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Police launch campaign to make Stafford safer at night

A campaign to keep people safe on a night out in Stafford is being launched today.

Police will be giving out booklets about guidelines for alcohol units. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As part of the 'Be Aware, Be Safe' campaign booklets designed to fit into wallets and purses will be handed out, giving information on taxi rank locations and alcohol unit guidelines.


Chief Constable says it's 'unacceptable' so many mentally ill children are held in police cells

The Chief Constable of Leicestershire has revealed that, nationally, 263 mentally ill children, were held in police cells last year.

He said it's unacceptable that so many are ending up in police cells because of a shortage of hospital beds.

His comments come after police in Devon detained a 16-year-old with psychiatric problems for two days.

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More than 100 people evacuated from Northamptonshire nightclub after gas canister goes off

Bar Qbano in Ebenezer Place. Credit: Google Street View

More than 100 people were evacuated from a nightclub in Northamptonshire in the early hours of this morning after what is believed to be a gas canister was let off.

Police, the fire service and two ambulances were called to Bar Qbano in Ebenezer Place in Kettering.

Police said it is believed a "CS-type gas" was released. Investigations are on-going.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Two patients required treatment for breathing difficulties and were both treated at the scene. An additional patient was suffering from abdominal pain and was taken by DCA to Kettering General Hosptial.

“Our second DCA remained at the club to support Police and Fire and be on hand to assist anyone needing medical support.”

A spokeswoman from the club said the venue had now reopened.

Gas canister set off at club in Kettering

Ambulance crews were called to a bar in Northamptonshire last night to reports of a gas canister being set off.

Map showing location of incident in Kettering where a gas canister was set off. Credit: ITV News Central

One person was taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene at Bar Qbano in Ebenezer Place, Kettering.

Norovirus outbreak at Nottinghamshire hospital

Two wards are closed and another partially closed to new admissions at Kings Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire after an outbreak of norovirus.

The virus spreads quickly in environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes Credit: ITV News Central

In total 37 patients and nine members of staff at the hospital have been affected by the winter vomiting bug.

The Trust that runs the hospital has issued the following advice to people to help stop the spread of infection:

  • Stay away from hospital if you are suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea;
  • If you visit hospital, wash your hands with soap and water and use the alcohol gel provided.

As a precaution we are asking people not to visit patients on the affected wards unless absolutely necessary. It is unfortunate that we need to take these measures but we wish to protect our patients by restricting the chances of people spreading this infection.

We would like to remind people of the importance of not visiting hospital if they have any symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, or flu-like symptoms. We are asking all visitors, patients and staff to be extra vigilant in following hand hygiene guidelines, to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water and to use the alcohol gel provided when visiting our wards.

We are continually reviewing the situation and will reopen the affected wards as soon as possible.

– Susan Bowler, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality


Nearly 300 pledge to tackle obesity 'ticking time bomb'

Nearly 300 pledges to tackle obesity have been made by individuals and organisations following a major conference in Wolverhampton aimed at tackling a “ticking time bomb” facing the city.

Nearly 300 pledges to tackle obesity have been made by individuals and organisations Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Obesity Summit, held at Wolverhampton Racecourse earlier this month, saw around 300 health professionals, businesses and community organisations come together to join the fight against obesity in Wolverhampton.

It comes as more than two thirds of adults in the city are either obese or overweight with an increasing number of young people following suit.

Sudden cardiac death: compelling new video released

A compelling new video has been released to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in the young.

Matthew Dewhirst, who was 17 and from Shropshire, collapsed and died on the rugby field. His parents didn't know he had an underlying heart condition

They are now at the forefront of a campaign calling for better screening and support for those at risk. They were at Westminster meeting MPs today.

Our correspondent Alison Mackenzie sent this report.

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