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Water park closes after being infected by slugs

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A water park has been forced to close after being infected by slugs.

The bacterium Pseudomonas Aeruginosa was found in the water at Bretton Water Park in Peterborough posing a risk to people.

The germs are caused by residue left by slugs and can cause pneumonia, septic shock, urinary tract infection and soft skin infections.

The water park closed yesterday and will remain closed until all traces of the virus have been killed off.


RSPCA question man after three dogs die in hot car

The RSPCA say dogs must not be left in cars in the hot weather.

A 65-year-old man has been questioned by the RSPCA after three dogs died in a hot car.

Inspectors were called to a vehicle in Peterborough on Thursday 16 June after reports of the animals in distress.

Temperatures reached 19 degrees outside and the animals, whose age and breed is still unknown, later died.

Many people still believe that it's ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm.

When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away/unable to attend, many people's instinct will be to break into the car to free the dog.

If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court.

Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do, why, and take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.


7-year-old injured in hit and run on footpath in Peterborough

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A seven-year-old has been injured in a hit and run collision in Peterborough.

The boy was injured when a motorcross bike hit him on a footpath at Redmile Walk at around 3.10 yesterday.

He suffered slight injuries and was seen by ambulance crews but wasn't taken to hospital.

Following the accident, the motorcyclist was seen making off towards Eye Road. He was described as wearing a black jumper and white shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101.

“This incident could have quite easily caused a lot more harm and so I would urge anyone who may have seen something to get in contact.”

– PC Chris Boother

Man to appear in court charged with serious sex offences against children

Cambridge Magistrates Court

A man from Peterborough is due to appear in court charged with serious sexual offences against children.

Adam Aitken, who is from 28, and of Kinnears Walk, Orton Goldhay, is charged with 18 offences.

He's to appear at Cambridge Magistrates Court today.

Police would like to appeal to anyone who has had contact with Aitken and may have been a victim of abuse to come forward.

We have a dedicated team of officers looking at the possibility that this investigation is not isolated to the victims we have currently identified and therefore appeal to anyone who has had contact with Aitken and may be a victim to come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon McAdam

The charges are as follows:

  • Sexual assault of a boy under 13 x 3
  • Inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 x 3
  • Inciting sexual activity with a boy under 13
  • Sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 x 2
  • Sexual activity with a boy under 13 x 2
  • Rape of a boy aged 13-15
  • Rape of a boy under 13
  • Sexual assault of a male x 3
  • Causing a child aged 13-15 to watch sexual activity
  • Causing a child under 13 to watch sexual activity

More than 13,000 households in the East faced eviction last year

Those in Luton, Thurrock and Peterborough are mostly likely to lose their homes. Credit: ITV Anglia

New figures show more than 13,000 households in the East of England faced eviction last year.

The charity Shelter says it's because of a lack of affordable housing and welfare cuts.

The towns in this region where people are most likely to lose their homes are Luton, Thurrock in Essex and Peterborough.


Council review grass cutting policy after suggestion cutbacks less than pitch perfect

Underneath all this grass is a football pitch Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Council who were criticised for cutting back on mowing the grass in some public spaces in order to save cash - have had something of a rethink.

The City council said reducing the number of times they carried out mowing would save them £24,000 but, it appears they've had a rethink and will be carrying out extra grass cutting this weekend following complaints from residents.

They added a review is also underway to assess whether the current city-wide grass cutting regime is sufficient

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