Councils are being told to get tough on illegal travellers' sites. The Local Government secretary and Brentwood and Ongar MP, Eric Pickles, sent local authorities guidance on what power they have.
He wants it to stop another episode like that at Dale Farm, but there's criticism from the travelling community. They say councils should focus on providing pitches rather than moving people on.
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Becoming cloudier and breezier into the evening, with a little light rain at times. It will be much milder than of late. Lows of 7 deg C.
A row of listed cottages on Norfolk's Blickling Estate have been destroyed by fire which spread through its thatched roof.
Staying mainly dry this afternoon and feeling relatively warm. Highs today of 16 deg C.