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Red parrot rescued from Essex building site

The RSPCA are trying to find the owners of a red parrot found flying around a building site in Colchester in Essex.

The brightly-coloured eclectus parrot called Ripley was found by builders working on a new sports centre in United Way, next to Colchester United’s ground.

Ripley the parrot was found flying around a building site in Colchester, Essex. Credit: RSPCA

“Ripley obviously doesn’t give a hoot about health and safety but, luckily for her, the quick-thinking workers were able to confine her in an empty room before I got there to catch her.

“I took her to our Essex North East branch and Ripley is now being cared for by staff and volunteers at the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home.

– Rebecca Yarrow, RSPCA

The RSPCA is trying reunite Ripley with her owner and are asking anyone with information to contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

If Ripley is not claimed with a set amount of time then she will be re-homed.


600,000 more seats available on trains


Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia says there are now 600,000 more seats available a year on its intercity trains between Norwich and London.

Seven catering carriages have been fitted with 54 seats each and extra seats added to some standard carriages. Its all part of a £12 million refurbishment of all intercity trains.

Demand for ambulance service spikes during heatwave

Figures show a spike in demand for ambulances during heatwave Credit: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

New figures show a sharp rise in demand for ambulances during this month's heatwave.

From 12th - 15th September, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received more than 11,500 emergency calls regionally, compared to 10,300 over the same period last year.

"Despite the increase in demand faced over recent days, our staff and volunteers have continued to deliver quality care to all of our patients and for that I want to thank them. We would like to remind patients to only call us in an emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or major trauma and to otherwise consider contacting your GP, attending an urgent care centre, attending a hospital or contacting a pharmacist.”

– Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery for EEAST


Hospital bosses reveal plans to reduce some maternity services in Harwich

The plans were revealed at a press conference Credit: ITV News Anglia

NHS bosses have announced plans to reduce maternity services at the Fryatt Hospital in Harwich to ease financial pressures.

Colchester Hospital University Trust says women may not have the option to give birth there from April next year.

Ante-natal, post-natal and consultant clinics will still carry on, as well as other maternity services.

The Trust is expected to make a decision by the end of the month.

“The Trust understands that the Harwich maternity unit is highly valued by some residents and is carefully considering this as part of its thinking.However, the Trust is also acutely aware of its role and responsibility as a guardian of public funds and their efficient and sustainable use. As part of these discussions, we must take into account the increasing cost of offering patients the option of giving birth at the unit. I can not as the person responsible for the public purse, for taxpayers money, I can not take the decision that means we are losing £6,000 per birth."

– Nick Hulme, Trust Chief Executive
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