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Car crime scheme hailed a success

Car thief - picture posed by actor Credit: PA

A scheme designed to reduce car crime has been hailed a success.

Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Police have been working together to prevent valuables being stolen from parked cars.

The scheme, which was launched in February, involves city council civil enforcement officers (CEO) identifying cars with valuables on display then recording details of the vehicle and informing the police. So far, the police have sent out 260 letters to the registered owners of the vehicles, providing crime prevention advice.

Statistics reveal that there has been a 23.6 per cent reduction in thefts from vehicles between February and October this year.

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Peterborough is the hardest place to get around if you don't drive

The city of Peterborough has been named and shamed as the hardest place to get around if you don't drive according to a new survey.

The Campaign for Better Transport singled out Peterborough for 'weaknesses' in its public transport and found that as a result residents are heavily reliant on cars.

But they aren't the only ones, with 29 cities and towns surveyed - Milton Keynes and Northampton were found to be amongst the most car dependent.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Peterborough is the 'hardest place to live without a car'

Peterborough city centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The city of Peterborough is the hardest place to live in England without a car, according to a new survey.

The new research called 'The 2014 Car Dependency Scorecard' has been produced by the Campaign for Better Transport, which also found that Colchester in Essex, and Milton Keynes are also difficult places to live without access to a car.

It found that Peterborough has weaknesses in its public transport infrastructure and heavy reliance on cars. But it said there are signs of hope as many people in the city already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.

The survey looked at each location on four categories

  • Accessibility and planning
  • Buses and trains quality and uptake
  • Cycling and walking as alternatives
  • Driving and car use
Peterborough came in at 29th in the survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

"To be good places to live and work, towns and cities need good transport. The most successful places in our research give people a choice in how you get around. They have good public transport, plan new development thoughtfully and make it easy and safe for people to cycle and walk."

– Chief Executive Stephen Jospeh, Campaign for Better Transport

Colchester was seen as the location where residents were least likely to be able to get to a primary school, work or the town centre by walking or public transport, while the spread out of Milton Keynes meant longer distance for people to have to travel.

Cambridge topped the list from our region in 6th place for being the least-car dependent.

Norwich came in 13th place, Luton 14th, and Northampton in 21st place

Below is the list of the least car dependent locations, with Peterborough in 29th place at the bottom, followed by Colchester in 28th and then Milton Keynes in 27th.

London came out on top ass the best place to live if you don't have a car.

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Cambridge
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Southampton
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Stockport
  • Norwich
  • Luton
  • Sheffield
  • Plymouth
  • Leeds
  • Sunderland
  • Coventry
  • Gateshead
  • Northampton
  • Dudley
  • Derby
  • Bradford
  • Wigan
  • Swindon
  • Milton Keynes
  • Colchester
  • Peterborough

Charity Santa dash in Peterborough park

Hundreds of Santas were on the run in Peterborough today.

Santas 'on the run' in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ferry Meadows Park was awash with red suits and white beards for a charity fun run.

The competitors were raising money for the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance which supports sufferers and their families. The youngest was 5 and the eldest was 77-years-old.

It is the first year the event has been held and it is hoped they have raised £4,000.

Many of those who took part have relatives with dementia.

Click below to watch a video clip with 'running Santa' Donna Abraham:

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Concerns over illegal puppy trade in Peterborough

Trading Standards says there has been an increase in the illegal puppy trade in Peterborough in the run up to Christmas.

Puppy found in Peterborough Credit: Trading Standards

A number of dogs thought to have been imported from Eastern Europe have recently been found in the city and put into quarantine.

Officers say the puppies are a risk because they have not had injections for rabies and other illnesses.

Health regulator takes further action to improve A&E services Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

The health regulator Monitor is taking further action to improve accident and emergency services at the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

It has appointed one of its officers to work alongside new leadership at the trust to ensure improvements are made.

Monitor has acted after the trust consistently failed to meet the national target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours.

Major disruption on trains through Peterborough and Stevenage

A number of trains running through Peterborough and Stevenage have been cancelled and many services have been delayed by up to 60 minutes due to overhead line problems at Doncaster.

Delays are affecting East Coast Trains Credit: PA Images

The problems are affecting the following train operators and routes...

  • East Coast Trains: Between Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London Kings Cross.

  • Grand Central Trains: Between Sunderland, Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross.

  • First Hull Trains: between Hull and London Kings Cross.

First Hull Trains, Grand Central and East Coast passengers may use any service, East Coast passengers may also use Virgin Trains services on 'reasonable' routes.

Passengers may use tickets dated Thursday 27 November for travel today.

Disruption is expected until around 2pm this afternoon.

Click here to read more about disruption on East Coast Trains.

Click here to check your journey on National Rail Enquiries.

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