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Ambulance service issues hot weather warning

Hot weather warning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

With hot weather predicted in this region over the next few days, the East of England Ambulance Service is reminding people to stay safe in the sun.

They are advising those who head outdoors to wear sun cream and drink plenty of water. In extreme cases the hot weather can cause heat stroke.

Clinical lead Dave Allen said: "Everyone welcomes the warm weather and we want everyone to make the most of it, but to enjoy it and not needing to call 999."

  • Wear a hat
  • Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm, sticking to shady areas where possible
  • Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don't forget to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming.
  • Use insect repellent if you are prone to bites
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • If planning a barbecue, take all the usual precautions, ensure food is cooked thoroughly and protect yourself and others from flames.

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Region's police forces 'not prepared' to deal with forced marriage

A damning report into honour based violence and forced marriage across the region has concluded that our police forces are unprepared to deal with the problem.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says victims are not getting enough help.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said: "Honour-based violence is being suffered on a daily basis by blameless citizens across all areas and communities.

"The immense emotional difficulty victims have in reporting the crimes they have suffered mean that victims are acutely and continually vulnerable.

"Although initial responses by the police are good, only a small number of forces are well-prepared for the complexity that honour-based violence cases can pose.

"It is clear that the police service has some way to go before the public can be confident that honour-based violence is properly understood by the police, and that potential and actual victims are adequately and effectively protected."

The way police deal with forced marriage has been criticised. Credit: ITV News Anglia
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