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Huntingdon MP: Proposed hospital merger goes against opinions of constituents

Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly has been reacting to the news that bosses of two Cambridgeshire hospital trusts are recommending that they merge.

The trusts behind Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital want to join together. Both have been plagued with financial problems and say becoming one trust would save £9 million a year.

Mr Djanogly told ITV News Anglia that the recommendation to merge goes against the opinion of the vast majority of his constituents.

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Parachute from space balloon falls to earth

Students have found a parachute from a high altitude balloon they sent into the Near Space region of the earth's atmosphere.

The balloon on its ascent to Near Space Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pupils at Fakenham Academy in Norfolk launched the balloon from Elsworth in Cambridgeshire, and it rose to more than 26,000 metres.

The balloon burst, as planned, when it reached high altitude and the parachute with a computer and camera attached came down at Bourne near Peterborough.

Up, up and away ..... students send balloon into near space

Fakenham students send high altitude balloon into the atmosphere Credit: Steve Randall

Students from Fakenham Academy in Norfolk have launched a high altitude balloon nearly 30,000 metres into near space.

A previous attempt in February had to be postponed because of poor weather but today's conditions were perfect.

The balloon took off from Elsworth in Cambridgeshire with a computer and a camera attached.

It was hoped they would be safely parachuted down after the balloon burst on reaching high altitude.

But they lost sight of the parachute over Peterborough. A search is currently being carried out near Bourne where they thought the parachute would land.

Click below to see Steve Randall's pictures of the launch

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Serious crash closes A47 in Peterborough

The A47 is shut in Peterborough following a serious crash on the city's Soke Parkway.

It happened close to Peterborough City Hospital.

The road is shut between junction 15 at Nene Parkway and junction 16 Bretton Gate and motorists have been earned to expect heavy delays.

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