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Fire crews tackle incident at University of East Anglia

Six fire crews were sent to the University of East Anglia. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six fire crews were called to a suspected fire at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The alarm was raised at 3.15pm and the first fire engine arrived ten minutes later.

It was not clear where the fire was located although the university tweeted that a fire alarm sounded in the library.

The library has been evacuated as a precaution.

The university library was evacuated as a precaution. Credit: ITV News Anglia


Luton schools to spearhead research on effect of air pollution on children's health

Children from Luton and London are taking part in the study to effects of air pollution.

Young people in Luton are taking part in a ground-breaking study which aims to show whether there is a link between air pollution and the health of children.

The £2.5 million research project involving 3,000 primary schoolchildren in Luton and London will also investigate what can be done to prevent damage to growing lungs.

Luton has significant traffic congestion with areas of poor air quality.

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Director and actor to get honorary degrees from University of Essex

Film director and producer Stephen Daldry and actor Janine Duvitski are to be awarded honorary degrees. Credit: PA

Acclaimed British film director and producer Stephen Daldry and Benidorm actor Janine Duvitski are to be awarded honorary degrees from the University of Essex this summer.

They are among a dozen people to be honoured by the university in Colchester in July. There will be 15 degree ceremonies held over five days as nearly 4,000 students get their qualifications.

Janine Duvitski is best known for her roles in the ITV series Benidorm as well as One Foot in the Grave and Waiting For God

Stephen Daldry is the director of the Netflix series The Crown and was responsible for blockbuster films such as Billy Elliot and The Hours.


Free books for children to encourage them to read more

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Libraries across Norfolk will be giving away free books to pre-school children to get them to read more.

It's part of a National Bookstart Week. The annual campaign, organised by BookTrust and offered through Norfolk County Council, aims to promote the importance of reading to children from an early age and encourage families to read together.

The theme this year is Bookstart Bird Boogie, with children being given a free copy of A Busy Day for Birds, by Lucy Cousins.

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This year's book is a fun, playful story that is perfect to share with all the family. Shared reading and encouraging reading for enjoyment from a young age can help children on their reading journeys and inspire a lifelong love of reading. Those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don't.

– Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of BookTrust

Full details of what is planned can be found by clicking here

Coaching the coaches and footballers of the future

Mike Phelan coaching a future generation of footballers in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mike Phelan has worked with the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo and now the former Manchester United coach has taken on a hundred students in Peterborough.

He's swapping the world of professional football to help develop the grassroots of the game.

Mike played for Norwich City in the mid-1980s and was also the team's caretaker manager in 2015.

"I've lived in this world of professional football, but it's refreshing sometimes to get out and see what's going on and see the energy of youth, because it's the youth that really carries you forward.

"I'm not youthful anymore, I'm the other way, but these give you the energy to go again."

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd
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