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£500,000 boost as Tour of Britain rides into Essex

The Essex economy could be line for a £500,000 boost as crowds flocked to watch some of the world's best cyclists in Tendring on Thursday.

Clacton hosted the Time Trial stage of the Tour of Britain, with the pictures being beamed to viewers across the world.

The stage was won by Dutch rider Lars Boom who completed the 10-mile route in 19 minutes and two seconds - around six seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

Rise in numbers to region's gardens, zoos and museums

The region's gardens, zoos and museums saw a large growth in visitor numbers last year, according to a new tourism survey.

The annual report by Visit England found the most popular paid-for attraction in the East of the Anglia region was Colchester Zoo, with more than a million visitors.

Also clocking up a million tourists was Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and in third place was Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.

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Cambridge among world's most expensive cities for student housing

Cambridge has been ranked as the eighth most expensive city in the world for student housing. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge has been ranked as one of the top ten most expensive cities in the world for student housing.

It has the eighth highest weekly rental spend, with students having to pay $272 on average.

The research was conducted by the website Student.com, which surveyed students from 92 cities across the world.

New York was named as the most expensive city. London and Oxford also made the top ten, in second and sixth place respectively.

The findings came from research conducted by the website Student.com Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's evident that the big urban centres around the world remain huge magnets for both international and domestic students.

"On average, students pay more to live in these cities, but that's not to say that there aren't more affordable options available.

"Cities with larger supplies of purpose-built student accommodation tend to be, on average, more affordable than cities that are under supplied.

– Luke Nolan, Chief Executive, Student.com

Fears for future of chimneys at old Bedfordshire brickworks

Stewartby Brickworks chimneys can be seen for miles Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are fears for the future of the Stewartby brickworks chimneys in Bedfordshire after plans were submitted for hundreds of new homes in the village.

The listed brick structures can be seen for miles around but the Parish Council says they are at risk from demolition if Bedford Borough Council decides they are unsafe to build near.

The Stewartby Brickworks Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I don't believe in this health and safety issue at all, I appreciate that it is of value and had to be adhered to. These chimneys have been up for years and people used to work under them. 6,000 employees used to be there at one time and since 2002, they haven't fired a brick and they're still standing."

– Cllr John Symonds, Chairman of Stewartby Parish Council
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