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Nine years on: Apology from Thomas Cook for child holiday deaths

It has taken nine years but today the Chief Executive of Peterborough-based Thomas Cook finally said he was "deeply sorry" for the deaths of two British children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd, who were 6 and 7, died at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek island in 2006 while on a Thomas Cook holiday. An inquest ruled last week that the company had "breached its duty of care".

Now the company is trying to fight back from what has been widely considered to be a PR disaster.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Thomas Cook boss to apologise directly to parents

The chief executive of Thomas Cook says he is 'deeply sorry' over the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd.

The boss of Thomas Cook has said he is "deeply sorry" over the deaths of two young children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu and apologised for the company's handling of the incident.

Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of the travel firm which has its UK base in Peterborough, pledged to apologise directly to the family of Bobby and Christi Shepherd, who died at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek holiday island in 2006. The children were overcome by fumes from a faulty boiler.

Thomas Cook employs 1,000 people in the Peterborough area and is facing a public backlash over the way it has treated the family since the tragedy.

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Drivers warned to allow extra journey time ahead of Duxford Air show

The Imperial War Museum, Duxford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers planning to attend the VE day anniversary air show at Duxford this weekend are being warned to allow extra journey time and plan ahead, as nearly 10,000 tickets have already been sold.

Highways England say it's to help keep traffic flowing and minimise disruption.

""Although there won't be any road closures, we expect the M11 at junction ten to be much busier than normal throughout the weekend.We'll have extra traffic officer patrols and recovery vehicles on standby, and we'll keep customers informed with real-time travel information online and via variable message signs."

– Nigel Allsopp, Highways England Events Planning Manager

Could a new computer programme tell us if babies will grow up obese

A computer programme developed in Cambridge could help identify babies at higher risk of becoming obese in later life.

It's being used in a study, led by Anglia Ruskin University, which asks parents about their own weight and lifestyle.

Some could then be offered advice on keeping their children at a healthy weight.

Click below to watch ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson's report.

MEP speaks of 'regret' over comments made about UKIP leader

Patrick O'Flynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

Patrick O'Flynn a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, who has an office in Peterborough, has issued a statement expressing his 'sincere regret' over comments he made about UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the General Election.

He apologised directly to Nigel Farage for his use of the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'.

He went onto say his comment was a 'fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him.'

Mr O'Flynn has now stood down as economic spokesman.

"I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'. This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind. I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place."

– Patrick O'Flynn, MEP, UKIP
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