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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 January 2018

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Knife amnesty after stabbing murder

A knife amnesty will be in force in Cambridgeshire for the next few weeks following the murder of a man who died from a single stab wound to the heart.

James Cromwell
Cambs Police
James Cromwell was a father to a young boy

James Cromwell, 27, was killed by Abdul Korim Ali, 25, (pictured) in Cambridge on 30 June.

Ali, described in court as a "habitual" carrier of knives, has been jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum of 23 years.

Abdul Korim Ali
Cambs Police

"A single stab wound has ended the life of a young man with his whole future in front of him," Det Insp Alan Page, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said, adding that there was "absolutely no reason to carry a knife".

“I would appeal to anyone who does or is considering carrying a knife to stop and think about what they are doing. The only status it gives in my opinion is one of being a coward and could well lead to the status of convicted murderer," he said.

Hundreds raised for fire-struck hair salon

Wisbech Standard

More than £400 has been raised in just 18 hours for the owner of a March hair salon who “lost her livelihood within a matter of hours” after a fire ripped through the building.

Ap-peel launched for bell-ringers for Armistice centenary

Hunts Post

A team of bell-ringers in Huntingdon is ringing out a special appeal for more members to help mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and to keep the tradition going into the future.

Barry Corr (left) and Billy Waters

Cambridge United re-sign striker Barry Corr on a three-week non-contract basis while Northampton's Billy Waters joins on loan.

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Widow's murderer still on the loose after five years

Five years after an 86-year-old widow was murdered in her own home, police still have not found her killer.

Una Crown, pictured with her late husband Jack, was found dead at her bungalow in Magazine Lane in Wisbech on 13 January 2013.

She had been stabbed and set on fire.

Una Crown (l) and husband Jack Crown
Cambs Police

Several people have been arrested over the murder of the former postmistress, but no-one has yet been charged, and a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction and appeal failed to produce any leads that could help track the killer.

Cambridgeshire Police says detectives are "continuing to look at new forensic techniques and any intelligence which comes to light" in an attempt to solve the murder.

Council leader quits post

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Leader of Fenland District Council has resigned from the post he has held since May 2014.

John Clark told fellow councillors of his decision at a meeting on Thursday night.

He told the BBC his open heart surgery, and two of his colleagues being deselected were factors in the decision.

There will now be a secret ballot of Conservative councillors, who will select a new leader next month.

Abdul Korim Ali

After killing his friend, a murderer told the victim's brother "I'm sorry, man. I didn't mean to."

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Chelsea Under-21s celebrate their victory at Portsmouth

Chelsea Under-21s will play last season's beaten finalists Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals.

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Child protection service launched with £2.8m funding

A new approach to child protection is being tried in Peterborough after the city council secured funding to the tune of £2.8m.

The Family Safeguarding Team will tackle domestic abuse, substance abuse and mental health issues - the main factors that put children at risk of significant harm - working with the whole family, in their home, a council spokesman says.

The service is based on a similar one that was trialled in Hertfordshire, and has proven successful in reducing the number of children coming into care, Sam Smith, cabinet member for children's services at the city council, said.

The money to set up the Peterborough unit was provided by the Department for Education's Innovation Fund.

Cannabis factory found in Swavesey

More than 400 cannabis plants have been found at a building near Swavesey.

They were discovered at the site near the A14, Cambridgeshire Police said.

The plants are estimated to be worth between £121,000 and £365,400.

Cannabis found in Swavesey
Cambs Police

Three men, two aged 28 and a one aged 24, were arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis and remain in custody.

Cannabis found at Swavesey
Cambridgeshire Police

Dog rescued from Peterborough house fire

A dog had to be rescued after fire ripped through a bungalow.

Two crews tackled the blaze at Village Farm Close in Castor, Peterborough at about 16:45 on Wednesday.

No-one was injured, but crews needed to use breathing apparatus to bring the dog to safety.

The cause of the fire was accidental, a Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

Piles of rubbish left because of 'unsafe bins'

Peterborough Telegraph

The large amount of waste is festering in Townsend Close in Millfield, off Lincoln Road, after the company contracted to collect refuse in Peterborough said a mechanical fault with the bins on site made them unsafe for their staff to use.

Giulio Regeni, file pic

Cambridge University student Giulio Regeni was killed while researching union activists in Egypt.

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Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, between J16 Bretton Gate and J15 A1260 Nene Parkway affecting J19 Fulbridge Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Soke Parkway in Peterborough closed and slow traffic westbound between J16 Bretton Gate and J15 A1260 Nene Parkway, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J19 Fulbridge Road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Joe Ward

Peterborough United sign Joe Ward from National League side Woking for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year deal.

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Arsonists torched three Bentleys in attack on a showroom

Cambridge News

A hunt has been launched for three arsonists who torched three Bentleys in an attack on a Cambridgeshire showroom.

Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A1 Great North Road and The Drift.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 in Wansford closed in both directions between the A1 Great North Road junction and Sutton Roundabout, because of an accident earlier on and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

boy doing test

Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.

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Severe disruption: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, at J14 for A14.

M11 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M11 northbound at J14, A14 (Girton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cyclists wear masks against pollution in London

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Rail disruption due to signalling fault

A fault with the signalling system at Trowbridge is causing disruption to trains between Bath Spa, Chippenham and Westbury.

Services are expected to be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 minutes or revised.

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Chelsea winger Charly Musonda in action against Portsmouth

Charly Musonda scores twice as Chelsea's under-21 side beat Portsmouth 2-1 to reach the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals.

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Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A141 March Road and Nettle Bank.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Fen Road in Guyhirn closed in both directions between the A141 March Road junction and the Nettle Bank junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Asda gift for autistic Christmas pyjama boy

A boy with autism who became obsessed with a pair of Christmas-themed pyjamas has been given a gift card by the supermarket which ran out of stock before his mum could buy him more.

Ewan Manning, five, does not like clothing, and other than his school uniform will only wear pants.

But when he was given a pair of Asda "Santa Squad" pyjamas, he did not want to take them off, his mother said.

Ewan Manning in pyjamas
Kelly Manning

Mum Kelly Manning tried to buy him more but the supermarket chain said it had ran out of stock.

Luckily for Ewan, after his mother appealed on social media, he was "inundated" with pairs as people offered to send theirs to the little boy.

However, Mrs Manning's just received another gift for Ewan - a £25 gift card from Asda - together with a letter apologising that the store could not find more pyjamas, but hoping he could buy some nice toys from the shop instead.

Letter from Asda
Kelly Manning

MP Lucy Frazer joins justice team in reshuffle

South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer is joining the justice team as part of Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle.

The lawyer will enter the ministerial ranks for the first time, becoming a junior justice minister.

Thousands raised for charity hit by Christmas Day theft

Peterborough Telegraph

Donations totalling more than £5,200 have poured into Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice from as far afield as New Zealand after it had a donation box stolen on Christmas Day.