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Police warning after eight-foot boa constrictor escapes

The snake which escaped is similar to the one shown here Credit: PA

An eight-foot boa constrictor is on the loose after it escaped while its owner cleaned out its tank in Cumbria.

The snake, which can crush its prey to death in a lethal grip, went missing from a home in Kells, Whitehaven last night.

Police say the snake does not pose an "immediate risk" to the public but if it is seen, the police should be immediately called.

Three more taken ill at music festival after teen dies

Police urged people not to take drugs at the festival. Credit: PA

Three more people have become seriously ill after being sold rogue drugs at a music festival, just a day after a teenager died.

Christian Pay, 18, died following "substance abuse" at Kendal Calling music festival in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Since his death seven people have been treated in hospital, including a 29-year-old man who remains in a critical state and four people who are in "serious but stable" conditions.

Police urged people not to take drugs at the festival because of the safety risks. . Four people arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply have been released on bail.


Man dead and four ill after 'substance abuse' at festival

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A man has died and four others are in hospital following suspected "substance abuse" at Kendal Calling music festival.

One woman, aged 29, is in a critical condition while another three men are described as stable.

Cumbria Police said a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and is currently being questioned.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The four-day festival at Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District features headline acts including Snoop Dogg, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs.

Mother felt she was treated 'as a number' by failing hospital

A young mother whose baby died at Furness General hospital has described how she felt she was just treated "as a number" by staff at the maternity unit.

Liza Brady's son Alex was stillborn at the hospital in 2008 and since then she and her partner Simon Davey have fought an ongoing battle to raise their concerns.

The couple feel that the Kirkup inquiry's report has vindicated everything they have been fighting for and want action to be taken against those who failed them and the other families affected.

The couple were speaking to ITV News reporter, Mary Nightingale.

Morecambe NHS chief accepts 'cover-up' at Furness

The chief executive of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust has admitted there was a cover-up by staff at Furness General Hospital.

Questioned by ITV News, Jackie Daniel said it was "difficult" to come to any other conclusion having read the Kirkup report which looked into failings at the hospital where 11 babies and one mother died.

NHS chief refuses to answer Morecambe questions

The chief executive of the NHS Confederation has refused to answer questions about the failings at Morecambe NHS Trust.

Mike Farrar was asked about the independent inquiry after he had hosted a discussion panel at the UK e-Health Week event at Olympia in London.


Morecambe NHS chief apologises for 'serious errors'

The chief executive of Morecambe NHS Trust has apologised to "all those who suffered" because of the failings at one its maternity units.

In a press conference, Jackie Daniel admitted there had been serious failings, saying: "The Trust accepts the board's recommendations without reservation. It is a definitive picture of what happened between 2004 and 2013."

Jackie Daniel acknowledged the Trust had not been open with families Credit: ITV News

The chief executive added that since the Health secretary commissioned the report, the leadership of the Trust had changed and made some improvements which the Kirkup report recognised. However, Daniel realised that there was still much more to, particularly at Furness.

"I would like to add my own apology. During the period covered by this investigation there were some very serious failings," she said. "The Trust then failed to show openness and transparency in acknowledging those failings. So, on behalf of all the staff at the Trust I want to say sorry."

Hunt apologises to families affected by hospital failings

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised to "every family that has suffered" as a result of "terrible failures" at Furness General Hospital.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addressing the Commons.

A report published today said a "lethal mix" of problems at the "seriously dysfunctional" maternity unit led to the deaths of 11 babies and one mother.

He described the failings as like a "second Mid Staffs", in reference to the Mid Staffs Hospital scandal, where at least 1,200 patients died because of poor care.

Mr Hunt, who ordered the inquiry, paid tribute to the "courage" of families in their fight for the truth and said they should have been issued an apology earlier.

The Health Secretary said the failings had left "indescribable anguish for the families left behind", adding: "There is no greater pain for a parent than to lose a child and to do so knowing it was because of mistakes that we now know were covered up makes the agony even worse."

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust apologises to families

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust have apologised "unreservedly" to the families who suffered as a result of failures in one of its hospital's "seriously dysfunctional" maternity units.

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has apologised over failings at its Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria Credit: PA Wire

Pearse Butler, Chair of the Trust Board, said: "This Trust made some very serious mistakes in the way it cared for mothers and their babies.

"More than that, the same mistakes were repeated. And after making those mistakes, there was a lack of openness from the Trust in acknowledging to families what had happened.

"For these reasons, on behalf of the Trust, I apologise unreservedly to the families concerned. I'm deeply sorry that so many people have suffered as a result of these mistakes."

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