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Colchester A&E restrictions will last for about a week

Colchester hospital has warned people to stay away from its accident and emergency department, unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition - restrictions which are expected to last for at least a week.

The announcement follows a surprise inspection by health regulators as ITV news reporter Harry Smith reports:


Cancer survivors launch reconstructive surgery campaign

A group of breast cancer survivors from Northamptonshire are calling for new rules on breast reconstruction surgery.

Current NHS guidelines mean women are offered reconstructive surgery on the breast they've lost - but not necessarily the other one.

An awareness Group in Kettering says that defeats the point of the surgery - because their breasts won't match.

Watch Sarah Cooper's report below.

Deadline looms for people to have their say on £300million Cambridge campus

AstraZeneca. Credit: PA

Today marks the deadline for people to have their say on plans for a new £330 million Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

Animal rights activists have objected to drug giant AstraZeneca's plan which include an animal research lab.

AstraZeneca recently fended off a takeover attempt by American company Pfizer.

Takeaway 'not fit for a dog to eat in'

Luton Borough Council has successfully prosecuted the owners of Chicken & Pizza Direct in Luton for food safety and health and safety offences.

The kitchen at Chicken & Pizza Direct Credit: Luton Borough Council

Business owners and brothers Majid Hussain of 480 Leagrave Road and Nasar Hussain of 83 Conway Road both pleaded guilty to six hygiene offences and two health and safety offences.

Council food and safety officers visited Chicken & Pizza Direct in June 2013 and discovered staff working in a kitchen at the rear of the hairdressers shop next door to provide more room in the takeaway.

Officers checking the kitchen began to feel unwell after a short time and found gas appliances operating with little ventilation. Using gas appliances in these conditions can create a build-up of carbon monoxide. Officers immediately ordered the owners to stop using the gas appliances in the kitchen and sealed the gas tap into the ‘off’ position.

But when officers returned next day, the gas supply was turned on again and the appliances being used, so the officers served a Prohibition Notice to stop the appliances being used, and ordered the owners to have it checked by a competent person.

Dirty plug socket in Chicken & Pizza Direct Credit: Luton Borough Council

Officers also found the takeaway kitchen in a poor condition and dirty with dried on food splashes and grease around sinks and walls, and sticky deposits on freezer tops and around plug sockets.

Walls were covered in greasy wallpaper and rough plaster which could not be cleaned. Equipment including a colander, pizza cutter, measuring jug, plastic bowls and a strainer were all dirty and greasy. Staff were filling small takeaway pots with garlic mayonnaise out in the open air.

Takeaway pots filled with garlic mayonnaise in the open air. Credit: Luton Borough Council

The Court sentenced Majid and Nasar Hussain to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for one year, and ordered them each separately to carry out 100 hours unpaid community work and fines of £4,800 plus a £80 victim surcharge, and Council costs of £773 ie a total fine each of £5,653.

Magistrates commented that by fiddling with the gas supply, the brothers had put people’s lives at risk and flagrantly breached the health and safety law. They also said the kitchen was not fit for a dog to eat in.

Bypassing health and safety laws creates a serious risk of injury or even death to employees and customers.

Any businesses ignoring the law, which lays down basic cleanliness and hygiene standards to protect all of us, should expect heavy fines and even a jail sentence.

– Cllr Aslam Khan, Environmental Health

Click here to check out the hygiene rating of your local takeaway.

ITV News Anglia story wins national diversity award

A story about a man from Northamptonshire who had an operation to fit a cochlear implant won the Best News Coverage category at the Creative Diversity Awards 2014 in London last night.

Jon Reeve having his ears examined Credit: ITV News Anglia

The special report, which was divided into two packages, was written, produced and presented by Claire McGlasson, filmed by Chris Warner and edited by Matt Stone.

The event at London Studios was hosted by actor and presenter Warwick Davis who lives in Yaxley near Peterborough. Awards for the various categories were handed out by celebrities including Alesha Dixon, Jonathan Ross and Adam Hills.

Warwick Davis Credit: PA Images

My career has had a really positive shift recently and I’m now regularly offered jobs that have no reliance on my size.

I hope this is in part down to a desire from broadcasters to be more inclusive and representative.

It’s important that the talent we see on TV reflects the diversity we have in society, and in turn will help to promote acceptance.

– Warwick Davis

I'm delighted ITV Anglia has won the award.

Working on news we're often up against a very tight deadline so it was fantastic to follow Jon's journey over several months.

I'm really grateful he shared something so momentous with us and our viewers.

– Claire McGlasson, Correspondent at ITV News Anglia

Click here to watch the awards winning reports.


New help for people with eating disorders in Norfolk

Doctors surgeries in north Norfolk are starting a groundbreaking scheme aimed at identifying and helping people with eating disorders.

GP practices run by the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group will guarantee that every patient diagnosed with an eating disorder will have their treatment monitored by their family doctor. The aim is to make sure individuals get more a more joined-up approach to their treatment.

A Teen who had a rare spinal stroke says she doesn't know what her future holds

19-year old Francesca Mason suffered a rare spinal stroke in December 2013 at the age of 18.

She is now needs a wheelchair to get about and can only walk a few steps with a frame.

The condition is so rare it affects 1 in 3 million people.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft.

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