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Praise for region's 'first class' ambulance service

The region’s ambulance workers has been praised in a new survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ambulance workers in this region have been praised in a new survey.

More than 95 per cent of patients asked said they were 'very satisfied', 'satisfied' or 'fairly satisfied' with the East of England Ambulance Service.

The latest patient experience report also found that nine out of ten patients rated the length of time they waited for a response as 'acceptable'.

“It is very heartening to read so many positive comments from our patients and such high satisfaction ratings.

This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff in the East of England.

We value all feedback from our patients because it helps us to improve the service we deliver.”

– Robert Morton, Chief Executive, EEAST

Cambridge named 15th most visited place in the UK

With more than five million tourists visiting the city of Cambridge every year bringing more than 500 million pounds to the local economy, it's clear it's a popular place to visit.

But more than three quarters of those visitors only come on day trips, so now a new organisation has been launched to encourage people to stay for longer and to travel further to see what the rest of Cambridgeshire has to offer.

It comes as Cambridge is named as the 15th most visited place in the UK competing with the top three - London Edinburgh and Manchester.

Cambridge University criticised over animal testing

Cambridge University has been criticised for the number of animals it tests on in it's labs.

According to a report by the anti-vivisection organisation Cruelty Free more than 160 thousand animals like rats, rabbits and monkeys were tested in 2014.

The university said animal research played an "essential role" in understanding disease and developing medicines. adding it aims to use the minimum number possible.

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Proposed Open University strike suspended

A threatened strike by staff at the Open University in a long-running dispute over jobs has been suspended.

The University and College Union (UCU) had warned of walkouts tomorrow in a row over 500 staff affected by office closures, but called off the action after talks.

UCU Open University branch president Pauline Collins said: "We feel that significant progress has been made in the negotiations.

"As an act of good faith we have cancelled tomorrow's strike action to build on what has been achieved so far.

"We hope we can continue to work with the university to address members' concerns about job security and working conditions. Any final deal will be put to members for their consideration."

The closure of centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford sparked a strike last year.<

Cyclist left with serious head injuries in collision dies

A cyclist who was seriously injured in a collision in Cringleford in November last year has died.

The man, aged in his 60s, died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, on Monday 25 January after sustaining serious head, back, pelvis and leg injuries in the collision which happened on 9 November 2015.

The incident happened shortly after 6pm when a red Ford Fiesta, travelling on an access road alongside the A11 Newmarket Road towards the city, and a cyclist, travelling in the opposite direction, were involved in a collision at the junction of Round House Way.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team are continuing with enquiries.

Tourism campaign begins to promote 'Cambridgeshire'

King's College, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new way of promoting the county of Cambridgeshire as a tourist destination officially starts today.

Called 'Visit Cambridge and Beyond' it aims to encourage people to look further than just the city for days out.

Corpus Christi college, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than five million tourists visit Cambridge each year which is worth £583 million to the city's economy. It accounts for 17 per cent of local employment.

86 per cent of people visiting Cambridge usually on come on day trips. The idea is to encourage people to stay longer and look further than just the city.

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