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Further delays expected on East Coast main line

Rail passengers due to use the East Coast main line are being urged to delay their travel after an overhead wire problem prompted huge disruption to the service at the end of the bank holiday weekend.

A spokesman for the rail provider said the problems were likely to cause further delays at the start of service tomorrow.

Network Rail engineers have been working through the night to restore the overhead power lines, however, it is currently unlikely that this work will be completed in time for the start of this morning's services. As a consequence, East Coast trains are expected to be severely restricted, and cancellations are likely throughout the day.

Customers are advised to defer travel until later in the day, or alternatively, to travel tomorrow if possible. Tickets dated for travel on Monday or Tuesday will be valid for travel on Wednesday and customers are advised to try to travel as close as possible to their original booked time.

– East Coast

East Coast passengers complain of 8-hour delays

Passengers aboard trains on the East Coast main line have complained of delays of around eight hours after severe disruptions hit the service.


Not a bad journey home, 11 hours as opposed to just the 3 it should of been. If I don't laugh about it I don't know what to do #Peterborough


Oh Leeds! 10 hours journey, much of it wet and cold and most of it in the dark. Bad show @eastcoastuk #Peterborough




Passengers suffer severe rail delays into London

Passengers on the East Coast mainline have reported eight-hour delays.
Passengers on the East Coast mainline have reported eight-hour delays. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Rail commuters heading into London following the bank holiday are facing severe delays on one of the UK's key train routes.

Overhead wire problems between Peterborough and Stevenage caused extensive disruption to services on the East Coast main line heading into London King's Cross yesterday and engineers worked through the night to repair the damage.

The problems have affected a number of train operators who have warned passengers the issue will continue throughout today, with severe delays and cancellations.


Inquest hears girls killed in A47 crash were on their way to cinema in Peterborough for Christmas treat

Tamzin and Jessica Portor.
Tamzin and Jessica Portor. Credit: ITV Anglia

The inquest is taking place into the deaths of two sisters killed in a road accident on the A47 near Wisbech in December 2012.

Ten-year-old Tamzin Portor and seven-year-old Jessica were on their way to watch a film in Peterborough as a Christmas treat.

They were back seat passengers in a Ford Focus driven by their step mother Marie Easter. Their father Alan was a front seat passenger.

Marie Easter told the Coroner she had to swerve to avoid a car coming in the opposite direction. She said she lost control and knocked herself out. She could not remember anything else.

The car overturned and the girls were killed.

Earlier this year she was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting causing the deaths of the girls by careless driving.

The girls' father Alan Portor said he was on the phone and did not see the car that Marie said she was forced to avoid, but believed her - even though others had claimed it was not true.

He said he had checked with the children that they were wearing seat belts, and they said 'yes'.

The inquest continues.

'Things have improved' at Peterborough care home

A care home in Peterborough where inspectors found people were left in 'beds of urine', has responded to a highly critical report by the Care Quality Commission.

A statement on behalf of Werrington Lodge, said:

We were made aware of these findings in May and June and we took immediate action. We were deeply concerned that the home was below the standards we expect for our residents.

We have made investment in a number of areas including training for current staff and adding more staff to the team. This includes additional nurses on the team, a senior nurse supervising each shift, plus daily support from our most senior and specialist staff.

We have also transformed the environment with refurbishments. Since the inspections in May and June we know we have made progress and this has been recognised by external parties involved - the Care Quality Commission and the Council.

Everyone is dedicated to providing the best possible care and we know things have improved and continue to improve. We would like to thank residents and relatives for their continued support.


Peterborough care home 'which left people in beds of urine' criticised

People at Werrington Lodge were reportedly left in beds of urine
People at Werrington Lodge were reportedly left in beds of urine Credit: Google Street View

A care home in Peterborough which reportedly left people in beds of urine has been told to make improvements after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) made an unannounced inspection.

The CQC visited Werrington Lodge care home on 8 and 12 May 2014. It has warned national care provider Barchester Healthcare Homes Limited, which runs the home, to make improvements.

Inspectors found a number of significant concerns:

  • Some people were left in bed for long periods of time during the day, sometimes in beds wet with urine
  • The home was dirty and people were at risk of infection. Parts of the home smelled of urine and there were dirty carpets and furniture in communal areas
  • People were not protected from developing pressure ulcers from falls
  • People had lost weight and some had very dry mouths indicating they were not given enough to drink
  • Some staff showed a lack of compassion for the people in their care
  • Calls for help were ignored on occasion
  • There was a lack of stimulation and activities with only one activities organiser employed to support the 79 people
  • A lack of direction and leadership from management and nurses

Following the inspections CQC made referrals to Peterborough Council's Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults team.

Barchester Healthcare Homes Limited was served with eight formal warning notices.

A further inspection on 12 June found some improvements had been made including to staff attitudes and to monitoring of fluid and food intake for people.


Dad furious that toddler's killer was left alone with her

The father of a toddler who was kicked to death has told ITV News of his fury that the man who killed her was allowed access to his daughter despite warnings from social workers that he was dangerous.

Dean Harris, 20, was jailed for a minimum of 17 years after kicking his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter, Amina Agboola, out of frustration after she soiled herself.

Amina's father, Reuben Agboola, said he was "furious" to learn someone with a history of domestic violence was left alone with his child when he had been stopped from seeing his daughter after splitting with her mother.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

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