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Health bosses defend decision to close A & E at Welwyn Garden City's QE2 Hospital

Emergency cases won't be treated at the QE2. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health bosses in Welwyn Garden City have defended the closure of A & E at the QE2 Hospital.

The hospital is being rebuilt and from today emergency cases won't be treated locally.

An urgent care centre will treat non-life-threatening cases, but the remainder of patients will have to go to an enlarged A & E Department at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage instead.

Jacqui Bunce. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"All the major trauma will be going up to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but we're opening an urgent care centre here on the QE2 site for the majority of patients who currently go to the QE2.

They'll still be able to come here, but it's for those specialist, major trauma and major A & E patients that will be going up to the Lister Hospital."

– Jacqui Bunce, East & North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group


Peterborough man arrested over Gloucestershire murder

Barry Rubery.

Detectives investigating the murder of a man four years ago have arrested two people.

Barry Rubery, 68, was found heavily bloodstained and lying face down in the conservatory of his home in south Gloucestershire in 2010 by a friend.

The two men, aged 30 and 19, were arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of murder at addresses in Bristol and Peterborough.

They are in custody and are being questioned at a police station in Avon and Somerset.

"Recycling revolution" gets underway in Norfolk

Glass bottles can now be put straight into recycling bins in Norfolk. Credit: PA

From today, all Norfolk residents will be able to put glass bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, juice and soup cartons straight into their recycling bin at home.

It's being called a "recycling revolution" because Norfolk is thought to be the only county in the country where all seven district councils recycle the same things.

What can now be recycled?

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic food pots, tubs and trays
  • Cartons, like those used for soups and juices
  • Card and paper
  • Steel and Aluminium cans
  • Plastic bottles

"Norfolk councils are all working together to revolutionise recycling in Norfolk. The ability to recycle glass bottles and jars by putting them in the kerbside recycling bins is something that residents have told us they want.

It is great news for residents as it will be more convenient to recycle than ever before. All we ask is that food and drink residue is rinsed from the bottles and jars before they are placed in the recycling bin."

– Cllr John Fisher, Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership

However, with people not needing to use bottle banks anymore, parish councils are worried about the loss of revenue .

Orford: Trio to be sentenced for smuggling people into the UK via Suffolk beauty spot

Orford in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three men are due to be sentenced this afternoon after admitting smuggling illegal immigrants into the UK via a Suffolk seaside village.

Immigration officers were lying in wait at Orford Quay in July when six men from the Ukraine got off a boat under the cover of darkness.

All six have since been deported. The three men who helped them into the UK are due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.


Suffolk: Second man arrested over Felixstowe rape

Detectives investigating the rape of an elderly woman in Felixstowe have arrested a second man. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the rape of an elderly woman in Felixstowe have arrested a second man.

A woman reported someone breaking into her home and sexually assaulting her in the early hours of Sunday.

Last night a 38-year-old man from Felixstowe was arrested on suspicion of rape and burglary. A 17-year-old boy, previously arrested, has been released on bail.

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RAF planes carry out fresh strikes on Islamic State

Two RAF planes have carried out fresh strikes on Islamic State militants west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The Ministry of Defence said the Tornado fighters fired four missiles at two IS vehicles, one of which was an armed pick-up truck.

RAF Tornados have been flying missions over Iraq. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF/MoD Crown Co/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They were on an armed reconnaissance mission to examine an area suspected of being used as an IS command and control position.

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