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Tuesday, November 2, 1999 Published at 10:22 GMT

Anglo-Saxon village uncovered

Archaeologists say they have made a major discovery by unearthing the remains of an Anglo-Saxon village.

Experts believe the settlement found near Ely, Cambridgeshire, was the village of Cratendune, known to have existed in the 11th Century.

The discovery was made during routine excavations for a new housing development.

Cratendune is listed in records housed in Ely Cathedral and is thought to have been a significant settlement.

Ofwat cuts 'hurting environment'

The water watchdog's "obsession" with price cuts is damaging the environment, according to a report.

A report from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Forum for the Future says customers' wishes are being ignored by Ofwat in its proposed water pricing charges.

Wildlife is at risk because of a huge increase in the amount of water being taken out of rivers to supply new homes and industry.

Water companies say they need major investment to change the situation, but Ofwat is calling for lower water charges to consumers, reducing the money available for investment.

Store opts for mellow yellow

A supermarket chain has stopped selling eggs with the chemical colorants that make yolks bright yellow.

Iceland said it was removing them from its fresh egg range to uncover the conspiracy of "naturally yellow yolks".

Iceland chairman Malcolm Walker said he had discovered the myth behind the bright yellow yolk while rearing his own chickens.

He said: "I became worried about the eggs when I noticed the yolks were different colours. I had even thrown ones with lighter coloured yolks away as I thought something was wrong."

Stressed out parents seek help

More than two thirds of parents would like outside help with family problems, says a survey.

Many feel they do not get enough support from professional services such as health visitors, GPs and social workers.

The survey for a new charity, Parentline Plus, found an equal number of high-, middle- and low-income families wanted more help and advice.

The charity, which will extend Parentline's current helpline, identifies depression, isolation, tensions in a stepfamily, truancy and drugs as some of the key problems faced by callers.

The helpline number is 0808 800 2222.

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