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Sixteen stowaways found in Peterborough lorry

16 stowaways are being interviewed by the police Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sixteen people found stowed away in a lorry at Perkins Engines in Peterborough are being questioned by police.

They were found yesterday morning and are thought to be from Eritrea in Africa.

The Home Office says the ten men and six women in the lorry had entered the country illegally.

They were taken to Thorpe Wood police station.


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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
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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.

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Passengers suffer severe rail delays into London

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.


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

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.

Staff at Peterborough care home 'ignored some calls for assistance'

The Care Quality Commission says improvements are needed at a care home in Peterborough.

Malcolm Bower-Brown, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, says staff at Werrington Lodge ignored some calls for assistance among other concerns.

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