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Peterborough is now 'Gigabit City' with access to fast internet

Faster internet speeds available to businesses in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough is now a 'Gigabit City' with access to some of the fastest internet connectivity in the UK.

CityFibre has finished work to install a CORE network with 90km of pure fibre network around the city to create a new start-of-the-art digital infrastructure.

Businesses and public sector sites including Peterborough City Hospital and schools can connect to the network and access speeds of up to 1000Mbps.

"In less than one year Peterborough has been transformed into a Gigabit City. With a future-proof digital infrastructure at its heart, Peterborough has a digital head-start on the rest of the country. Its public sector is already more efficient and capable of innovation while its business community is becoming more competitive and productive."

– CityFibre CEO, Greg Mesch

"We cannot overstate the value of a gigabit speed digital infrastructure to our city. As a Gigabit City, we have a significant competitive advantage over other areas and are able to lead the way with an innovative and integrated digital strategy. Businesses are hungry for bandwidth and we recognise that because of this network, Peterborough is becoming an even more attractive place to build a business. "

– Peterborough City Council spokesperson

107 public sector sites will eventually connect to the service.

Toddler's violent murder 'could not have been predicted or prevented'

Amina Agboola, who was murdered by her mother's boyfriend.

The death of a toddler who was murdered by her mother's boyfriend could not have been "either predicted or prevented" by the social workers who came into contact with her, a serious case review has found.

Amina Agboola was kicked so hard across the room after soiling herself that her liver was ruptured.

Cambridgeshire's Local Safeguarding Children Board has today published its report which says there was nothing in 20-year-old Dean Harris's past to indicate "that he would perpetrate the level of violence that resulted in her death".

Harris, from Yaxley in Peterborough, was jailed for a minimum of 17 years in August last year.

Cancer patients at Peterborough Hospital to be given free beauty lessons

Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Women undergoing treatment for cancer at Peterborough Hospital are to be given free makeup and beauty lessons.

The 'Look Good Feel Better' workshops are being run in the Macmillan Centre on site, and are designed to boost confidence.

Those taking part will be taught tips and techniques to help with changes to the skin as well as eyebrow and eyelash loss.


Case review to be published into death of toddler who was murdered by Peterborough man

Amina Agboola. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A serious case review will be published this morning into the death of a toddler from Yaxley who was kicked to death by her mother's boyfriend.

Two-year-old Amina Agboola died when she was kicked across the room by Dean Harris last year. He's now serving a life sentence.

The Cambridgeshire Local Safeguarding Children's Board will be publishing its report into the case this morning.

Two Peterborough police officers to stand trial over assault allegations

Two police officers are due to stand trial over claims they assaulted a man while on duty.

Pcs John Richardson, 50, and David Littlemore, 34, both denied assault by beating and common assault on the same victim at Luton Magistrates' Court last week, but Cambridgeshire Police has only now confirmed the allegations.

The officers were based at Thorpe Wood police station in Peterborough.

It is understood that they were on duty at the time of the alleged attack.

They are due to stand trial at Luton Magistrates' Court on July 7.

£7 million expansion for school to keep up with growing demand for places

Gladstone Primary officially unveiled its new building Credit: ITV News Anglia

Parts of our region have some of the fastest population growth in the country and in some areas that's putting pressure on services like schools.

Milton Keynes and Peterborough are the fastest growing places in the UK.

Peterborough has the second highest birthrate and it's seen a 50% rise in school population in the last 5 years.

Now one primary- Gladstone school, has tackled the huge demand for places with a £7.4 million expansion.

The expansion cost £7.4 million Credit: ITV News Anglia

£2.6 million came from Government grants and another £4.8 million from Peterborough City Council to fund the new school facilities.

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