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Assaults on staff at HMP Peterborough hit record level

Peterborough Telegraph

Assaults on prison staff at HMP Peterborough have nearly doubled in the past year, reaching the highest every recorded level.

New figures released show that there were 297 assaults on staff last year - up from 154 in the previous 12 months, which was the previous record.

Firefighters found at end of rainbow

Popular folklore tells us we might find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or even a mythical leprechaun, but back down to Earth here in Cambridgeshire you're more likely to find these three cheeky chaps from the county's fire and rescue service.

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A few of these spectacular double rainbows have been seen across parts of East Anglia this week, but if you're not sure how we get two of them, there's a nice little video that explains it all right here.

Double rainbow graces East of England skies

Three men remain in hospital with serious injuries following police pursuit across three counties

Three men were still in hospital with serious injuries after their car crashed following a police pursuit, the Norfolk force has said.

Map of East Anglia

The black Mercedes C 200 - with six men inside - had fled the scene of a burglary in Cavell Road, Norwich, before crashing 55 miles away in Six Mile Bottom, in Cambridgeshire, on Wednesday night.

Officers had pursued the car from the A11 in Norfolk, on to the A14 towards Newmarket in Suffolk and into Cambridgeshire - when it started to go the wrong way along the A11 before turning round in the right direction.

Norfolk police said one man remains in Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, while the other two patients were being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Five men were arrested at the crash scene on the A11, but two of the seriously injured men have been "de-arrested", while in hospital, police said.

The three others have been released under investigation while inquiries continue, the force said.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

Northampton and Bedford stalwart prepares to bow out from rugby

Wes Hoolahan prepares for final Norwich City game

Chief Constable of Essex to retire

Chief Constable of Essex Stephen Kavanagh has described leading the force as the "joy of my professional life" as he announced his retirement.

Mr Kavanagh, who has been in post for more than five years, said: "Together we have navigated the most difficult financial period policing has ever known.

"Today, I see an organisation with a sense of ambition for the future, one that is stretched but determined to do its best and one that has some remarkable people doing brave and difficult jobs."

Mr Kavanagh’s retirement date has yet to be finalised.

Essex Police said he had no specific plans and would spend time with his family before exploring other career options.

Stephen Kavanagh

Car mounting pavement victim was 'a great friend'

A man who died a week after he was hit by a car which had mounted a pavement in Braintree has been named by police as 29-year-old Ryan Lynch.

Mr Lynch, who lived in Braintree, was on South Street, near Kwik Fit, at about 15:30 on 8 April when an white Audi R8 struck him.

He died on 15 April.

Mr Lynch's parent's, Tony and Karen, said: "John was a dearly loved son, brother, uncle, partner and truly was a great friend to anyone who knew him."

A 35-year-old man from Halstead and a 35-year-old man from Braintree were arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and released under investigation.

South Street Braintree

Great East Run sells out

This year's Great East Run in Suffolk has sold out - with 3,500 people signed up.

Great East Run, Wherstead
Great Run Company

The half marathon takes place on Sunday, 16 September, starting and finishing on Russell Road in Ipswich, via Holywells Park, the waterfront, Wherstead Road, The Strand and Freston Hill.

It's the second year the event has been held in Ipswich.

Alex Jackson, of the Great Run Company, said: "We’ll continue to work with our local partners to ensure the event can grow and attract more runners from both around the region and throughout the UK in the years to come."

McDonald's workers in Cambridge will go on strike

Cambridge News

McDonald's workers in Cambridge are going on strike next week as employees of the fast food chain say even buying vegetables is a luxury.

Prof Stephen Hawking's 'iconic voice will die with him'

A self-professed "geek" who helped upgrade the system used to synthesise the late Professor Stephen Hawking's "iconic" voice says that "effectively" it "died with him".

"One of the most recognisable voices on the planet is Stephen Hawking’s," says Cambridge University computer officer Peter Benie.

"Shortly before he died, Stephen approved and used a new version of his iconic voice that precisely replicated it. I was part of the team that developed this updated version by mirroring the original hardware."

Prof Stephen Hawking

After 30 years in use, the hardware was approaching the end of its life and although more sophisticated speech synthesiser systems had been developed , "Stephen remained steadfastly loyal to what had become his authentic voice".

"He didn’t want it changed in any way," says Mr Benie.

It took several experts several years to upgrade the voice and get it just how the professor wanted it, but the theoretical physicist never had the chance to use it in public as he died on 14 March at the age of 76 - although Mr Benie says Prof Hawking used the upgraded system at home to talk to friends and family after it was delivered to him in January this year.

Peter Benie
Nick Saffell

"I’m proud to be part of the team that preserved his voice. The voice is part of his identity -  you wouldn’t use it for someone else  -  so effectively the voice died with him," says Mr Benie.

You can read more about how he and others recreated the voice of Stephen Hawking here.

Country's first specialist elderly A&E unit boosting waiting times

The country's first specialist A&E department for patients aged over 80 has started to improve its waiting times, a hospital has said.

Patient Monica Graham with a hospital worker

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitalsaid the recently-opened unit was now starting to have an impact.

Chris Cobb, hospital director of medicine and emergency care, said: "If we can take those patients out of the main emergency department, not only will they get care faster, but the people less than 80 stand a better chance of being seen much more quickly by the right people and their stay in A&E improves."

According to NHS figures, the hospital achieved its four-hour A&E waiting time target in just 66.2% of cases from January to March - one of the worst in the country - against a government standard of 95%.

Window fall school head calls for 'no speculation'

The head teacher of a school where a pupil was seriously injured when he fell out of a window has called on people not to speculate about what had happened.

The 16-year-old was in a critical condition after the incident at St Mary's Catholic School in Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, on 20 April. Another 16-year-old boy, arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class B drug, was released under investigation.

Head teacherAndrew Celano, said: "Our thoughts are with the boy and his family at this time and we will be supporting them as well as those students and staff affected by this tragic incident.

"We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and we will be fully co-operating with the police in their investigation.

"I would ask you to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and you can help them by not speculating about what has happened."

Man seriously injured after being struck by train

A man has been seriously injured after being struck by a train.

The incident happened at March railway station in Cambridgeshire shortly after 11:00, a British Transport Police spokesman said.

The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to hospital.

Officers are trying to identify him and establish what happened.

Cross Country, which operates trains through the area, said all lines had now reopened but passengers might still experience some delays.

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Five-year-old found carrying knife in Northamptonshire

A five-year-old child was found carrying a knife in Northampton, a campaigner has said.

Child carrying a knife (picture posed by model)

Glen Banks, from the Northampton-based Knife, Gun and Youth Crime Awareness Programme, said they were the youngest person in the county he had known to have a knife.

"It's getting younger and younger and it's getting very worrying," said Mr Banks, a former prison worker.

"Nobody goes out in the morning thinking they are going to lose their lives."

Figures released on Thursday revealed recorded knife crime has risen by nearly 50% in the county over the last five years.

In 2017, 473 incidents were recorded by the force.

The figures were released the day after an 18-year-old was convicted of stabbing Liam Hunt, 17, to deathin Northampton last year.

Gardeners' Question Time coming to Latitude

BBC Radio 4's long-running Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) will be setting up camp at this year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

GQT panellists will be available to answer festival-goers horticultural queries on site on 13 July, and they'll be recording an edition of the programme for broadcast.

Other acts newly announced for Henham Park include New Adventures' preview of Swan Lake, comedian and ex-I'm a Celebrity contestant Joel Dommett and the return of the Bard of Salford - poet John Cooper Clarke, who now lives in the Colchester area.

Latitude Festival
Jenny O'Neill

Solange, Alt-J and The Killers are the main musical headliners across the weekend.

Former England man Parker among candidates for Town job

TWTD understands former England international Scott Parker is among the candidates for the Ipswich Town manager's job.

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'Controlling' teen sex abuser jailed for 10 years

A man who sexually abused a teenage girl for four years, "controlling" her by threatening to harm himself, has been jailed for 10 years.

Simon Bowyer, 41, of Medeswell, Orton Malborne, Peterborough, was found guilty last month of eight counts of sexual activity with a female aged 13 to 17.

Simon Bowyer
Cambs Police

Bowyer abused his victim from 2013 to 2017 when she was aged between 12 and 17, Cambridgeshire Police said.

In September last year she told a friend and a relative about what was happening, and police were called.

"The suspect controlled the victim in a number of aspects of her life and threatened to harm himself, making the victim feel a huge guilt," Det Con Fiona Bagshaw said.

At Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday, Bowyer was sentenced to 10 years in jail, given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and put on the sex offenders' register for life.

Knife crime increases in Hertfordshire

Knife crime is on the increase Hertfordshire, according to the latest figures from the Home Office.

Person holding a knife

In 2013 there were 201 offences involving knives recorded by police in the county, while in 2017 there were 561 - an increase of 179%.

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner, David Lloyd, who has been named on the government's serious violence taskforce, said: "We have the police we need in Hertfordshire... what it is about is a parenting issue and making sure that people don't go out on the streets in the first place with knives.

"If you carry a knife, you're more likely to die."

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said tackling violent crime is "not something police forces can do alone" and requires "a whole system approach".

"Officers continue to employ stop and search to seize knives and weapons and we work closely with schools to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife and stop them from turning to a life of crime," a statement said.

Teenager 'stable' after school window fall

A teenager who was seriously injured when he fell from a window at a Hertfordshire school is in a stable condition in hospital, police have confirmed.

St Mary's Catholic School in Windhill, Bishop's Stortford

The 16-year-old was in a critical condition after the incident at St Mary's Catholic School in Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, at 13:00 BST on 20 April.

Another 16-year-old boy, arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class B drug, has been released under investigation.

Hertfordshire Police said the force was trying to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We request that the public remain mindful of the young people involved in this matter and ask that members of the public refrain from speculating on social media about this incident as there is an active on-going investigation," a police statement said.

Knife crime keeping Beds police officer 'up at night'

BBC Look East

"Knife Crime is keeping me up at night."

Those are the words of the Assistant Chief Constable Dr Jackie Sebire from Bedfordshire Police, as the latest crime figures show knife crime is on the increase, with 479 reported knife crimes in Bedfordshire in 2017.

She said: "We are doing a lot already. We have recovered 2,500 knives in six months from amnesty bins and sweeps.

"But there is something about the community coming together, and actually taking some responsibility as well to stop young people from keeping killed and harmed as that is what is happening at the moment.

Assistant Chief Constable Dr Jackie Sebire

"I do not want to deal with any more young people stabbed and murdered in broad daylight on our streets.

"This is what keeps me up at night and my officers are committed to try and stop this, as much as we can, but we can not do it alone."

Farmer uses thermal technology to reduce lamb loss

The Comet

A farmer working on land near Stevenage has introduced thermal imaging software to help reunite lost lambs with their mums and reduce fatalities.

Bomb disposal team deal with Knettishall 'smoke mortar'

Army bomb disposal experts made safe a "smoke mortar" at Knettishall on Thursday.

Suffolk Police said it had been spotted by an "eagle-eyed" member of the public.

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Job losses at former B/E Aerospace site in Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard Observer

Bosses at the former B/E Aerospace plant in Leighton Buzzard have this week confirmed up to 85 jobs will be lost as roles are moved to the Philippines.

Man charged after GBH after man fractures skull

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent after a 26-year-old man suffered a fractured skull.

Police say it happened at they "busy" Pitstop Hand Car Wash, on Gatehouse Way in Aylesbury at about 10:00 on Sunday.

The victim remains in hospital.

Pitstop car wash

Ely hosts Aldeburgh Festival show this year

The organisers of the Aldeburgh Festival are staging a concert in Ely this year with free tickets for local people.

The city's cathedral will see a performance of Orazio Benevolo's Mass on Wednesday, 13 June.

Some 100 tickets are being made available to residents of the East Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk districts.

Roger Wright, chief executive of festival organisers Snape Maltings, said: "We are hugely excited to be bringing the Aldeburgh Festival to Ely for the first time since 1964 and we hope that free tickets will give many newcomers the opportunity to attend their first classical music event."

Ely Cathedral
Gary Ullah

Go-ahead given to plan for 1,000 new homes in Chatteris

Approval has been given to plans to build 1,000 homes on a 67.9 hectare (165 acre) mostly green field site at London Road on the outskirts of Chatteris by Fenland District Council's planning committee.

The development was first proposed in 2010 and after negotiations with planners, land owners Hallam Land Management Ltd have agreed to provide just over £5.3m towards a new primary school and nearly £400,000 towards a community bus scheme as part of a Section 106 agreement (money intended to be used for social and community projects).

Fenland District Council also wants 16% of the homes built in the first phase of the build to be affordable.

The site includes a Grade II-listed 16th Century tithe barn, which will be redeveloped.

Map outlining proposed development area
Hallam Land Management

We've all wondered what's at the end of a rainbow...

And now we know!

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Ipswich murder trial sees CCTV of victim's last evening

A murder trial has been shown CCTV footage of a drug user's last movements, as well as footage of some of the defendants.

Dean Stansby
Family photograph

Four men from Ipswich and London deny murdering Dean Stansby, 41, near Ipswich railway station in 2017.

The Ipswich Crown Court jury has heard the prosecution say Mr Stansby was a drug user and he was attacked because he had robbed drug dealers in the past.

The images show Mr Stansby on Ancaster Road near the railway bridge.

Mr Stansby (pictured), from Trimley near Felixstowe, was stabbed on the evening of 8 February and died later that night in Ipswich Hospital.

The accused are:

  • Jason Ruby, 45, of Risby Close, Ipswich
  • Tecwyn Parker, 48, of Downside Close, Ipswich
  • Amiadul Islam, 25, of Caistor Park Road, West Ham in east London
  • David Kannada, 24, of The Grange, East Finchley, north London

Mr Ruby also denies conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. The trial continues.

Driver caught for speeding at 99mph on A141

A driver was caught driving at 99mph on the A41 bypass between Hemel Hempstead and junction 20 of the M25 in Hertfordshire.

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Bengeo quarry plans rejected by council

Plans to quarry more than a million tonnes of sand and gravel from an area of Hertford's green belt have been turned town.

Developers wanted the go-ahead to extract 1.25m tonnes of sand and gravel from the Ware Park site, off Wadesmill Road.

The application comes after an earlier plan for a larger quarry on the site was rejected in March and more than 1,000 residents objected to the revised plans - pointing to fears about the levels of air pollution, noise and the increase in traffic, as well as concerns that the work could pollute water.

According to the plans, excavation would take an estimated seven years, generating up to 100 HGV journeys a day onto Wadesmill Road.

The council's own report - which recommended the proposals were refused - said the revised plans do not overcome the issues initially raised and remain "unacceptable".

Free law clinic to open in Cambridge

A law clinic which will offer free and confidential advice to the public is to be opened at Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus.

Anglia Ruskin Univerisity, Cambridge
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The clinic - which Ms Calder says is the first LawWorks network clinic in Cambridgeshire - will focus on family law issues, including relationship breakdown, divorce, domestic abuse and child custody rights.

It will also offer advice on employment issues, including unfair dismissal and discrimination.

The clinic will open on 1 May.

Council expects extra home care income

Essex County Council expects to generate an additional £4m per year after changes in rules on charges for home care support.

The changes mean approximately 500 people will have started paying for care in their home.

The income from charging for domiciliary support last year is anticipated to be £24.1m, of which £10.3m is thought to be due to the charging changes.

Don't get bored... get out of bed!

A 11-year-old boy has been inspired by his mother to put pen to paper and create a poem to get patients up and about.

Dean Lee's mother, Nichola, works as a nursing associate trainee at Bedford Hospital and has been part of a project called "pyjama paralysis" to get patients dressed and moving.

So Dean's message is simple...

"Don't stay in bed and get bored, take a walk around the ward....."

Bedford Hospital

Kettering twins with Jamaican town of Falmouth

A plan to twin Kettering with the Jamaican town of Falmouth has been given the green light.

Kettering Borough Council voted the proposals through at its full council meeting last night.

Usain Bolt

The motion to twin with Falmouth said the aim was to celebrate the "shared heritage of the life and works of William Knibb".

Knibb was a Kettering-born baptist minister and missionary to Jamaica, whose campaigning helped emancipate slaves in the British colonies in the mid-19th Century.

Current links between Knibb and Falmouth include the William Knibb Memorial High School, which Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt attended.

The move doesn't come with any cost, as there would not be delegations of councillors flying over to Jamaica.

Vote set for Central Bedfordshire local plan

Plans for thousands of new homes across Central Bedfordshire will be voted on by councillors this evening.

The local plan includes new villages in Marston Vale, and hundreds of new homes in existing towns and villages, as well as plans to develop RAF Henlow, which is set to close.

Central Bedfordshire Council says they received more 6,000 comments during public consultation, which have resulted in what they describe as "minor modifications".

Map of Marston Valley
Central Bedfordshire Council

Inside the UK's first accident and emergency department dedicated to elderly patients

Culinary Kitchen Cabinet radio show talks crabs in Cromer

BBC Radio 4 show Kitchen Cabinet took on a crab theme (what else?) in the seaside town of Cromer last night.

Jay Rayner

The jovial panel programme, hosted by food critic Jay Rayner (pictured above), tantalised the tastebuds of the audience during its recording at a packed Pavilion Theatre.

Packed Pavilion Theatre in Cromer

Local guests included Julie Davies from a town fish shop, winner of the world's best crab sandwich - as judged by the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster festival - Philip Search and Masterchef finalist Tim Kinnaird, who brought along a crab-shaped macaron.

The show will be broadcast on 5 May.

Kitchen Cabinet panel

Sunderland boss Coleman linked with Blues

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman is the latest manager to have been linked with the Ipswich Town vacancy.

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