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Summary

  1. Conservatives take control of Basildon Council
  2. Labour hold Ipswich Borough Council
  3. Conservatives take control of Peterborough City Council
  4. Norwich and Great Yarmouth, the only two councils up in Norfolk, counted on Friday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Video content

    Video caption: Hemsby home dragged back from crumbling cliff

    Lance Martin's property was three feet away from falling to the beach below.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J27 for M11 and J26 for A121.

    M25 Essex - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, at J7 for A414.

    M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J7, A414 (Harlow), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Push for funding over rail improvements

    MPs from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk met with Network Rail and train operators earlier to discuss what's seen as a vital rail junction in the east.

    Politicians and businesses believe improvements at Ely North could reduce journey times and give the economy a boost.

    Speaking after the meeting, Elizabeth Truss, Conservative MP for South West Norfolk said: "There's going to be a major push to get funding. We are putting together a vision for the whole of East Anglia."

    She added the case would be forwarded to the government this summer, with plans expected to be announced early in 2019.

    Summit meeting over Ely North junction
  5. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: A12 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Essex northbound severe congestion, between J15 A414 Three Mile Hill and J22 B1389.

    A12 Essex - Stop-start traffic on A12 northbound between J15 A414 Three Mile Hill in Chelmsford and J22, B1389 (Witham North) in Rivenhall End. Travel time is around 60 minutes.

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

  6. Burglars took shotgun from locked cabinet during break-in

    A shotgun, which had been locked in a cabinet, and an air rifle are among several items taken in a burglary at Knodishall near Saxmundham on Tuesday, police said.

    Officers have appealed for witness and information about the break-in that occurred between 20:00 on Tuesday and 10:30 on Thursday.

    Offender(s) smashed a ground floor window to gain entry, before fleeing with the two weapons, electrical tools and a camera lens.

    The shotgun is a Browning B525 12G O/U, with the serial number 573912W.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, at J8 for A120.

    M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Staff recruitment and retention poses 'serious' risk to merged councils

    Two merged councils fear they may not have enough staff to provide services and suspect the existing workforce may not have a sufficient understanding of how precarious finances might be, a risk report has revealed.

    The biggest problems facing Babergh and Mid-Suffolk councils are recruiting and retaining staff and "understanding finances" according to a risk report going to cabinet meetings at both councils next week.

    Difficulties in staff recruitment and retention are considered "highly probable" and "serious" and could affect the council's income, legal proceedings, staff morale and public confidence. The report said there was "poor progress" on resolving the matter.

    Council building in Stowmarket

    Poor understanding of the councils' financial position has been identified as a "probable" risk which would be considered a "disaster" causing possible costs in excess of £250,000. Progress on easing these risks is considered to be on track.

    Derek Davis, independent Babergh District Council cabinet member for organisational development, said: "We've already made progress on several issues, including recruiting new staff to ensure we maintain the skills and experience needed to work effectively for our communities."

    Glen Horn, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for organisational delivery, said: "We are pushing forward with new proposals and new initiatives to ensure we can continue to deliver the services our communities need, at a standard our residents deserve."

  9. Video content

    Video caption: Newborn baby photoshoots capture 'special time in life'

    A photographer who has won a top accolade explains why her baby pictures mean so much to parents.

  10. Video content

    Video caption: New Greater Anglia trains unveiled

    The fleet of more than 100 brand new trains will begin service in spring 2019.