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Agreement signed over Cambridgeshire hospitals merger

Hinchinbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital. Credit: PA

Moves to merge Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough hospitals have moved a step closer after the trusts running the hospitals signed an agreement to work together to develop a full Business Case.

The trusts say the project will confirm savings and costs as well as setting out how the proposed merger will be implemented.

A series of public meetings will also be held to allow the public to give their views.

The merger could take place next April.

Whitlock and Smith targeting Olympic gold in Rio

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

There are high hopes from governing body UK Sport that Britain's gymnasts can contribute to the nation's biggest medal haul at an away Olympics.

They've set a minimum target of three Gymnastics medals at Rio which would match the total won in London four years ago.

No doubt the pressure will be on South Essex Gymnastics star Max Whitlock to deliver, while there's an Olympic debut facing one of his club colleagues.

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Peterborough MP to work with new Brexit Minister

Stewart Jackson (left) will assist David Davis (right). Credit: PA

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Davis - the minister for Exiting the European Union.

Mr Jackson was a a leading campaigner for the Leave Campaign in the EU Referendum.

He will assist Mr Davis in negotiating the UK's exit from the EU.

Mr Jackson tweeted that he was "delighted" with his new role.

CCTV captures moment family car catches fire and is completely destroyed

The moment a family’s people carrier went up in flames has been caught on CCTV.

Craig Hemmings from Peterborough was driving his Vauxhall Zafira through a KFC when the footwell started melting.

Bosses from Vauxhall will appear in front of MPs today, after a number of their Zafira cars caught on fire.

In the video smoke can be seen pouring from the car, before the bonnet catches fire. Eventually the CCTV camera capturing the incident melts under the intense heat (video courtesy of KFC).

Watch our full report below.

Moonhenge is the wooden equivalent of Stonehenge

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A wooden equivalent to Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire - has been created in Cambridgeshire. Known as Moonhenge It was built by farmer Stephen Parsley on his land at Wood Walton near Peterborough - and like the stone version, it has become a popular site for pagan rituals.

It's described as a sacred space to connect with nature. And has been used for a range of pagan rituals including baby namings... and funerals. It's also the venue for a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

It was built by farmer Stephen Parsley in memory of his late wife Judy Cole.

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

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People in Cambridgeshire woken by 'loud bang' over Ramsey

The bang was heard over Ramsey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Many people in Cambridgeshire were woken by a 'loud bang' this morning.

Residents in the Ramsey area took to social media to report the noise which happened just before 8am.

It's believed that it could have been a sonic boom which happens when a plane travels faster than the speed of sound.

The Ministry of Defence told ITV News Anglia that it wasn't aware of any activity over Cambridgeshire this morning though.

Cambridgeshire Police say they're not investigating the cause of the bang.

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money wasted on NHS contract

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted on a NHS contract. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted on a NHS contract to outsource the care of older and mentally ill people, investigators have found.

A National Audit Office report pointed to several mistakes and misgivings over the contract between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and UnitingCare Partnership, which collapsed after just eight months.

UnitingCare, an NHS consortium of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, pulled out in December after saying the deal was not financially viable.

The report criticised the planning for the contract, the lack of data informing the true cost of the service, and the role of NHS England and Monitor in providing oversight.

Drivers and cyclists urged to look out for each other on the roads

'Let's look out for each other' campaign urges road safety partnership Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers and cyclists are being asked to look out for each other on the roads as part of a new 'Think cyclist campaign'.

At least one person is hurt while cycling every day in the East.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are behind the campaign.

Last year two people died on the road in Cambridgeshire, one in Peterborough and one in Bedfordshire.

The purpose of this campaign is to educate and remind drivers and cyclists that they have equal responsibility on the road to drive and ride safely.

– RPU Inspector Philip Bloor

Bishop of Peterborough abseils down cathedral

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

The Bishop of Peterborough got a little bit closer to God today - as he abseiled from the top of the city's cathedral.

More than 200 people had signed up to abseil down the historic building Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was taking part in a sponsored event to raise funds for improvements at the Cathedral, in time for its 900th anniversary in 2018.

The historian and television presenter Jonathan Foyle was among those taking part.

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