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Suffolk boxer Ogogo to carry Commwealth Games baton through county

Anthony Ogogo. Credit: PA images.

Suffolk boxer Anthony Ogogo has been announced as one of the county's baton bearers for the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Six people from Suffolk will carry the Queen's Baton when it visits the area on June ninth.

t will travel through Lowestoft, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Anthony won an Olympic bronze medal during the London 2012 Games.

Among the other baton bearers are Commonwealth gold medallist Ron Wallwork, England under-19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds, and 80-year-old keep fit enthusiast Ken Webb.

Annual Walsingham pilgrims meet at Ely

Ely Cathedral. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The annual Easter pilgrimage to the National Shrine to Our Lady at Walsingham in Norfolk met at Ely last night.

The three-day, 62-mile trek is one of a number taking place from across the country to remember the real meaning of Easter.

Last night, pilgrims met at Ely Cathedral ahead of walking through Downham Market and Harpley.

They will join more than 250 others at Walsingham on April 20th.

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Abellio to run Greater Anglia rail franchise until 2016

Greater Anglia train
Abellio has had it's franchise extended by 27 months Credit: PA

The Department for Transport has announced that Abellio will continue to run the Greater Anglia rail franchise until the summer of 2016.

As part of the agreement the number of off-peak trains between Cambridge and Stansted will double.

Some carriages will also get new seat covers, new carpets, better lighting and power sockets.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

"This deal means real improvements for passengers on the Greater Anglia network.

"It means more services and better-equipped trains, including international connections via Stansted Airport to the rest of Europe that the region needs."

Research institute will support veterans and their families

Lord General Richard Dannatt. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The UK's first research institute supporting veterans and their families will officially open at Anglia Ruskin University's Chelmsford campus today.

Former head of the army Lord General Richard Dannatt will help launch the centre and has given it his backing, along with Falklands hero Simon Weston and veteran Phil Packer, who is an ambassador for the institute.

There are an estimated six million military veterans across all three armed forces in the UK.

Inquest into death of murdered teen to begin

Micah Urquhart.

An inquest into the death of a murdered teenager from Luton is due to begin today.

Micah Urquhart was stabbed to death outside his flat in Hastings Street in September.

Last month 19-year-old Waqar Younis was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison while Paul Lynam, 18, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

The three had fallen out in the lead up to the killing.

Waqar Younis was found guilty of murdering Micah Urquhart.
Paul Lynam, who was found guilty of manslaughter.

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First stretch of England Coast Path in Norfolk gets green light

41 kms of the England coast path between Sea Palling and Weybourne in Norfolk has been approved by the Secretary of State.

The England Coast Path initiative is something that people want to see, and everyone can benefit from it – from ramblers to day visitors and local businesses.

Following a consultation with local Councils, landowners, residents and Natural England, everyone will soon be able to enjoy this stretch of coast as a clearly marked and well managed route.

“Having worked so closely with our partners on all the details, we’re delighted that the planning will become a reality and that practical improvements can soon be made along this spectacular stretch of coast.

“It’s tremendously exciting to know that implementing this first stretch of the England Coast Path in Norfolk is contributing to the creation of one of the longest coast paths in the world. Encouraging more people – both local residents and visitors – to enjoy our coastline will bring many benefits to our local economy too.”

– Pamela Abbott, Natural England’s Area Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk
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