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  1. Council sets up £3m fund for property and land development

    Cash is to be taken from a council's growth and efficiency fund to set up a pot for property and land development in Mid Suffolk.

    The district council had been criticised for setting up a joint venture with Babergh which borrowed £50m for investments in places like Essex and Peterborough.

    Now it proposes to set up a £3m fund to secure key properties or land that can be regenerated or revamped for the community.

    Endeavour House
    Image caption: Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils are based at Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House

    But council bosses have stressed the new fund will be for opportunities in the county, not elsewhere. The council's cabinet will meet on Monday when it is recommended it approves transferring £3m from the growth and efficiency fund to a new investment pot.

    The opposition Green Party said any spare money should be used to build affordable homes.

    Nick Gowrley, Conservative leader of the council said:"The fund will enable the council to react and secure, when required, strategic property and land, as an investment opportunity, and to assist future house-building and economic growth within the district."

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    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J6 for M25 and J7 for A414.

    M11 Essex - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M11 northbound between J6 M25 and J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an accident involving vehicle which has left the carriageway.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Police dealing with suspected illegal immigrants at Duxford

    Six suspected illegal immigrants have been taken into custody after reportedly being spotted getting out of a lorry at Duxford.

    Cambridgshire Police said they were seen on the A131 near the A11 at about 14:50.

    Four are under the age of 18 and two are adults, officers said.

    All were being taken to police stations in the county.

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  4. Van driver stuck under bridge in a 'd'oh' moment

    A van has become wedged under a railway bridge in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

    It happened at about 13:30 on the B1098 at Stonea.

    Van stuck under bridge

    The van driver was unharmed and handily, Network Rail engineers were able to cone off the road relatively quickly - they were already in the area mending a bridge further along the line which had developed a fault.

    The line between Peterborough and Ely is currently closed to all passenger trains because of the repairs to the faulty bridge near Manea.

    Van stuck under bridge
    Image caption: Engineers were already in the area so road closure cones were close to hand
  5. Council merger plan set to be signed off by cabinet members

    The West Suffolk Shadow Authority is due to sign off the merger of two district councils next week.

    Cabinet members from St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council will present a report of how their authorities will come together. Their task was to plan the creation of West Suffolk Council after the government approved a merger of the two authorities on 24 May.

    Council merger

    The report will outline which remaining areas need to be brought together by April. These include taxi licensing, parking fine appeals, play area inspections, street trading and treasury management.

    The report will also reveal merger work since 2013 had already saved £4m and offers a prediction the new authority will deliver annual savings of about £850,000.

    An independent poll found 70% of residents backed the merger.

  6. Arsonists set light to shipping container

    A large shipping container was deliberately set alight in Cambridgeshire in the early hours of this morning.

    Crews were called to the 40ft (12m)-long container on Factory Bank, Ramsey, at about 00:10.

    It was allowed to burn out under supervision while firefighters used a hose to cool the surrounding area.

    The fire was started deliberately and Cambridgeshire Police is appealing for information.

    Shipping container fire
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    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, from J1A for A282 to J31 for A1306 affecting J4 for A21.

    M25 Kent - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise from J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) to J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident. Travel time is around 60 minutes. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Diving boat rescued off Suffolk coast in heavy fog

    A lifeboat crew overcame heavy fog and fading light to come to the aid of a boat which had broken down off the Suffolk coast.

    RNLI Harwich Lifeboat Station was called at about 20:00 last night when a dive support vessel needed assistance.

    Harwich life boat in heavy fog

    It said due to the visibility and fading light, the all-weather lifeboat had to sail at a slightly reduced speed, but the other boat was soon located and a tow established.

    Shortly after 22:30, the vessel was moored safely at Shotley Marina.

    Heavy fog
  9. Analysis: New council leader opts for consensus

    Jo Thewlis

    BBC Norfolk political correspondent

    Politics at Norfolk County Council has probably become a little boring, but a lot more professional with the appointment of its new Conservative leader Andrew Proctor.

    We are unlikely to see outbursts in the chamber against colleagues and opponents or attacks on the county's MPs which became a hallmark of his Tory predecessor Cliff Jordan.

    Norfolk's nine MPs
    Image caption: Norfolk's nine MPs - seven Conservatives, one Labour and one Liberal Democrat

    Mr Jordan was, by his own admission, a blunt-talking Norfolk boy. Andrew Proctor is anything but.

    A successful district council leader for eight years, he knows the importance of networking and quietly pressing his case. He believes in consensus and, according to colleagues, is receptive to any argument.

    It's notable that in his first interview as leader he talked about improving Norfolk's image at Westminster and building bridges with MPs.

    But his election today was not unanimous and some of his colleagues left today's meeting with dark faces.

    Cliff Jordan was very good at keeping his party in order and publicly united.

    Andrew Proctor faces just as great a challenge.

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    Severe disruption: A10 Cambridgeshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A10 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, between Frog End Shepreth and A505.

    A10 Cambridgeshire - A10 closed in both directions between Shepreth and the A505 junction in Royston.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Harwich lifeboat comes to aid of boat taking on water

    A lifeboat crew came to the aid of a boat which was taking on water off the coast of Harwich and Felixstowe.

    The Harwich RNLI Lifeboat Station said the all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 14:25 yesterday.

    It said the vessel in distress was outside Harwich Harbour, reported to be a mile south of the Pitching Ground.

    The vessel was making progress under its own power when the lifeboat arrived on scene and the decision was taken to closely escort it to safety.

    At about 16:00, the vessel was alongside Shotley Marina and the lifeboat returned to its station.

    Harwich lifeboat
  12. New council leader pledges to build bridges by collaboration

    The new Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor has pledged to build bridges with county's MPs, who were criticised by his predecessor.

    Mr Proctor, Conservative, who has led Broadland District Council for the past eight years, takes over the county council from Cliff Jordan, who has stood down for health reasons.

    Mr Jordan's leadership was dominated by a number of disputes with colleagues and MPs.

    Andrew Proctor

    Mr Proctor said it was time to improve the county's image: "I know we've got to build some bridges and build some trust with MPs and change how we're seen in government.

    "Let's try and take any stigma away from Norfolk. The approach I take is by collaboration, talking to other leaders and I hope they will see the door is open and there's a more transparent policy here.

    "In the past each leader has seen things in their own way."

    Previous leader Mr Jordan launched into a tirade of criticism against Norfolk MPs in a radio interview. He said they needed to "up their game" and he was "hacked-off" with some MPs "talking the county down".

    The county has seven Conservative MPs, one Labour and one Liberal Democrat.

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    Video caption: Seal recovering from sea plastic injury in Norfolk

    The RSPCA says the grey seal nearly died after being found with rope and plastic around its neck.