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Police appeal after fatal A10 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash on the eastbound carriageway of the A10 at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire last night (Tuesday).

It happened just after 6.30pm when a blue Vauxhall Astra Estate and a Sainsbury's heavy goods lorry collided, causing the lorry to hit a concrete bridge support.

The lorry caught fire and the driver, a 37 year old Hungarian man, died at the scene.

Arrests in multi-million pound fraud investigation

Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a multi-million pound fraud investigation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

A series of raids took place across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Surrey this morning (Wednesday).

More than 100 officers from Bedfordshire Police, Thames Valley Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Regional Organised Crime Units and the Business Department were involved in the warrants.

A 32-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were arrested in Bedford, a 66-year-old man was arrested in Huntingdon, and a 46-year-old man was arrested in Milton Keynes.

The investigation is into fraudulently trading companies, tax evasion and money laundering.

It was launched following concerns raised by the Insolvency Service that a number of companies were being set up to fail – defrauding creditors out of large sums of money.

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Bill for agency nursing in the east increases by £20 million

Agency nursing bill for the east has risen by £20 million Credit: ITV News Anglia

The bill for agency nurses in the East of England has increased by £20 million in the last year.

Figures obtained by the Royal College of Nursing show that spending on agency nurses has doubled at most hospitals in our region, claiming that problems with recruiting are the cause.

There has been a 69% rise in agency nursing expenditure in the east, along with a 26% growth in the number of nursing vacancies too.

West Herts HNS Trust, Colchester NHS Trust and Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust spent the most, paying nearly £20 million on agency nurses during 2014.

Firefighters across the east to strike today in pension dispute

Firefighters to go on strike today in pensions dispute Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across the East of England will be striking today over a continuing pensions dispute with the Government.

Thousands of members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to join a lunchtime rally in London before lobbying MPs to support their campaign against changes to pensions and their retirement age.

Fire services will be putting contingency plans into place as normal services will not be run from 7am - for 24 hours.

"If we find that we have a very big incident in Cambridgeshire we have an agreement with FBU that members could return to work voluntarily, we also have arrangements with other services who could provide back-up."

– Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

Thousands of jobs could be under threat due to dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue

There is a warning that thousands of jobs are under threat because of a dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue.

It is likely to have more of an effect on oil production off Scotland, but firms in our region will not be immune from the economic decline.

They are calling on the Government to provide tax breaks to help make the UK energy industry more competitive.

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Re-appeal for information following fatal collision on M1

Police are re-appealing for witnesses and information following a fatal road traffic collision on the M1 southbound carriageway on Sunday, February 22.

The incident happened just after 9.40am between Junction 7 and Junction 6A just before the exit slip road to the M25 junction when, for reasons unknown at this time, a black Renault Clio in the central lane was involved in a collision with a black Vauxhall Astra.

The passenger of the Clio, a man in his 60s, died in St George’s Hospital yesterday.

A second passenger, a woman in her 50s, remains in St Mary’s Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the Clio, a woman in her 40s, received slight injuries and was taken to Watford General Hospital.

The driver of the Astra, the sole occupant, who is a man in his 40s, received slight injuries and was also taken to Watford General Hospital.

The road was closed until approximately 1pm.

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Two people seriously injured in M1 crash

Two people have been airlifted to hospital after a serious crash on the M1 in Hertfordshire this morning.

It happened just after 9.40am between J7 - J6 when a Renault Clio and a Vauxhall Astra collided.

Two people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

This is an extremely serious collision which has caused serious injuries to those involved. I would urge anyone who may have seen this incident or either car prior to the collision taking place to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary.

– Sergeant Colin Jenkinson, Herfordshire Police

The road will remain closed while police investigate the cause of the crash.

Police forces to look at merging more services

Three police forces look set to merge yet more of their services in a bid to lessen the effect of budget cuts.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire already share a major crime unit, counter terrorism unit, armed policing unit and collaborate in other areas.

Now the counties' Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) and Chief Constables have agreed to look at joining their firearms and explosives licensing, and human resources.

By 2019, the forces expect to have merge a number of other operational and support services with the hope of saving £23m over the next three years.

"The operational and financial advantages of joining specialist units together have already been proven by units such as Major Crime and Roads Policing.

"Joining up these teams will enable us to deliver even more coordinated and efficient services across the three forces.

"They will also help sustain local policing which is key to fighting crime in Cambridgeshire.”

– Simon Parr, Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire.
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