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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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Rail union: East Coast privatisation a 'national disgrace'

Rail union, the RMT, have criticised the government's decision to privatise the East Coast mainline and sell it to a consortium involving Virgin and Stagecoach.

Mick Cash described it as a "national disgrace" and said the current arrangement was earning the British people £1 billion:

It is a national disgrace and an act of utter betrayal that the government has confirmed that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing that the current public sector operator is handing over a billion pounds back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction.

It is simply ludicrous to even contemplate re-privatisation when not only have there been two previous private sector failures on the East Coast route but when the public-sector rescue operation has been such a stunning success. This is pure industrial vandalism by a rotten government hell bent on wrecking successful public services in the name of private greed.

While domestic public ownership puts money back into the coffers that can be reinvested in our railways the private operators suck out colossal sums in subsidies and profits - that's what privatisation means.

The decision to hand this profitable and successful public rail operation back to the vultures from Virgin/Stagecoach is based purely on hard-right political ideology and RMT is committed to continuing the fight to block this betrayal right up to polling day and beyond.

– Mick Cash, General Secretary RMT
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Virgin trains consortium chosen to run East Coast main line franchise

A consortium involving Sir Richard Branson's train company Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise from next year.

Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the consortium involving Virgin and transport company Stagecoach, who already run the West Coast line, will start the East Coast franchise in March 2015.

There has been speculation that a consortium of Eurotunnel and French company Keolis which is 70% owned by French state railway SNCF, had been chosen as the new East Coast operator.

But Eurotunnel/Keolis have now missed out, as have the other shortlisted bidder, FirstGroup (correct) which has recently also lost its First Capital Connect and ScotRail franchises.

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