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Waveney District Council gear up for 'a critical situation'

Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council, has issued the following statement in response to the developing weather situation:

"We are gearing up for a critical situation and, having regularly practiced emergency plan scenarios, we are taking absolutely nothing for granted. Our operational teams are working closely with our colleagues at the County Council, Environment Agency and the emergency services to prioritise the safety of our communities and to support them wherever it is needed."

– Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council

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Figures reveal East of England jobs defecit

Castle Point and Waveney have the least jobs Credit: PA

Figures released by the union UNISON have highlighted the worst areas in our region for job seekers. They say that in the East of England, there are 3 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance for every unfilled vacancy.

In Castle Point in Essex though, there are 12 people chasing every advertised job, in Waveney in Suffolk there are 6.9 unemployed people for each available position.

The Union says 37,000 public sector jobs have been lost in the region since the coalition came to power.

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MP investigates ambulance delays

Peter Aldous MP Credit: ITV Anglia

Waveney MP Peter Aldous says lengthy handover delays at hospitals is one of the main factors in causing ambulance response times to grow.Mr Aldous spent two evenings with crews from the Waveney depot recently.

He says another factor he discovered was the public calling out ambulances inappropriately when they should have simply been calling their doctors. An increase in demand due to the region's ageing population was another factor.

He has written to the East of England Ambulance Trust with his findings. He has asked for a meeting with the Trust to discuss the issues.

Councillor shocked at air show cancellation

The leader of Waveney District Council, Cllr Colin Law, said he was shocked at the news that Lowestoft Air Show was to end.

I am shocked to hear the announcement from the Air Show Organising Committee and it would be a very great shame if the event was to be cancelled.

However I know that work will continue to save the event and I personally believe that no stone will be left unturned by Paul Bayfield and his team.

This is one of the town's great events and I imagine it will not disappear without a very great struggle

– Cllr Colin Law

Body in submerged car believed to be that of missing man

Police say they believe the body of a man discovered inside a submerged car at the New Cut near St Olaves is that of Charles Samuel Watson from Henstead.

Formal identification is yet to take place but officers have just confirmed the car recovered from the river earlier today (April 13) is a silver VW Golf.

The 25-year-old was last seen in the early hours of Monday April 9.

The death is being treated as a fatal road traffic collision and officers say there are no suspicious circumstances.

A post mortem will take place next week and the death has been referred to the coroner.

Body pulled from submerged car

A body has been pulled from a submerged car in the New Cut near to St Olaves.

The body was pulled by police divers earlier today April 13 after the discovery.

Meanwhile, police are still trying to trace Charles Samuel Watson from Henstead who went missing after a stag night in Great Yarmouth earlier this week.

Police have not said if the body discovered is that of the 25-year-old.

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