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Firefighters find family's pet dog cowering in kitchen cupboard

Firefighters recover pet dog found cowering in kitchen cupboard. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

A dog found cowering in a kitchen cupboard during a house fire in Peterborough has been reunited with its owners.

Firefighters were called to a three storey house in Bretton on the 14th April to find the blaze had spread to next door's roof.

A woman and three children had managed to escape but their pet dog was still trapped inside. More than an hour later firecrews found the family pet alive and well taking cover in a kitchen cupboard.

Families fighting for compensation for loved-ones killed by contaminated blood

Families of victims of contaminated blood have been protesting outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: ITV News

Families are still battling for compensation after their lives were blighted by the deaths of loved ones given contaminated blood forty years ago.

Kerry Blake Oliver from Peterborough lost her father from liver cancer twenty years after he contracted Hepititis C from a blood transfusion in the 1980s.

She joined a protest outside Parliament while MPs discussed plans to reform its support for victims.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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Rail misery as power lines come down

Overhead electric wire damage causing delays Credit: Network Rail

Rail commuters are facing major delays between Kings Cross and Peterborough on the trains this morning.

There's overhead line problems, which means a highly reduced service on Virgin, Great Northern and Grand Central trains through there to London.

Delays on First Hull and Grand Central Trains between Kings Cross and Peterborough Credit: Network Rail

Some lines have now re-opened, but passengers are still being advised to travel from St Pancras.

A replacement bus service is running between Hitchin and Peterborough.

There's been problems on the line since Monday evening Credit: Network Rail

There's a reduced service on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Southend and Liverpool Street.

That's due to fallen tree on the line and overhead line problems between Wickford and Shenfield.

Operation to tackle littering and fly-tipping begins

The city council is also investing in providing extra daily cleaning in the city centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 12 week long spring clean programme is beginning in Peterborough.

The project will tackle littering, fly-tipping and graffiti.

It'll cost 100,000 thousand pounds a year - funding that was agreed in the 2016 budget.

The council will aim to refurbish benches, litter bins and dog mess bins Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Council is also investing in providing extra daily cleaning in the city centre. This includes chewing gum removal, additional cleansing of benches and bin areas.

A team of workers will also be contributing towards the programme targeting hotspots and fly tipping.

"The council is focused on making sure Peterborough is a great place to live, work and visit. Ensuring our streets, neighbourhood and parks remain clean and tidy plays a big part in this.

We have listened to residents' concerns on littering and this investment will fund an extensive spring clean operation for each of the next five years.

This spring time push will help clear fly-tipping, graffiti and the rubbish dropped by the irresponsible minority".

– Councillor Gavin Elsey

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