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Peterborough gardener grows 'siamese cucumber'

The 'siamese cucumber' is very rare Credit: ITV

A Peterborough gardener has discovered a rare Siamese cucumber growing in his greenhouse. Jim Hogg says he's never seen anything like it in his forty years of gardening.

The 72 year old planted standard cucumber seeds and six weeks later made the discovery.

He's already eaten half of it in a salad and plans to finish the rest off soon.

Jim Hogg in his Peterborough greenhouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We'd got a good size cucumber and it looked a bit odd because it was oval, they're about as common as siamese twins in human beings which is one birth in 200,000."

– Jim Hogg, Cucumber grower

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Public meeting to take place about potential hospital merger

Hinchinbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital.

A public meeting will take place tonight about the potential merger of the Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough and Stamford Hospital Trusts.

Hinchingbrooke was returned to the NHS last year after its private management company pulled out of its contract.

It's claimed the merger would save the NHS £9 million.

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Man arrested on suspicion of Rikki Neave murder re-bailed

Rikki Neave was killed in 1994.

A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave has been re-bailed.

Rikki Neave was last seen leaving his home on the Welland estate in Peterborough to go to school on November 28, 1994. His naked body was found in nearby woodland the following day. A post-mortem examination found he had been strangled.

The man, in his 30s and from Peterborough, was arrested on April 19 and bailed until today (June 15).

He has been re-bailed until September 20.

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More than 13,000 households in the East faced eviction last year

Those in Luton, Thurrock and Peterborough are mostly likely to lose their homes. Credit: ITV Anglia

New figures show more than 13,000 households in the East of England faced eviction last year.

The charity Shelter says it's because of a lack of affordable housing and welfare cuts.

The towns in this region where people are most likely to lose their homes are Luton, Thurrock in Essex and Peterborough.

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Council review grass cutting policy after complaints from residents

Peterborough City Council who were criticised for cutting back on mowing the grass in some public spaces in order to save cash have had something of a rethink.

Underneath all this grass is a football pitch. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The City council said reducing the number of times they carried out mowing would save them £24,000 but, it appears they've had a rethink and will be carrying out extra grass cutting this weekend following complaints from residents.

They added a review is also underway to assess whether the current city-wide grass cutting regime is sufficient.

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Arrests made after violence in Peterborough

Police were called to reports of violence. Credit: Cambs Police.

Police have arrested three men after a street fight in Peterborough yesterday evening (June 3).

Armed officers were called to reports of violence near Hampton College.

There was also a suggestion that a handgun had been seen but police could not find any evidence of this.

Seven police units and an ambulance attended the incident. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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