at his school.

"This is a very turbulent year for GCSEs.

There's been some real changes that have taken place with the qualifications.

So, it's not the case that I would expect all schools to continue to improve but we're pleased that we have managed to improve our results here."

– Brian Conway, Headteacher, Notre Dame High School, Norwich

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Ipswich Town prepared to let Wordsworth leave

Anthony Wordsworth is heading for the exit door.
Anthony Wordsworth is heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he is willing to allow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth to leave the club.

The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a first team place at Portman Road since joining from Colchester United last year.

“I have spoken to him and he’s available now to go out on loan or to join a club permanently.

He needs to be out there playing games.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
 Darren Ambrose is training with Ipswich.
Darren Ambrose is training with Ipswich. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, McCarthy also admitted that former fans' favourite Darren Ambrose is training with Town, but doesn't expect things to progress any further.

"It’s not a trial or anything like that. It’s just like Jack Collison who is also with us. Darren asked if he can train with us.

We’re happy to let him do that but it’s no more than that."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Read more: "Wordsworth has tools for The Championship"

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