A flooding hotspot in the Uttlesford area of Essex is to benefit from a portion of £19 million of funding for flood protection schemes.
Eight schemes are set to take place across Essex in the next five years. The first area to benefit will be Old Mead Lane in Henham which is notorious for flooding during heavy wet weather.
The work will include replacing pipes and installing brick walls and ditch work around homes. The second phase will install a series of flood fences and flood gates to the previously flooded properties.
It's the hundred year anniversary of the Little Chesterford fire today and the Essex village is holding a week of events, including exhibitions in the village hall and church.
The fire destroyed nearly half the houses in the village and is believed to have been caused by sparks from a steam track engine.
Essex Police are increasing patrols after eleven homes were burgled in Uttlesford over Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Five took place in Stansted Mountfitchet, five in Clavering and one in Rickling Green
Stolen items from these houses included a Kindle, Apple iPads, Apple ipods, Apple iPhone, jewellery, a camcorder and money.
Insp Colin Cox said: "We will be increasing our patrols in the areas which have been hit and investigating the circumstances to try and trace those responsible.
"I would ask residents to aware of any suspicious happenings in their area and report anything as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.