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Peterborough to take in 100 Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees will begin arriving in Peterborough in the autumn. Credit: ITV News.

A hundred Syrian refugees are to be welcomed into Peterborough between now and 2020.

The city council has agreed to resettle five families a year for the next five years as part of a wider government pledge to accept 20,000 people forced from their homes.

The first groups - usually made up of two adults and two children - will arrive in Peterborough this autumn.

"The government has confirmed that we will receive appropriate levels of funding for these families. That means that we can be sure that we're offering them the help that they need and over the next few months we will be making appropriate arrangements to prepare for their arrival.

"This city has a long and proud history ​of welcoming those that need our help and we will be working with groups from across our community that have already offered their assistance."

– Cllr John Holdich, leader, Peterborough City Council.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital board agree merger with Peterborough

Hinchingbrooke Hospital could merge with Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: PA

The board of Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has agreed to go ahead with the potential merger with Peterborough City Hospital.

At a public meeting today, the board accepted a recommendation to work on a full business case for the merger.

The hospitals say working together will help to ease financial pressures, but it's been criticised by the local MP Jonathan Djanogly.

Jonathan Djanogly isn't impressed by the plans. Credit: PA

We feel that we want to have a local trust, with its own board that represents local people and we are very concerned that we will be swallowed up in the whole.

I think what we saw today was a clear questioning of the financial viability of the proposed new trust.

The case financially has not yet been made and that was recognised I think by the board.

– Jonathan Djanogly MP

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Woman suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in Peterborough incident

The incident happened in Queens Drive West. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested after a woman was found in a critical condition in Peterborough.

Police were called to a house on Queens Drive West yesterday afternoon and found the woman with life-threatening injuries.

A 27-year-old man from Peterborough was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Peterborough band to play Royal gig in tiny principality

Unfortunately there is no 'top 40' in Liechtenstein but Opaque will soon play for the Prince of Liechtenstein.

The lead singer of a band in Peterborough has come up with an unusual way of achieving national fame.

Musician 'Moony' decided his band Opaque should aim to be big in Liechtenstein near Switzerland - where only 37 thousand people live.

So far, they've managed to tour the country and are even due to play for the Prince of Liechtenstein in August.

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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.

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