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Cleaning up dropped litter costs MK £300,000 a year

Litter left on the ground

People in Milton Keynes are being urged not to drop litter in the town's parks.

It comes after a charity revealed more than £300,000 is spent a year to clean up rubbish.

The amount of litter picked up by the park rangers and volunteers increased by 35% in the last year.

Rob Riekie, from The Parks Trust, said: "As you can see a dropped crisp packet here or a drinks bottle there adds up, and really does have a huge impact on the parks - both in terms of how they look to other users and how much we can spend on managing and improving them.

"What people often forget is that we are a self-financing charity not funded by the council tax or government. Every penny we spend has to be found from the money we earn from our activities and from our investments."

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Families lose High Court battle over HMP Woodhill deaths

Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes. Credit: PA.

Relatives of two men who died in Woodhill Prison have lost their High Court case over the rate of self-inflicted deaths at the jail.

Ian Brown, 44, hanged himself in his cell at the category A prison in Milton Keynes in July last year, while Daniel Dunkley, 35, died later the same month.

A total of 18 men have died at the jail since 2013 while seven men killed themselves just last year.

Mr Brown's mother and sister, Pearl Scarfe and Julie Barber, and Mr Dunkley's brother, Jamie Blyde, who is himself a prisoner, wanted the court to order Woodhill's governor and the Secretary of State for Justice to comply with the requirements of the Prison Service Instructions (PSIs).

They cover management of prisoners at risk of harm to self, to others and from others, early days in custody and medical emergency response codes.

On Tuesday, Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Garnham rejected the judicial review claim which the governor and the Secretary of State for Justice said was "neither appropriate nor necessary".

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Police forces from eastern region react to Manchester terror attack

Eastern region's police forces show support to emergency services in Manchester Credit: PA

Police forces from the eastern region have been showing their support in the wake of the Manchester terror attack which has left 22 people dead and 59 others injured.

An explosion happened outside the Manchester Arena at the end of a pop concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

An emergency telephone number for people worried about friends or relatives has been released.

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Findings due over deaths at Milton Keynes prison

There have been 18 deaths at HMP Woodhill since 2013. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The findings of a review into the number of self-inflicted deaths at a Milton Keynes prison will be revealed today.

Eighteen inmates have taken their own lives at HMP Woodhill since 2013.

The prison is facing charges of corporate manslaughter following a number of failures to protect vulnerable prisoners.

Campaigners hope the judicial review will prevent further deaths at the prison.

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