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Former Ipswich Town player speaks out about racism

Tyrone Mings. Credit: PA

Former Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings has spoken about his experiences with racism.

Mings, who moved to Bournemouth two years ago, spoke about the level of abuse he's received on social media.

His comments on ITV's Good Morning Britain come in the same week Cyrill Regis, who battled years of racial abuse, passed away.

Mings said while his experience was different, more action should be taken to combat online racism.

The spread of it from pitch to social media has allowed it to be more intrusive.

Unless these platforms are taking a more proactive approach, I think it then lies on players, fans, clubs to create the ripple from the bottom so that these social media platforms start to take a notice and do something about it.

– Tyrone Mings

This weekend's football fixtures

This weekends football fixtures Credit: ITV News

SATURDAY'S GAMES - 3.00pm unless stated.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Bolton Wanderers v IPSWICH TOWN

NORWICH CITY v Sheffield United

LEAGUE ONE

NORTHAMPTON TOWN v MK DONS

PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Oldham Athletic

Rochdale v SOUTHEND UNITED

LEAGUE TWO

COLCHESTER UNITED v Grimsby Town

Forest Green Rovers v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

LUTON TOWN v Morecambe

STEVENAGE v Carlisle United

National Basketball Cup: two local teams face off

The region's top two women's basketball teams will face each other in the National Final this weekend.

National Division 2 leaders Ipswich will face Division 1 leaders the Essex Blades in London on Sunday 21.

The Colchester based Essex Blades have previously won the cup. They will soon be moving to new grounds when the The Essex Sports Arena opens later this month.

Storm disruption to power, roads and rail continues

More trees have come down on power lines

The line between Norwich and Liverpool street is experiencing delays after yesterday's heavy winds.

This morning more trees fell onto overhead wires between Stowmarket and Norwich. Greater Anglia say they expect the disruption is expected to continue until later this afternoon.

Some areas are still experiencing power cuts Credit: ITV News

Around 1,300 homes and business in Suffolk are still experiencing power cuts with a further 700 in Norfolk affected. UK Power Networks say they are aiming to have power restored by the end of today.

In Hertfordshire the remaining trees on the roads have been made safe and will be removed today.

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More people visiting the East of England

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Official tourism figures show the number of overseas visitors to the East of England grew last year.

VisitBritain says more than 1.8 million international tourists came to the region in 2017. That's a rise of about 3% compared to the previous year.

However it wasn't such good news for the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire. The number of overseas visitors there fell by 5% to under a million.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nationally in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2016.

Boosting inbound tourism throughout Britain is at the heart of our work, so it is very encouraging to see the growth across our nations and regions. Tourism is one of our most valuable export industries and we are forecasting that growth will continue in 2018, with 41.7 million overseas visits to the UK and visitors spending almost £27 billion.

– VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates
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