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Police search for driver who fled scene of fatal hit-and-run

Two people died in the crash. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are searching for a driver who fled the scene of a suspected hit-and-run crash near Peterborough today.

The man's BMW struck two male pedestrians on the B1091 Broadway road in Yaxley just after 11am.

The air ambulance was called to the scene but the men couldn't be saved.

The driver, who is believed to be in his 40s, ran away and officers are currently trying to find him.

The police helicopter is being used in the search.

The road is currently closed in both directions and motorists are ask to avoid the area.

Two people killed in Yaxley 'incident'

The incident happened in Yaxley. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people have been killed in an 'incident' near Peterborough.

Police were initially called to reports of a road crash at Broadway in Yaxley just after 11 this morning - but now say it is not clear what happened.

The road is currently closed in both directions and drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

More details as we get it

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Peterborough Hospital declares 'critical internal incident'

Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Hospital has declared a 'critical internal incident' due to a lack of available beds.

The hospital says patients are facing significant delays to be admitted to wards because of an unprecedented rise in the number of people needing emergency treatment.

To help ease the pressure, staff are asking people to only turn up to A&E if absolutely necessary.

I would like to thank patients and their relatives for their co-operation and understanding, particularly those who have experienced a long delay in waiting for a bed. We are doing all we can to ensure patients do not have to wait any longer than is necessary, but this is being hampered by the larger than usual volume of people needing hospital care at present.

We have called in additional staff to assess patients coming to us in an emergency and to support our ward teams in discharging those patients who are now well enough to go home. However, we are bracing ourselves for a challenging first week of the new year as we know it will take a few days before we can re-establish a smoother flow of patients in and out of hospital.

Regionally, other hospitals are also under significant pressure so we would ask that people only attend their local Emergency Department for critical situations, such as choking, chest pain, loss of consciousness, severe blood loss, broken bones or trauma, difficulty breathing, deep wounds or suspected stroke.

– Dr Andrew Cope

Chance holiday encounter with GP identifies bride's cancer

Danielle McCulloch from Crowland near Peterborough was getting married in Cyprus when a GP spotted an unusual lump on her neck. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother of two from Cambridgeshire was diagnosed with cancer after a chance encounter with a family doctor in Cyprus.

Danielle McCulloch from Crowland near Peterborough was getting married on the island, where her grandmother lives, when they bumped into the GP who spotted an unusual lump on her neck.

When she looks back at her wedding photos Danielle says she can see where her neck had swollen because of a tumour.

She's backing a new campaign by Cancer Research UK called Right Now, which highlights the importance of getting symptoms checked by a doctor.

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

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Firecrews called to chemical spill in hospital

Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire crews were called to Peterborough City Hospital this morning after reports of a chemical spill.

Four crews from Dogsthorpe, Stanground, the Peterborough Volunteers and St Neots attended with the specialist chemical unit from St Neots.

Around five litres of a chemical called Formalin had leaked from its container in a side room.

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Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and special protective gloves used managed to clear up the spillage and make the area safe.

Two members of hospital staff visited A&E as a precaution after feeling unwell but both are now fine. No patients were affected.

Man jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl

Kenneth Wenn was handed an eight year prison sentence. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man from Peterborough who sexually abused a teenage girl has been jailed for eight years.

Kenneth Wenn, 39, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 17. He carried out the offences in 2013.

He was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (22 December), following a seven day trial.

“Wenn has once again show himself to be a dangerous and manipulative character who has targeted a young, vulnerable victim.

“The victim in this case has shown exceptional bravery and I hope that today’s sentence brings some closure for her.

"She can now begin to move on with her life with the support of her family and friends.”

– Detective Constable Craig Doyle, Cambridgeshire Police
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