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Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money wasted on NHS contract

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted on a NHS contract. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted on a NHS contract to outsource the care of older and mentally ill people, investigators have found.

A National Audit Office report pointed to several mistakes and misgivings over the contract between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and UnitingCare Partnership, which collapsed after just eight months.

UnitingCare, an NHS consortium of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, pulled out in December after saying the deal was not financially viable.

The report criticised the planning for the contract, the lack of data informing the true cost of the service, and the role of NHS England and Monitor in providing oversight.

Drivers and cyclists urged to look out for each other on the roads

'Let's look out for each other' campaign urges road safety partnership Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers and cyclists are being asked to look out for each other on the roads as part of a new 'Think cyclist campaign'.

At least one person is hurt while cycling every day in the East.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are behind the campaign.

Last year two people died on the road in Cambridgeshire, one in Peterborough and one in Bedfordshire.

The purpose of this campaign is to educate and remind drivers and cyclists that they have equal responsibility on the road to drive and ride safely.

– RPU Inspector Philip Bloor


Bishop of Peterborough abseils down cathedral

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

The Bishop of Peterborough got a little bit closer to God today - as he abseiled from the top of the city's cathedral.

More than 200 people had signed up to abseil down the historic building Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was taking part in a sponsored event to raise funds for improvements at the Cathedral, in time for its 900th anniversary in 2018.

The historian and television presenter Jonathan Foyle was among those taking part.

Peterborough gardener grows 'siamese cucumber'

The 'siamese cucumber' is very rare Credit: ITV

A Peterborough gardener has discovered a rare Siamese cucumber growing in his greenhouse. Jim Hogg says he's never seen anything like it in his forty years of gardening.

The 72 year old planted standard cucumber seeds and six weeks later made the discovery.

He's already eaten half of it in a salad and plans to finish the rest off soon.

Jim Hogg in his Peterborough greenhouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We'd got a good size cucumber and it looked a bit odd because it was oval, they're about as common as siamese twins in human beings which is one birth in 200,000."

– Jim Hogg, Cucumber grower


Water park closes after being infected by slugs

Generic photo of slug. Credit: PA Images

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
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