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11,000 people caught smoking at Addenbrooke's Hospital since ban introduced

Almost 11,000 people have been challenged over smoking at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Almost 11,000 people have been challenged over smoking at Addenbrooke's Hospital since a ban was introduced a year ago.

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust says becoming a smoke-free site has been hard work, but it will continue to enforce strict rules as well as trying to educate people about the health risks of smoking.


Campaign starts to raise money for new cancer centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Credit: PA Images

A campaign starts today to raise money for a new state of the art cancer centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Almost half of the £2.4 million they need has already been raised - but they need the rest so the centre can open later this year.

The new Macmillan Woodlands Centre is designed to meet the growing numbers of local cancer patients needing treatment - more than 850 people in Huntingdon are diagnosed every year.

Death rates fall because of special measures

The Essex hospital is no longer in special measures Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report claims deaths have been avoided at an Essex hospital thanks to it being placed in special measures for a year.

The Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust Hospital was one of 11 NHS trusts placed in special measures in July 2013. They were finally removed last June.

A report by the healthcare analysts Dr Foster says the overall death rate across the 11 trusts had fallen by nearly 10%,- compared to the national average of 3.3%. The report estimates that it's saved around 450 lives.

Basildon Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Our analysis gives us some hard evidence that special measures can be an effective tool for turning around NHS trusts that experience problems."

– Roger Taylor, Dr Foster's director of research and public affairs

"Mortality statistics require careful interpretation, but they do provide an important smoke signal. What this report shows is that by following the smoke and carrying out proper, transparent analysis and supporting as necessary, you can help hospitals make significant improvements for their local communities."

– Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director at NHS England,

Woman questioned on suspicion of committing FGM

The woman was arrested at Heathrow then taken to Northamptonshire Credit: PA Wire

A 42-year-old woman is in police custody in Northamptonshire after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation.

The British national, who was born in Zimbabwe, was with an eight-year-old girl when she stopped by Scotland Yard at Heathrow Airport. She was about to get on a flight to Ghana via Amsterdam.

The case has been transferred to Northamptonshire Police who are investigating.

The girl was taken into the care of social services.

The arrest came as police carried out an awareness operation to coincide with the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM.

The Metropolitan Police and UK Border Force officers carried the operation to raise awareness of the illegal process, also known as female circumcision. It involves the removal or injuring of a woman's genitals for non-medical reasons.

It is highly dangerous and can lead to infection, problems during childbirth and be fatal.


Young Bedfordshire woman speaks of anger after having her drink spiked in Dunstable

A young Bedfordshire woman has spoken out after she was deliberately drugged by a stranger last weekend.

Donna, who doesn't want us to reveal her surname, was in a bar in Dunstable with a friend when her drink was spiked.

Her's is one of 4 similar incidents that evening now being investigated by police.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Police urge people to keep an eye on their drinks after series of 'spiking' incidents in Dunstable

Bedfordshire Police are warning people to keep an eye on their drinks. Credit: PA

Bedfordshire Police are warning people to keep an eye on their drinks after several woman reported they'd been spiked in Dunstable.

Officers received four separate calls from women who'd fallen ill or passed out after visiting pubs and clubs in the town on Saturday night (31 January).

None of the women were hurt or attacked but police are reminding others never to accept drinks from strangers or to leave them unattended.

Detective Sergeant Andy Greenacre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"If you do buy a drink, just make sure that you keep it with you and keep it in your sight.

If you do see anyone playing around with your drink, discard it straight away."

– Detective Sergeant Andy Greenacre
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