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Britain's Got Talent's Pudsey dies

Britain's Got Talent has revealed that the winner of the 2012 show - Pudsey - has died.

Pudsey the dog and his owner Ashleigh from Wellingborough won the nation's hearts after their win.

After the show Pudsey starred in his own film, and appeared on TV and in theatres across the country.

Watch: When Ashleigh and Pudsey visited ITV Anglia

In a statement on Instagram Ashleigh said:

"I can't honestly believe I am writing these words. My handsome man is gone and I don't know what to do without him," she wrote.

"My heart is broken and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much that my handsome man has gone and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much that my handsome incredible Pudsey Bear will never be by my side, where he belongs again."

– Ashleigh Butler

Organs of supermarket murder victim to be donated

Nick Rogers was assaulted in the Morrisons store in Wymondham. Credit: Norfolk Police/ITV News Anglia

The family of a man killed in a Norfolk supermarket earlier this week have revealed his organs have been donated to others.

26-year-old Nick Rogers died following a fight at the Morrisons store in Wymondham on Monday night.

Paying tribute to her son, his mum Sue Rogers said she hoped he would live on in the people he had saved.

Two men have been charged with murder and affray.

Words cannot describe the overwhelming gut wrenching sadness and anger we are all feeling at the loss of Nicholas. We had a strong bond and while Nick didn’t always get things right, he so desperately wanted to change his life for the better.

I hope that by donating your organs, the lives of others have been saved and you will live on with them. We hope they all lead a full life, something which was cruelly taken so suddenly from you. Night night, my beautiful special boy.

– Sue Rogers, Nick Rogers' mum


Aaron Pierre: Northampton Town sign centre-back

Aaron Pierre has moved to Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old Grenada international was recently on trial with Championship side Bristol City and had attracted interest from a number of other clubs.

He was a offered a new contract at Wycombe but chose to pursue a move elsewhere.

He has always impressed me when we have played against him. He is a threat at set plays and a presence in both penalty areas and his arrival creates some excellent competition among the four central defenders we have in the squad.

I know Wycombe were very keen to keep him and he has had interest from clubs in the Championship. He is an ambitious player but I think he has been attracted by the work we have done and are continuing to do and our ambition to take the club forward and he wants to be part of that.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed French striker Mikael Mandron from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.


Man shot by police in Cambridgeshire was 'lawfully killed'

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A jury has found a man shot dead by police in Cambridgeshire was "lawfully killed" - after the father-of-three encouraged officers to fire.

Richard Davies died following the stand-off with armed police at his home in St Neots in October 2015.

The 41-year-old had learned his marriage was over, spent the day drinking, then tied up his children when armed police were called to his home.

Today, a jury in the inquest into his death found he had been killed lawfully and responded to three questions put to them by the coroner.

Question 1: Were there any errors or omissions in communication among the police?

Answer: No.

Question 2: Were there any errors or omissions in attempts made to negotiate?

Answer: No.

Had Richard Davies acted in a way to get police to shoot him?

Answer: Yes.

The jury added that, while it was unlikely to have affected the outcome, they "felt uncomfortable that telephone negotiations were not considered".

Report: Mental health patients 'isolated from family'

The father of a teenager from Cambridgeshire who took his own life says more needs to be done to ensure mental health patients get the treatment they need closer to home.

Edward Mallen was killed when he laid down in front of a train at Meldreth near Cambridge in February 2015.

A CQC report has found that thousands of patients are spending too much time locked in rehabilitation wards up and down the country - meaning they're often isolated from friends and family.

When we look at many modern facilities, whilst standards have improved, and we've got nice curtains and nice wallpaper, at the end of the day, a lot of mental institutions in this country remain under lock and key with facilities that are hundreds of miles away from family and loved-ones.

That is something that cannot be allowed to sustain.

– Steve Mallen, The MindEd Trust
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