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Stewards to breathalyse football fans at matches in trial project

A new scheme to help stamp out anti-social behaviour at football grounds has been trialled at Cambridge United today.

Stewards can now breathalyse any fans they believe to be excessively drunk as police try to crack down on alcohol fuelled violence.

The supporters who were breathalysed in Hannah Pettifer's report, took part voluntarily and had not been drinking. Click below to watch.


Essex man raises thousands for 'parking appeal'.

Barry Beavis Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fish and chip shop owner from Essex who lost a landmark legal appeal against a parking fine, has raised thousands of pounds to take the case further.

Barry Beavis got the ticket in Chelmsford two years ago. He asked Court of Appeal judges to rule the £85 charge legally "unenforceable".

But the three judges unanimously dismissed his challenge, saying the amount he was charged "is not extravagant or unconscionable".

Now members of the public have donated almost £8,000 pounds online to help him fight further.

The money will be used to launch an appeal in the Supreme court.

Fans flock to Peterborough for 'Truckfest'

Monster trucks are among the thousands on display Credit: ITV News Anglia

Trucking fans are heading to Peterborough for the second day of 'Truckfest'.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the two-day festival at Peterborough's East of England Showground. The festival has now been running for 33 years.

Organisers say that more than 2000 vehicles have registered to be displayed at the event, including car-crushing Monster trucks, vintage vehicles and heavily-customised motors.


Police begin speeding crack-down

Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be doing targeted patrols through the month of May to catch people breaking the speed limit.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Beds, Herts and Cambs Road Policing Unit want to highlight to drivers that speed remains one of the most critical factors in fatal collisions. They say that despite this too many people ignore poor road conditions, breaking the speed limit and putting lives at risk.

Throughout May, the unit will be increasing its number of patrols on the region's roads specifically to catch speeding drivers.

Third generation Photography business snaps more than 10,000 weddings

Stuart Tippleston looking through some of his work Credit: ITV News Anglia

A third generation family photography business in Northampton has now taken pictures at over 10,000 weddings.

Run by Stuart Tippleston, the business was set up in 1931 by his grandfather. Since then they have photographed thousands of weddings.

Stuart's mother and father Pamela and Peter on their wedding day with Stuart's grandfather Edgar Credit: Stuart Tippleston
One of the family's old booking records Credit: ITV News Anglia

Since the business was set up in 1931 much has changed in the world of photography but in Northampton the Tippleston's have been a constant.

Stewards to breathalyse fans at football games as part of new trial

Cambridge United it involved in a trial to breathalyse football fans if they're thought to be drunk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new scheme to help stamp out anti-social behaviour at football grounds has been trialled at Cambridge United.

It's the first trial of its kind for a football club in the country.

Stewards can now breathalyse any fans they believe to be excessively drunk as police try to crack down on alcohol fuelled violence.

Ian Darler from Cambridge United says it's not about taking the fun out of football.

"I would hope that after a couple of games they'll see that's not what we're doing it's the opposite. I've probably made errors in the past where we have ejected people who have had a bit to drink and they weren't inebriated but at least this extra piece of kit gives us a little bit more to support the needs of my staff and their welfare and also other supporters in the stadium."

– Ian Darler, Cambridge United
Cambridge United fans get ready for Saturday's game at the Abbey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The trial is an extension of a system where pub and club doormen use breathalysers to bar entry to people who are too drunk.

The results from those trials have shown a reduction in the number of disorders by around a third.

The breathalysers will only be used at the stewards' discretion and will only detect anything above twice the legal drink-drive limit - that's usually between 4 to 6 pints.

If the scheme works well it could be introduced at other grounds.

"I would suggest this scheme wouldn't affect 99.99% of fans. People who come up here with their families are here to watch football, it's not aimed at them, it's the small minority of people who get heavily preloaded with alcohol and then seek to cause problems either during the game or after the game."

– Sgt Ian Wood, Cambridgeshire police
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