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Warning over E Coli outbreak after ten cases confirmed

Bacteria seen in petri dish in experiment Credit: Press Association

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a number of cases of illness in Dorset caused by the E. coli bacteria.

PHE is leading on the investigation of this cluster of illnesses caused by a rare strain of the bacteria called Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli 055 (VTEC 055).

Since July, ten people have been diagnosed with this infection which can cause bloody diarrhoea and seven of those affected have developed kidney problems – called haemolytic uraemic syndrome - a serious complication of an E. coli infection. There have been no deaths.

PHE and local authorities routinely investigate all cases of E. coli infection, aiming to identify the source and take any necessary actions to protect the public’s health. This is a rare strain of the infection and all those affected and their close contacts are being followed up and further investigations are taking place to determine the likely source.

As some cases have occurred in people associated with a children's nursery, letters have been sent to parents whose children attend the nursery and staff, informing them about E. Coli O55 and the ongoing investigation. As part of routine screening, stool samples are being taken from children and staff as a precautionary measure.

Letters have also been sent to hospital doctors and local GPs, alerting them to the possibility of infection and asking they report any further cases of bloody diarrhoea.

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Magical Journey Christmas attraction to reopen today

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with elves at The Magical Journey. Credit: BPM Media

A Christmas attraction backed by celebrity interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is due to reopen today after being swamped with complaints.

The Magical Journey at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, shut down after just one day following gripes it was unfinished, had "rubbish presents" and "chav elves".

Ticket prices of £22.50 for a 90-minute visit were also criticised with many branding the "winter spectacle" a "rip-off".

After three days of improvements Llewelyn-Bowen, who stressed he had nothing to do with the production or management of the event, said he hoped the experience was now "much closer to his original ravishing vision".

But despite reopening to the public, organisers have barred the press from attending.

A spokesman said: "We feel that introducing camera crews, reporters and journalists is only going to take away from the experience and possibly even create anxiety for our visitors."

They added they "just want to concentrate on making Christmas as magical as we can for the people who have chosen to join us for The Magical Journey".

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The People's Millions - Day Three

Voting is underway in The People's Millions competition Credit: ITV News West Country

Lines are now open for day three of voting in The People’s Millions competition. Today in the West Country Handfuls Of Harmony Choir goes head to head with Studley Wildlife Trail.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote here for terms see here

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund. We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

Bath hospital has lowest level of complaints in UK

Bath's mineral water hospital has come top in Britain's first hospital complaints league table.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust had just 12 complaints in 2013 to 2014 while some trusts attracted thousands of grievances.

The figures were revealed by the ombudsman's office, which investigates complaints in the NHS.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, also known as the Mineral Water hospital Credit: PA
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