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International Development Secretary sees work of Red Cross

The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has been in Northamptonshire to see the work of the Red Cross. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The International Development Secretary and Essex MP Priti Patel has been in Northamptonshire to see how the Red Cross is using the taxpayers money it has given to help people in desperate situations around the world.

The Red Cross has a training and logistics base in the county.

Volunteers know they could be deployed to any man-made or natural disaster at a moment's notice.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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Anglia Weather: Yellow warning for heavy rain

An area of heavy rain will sink slowly southwards through the day. Some transport routes may be affected by localised flooding leading to longer journey times.

In addition, flooding of homes and businesses is possible. The heaviest of the rain should gradually push away during the late evening.

The warning is valid between 00:05 Wed 9th and 23:55 Wed 9th

Yellow warning for heavy rainfall

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Motorcyclist killed in Northamptonshire crash

The crash happened near Staverton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Northamptonshire on Monday evening.

The Suzuki bike was travelling on the A425 towards Staverton near Daventry when it was involved in a collision with a car just after 5.30pm.

The rider was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has since passed away, while the driver of the car and three child passengers sustained minor injuries.

High rise residents urged to book free home fire safety check

Residents of high rise buildings urged to book free fire safety check.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging high rise residents to book a free home fire safety check.

As part of its fire safety and public reassurance work following the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June, NFRS staff have been conducting door-to-door visits within high rise buildings in the county to offer residents free advice on home fire safety.

Our teams are very keen to engage with people to provide free advice about keeping you, your family and friends and your home safe from fire.

We're very keen to get uptake on home fire safety checks to 100 per cent and we want to stress that these visits are purely intended to provide help and advice in a friendly way.

If a previous call to your flat has been at an inconvenient time for you, or you have specific needs, please do make contact so we can arrange a visit to suit your circumstances.

– Mark Ainge, NFRS area manager

Residents who would prefer to conduct their own fire safety check can find information about how to carry this out on the NFRS website.

Fire prevention advice

Many fires happen at night when most people are sleeping. Working smoke alarms should wake you if a fire does break out, but you can further reduce your risk by carrying out some simple checks before you go to bed.

  • Bedtime checklist:
  • CLOSE INSIDE DOORS at night to stop a fire from spreading.
  • SWITCH OFF and unplug electrical appliances that don't need to be used.
  • SWITCH OFF mobile phones and tablet computers chargers.
  • CHECK your cooker is switched off.
  • SWITCH OFF the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher.
  • PUT OUT candles, incense sticks and oil burners before you to sleep.
  • PUT OUT cigarettes and double check them, it's best to wet them to be sure.
  • CHECK your escape routes are clear.
  • CHECK door and window keys are easy to find in an emergency.
  • MAKE SURE mobility aids are close to hand for those who require them.

95% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die from disease

Pancreatic cancer has on of the worst survival rates. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ninety five percent of people in the East of England diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die from the disease, according to figures from a cancer charity.

It is the worst survival rate of all common cancers because it is often only found when it is too late to treat.

Of the 960 people diagnosed every year only 48 survive. Pancreatic Cancer Action is calling for greater awareness of the symptoms.

Julie Williams' husband was diagnosed with the cancer in 2015 and died just 9 months later. She's calling for greater awareness of the symptoms.

I think you just need to keep going back and if you're not happy with a diagnosis, ask for a second opinion because the quicker this is diagnosed the better chances are that it can be treated.

– Julie Williams
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