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48 cases of measles in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire this year

Health experts are urging parents to get their children vaccinated Credit: PA file picture

A national programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children has been announced today.

It comes after 48 people were diagnosed with the disease in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the last three months.

The aim of the programme, led by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health, is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year olds as possible in time for the next school year.

New figures published today show high numbers of confirmed measles cases in England in the first three months of 2013, reaching 587 by end of March, following a record annual high of almost 2,000 cases in 2012.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England said, “Measles is a potentially fatal but entirely preventable disease so we are very disappointed that measles cases have recently increased in England.

"Those who have not been vaccinated should urgently seek at least one dose of MMR vaccination which will give them 95 per cent protection against measles. A second dose is then needed to provide almost complete protection.

"Measles is not a mild illness – it is very unpleasant and can lead to serious complications as we have seen with more than 100 children in England being hospitalised so far this year."

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Murder inquiry launched after two die in Lincolnshire

Police in Lincolnshire have launched a murder inquiry after two people died after reports of a disturbance around 5am this morning in an address in Red Lion Street, Boston.

Three people were injured following an alleged assault. A 26-year-old woman died at the scene, whilst a 26-year-old died in hospital a short time later.

A 24-year-old woman is being treated for serious injuries. A 41-year-old local male resident was arrested in connection with this incident.

He is currently helping police with their enquiries. Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch with police by calling 101.

More: Boston, Lincolnshire double murder

Funeral protester: 'I have no regard for that woman'

One of the protesters who booed the coffin of Baroness Thatcher earlier today told ITV News he was protesting to express his dismay at her policies during her time at government. He said:

"I have no regard for that women. She put people out of work, she closed productive mines, and she put brother against brother."

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Thatcher funeral 'made criticism seem misplaced'

Conservative policing minister Nick Herbert said that Baroness Thatcher's funeral "made all the criticism seem misplaced" and that it was "moving to hear the cheers outside."

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