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Mum drops four dress sizes so she can donate kidney to her son

Rosalind Ruffhead and her son Tom. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A mother from Kempston in Bedfordshire has donated a kidney to her ill son - after losing 3st in weight to have the operation.

Rosalind Ruffhead dropped four dress sizes in order to give the organ to her son Tom, who lives in Shefford.

His health had been going steadily downhill.

Olivia Paterson went to meet them.

'Black Friday' lives up to its name as ambulance crews kept busy

An East of England Ambulance Service crew heads out in response to a call. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The region's ambulance trust dealt with more than 2,700 emergency calls last night as crews battled through what has been dubbed "Black Friday".

Emergency services had expected it to be a busy evening as many people headed out for festive celebrations on the final weekend before Christmas.

The East of England Ambulance Service said it saw a 7.5% increase on the average volume of daily calls over the last four weeks.

The trust's locality director Matt Broad urged people to think carefully before dialling 999.

“We were extremely busy yesterday and last night, but I would like to thank our staff in the control rooms and on the frontline who worked really hard to provide a good service to patients.

"The Christmas and winter period is always busy for the ambulance service and I would encourage anyone who needs medical help to choose well – if you need help but it is not an emergency please call 111, which is open 24 hours a day and who will be able to get the right help for you.”

– Matt Broad, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Alastair Cook: 'I'm gutted'

Alastair Cook says he is "gutted" to have been left out of England's World Cup squad.

The Essex cricketer and former Bedfordshire schoolboy has been replaced by Eoin Morgan as captain.

"I am gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad, and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment.

"That said I wish Peter, Eoin and the lads all the best for the World Cup.

"I would also like to thank all the players and fans who have supported me during my time as one-day captain."

– Alastair Cook

Cook dropped as captain for cricket World Cup

Alastair Cook during a one-day international in May. Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire.

Essex cricketer Alastair Cook has been replaced as England's World Cup captain - and will not feature at all in the team's 15-man squad.

The England and Wales Cricket ball confirmed the change on Saturday morning.

It follows the 29-year-old's poor form in one-day internationals over the past year - and an equally poor performance by his team.

A statement from the ECB said:

"ECB today announced that Eoin Morgan has replaced Alastair Cook as England one-day captain with immediate effect.

"England selectors met yesterday to pick a 15-man one-day squad for the tour to Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

"Selectors recommended to managing director England cricket Paul Downton a change in captaincy which has now been approved by the ECB chairman."

– England and Wales Cricket Board

The board is due to announce its squad at 11am on Saturday.

Former Bedfordshire schoolboy Cook, who will turn 30 on Christmas Day, will continue as England Test captain.

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Vodka containing paint remover seized

Council Trading Standards officers have seized 166 bottles of counterfeit vodka from three Luton shops. Officers removed the Glen’s and Kommissar branded vodka from shop shelves after noticing the label on the bottle describing the substance as 'Botteled' rather than 'Bottled'. They then discovered the Kommissar products had fake duty paid labels.

Three samples tested by the public analyst contained dangerously high levels of isopropanol, commonly used as an industrial solvent, and butanol which is used in paint remover.

16-year old's snap wins RSPCA's young photography award

The winning picture taken by 16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard Credit: Owen Hearn

An image of a seal glistening in the morning sun has scooped first prize in the RSPCA's young photography competition.

16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard was named the overall winner of the RSPCA Young Photographers Awards 2014.

The picture was taken on the Norfolk coastline. Owen also won the 12 to 15-year old category for the same photograph.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham led the judging panel.

"It really stood out to the whole panel as soon as we saw it. Through this image he has really shown his talent and as fellow photographers we were jealous we hadn't taken the shot ourselves."

– Chris packham, Wildlife expert

All the winning photographs can be seen at www.rspca.uk/ypa

Emergency services braced for busiest weekend of the year

Emergency services are braced for what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year as thousands of office parties take place.

Police and paramedics are putting on extra patrols in case things get out of hand.

A & E units are also drafting in more staff as already busy hospitals come under more pressure.

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

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