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Report: Mental health patients 'isolated from family'

The father of a teenager from Cambridgeshire who took his own life says more needs to be done to ensure mental health patients get the treatment they need closer to home.

Edward Mallen was killed when he laid down in front of a train at Meldreth near Cambridge in February 2015.

A CQC report has found that thousands of patients are spending too much time locked in rehabilitation wards up and down the country - meaning they're often isolated from friends and family.

When we look at many modern facilities, whilst standards have improved, and we've got nice curtains and nice wallpaper, at the end of the day, a lot of mental institutions in this country remain under lock and key with facilities that are hundreds of miles away from family and loved-ones.

That is something that cannot be allowed to sustain.

– Steve Mallen, The MindEd Trust


New £5m innovation centre to open in Cambridge

The Aurora centre Credit: British Antarctic Survey

A new centre which will help develop polar research into new ways to tackle climate change and challenging environments will be officially opened today.

The British Antarctic Survey will open its new Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge later this morning. The centre cost five million pounds and it's hoped will help lead to more scientific breakthroughs.


Jonnie Peacock: 'It's a huge honour to compete in the UK'

Cambridgeshire sprinter Jonnie Peacock has described the prospect of competing in London again as a "huge honour" as he prepares to try and win back his World Para-athletics Championship title.

The 24-year-old was forced to sit out the Games in Doha two years ago through injury, but is now back to full fitness.

Peacock won T44 100m gold in 2013 in Lyon, and will be hoping to replicate that success at the London Stadium on Sunday evening.

The way the Brtish public get behind Para sport is unlike anywhere else in the world.

It's a huge honour every time you get to compete in front of them and when you have thousands of people screaming - it just makes the whole thing ten times better.

– Jonnie Peacock

New sustainable housing offers hope for City's workers

When it comes to property prices in our region, the City of Cambridge has been leading the way for years.

But while property price surges have benefited some, it has priced many out of the housing market, particularly staff and students at the University. But hope has now been delivered in the form of new sustainable accommodation.

Called Eddington it will provide homes and green spaces with a design inspired by the architecture of the city.

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