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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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    Video caption: Double rainbow graces East of England skies
  3. 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.

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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

    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."

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    "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.

  9. 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%.

  10. 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."

  11. 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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  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

  14. 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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  15. '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

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.