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Calls for LGBT community to adopt or foster children

More lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Derby are being encouraged to either adopt or become foster carers.

Derby City Council is encouraging more to adopt or foster children Credit: ITV News Central

The city council says children do well when they are with adoptive or foster parents from the LGBT community.

Staff will hold special events today and next week to encourage more prospective parents.

With the demand for adoption and fostering being so high, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can make a real difference in the community by giving children and teenagers the care, support and family life they desperately need.

Our children do well when placed with adopters from the LGBT community and in some cases better, because LGBT people are more likely to keep families together by adopting or fostering siblings.

– Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

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Norovirus forces wards to close at Pilgrim Hospital

Pilgrim Hospital Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston in Lincolnshire has closed three wards and restricted admission to two because patients and staff have symptoms of norovirus.

The closures are a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus.

The wards will reopen once patients have been discharged and the area has been free from symptoms of the winter vomiting bug for up to 72 hours.

The hospital remains open.

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Pensioner dies after being hit by coach

The accident happened after a bus pulled out of Chesterfield coach station Credit: ITV News Central

A pensioner has died after being hit by a National Express coach in Derbyshire.

Police say it happened as the single decker bus pulled out of Chesterfield Coach Station onto Beetwell Street just before 1:30 pm.

A man who was crossing the road was hit and suffered fatal injuries. An investigation has begun.

Plans to support breastfeeding mothers announced

Plans to create more specialist roles to support breastfeeding mothers in Leicestershire have been announced.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust says it's working on doing more for breastfeeding mothers Credit: ITV News Central

More than 1,000 people had signed a petition fearing potential cuts to breastfeeding services.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust says it's working towards increasing local support, following a consultation into parents needs.

Nancy Cole reports:

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