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Urgent appeal made to find more foster carers

An urgent appeal has been made to find more foster carers in our region.

In Northamptonshire, 58 children were referred to the 'TACT' charity last month needing a foster home, while in Cambridgeshire the number was 46 - including 25 in Peterborough alone.

  • Watch an interview with TACT Chief Executive Andy Elvin
  • How can I foster? (information from TACT)

Foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnic groups.

The most important criteria for becoming a foster carer is your ability to listen and empathise, to provide a stable and loving home and to speak up for the children you care for.

Your sexuality, marital status, age and whether you own a home do not determine your suitability as a foster carer therefore will not impact your fostering application.

To be able to begin your fostering journey with TACT they ask that you meet the following criteria:

  • You must be over 21 years old
  • You must have a spare bedroom
  • You must be a full-time resident in the UK or have indefinite leave to remain
  • You must have good spoken and written English
  • You must have the time and availability to dedicate yourself to fostering

Police launch a murder investigation after the death of a prisoner

Woodhill Prison

Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation following the death of a man at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.

Officers were called by the Prison Service at 3.23pm yesterday (Tuesday) following reports of an fight between four men. The ambulance service was also called.

One of the men, aged 49, sustained serious injuries and died. His next of kin have been informed.

Three men, aged 33, 32 and 26, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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easyJet reveals impact of air traffic control strikes

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Luton based easyJet became the latest airline to lay bare the impact of air traffic control strike action as it revealed that nearly 1,000 flights were cancelled last month.

The airline said it cancelled 974 flights in May, with around 600 due to industrial action in France and Italy and 300 as a result of bad weather disruption and air traffic control restrictions.

The cancellations compared with just 117 a year earlier.

Rival Ryanair made a plea on Tuesday for the EU to take "immediate" action to end the ATC strikes and prevent a summer of travel chaos after more than 200,000 of its customers were hit by flight cancellations in May.

The Dublin-based airline was forced to cancel more than 1,100 flights, with the bulk due to the industrial action in France and ATC staff short shortages.

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Survey reveals the extent of doggy devotion

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Almost half of the dog owners in this region allow their pet to sleep in their bed - that's according to a new survey.

Half also admit giving their pooches their own spot on the sofa and a quarter have turned down nights with friends because they can't bear to leave their pet home alone.

And over half of doggy-devotees in East Anglia say hello to their dog first after getting home at the end of the day, before their partner

Nearly 15 per cent of pet owners even admit to taking their dog to the groomers more often than they go to the hairdressers themselves, while four in 10 say their pet has a healthier diet than them.

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